Are you looking for some awesome all-Canadian guided adventure this summer? Check out these three Bucket List experiences:
Glamp It UpGo glamping — glamorous camping — in the boreal forest north of Timmins, ON, with WildExodus. Tucked away in northern Ontario’s Arctic watershed lies a campsite unlike any you’ve set up: fully-furnished safari-style wall tents, fine dining (with serving staff!) and a plethora of daily guided outdoor adventure. Canoe through routes pioneered by fur traders and First Nations. Trek the boreal forests alongside a naturalist and learn how to identify mushrooms, berries and other edible flora. Dine on locally harvested foods cooked in traditional fashion. Indulgent? Yup — like it says, this is “glamping.”
Dates: May to October; $137-$272 pp/d. WildExodus
Explore the TorngatsEach summer, a small community is established on the edge of Torngat Mountains National Park in Northern Labrador. Inuit elders and youth from Nunatsiavut and Nunavik come together here with visitors, researchers and Parks Canada staff to share adventures and connect with their Inuit homeland. This is Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station — a place for those who want to explore a unique landscape and experience the rhythm of a traditional Inuit way of life. Explore desolate fiords and hike across some of Canada’s most remote tundra — spotting polar bears and learning of the vibrant Arctic ecosystem and traditional peoples of the land from a local guide. A variety of fly-in trips are offered — from self-reliant to total catered luxury. The camp even offers services for those intrepid adventurers who find their way to the Torngats under their own steam — ranging from tent accommodation and kitchen services to medical treatment and bear-bodyguards.
Dates: July to September. Fly-in trips start at $3,900. Torngat Base Camp
Believe in MagicVenture on a five-day multisport adventure in BC’s Well’s Gray Provincial Park — via a one-of-a-kind canoeing, camping, hiking and rafting excursion with Interior Whitewater. Dubbed “Do You Believe in Magic?” your tour begins with a serene paddle across the still waters of Mahood Lake; camp on sandy beaches along the way. From there, hike into the Clearwater River valley — passing 3,000-year-old Aboriginal pictographs and the cascading Sylvia and Goodwin Falls before you reach the raging Clearwater River. Strap on your PFD and helmet — you’re going downriver into some of BC’s most impressive whitewater. Spend the next two days navigating chutes, Class III to IV rapids and tumbling falls — encased by canyon walls and surrounded by infinite wilderness — before returning to the town of Clearwater, north of Kamloops.
Dates: June through September; $1,450. Interior Whitewater