The 5 Best Outdoor Destinations in Canada

by admin on April 26, 2013

 

Few other countries exemplify the ‘Great Outdoors’ better than Canada. With a population density of just 10 people per square mile (the United States has 89), there’s a whole lot of open space across the whole country, which makes it an excellent destination if you’re planning an outdoors holiday, whether you’re hoping to relax with a fishing rod and picnic or go wandering in the Rockies. Here are five of the Canada’s best outdoor destinations.

Best for Skiing – Whistler Backcomb
If you’re a dedicated “powder-hound” you’ll know that Canada has some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the whole of North America, and perhaps Canada’s best all-round ski resort can be found at Whistler Backcomb. It’s a vast resort covering a jaw-dropping 8,171 acres, with an equally impressive vertical drop, more than 200 trails and some of the best off-piste around. What’s more, the great variety of terrain means it’s a superb choice for all the family, with some excellent classes on offer for beginners and intermediates.

Best for Fishing – Princess Royal Island
Princess Royal Island is the largest island on British Columbia’s North Coast, and is home to some of North America’s very finest fishing lodges. The award-winning King Pacific Lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest gives guests some spectacular views of neighbouring waterfalls, and offers them the chance to go fishing for Coho and pink salmon.

Chilcotin

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Best for Horseback Riding – The Chilcotin
About as “off the beaten track” as you can get before your family call in a search and rescue team, the Chilcotin is wild and rugged Canada at its very best. There are a number of guest ranches in the region offering the authentic dude ranch experience, and lodges from which you can go hiking or riding through the West Canadian Rockies.

 

Best for Canoeing and Hiking – Wells Gray Provincial Park
Consisting of the southernmost and highest of the Cariboo Mountains, Wells Gray covers over 5,000 square kilometres and offers adventurous visitors a wide range of activities to take part in, but for our money its main draw is canoeing and hiking. Clearwater Lake is nestled between three dramatic and impressive mountains – Zodiak, Azure and Goat Peak. If you’re looking for something a little more “white knuckle”, try your hand (and your paddle) at the wild, remote Hobson Lake.

Best Natural Wonder – Bay of Fundy
Usually, when we see these kind of lists, it’s Niagara Falls that wins the rosette in this category, but we’ve had enough of all that. Why should Niagara get all the attention when we think the Bay of Fundy is just as beautiful. The tidal range here is one of the highest in the world, and has helped sculpt some of the most spectacular coastal rock formations you are ever likely to see. Organised tours will take you to the caves at St Martin, and invite you to “walk on the ocean floor” (i.e. on a beach in an otherwise inaccessible cove) at low tide.

Author Bio
David Llewellyn writes about travel and tourism for Life Is Good

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