Fortunately for you, Canada has an infinite number of incredibly unique, exhilarating and once-in-a-lifetime outdoor activities ready and waiting to pounce on its intrepid visitors. This means we’ve had the envy-inducing task of shortlisting them, so you know exactly what to do with that precious time you have across the icy pond. Brace yourself…
Best for biking: Cumberland, British Columbia
North west side of the Strait of Georgia is the British Columbia hotspot for mountain bikers. Think Whistler, but without the sass. Built on old logging trails and with trails quirkily named Steam Donkey, Thirsty Beaver and Space Nugget, this place is home to the new biking genre, ‘North Shore’; where trails are built on elevated platforms and log bridges
Best for a snow sport – with a difference: Splitboarding, Kootenay Mountains
Split a snowboard in half, so you can hike up the mountain side with ease. Clip your board together again, and sail down unchartered slopes thanks to the unrivalled accessibility splitboards can provide. Expect endorphins, adrenaline and a truly intimate immersion into the alpine landscapes
Best for polar bears: Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point
This is a truly authentic Arctic safari, offering ‘round the clock’ bear watching. Take to the arctic terrain in a tundra buggy; independent, specialized modules that travel in convoy during the day and attach to become something of a mobile hotel, playing host to guests overnight.
Best for stargazing: Kajimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia
Having recently become a Dark Sky Reserve, Kajimkujik National Park offers somewhat cliché stargazing opportunities. Conditions are incomparably perfect, enabling you to be educated and inspired by the night skies. The park is rich with indigenous history and wildlife spotting opportunities to preoccupy you whilst you wait for the sun to set
Best for hiking: The Bruce Trail, Ontario
The oldest and longest hike trail in Canada, providing the only continuously accessible access point to the Niagara Escapement; a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Experience beaches, dolomite cliffs, hardwood forests, waterfalls and (deservedly), wine trails.
Best for eating out, literally: Gourmet kayaking, British Columbia
Weave between small offshore islands in orca territory, moor your kayak on a deserted beach and let your kayak guide-cum-chef whip up a fresh gourmet lunch and dinner, complimented by locally sourced wine. Camp overnight on your alpine desert island, before beginning your morning kayak back to Vancouver Island
Best drive: The Dempster Highway, Yukon
Begin in southern Yukon Territory and just drive. 457 miles – or an additional 121 during winter, when the frozen Mackenzie River delta becomes an ice road – into Northern Territory to the Inuit town of Inuvik in the Arctic Circle. Expect mountain ranges, rivers, old dog sled trails, spruce forests and unprecedented, bleak scenery
Best for river sports: Rouge River, Québec
Once the key river for fur trade and a vital camp for Indians and voyageurs alike, Rouge River has transformed into a hotspot for thrill seeking water-based adventures. Whitewater raft and kayak on Grade 3 sections of the river, or rise to the challenge of sportyaking, where it’s just you and your expert instructor against the raging rapids
Best for thrill and chill: Heli-yoga, Alberta
Take to the skies with a unique heli-tour and enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled swoop past icefields, through the Canadian Rockies and into an isolated, awe-inspiring spot. Here you will embrace the surroundings through an hour long hatha yoga class, deep in the mountains and then continue to inhale the fresh mountain air on an incredible afternoon hike, before flying back to base.