Canada

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Wildlife watching: cougar roaming in Canada

Wildlife watching: cougar roaming in Canada

There aren’t many countries that can offer as many adventure travel experiences as you’ll find in Canada.

Those looking for overseas adventure travel come to Canada in droves all year long for the pristine wilderness experiences, water-related adventures, cultural enlightenment, the colors in the fall and so much more.

Outdoor travel adventure lovers indulge in the arctic tours, wildlife watching, nature trips, ice climbing and snowshoeing excursions, just to name a few. The adventure seeker who enjoys water-related experiences come for the scuba diving, white water rafting and sea kayaking.

Back on dry land you’ll find scenic bicycling tours, nature walks, mountain climbing and caving expeditions… and you can take to the air with a paragliding experience you’ll never forget or an aerial tour by helicopter or airplane.

If you’re into photography you’ll certainly want to explore Western Canada to capture the stunning beauty of the countryside and then head to Northern Canada for some spectacular wildlife viewing (grizzly bears, moose, polar bears, humpback whales and many more).

The people are friendly, the culture is wonderful and the variety of great adventure travel experiences are simply as good as they get. I’m running out of superlatives, so let me just cut to the chase.

The bottom line: Canada is one of the best adventure travel destinations in the world all year round. It’s a big country with a lot to see and a lot of outdoor adventure experiences to be had. This is another one to put at the very top of your adventure travel list.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

When it comes to finding exotic adventure travel experiences, one of the first things you’ll want to take in is the breathtaking landscapes. You’ll find them in Western Canada with their beautiful views of the countryside or just about anywhere you see their majestic mountains. You’ll also want to take in the incredible wildlife viewing like you’ll find in Northern Canada.

To say that Canada is multicultural is an understatement. Walking down the streets of the bustling cities in Eastern Canada, and elsewhere, you may well hear many different languages and see representations of many different cultures, so you may feel almost like your experiencing the charm of Europe, and other parts of the world, while in one place.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The culture in Canada has been influenced for the most part by British, French and aboriginal peoples, but it is known to be an incredibly multicultural country that has been greatly influenced by immigrants from all around the world. Due to its close proximity to the United States, Canada shares much of the same popular culture with its neighbor to the south.

The multicultural makeup of Canada has had a significant impact on how they accept those who are different, so they’re generally very friendly to tourists.

You’ll find quite a bit of variation in Canadian cuisine from region to region, but, as a general rule, what you’ll find in the English speaking parts of the country will be pretty close to what you would see in Britain or the United States. The French speaking areas will offer you their version of French food… no surprise there.

If you ask a local for suggestions on where you can get some authentic Canadian cuisine you’ll likely see a puzzled look on their face. Very few dishes, relatively speaking, are thought of as “Canadian” food.

This synopsis may lead you to believe that there’s nothing special about Canadian cuisine, and nothing could be further from the truth. They may not be known for a lot of unique Canadian dishes, but they make them all taste absolutely delicious. The Canadians can definitely cook.

While enjoying your Canada adventure experience, do visit the museums and art galleries to get their unique perspective of the way they see themselves and the world. You’ll certainly come away from it enlightened and enriched.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

As you may imagine, where Canada is concerned many people first think of winter activities like snow skiing, Arctic trips, snow shoeing, ice climbing and dog sledding. Those are all top-notch adventure travel experiences, but don’t forget about the warmer weather activities.

This great land has a lot to offer those looking for adventure travel tours to explore the culture, wildlife watching and nature. And there’s plenty of time during the warmer months to hoist your backpack and discover the beautiful countryside, try your hand at paragliding or grab your gear and go scuba diving.

Following is a more complete list of adventure activities in Canada just waiting for you to come and enjoy them.

Hard

  • Arctic trips
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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