Canada is a beautiful, vast country with a wealth of natural wonders—and an abundance of fun activities through which to discover them. And, contrary to the stereotypical image of Canadians constantly being buried in 10 feet of snow, summer in Canada is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the sun!
If this is the first summer you will be passing in Canada—or even if you’ve just got some well-earned vacation time to spend inside our country’s borders—here are some of the best ways to take advantage of the summer weather, Canadian-style.
With so many scenic forests and sprawling national parks stretching across the country, camping is one of the quintessential ways to enjoy a Canadian summer. Grab a tent and some sleeping bags, locate your ideal campsite, and get your journey started!
Best of all, spending your days directly in nature will put you in easy proximity to many other fun activities, such as….
Canoeing and Kayaking
Canada is awash with stunning lakes and rivers. In fact, the country contains roughly a fifth of all the fresh water in the world. One of the best ways to explore these picturesque waters? A serene paddle in a canoe or kayak.
Or do you want to experience Canada’s rivers in a slightly less serene way? Look into river rafting or whitewater rafting—and enjoy the fast-paced thrill of navigating a swift and powerful river.
Considering your own paddling adventure? Get inspired with one traveller’s story of rafting through the Northwest Territories to spot some Canadian wildlife up close.
Prefer to take in the landscape on foot? From city parks to way out there in the wilderness, Canada is covered in hiking trails, with a variety of lengths and difficulty levels to suit all kinds of travellers.
Looking for an hour-long stroll, a multi-day trek, or anything in between? Trail Peaks has an extensive database of trails across Canada. Take a look and start your planning!
Canada is a big country—really big. For some visitors, the sheer size of it can be daunting, and it’s always tough to see as much of it as you want in one single vacation. If you want to cover a little more ground on your outdoor adventure, try hopping on a bike and cycling along one of Canada’s many bike trails.
Need some inspiration? Check out this list of 10 amazing bike trips for a start!
Looking for more extreme activities?
Canada holds a host of adventures to explore—but before you chase that thrill, make sure to check the exclusions of your travel insurance policy! While injuries sustained during low-risk activities like biking or hiking are most likely covered under your plan, high-risk activities are often excluded from coverage. Activities that are commonly excluded can include things like mountain climbing, hang gliding, sky diving, bungee jumping, or any professional-level sports. Bottom line: always be sure to read the fine print of your insurance policy before you head out.
That doesn’t mean thrill-seekers can’t get insurance coverage, of course! Special risk insurance is designed especially for those who like to travel a little more daringly.
These activities are all just the beginning of the fun possibilities that summer in Canada has to offer. However you choose to enjoy the warm weather this year, your Canadian experience is bound to be unforgettable.