For a country that spends a lot of time locked up inside, Canada sure does know how to enjoy its great outdoors. When winter can last for six months (or eight in some places), you might expect Canadian to have adapted to life inside and shy away from getting outside but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Even in the winter, with temperatures dropping to -40 C in places, Canadians make the most of getting outside and taking part in a variety of great recreational activities.
In the summer though, Canadians really let loose.
With temperatures easily breaking the 30 C mark (and that’s not even including the very high humidity in places), Canada has a lot to offer those lovers of the outdoors. If you can make it to Canada during the summertime, be prepared for a fantastic time. Here are some suggestions of things to do!
Whether you rent a boat or have a friend who is nice enough to let you use theirs, hitting the open water is a great way to enjoy the Canadian outdoors. Boasting more lakes than you know what to do with, you can get away from everyone else or meet new friends. Be sure to get your boat licence from BoaterExam to be properly certified for operating a watercraft and get ready for a fantastic time.
With as much nature as Canada has, you can bet there is an abundance of hiking opportunities to be had from coast to coast. Whether it’s the rugged terrain of the East Coast or straight up the majestic peaks and parks of the Rocky Mountains, there are plenty of ways to get active in Canada for all skill levels and budgets. In fact, hiking may be the cheapest leisure activity to do and leave you in better shape than you started!
You can take a road trip virtually any other time of the year, but in Canada, it’s really only advisable during the summer. Crossing from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island is the ultimate road trip, taking about a week to do so at a reasonably leisurely pace, but there are many other smaller road trips to consider if you are confined to a specific locale. Be sure to have the proper driver’s licence and good tires, be aware that Canadians drive on right hand side of the road and don’t forget your sense of adventure, and you’ll be sure to have an incredible experience.
As previously mentioned, Canadians spend a lot of time inside when it’s cold but once the snow is gone they can’t wait to hit the patios of their urban centres, the lakefront porches of their cottages and the campsites with the real national symbol – beer. There’s even a holiday that is more commonly associated with a 24-pack case (known as the two-four) than the long reigning Queen for which it is named (Victoria Day falls ‘around’ the 24th of May, on whatever Monday is closer). Grab one of the big brands or tap into the local specialities, there really is no way to enjoy summertime in Canada.