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When we live somewhere we tend to forget to take time to appreciate the many wonderful things that are on our doorstep. We’ll book overseas holidays rather than visiting the attraction ten minutes from home, or we’ll do the same activity every summer because we’re in a routine and can’t think of anything new to try. Canada has so much on offer, which is why if whether you’ve lived in Canada for a while, you’ve recently moved or you’re thinking of moving to Canada there’s sure to be something on this list that you haven’t yet done:
Canada has some absolutely incredibly open spaces including more than 40 National Parks, many of which have their own campgrounds. Camping trips are a chance to get close to nature, to bond and to spend quality time with friends and family members. If you’ve never been camping in Canada then you’re sure to find that a Canadian camping trip is an unforgettable experience.
There are many top ranking golf courses across Canada. Canadians love golfing and you can find them golfing year-round on the coast of Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Most courses have package deals set up with local hotels, the best value for travellers. If you are an avid golfer, it’s quite easy to plan out a golfing trip. Stopping by the highest rated courses in the interior of British Columbia (or any Province) is an excellent place to start.
Parts of Canada are perfect places to see the Northern Lights. It’s an experience that many people have put on their bucket list, and you can tick it off yours by visiting Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Dawson Creek, Fort McMurray, Churchill in Manitoba or Battle Harbour. You might also see Aurora Borealis from the shore of Lake Superior or the city of Edmonton in Alberta.
Fishing is a popular pastime for people in Canada, and there are plenty of lakes and rivers to choose from. You might need a fishing license or Outdoors Card, but these are typically cheap to purchase and with so many beautiful National Parks it’ll be a very worthwhile investment.
Try Snowsports at Whistler
Whistler in British Columbia is one of the best places to go skiing or snowboarding. It’s a mountain resort with year-round snow. If you’re not comfortable on skis or a snowboard then why not go on a dog sled ride, try snowshoeing or tour your surroundings on a snowmobile? You can also go ice skating or go on a sleigh ride.
Visit Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland is the country’s most popular theme park, with rides and attractions for every age group. Planet Snoopy is the part of the park that is perfect for kids, whilst adults will love the thrill rides. You can also spend time at the water park, or visit ‘Dinosaurs Alive!’ or the many souvenir and gift shops.
Quebec Ice Hotel
The incredible Hotel de Glace is constructed almost entirely of ice, complete with ice sculptures for decoration and with beds made of ice blocks. There is an ice bar, and there’s a chapel for weddings. Some rooms and suites even have their own cosy fireplace and a private spa. The hotel is open every winter, and is different each year.
Travel on the Trans-Canada Railway
Travelling through the awe-inspiring landscape of the Canadian Rockies, the Trans-Canada Railway offers a sightseeing trip like no other. Alcohol is served, and large windows allow you to see the mountains close-up as you travel during the day. There are multiple routes to try.
Watch a Hockey Match
The most favorite Canadian sport is ice hockey, and an NHL match is a particularly exciting experience with emotions running high. Even if you’re not a fan of sport you’ll love the atmosphere at an NHL match. If you can’t get to a live event, visit a sports bar for a sample of the experience.
Canada’s Assiniboine River in Winnipeg freezes to form the world’s longest skating path. You can skate 8.5km on the river, through the winter months. Typically, the experience has to end in early Match as the ice starts to melt, but until then it’s a unique and social activity that you’re sure to love.
Have you tried any of these activities? Do you have any ‘must do’ activities to add to this list? Comment and share your thoughts.