Oh Canada! This huge chunk of land has it all and more, from big snowy mountains to huge lakes to polar bears.
A couple of years ago I found myself fishing for catfish in Manitoba on a brief trip to this amazing country, but there is so much to see and do, and I can’t wait to head back. Here is my ultimate Canadian bucket list for when I eventually head back over the pond! Before you go, be sure to check out whether or not you need a visa or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). Visit the site for Canada eTA where you can find out what requirements are necessary.
Go Hiking in Auyuittuq National Park
For an adventure like no other, head to Auyuittuq National Park in the summer months, and trek with a guide for two weeks across the Arctic tundra in the midnight sun. You’ll be on the watch for polar bears as you go and will marvel at the eerie light that never darkens as you drift off to sleep in your tent. A once in a lifetime experience! If you’re not up for a long, cold walk, there are tonnes of day and weekend hikes also available which don’t require a guide.
Snowboard in Whistler
As a snow lover, it’s been a dream ever since I first managed to link those turns to head to Canada and ride the powder. Big mountains, beautiful runs, stunning scenery and great snow – what more could a girl ask for? Whistler is also a great place to be all year-round, with hiking, white-water rafting and zip-lining all available, so no matter what time of year you go, Whistler is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
Enveloped by icy waters and forgotten by the modern world, Baffin Island is rarely seen by travellers unless they are flying across the sea between Canada and Europe. However, those who board intrepid cruise ships heading to the island can feel dwarfed under giant icebergs, stare in awe at snaking glaciers and wonder at completely untouched tundra.
See the Northern Lights
Canada is home to what has been dubbed “The City of Northern Lights”. Melfort, which is a small town hidden in a northeastern corner of Saskatchewan, provides the perfect setting for sitting back with a hot mug of chocolate with the sky lit up above. The town’s rural setting means that there is limited light pollution around and isn’t too filled with tourists like some places in Scandinavia are.
Explore the Waterways in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is abundant with sea life, and if you venture to this part of Canada, you’ll see puffins and seals and so many birds you won’t even know where to look. For kayakers, this place is a dream, and you’ll have the chance of navigating the highest tides in the world alongside steep cliffs and through magnificent archways.
Meet Polar Bears
If you didn’t already know, Churchill attracts polar bears by the dozen just before winter, and these amazing beasts roam the town and hunt on the tundra nearby. Visitors can head out onto the ice with a guide to see these bears in their natural habitat, or, alternatively, stay south (and a little warmer) and head to Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, where you can meet polar bears who have been rescued in a beautiful and incredibly looked after play area!