Technical Climbing in the Rockies, AB
The gleaming icefalls of the Rocky Mountains beg to be climbed. Whether you’re a beginner or a rock climber transitioning to ice, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures’ five-day technical ice climbing course, led by highly experienced instructors, will accelerate your skills. Feel the adrenaline of climbing multi-pitched and mixed routes (rock and ice) in some of the world’s most challenging yet stunning landscapes.
The Skinny: Based out of Canmore, AB. Kananaskis, Banff and other regions will be your training ground. Price includes lessons and technical gear.
More Info: $995; yamnuska.com
Algonquin Park’s Wilderness Dogsledding Adventure, ON
This trip will keep you active and challenge you physically from beginning to end. Learn about and care for your dogs, drive your own sled and help with camp chores. Homebase on this multi-day dogsledding trip will be heated tents in remote camps throughout beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park. Join your guides for a night hike, star gaze or just relax around the campfire.
The Skinny: Trips range from three to seven days and start in South River, a 3.5-hour drive north of Toronto. No experience is required, but you must be physically fit. Cost includes meals and tent accommodation. Bring your own sleeping bag and clothing. Some rentals available.
More Info: From $635; wildernessadventures.ca
Sleeping in Yurts & Skiing the Chic Chocs, QC
More than 450 km from Quebec City, in the heart of the Matane Faunal Reserve, lie the Chic-Choc Mountains. Certified guides provide exclusive access to natural glades and powdery alpine slopes — suited for those with intermediate ski/board ability and an adventurous attitude. At night, share a meal and sleep in the communal yurt. (It’s fully equipped with cooking gear and has a natural spring for water nearby.)
The Skinny: Three to five days. Includes a 35-km snowmobile approach and avalanche training. Bring your own food, sleeping bag and equipment. Some rentals available.
More Info: From $200; vertigo-aventures.com