A look back to our best adventures in 2022, a year we were able to fully explore Canada again from coast to coast!
As rewarding as it is challenging, the Top of the Giant Trail offers an unique all day hiking experience in northwestern Ontario. The path ascends the ‘knees’ of the Sleeping Giant, an impressive formation of volcanic rock rising above beautiful Lake Superior, revealing wide ranging vistas of the water as well as the parks’ boreal forest and a deep natural gorge.
Looking for the perfect gift for a paddler? As avid paddlers and ex-outdoor store managers we have you covered! Here are our top picks for the best gifts for hikers, with budget, midrange and luxury options.
Mount Assiniboine is a jewel in the crown of the Canadian Rockies and a hiker’s dream. This comprehensive hiking guide will explain everything you need to know about planning a backpacking trip to this magnificent provincial park
The Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park is, without a doubt, one of the best backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies. The highlight of the 54km long path is the chance to walk alongside the huge limestone cliff that lends its name to the trail. But that’s just the beginning of the beauty found on this spectacular backpacking route.
While adventure may not immediately come to mind when thinking of Toronto, you’ll be surprised at the opportunities on offer here. For one, there are far more ways to connect with nature than you may expect! Discover some of our top picks for adventure in Toronto, with a focus on outdoor activities and recently transformed urban locations.
Looking for an off the beaten path driving adventure in Nova Scotia? Let me introduce you to a beautiful lesser known route – the Cape George Scenic Drive, also known as the ‘Mini Cabot Trail.’ This picturesque driving route follows the edge of a triangular shaped piece of land that juts into the Northumberland Strait. The curving path passes several lighthouses, rocky coves, working wharfs, tall rugged cliffs, small rural communities and a number of golden sand beaches.
Blink and you may just miss Antigonish while travelling to Cape Breton Island from Halifax. And you really would miss out. This small coastal town in Nova Scotia is rich with natural beauty as well as influences from the past. Discover the best things to do in Antigonish in one day as well as the best places to eat and sleep!
Two rail lines once crossed the length of British Columbia’s Boundary Country – the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) and the Columbia and Western (C&W). Now converted into multi-use paths, the KVR and C&W connect in the town of Midway to provide an uninterrupted 170km hiking and biking route, also part of the Trans Canada Trail.
Stretching 1,123km along the formidable Rockies, the Great Divide Trail is Canada’s ultimate long distance hiking adventure. Discover a brief history of the trail, a route rundown and essential planning info as well as a summary of our own GDT section hike
The mountains of British Columbia become even more breathtaking in autumn, when a golden glow appears in the alpine meadows. This magical display of colour is provided by larch trees, which turn a vibrant yellow before shedding their needles for the winter. This post covers everything you need to know about larch season in BC, including the best places to see larch trees, what to bring and when to plan a trip.
Grasslands National Park is one of the most unique national parks in Canada and yet is also one of the quietest. We left the park kicking ourselves that we hadn’t visited more of Saskatchewan sooner. Don’t do the same – put Grasslands National Park on your priority list and get ready to be amazed.
Crossing Canada is the road trip of a lifetime, with 2000km of the journey taking place in Ontario. One of the most scenic (and direct) routes is Highway 17, part of the Trans Canada. To see the best of Ontario’s natural beauty as you travel, plan to stop at provincial parks. Here are our favourites!
Featuring more than 2000 lakes and 500 portages, Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park is a canoe tripping paradise. Paddlers have the ultimate freedom to plan their own route through 1.2 acres of wilderness, choosing a trip length and preferred style to suit, camping at 2,200+ rustic campsites along the way. Canoeing doesn’t get much better than this!
Îles de la Madeleine, also known as the Magdalen Islands, is a spectacular, windswept archipelago located in the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence. And it’s one of Canada’s best kept travel secrets. Well, at least, to anyone who isn’t Québécois. Here’s what you need to know to plan your own trip
Rolling countryside meets prairie in the small city of Lacombe, Central Alberta. Often cited as one of the best places to live in the province, Lacombe is up and coming on the travel scene as well. Always curious to explore lesser known places, we recently visited in both winter and late spring to see what Lacombe had to offer for ourselves.
Québec is a supremely underrated hiking destination. The varied landscape of mountains, rugged coast and dense pine forests on Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula, in particular, is the perfect mix for great hiking opportunities. Here are six fast and fun Gaspesie, Quebec trails to try out!
With beautiful views, well-maintained facilities, a convenient location and just the right amount of challenge, the Sayward Canoe Circuit is a great choice for a paddling trip for novices and veterans alike. It’s a unique Vancouver Island paddling experience to rival other canoe trip experiences in British Columbia.
Backpacking is all about balance – keeping your pack weight low while still ensuring you have everything you need to be self sufficient and comfortable in the backcountry. This post features a comprehensive multi-day packing guide detailing every single item to bring on a short backpacking trip.
Part wine tour, part fun run, timing isn’t everything for the Half Corked Marathon. In fact, timing isn’t even recorded, with the warning that ‘if you come first, you’ve actually lost.’ The most important aspect of this run, you see, is to have FUN. And the organisers make that easy to do, with as many as 19 wine tasting stops along the 19km route through the vineyards of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country in southern British Columbia.