Are you looking for more exciting adventure this summer? Read on to discover 3 more awesome adventures in Canada:
Canoe The ClassicAlgonquin Provincial Park is Canada’s quintessential canoe destination — if you haven’t yet paddled this 7,000-sq-km central Ontario gem, Voyageur Quest outfitters offers the perfect introduction. Set out for five days of guided canoeing with hiking excursions as a bonus. Practice your stroke for the first couple of days; camp out each night on pine-fringed rock-points, belly full of campfire fare and roasted bannock. Things get serious over the next few days — portage from lake-to-lake with stilt-legged great blue herons and grunting moose as spectators along the way. Feel free to work up a sweat, the remaining three nights are spent in a log cabin (with shower). Day-hikes through maplewood and boreal forest ensue. Learn solo-canoe skills from a skilled guide; swim in the cool waters and warm-up in the wood sauna. The final evening features a serene night-paddle; glide through still waters as a chorus of wolves howls at the moon.
Dates: Departures in July and August; $713. Voyageur Quest
Fond du Lac Frontier CanoeLate summer is the best time to paddle the Fond du Lac River, a heritage waterway wandering through the limestone gorges and Precambrian Shield of northeastern Saskatchewan. Churchill River Canoe Outfitters offers a weeklong all-inclusive guided canoe trip on the Fond du Lac — along the route that explorer David Thompson once paddled in his attempt to find an alternative route to the Athabasca River. (You may even camp out at the same locations he did.) The trip is fly-in, fly-out so solitude is guaranteed. Highlights include shooting the multiple rapids in a 17-foot expedition canoe, touring Manitou Falls and seeing wayward moose stiff-legging through the marshlands and scrubby jack pine. This is Aurora Borealis season too — the nights are dark enough to fully enjoy nature’s most dazzling display.
Dates: August 31 to September 7; $3,295. Churchill River Canoe Outfitters
Heli-Hike the RockiesEight minutes after lifting off from Canmore, you’ll be boots-on-the-ground in an alpine environment it may have taken hours or even days to hike into otherwise. If time is minimal but your desire to get off-the-beaten path is not — heli-hiking delivers. White Mountain Adventures offers fully guided half- or full-day hikes through the realm of bighorn rams, marmots and scurrying pika. Drop-offs are at a variety of locales along the border of Kannaskis Provincial Park and Banff National Park. All skill levels can be accommodated; take a leisurely stroll, do some serious scrambling or position yourself somewhere in between.
Dates: Late-June through September; $489. White Mountain Adventures