Recently a friend posted a local radio station's Canada Bucket list Challenge on Facebook. When I suggested the list was Toronto-centred and there were some serious omission, a challenge was put out.
"Nobody said you couldn’t make your own list"
Challenge accepted. Here is our Ultimate Bucket List of Canadian Adventures, one for every province and territory.
Newfoundland - Hike Gros Morne
Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park needs little introduction - virtually every Canadian knows the iconic image of Western Brook Pond, a boat tour on which is included in your vacation. This tour takes you on the best day hikes in the park, including the Look Out Hills and the summit of Gros Morne Mountain. Take me to Gros Morne
Nova Scotia - Drive the Cabot Trail
Discover the best of Canada's Maritime Provinces Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, pretty Lunenburg, the history of Acadian settlement and Louisbourg as well as Canada’s birthplace, Charlottetown PEI, all feature on this self-driving holiday. There are hiking opportunities in Kejimkujik NP and along the spectacular Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island where you may well come across some fabulous Celtic music too. Don't miss out on this wonderful vacation! Take me on the Cabot Trail
New Brunswick - Hike the Bay of Fundy
With a coastline steeped in history and a rugged beauty that only the greatest tides on earth could sculpt, the Bay of Fundy is a pocket of scenic splendour and home to one of the planet's best collections of migratory whales and birds. Seaside fishing villages, charming resort towns, and outposts rich in maritime tradition dot the coast. Take me to Fundy Island
Prince Edward Island - Cycle Anne of Green Gables country
Canada's Prince Edward Island is lovingly nicknamed the Garden of the Gulf for good reason. Fertile farmland, made famous in the books of Lucy Maud Montgomery, stretch the length and width of the island. Oceanside you will find gorgeous sandy beaches while all around you will encounter friendly locals who can point you to the nearest spot to enjoy a lobster dinner. PEI truly is a cyclist's dream.
Quebec - La Belle Provence
Québec, la Belle Province, is quintessential French Canada. World-class Montreal and pretty Quebec City make up the urban side of this self-drive vacation. In between you will discover such gems as the beautiful Charlevoix region, go whale watching in Tadoussac, discover the Saguenay Fjord and Lac St Jean before ending in the pretty Eastern Townships. Discover all the charming villages and beautiful scenery Québec is known for and by all means, do indulge in the wine, cheese and artisan foods. Bon appétit!
Ontario - Hike the Bruce Trail
Enjoy the best day hikes on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, following clifftop trails along stunning Georgian Bay. This is where Adventure Coordinators maintains a portion of the famous Bruce Trail and you will hike it on day 3. With limestone cliffs dropping off deep into azure-blue waters, on a sunny day you will believe you are in the Mediterranean rather than in Canada. Let's go to the Bruce!
Manitoba - See the Polar Bears
What better way to see Canada than to tick off one of those classic Canadian bucket list adventures - travelling to experience the polar bears and other Arctic wildlife and perhaps see the Northern Lights, in Churchill, Manitoba. Here are four ways to travel to see the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba.
Saskatchewan - Paddle in the wake of the Voyageurs
Paddle the South Saskatchewan River visiting spots associated with famous explorer, fur trader and mapmaker David Thompson. What better way to celebrate Canada than to travel in the wake of the voyageurs of old!
Alberta - Hike the Rockies
Walk the canyons of Waterton Lakes National Park, hike alpine trails in Banff National Park and be in awe of the views over Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Lake Louise. Enjoy a drive along the Icefields Parkway and hike the Columbia Icefield before heli-hiking at the foot of Mt Assiniboine. This trip truly packs in the best scenery of Alberta and British Columbia. Hike the best of Canada's Rocky Mountains.
BC - Kayaking among Orcas
Johnstone Strait, separating Canada's Vancouver Island from British Columbia's mainland, is recognized as one of the best places in the world to kayak with orcas. This fantastic kayak adventure may also have you encounter black bear, bald eagle, seals and sea lions, dolphins, and occasionally even other whale species. Let's go kayaking among orcas
Yukon - Hike the Tombstone Range
The dramatic wind-carved peaks of Tombstone Territorial Park are perhaps the Yukon's most famous image. Exciting backpacking is augmented by stunning views, plenty of wildlife and a sense of being in the middle of nowhere. This is some of Northern Canada's best hiking.
NWT - See the Aurora
Join us on this adventurous trip in the Northwest Territories - enjoy 3 nights aurora viewing, visits to First Nation communities, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing. Take me to Yellowknife
Nunavut - Franklin's Legacy, Into the NW Passage
Join this adventure cruise in the wake of Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin's ill-gated expedition through the northwest passage in Canada's high Arctic. Drop in on Inuit settlements for cultural experiences, encounter wildlife such as polar bear, walrus, whales and muskoxen and of course myriad birdlife. Witness arctic glaciers, beautiful fjords and sculpted icebergs, hike the colourful tundra and visit places such as Beechey Island, where three members of Franklin Expedition are buried, and abandoned RCMP and Hudson Bay outposts. Take me into the North-West Passage