Top 25 Must-Try Canadian Eco-Adventures of 2018

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Treat Mother Nature with kindness, and she will reward you generously with her bountiful wonders.

 

Canada is gaining popularity around the world, thanks to our good-looking Prime Minister, free healthcare and reputation for being chronically nice. But beyond those (mainly true) rumours, what makes this country special is its vast natural beauty. Journey past the towering mountains, the crystal-clear lakes and the untouched forests, and you’ll only see a small portion of what Canada offers. And for those who don’t want to hurt Mother Nature in the process, the growing eco-tourism community makes it easier to have meaningful experiences that leave a smaller footprint. There are tons of ways to have an impactful, educational, fun and heart-pumping adventure in the Canadian wilderness. Let’s explore the best ones this year.

 

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Cultural

1. Three Hour Sail | 2. CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. | 3. Meeting Place Organic Farm | 4. Gordon’s Park | 5. Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre | 6. Tundra North Tours | 7. Ogopogo Tours | 8. Discover Okanagan Tours

 

Adventure Sports

9. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures | 10. NovaShores Adventures | 11. Skookum Adventures | 12. Elora Raft Rides | 13. Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park | 14. Discovery Expeditions Canada | 15. Canadian Outback Rafting | 16. White N Wild Snowmobile Tours | 17. Treeosix Adventure Parks | 18. D-Tour Tremblant

 

Wildlife/Wilderness

19. Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions | 20. Cove Adventure Tours | 21. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | 22. Big Tree Tours | 23. Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours | 24. Helen Schuler Nature Centre | 25. Classic Canadian Tours

 

Cultural

 

1. Three Hour Sail

 

Open Season: June 15th — September 7th
Starting Prices: $78.75 CAD for 1.5 hour evening tour; $99.75 CAD for 3 hour tour
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Website: www.threehoursail.com

There’s no better way to learn something new than aboard a tall wooden ship. Gain a new perspective of the local history and wildlife of Victoria as you cruise along the Strait of Juan da Fuca. The experts at Three Hour Sail offer a great tour that is both educational and entertaining. You can even learn how to haul the sails, take the helm or ride the bowsprit. Or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Don’t be surprised if you pass some local wildlife on the way, including eagles, great blue herons, seals, dolphins or even whales!

 

2. CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

 

Open Season: June 15th — September 7th
Starting Prices: $78.75 CAD for 1.5 hour evening tour; $99.75 CAD for 3 hour tour
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Website: www.caperace.com

If you’re looking for eco, experiential tourism, this one’s for you. The folks at CapeRape want to create a truly authentic Newfoundland experience, without with the annoying logistics. They provide you with a self-guided travel plan as well as “rustic-luxe” accommodations. You just have to show up. Use their travel guide to explore the rich local culture and wildlife at your own pace. Form real connections with local communities. Spontaneity is encouraged.

 

3. Meeting Place Organic Farm

 

Open Season: Mother’s Day weekend in May, weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving, October
Starting Prices: $50 CAD per tour
Location: Lucknow, Ontario
Website: www.meetingplaceorganicfarm.ca

 

When do you get an opportunity to go to a farm, meet the farmers and see what a sustainable organic farm looks like? The guys at Meeting Place Organic Farm are passionate about sustainable farming and they’d love to teach you a thing or two. There’s tons of stuff to do for the whole family, including self-guided tours, and wagon rides. Visit the adorable animals or learn a little bit about sustainable farming practices. Top it all off with a delicious gluten-free sausage on a bun. My mouth is literally watering as I type this.

 

4. Gordon’s Park

 

Open Season: May 15th — October 7th
Starting Prices: Varied based on different packages
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Website:  www.gordonspark.com

 

If you thought the great Canadian landscape was magnificent, wait until you see it at night. Gordon’s Park is a great destination for star gazers and astronomy nerds alike. Gordon’s Park is a designated dark sky preserve, which means that there is minimal light pollution and maximal star gazing opportunities. The Gordons offer great camping, away from the noise. They also host regular dark sky programming like astronomy nights and telescope observations. The best thing is that the Aurora Borealis is regularly visible from this area. Most Canadians haven’t even seen that wondrous beauty!

 

5. Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre

 

Open Season: June 1st to August 24th (2019 season)
Starting Prices: $7 CAD per day
Location: Shediac, New Brunswick
Website: www.ecocentrehomarus.org

 

And now for something completely different. Introduce yourself to the mysterious world of lobsters. Take a tour at the Homarus Eco-Centre and learn about these cute crustaceans and the marine ecosystem in the Northumberland Strait. This not-for-profit organization has found a fun, interactive way to raise awareness of the fragility of the marine ecosystem. Go on a virtual lobster fishing boat see how lobster fishing is done.

 

6. Tundra North Tours

 

Open Season: Mid February to mid April
Starting Prices: $4,800 CAD for 4 days
Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Website: www.tundranorthtours.com

 

Immerse yourself in an authentic Arctic experience like no other, as you travel across the Northwest Territories, from Inuvik to the Frozen Arctic Ocean. Imagine snowmobiling alongside Inuit herders as they herd 3,000 reindeer across the snowy tundra. Watch the shimmering Northern lights before you head inside your igloo for the night. Learn about traditional Inuvik life as you mush your own dog team, engage in traditional song and dance, smoke fish and share a feast with Inuvik elders. What a unique opportunity to connect with the Arctic and the people who call it home.

 

7. Ogopogo Tours

 

Open Season: Year round
Starting Prices: $99 CAD
Location: Summerland, British Columbia
Website: www.ogopogotours.com

Sip world-class, organic wine as you meet the people who helped craft it. Take in the beautiful views and learn about how the climate in the area contributes to the unique variety of wines. The Ogopogo guides create an unforgettable experience that’s fun, interactive and educational. They also pride themselves on maintaining sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

 

8. Discover Okanagan Tours

 

Open Season: April to October
Starting Prices: $80-125
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Website: www.discoverokanagantours.com

 

Another way to explore the rich bounty of the Okanagan region. The folk at Discover Okanagan love their home and are eager to share it with you. Take one of many tours designed to show off some of the best food and drinks in the area. Sit back and relax as your friendly guide and chauffeur introduce you to the wonders of Okanagan. Take a wine tour along the Westside Wine Trail or explore the craft brews in the area. The choice is yours.

 

Adventure Sports

9. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures | 10. NovaShores Adventures | 11. Skookum Adventures | 12. Elora Raft Rides | 13. Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park | 14. Discovery Expeditions Canada | 15. Canadian Outback Rafting | 16. White N Wild Snowmobile Tours | 17. Treeosix Adventure Parks | 18. D-Tour Tremblant

9. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

 

Open Season: May to October
Starting Prices: $85 CAD per adult
Location: Collingwood, Ontario
Website: www.sceniccaves.com

Don’t just visit one of Canada’s UNESCO biosphere reserves. Glide through it. Take a 1000 ft. zip ride through the picturesque escarpment. Get a little adrenaline rush as you learn about the plant and animals of the region at heights of up to 60 meters above the forest floor. Visit hidden caves and caverns that were once home to the First Nation’s Petun tribe. Venture across Southern Ontario’s longest 420 ft. suspension bridge. These guys offer a fun, active and educational way to explore the natural beauty of the area.

 

10. NovaShores Adventures

 

Open Season: May 15th — October 15th
Starting Prices: $136.85 CAD
Location: Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia
Website: novashores.com

Get ready to experience the beauty of the maritimes by sea kayak. Paddle through a cornucopia of cliffs and rocks of different shapes, sizes and colours. The sights are spectacular and the tides are some of the biggest in the world. Visit the Chignecto cliffs, where Pangea separated millions of years ago. See the artifacts of our earth’s history firsthand as you kayak through this geological wonderland.

11. Skookum Adventures

 

Open Season: All year round
Starting Prices: $99 a person
Location: Skookumchuck, British Columbia
Website: www.wildskook.com

Get that river adventure fix. Skookum Adventures offers a bunch of fun and safe ways to explore the Canadian wilderness. Float down the charming Kootenay river. White water raft along the mighty Skookumchuck Creek. Or try out white water tubing. You can even share adventure stories later as you relax in their rustic accommodations. Tucked in the forest, surrounded by pristine rivers, lakes and mountains, it’s the perfect way to get off the grid for a night or two.

 

12. Elora Raft Rides

 


Open Season: Early May to end of October
Starting Prices: $25 CAD per adult
Location: Elora, Ontario
Website: EloraRaftRides.com

This is white-water rafting like you’ve never experienced it before. Climb on into your one-man, self-steered cata-raft, called a RiverBug. You are guided down the Grand River on a three-hour trip, where you will encounter 36 sets of white-water rapids, a waterfall, and a whole lot of beautiful views. Your local guide makes your trip complete with a low down on the unique culture, geology and wildlife in the surrounding area. It’s the perfect adventure for both seasoned and nice white-water enthusiasts.

 

13. Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park

 

Open Season: May 20th — October 31st
Starting Prices: $85 CAD
Location: Bayfield, Ontario
Website: https://www.windmill-lake.ca

 

Water fun for the whole family! Windmill Lake is a friendly, inclusive, sustainable park to enjoy the great outdoors and perhaps try something new. Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at wakeboarding or stand up paddleboarding. It’s the perfect spot, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. They even offer lessons. You can also rent canoes, kayaks and pedal boating for some equally fun water time with a little less adrenaline. If you’re lucky, you may even see some turtles, fish and over 130 species of birds in the park.

 

14. Discovery Expeditions Canada

 

Open Season: May 25th — September 25th
Starting Prices: $950 USD
Location: Port Mcneill, British Columbia
Website: www.orcaseakayaking.com

 

Spend four incredible days on a whale watching kayak expedition. Learn about the local wildlife, culture, history and preservation efforts as you explore remote destinations around Vancouver Island and the West Coast. Sleep in a comfortable basecamp on a private island and wake up next to a lush ecological reserve. Spectacular views await. And of course, orcas.

 

15. Canadian Outback Rafting

 

Open Season: April 21st — September 30th
Starting Prices: $153.99 CAD
Location: Squamish, British Columbia
Website: www.canadianoutbackrafting.com

 

Pack your bathing suit and prepare for an exhilarating white-water rapid ride along 20 kilometers of lush forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers and cascading waterfalls. Make sure to look out for native wildlife along the Elaho and Squamish Rivers. Deer, beavers, eagles, and even bears have been known to make an appearance along the river’s edge.

 

16. White N Wild Snowmobile Tours

 

Open Season: November 25th — April 15th
Starting Prices: $254
Location: Golden, Alberta
Website: whitenwild.ca

 

Enjoy a scenic ride as you tour the Canadian Rocky Mountains on a snowmobile. These snowmobile tours are a thrilling way to take in the magnificent views while learning about the area. Bring the whole family. From mild to wild, beginners to advanced, there’s an experience here for everyone. Plus, the White N Wild guys offer free shuttles from Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise or Field.

 

17. Treeosix Adventure Parks

 

Open Season: May 1st — September 30th
Starting Prices: $20-85 CAD
Location: Waskesiu, Saskatchewan
Website: www.treeosix.com

 

Push your boundaries and soar at great heights. Treeosix Adventure Parks offers guided zipline tours for the whole family. They’ve got 6,000 linear feet of ziplines through the boreal forest of northern Saskatchewan and the pine forest of the Cypress Hills. Pair that with wild zipline challenges, crazy pirate ship’s ladders, heart-pumping sky bridges, parachute simulators, giant swing and mini-zips for kids, and you’ve got a recipe for an adrenaline pumping, nature-loving, authentically Saskatchewanian good time.

 

18. D-Tour Tremblant

 

Open Season: May 13th — October 22nd
Starting Prices: $87 CAD
Location: Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Website: www.dtourtremblant.com/

 

Fasten your helmet and prepare for the ride of a lifetime! Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Mont Tremblant as you ride along on an e-Bike. An E-bike is an electrically-enhanced fat bike, which means you can see more in less time. And in a place like this, there is no shortage of spectacular sights to see. D-Tour Tremblant also offers tour options, including their 2-hour Discovery tour, which is a great option for e-Bike novices.

 

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Cultural

1. Three Hour Sail | 2. CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. | 3. Meeting Place Organic Farm | 4. Gordon’s Park | 5. Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre | 6. Tundra North Tours | 7. Ogopogo Tours | 8. Discover Okanagan Tours

 

Adventure Sports

9. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures | 10. NovaShores Adventures | 11. Skookum Adventures | 12. Elora Raft Rides | 13. Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park | 14. Discovery Expeditions Canada | 15. Canadian Outback Rafting | 16. White N Wild Snowmobile Tours | 17. Treeosix Adventure Parks | 18. D-Tour Tremblant

 

Wildlife/Wilderness

19. Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions | 20. Cove Adventure Tours | 21. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | 22. Big Tree Tours | 23. Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours | 24. Helen Schuler Nature Centre | 25. Classic Canadian Tours

 

19. Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions

 

Open Season: All year round
Starting Prices: $55 CAD for 2-3 hour tour
Location: Pender Island, British Columbia
Website: www.dogmermaid.com/

 

Explore the Gulf Islands, home to some of the most majestic sights and animals on the West Coast. Dog Mermaid offers a plethora of ways to connect with nature and discover your adventurous side. Go whale watching from a small plane. Take a boat tour with a local guide and learn about the fascinating wildlife in the area. Go on a kayak tour with the whole family. Fish for your lunch with a local fishing guide. There are tons of opportunities for everyone.

 

20. Cove Adventure Tours

 

Open Season: All year round
Starting Prices: $175 CAD per day + GST
Location: Port Hardy, British Columbia
Website: www.coveadventuretours.com

 

Turn off your cell phone and get off the grid. Cove Adventure Tours provides an experience that is way more stimulating. Journey through the rainforest and see some of the largest old-growth Spruce trees on Vancouver Island. Or spend an afternoon at the west coast beach to check out the magnificent sea stacks, sea caves and tidal pools. So many amazing things to see. The photo opportunities are endless.

 

21. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

 

Open Season: End of May to beginning of October
Starting Prices: $400 CAD/hr; free for hotel guests
Location: Jasper, Alberta
Website: www.fairmont.com/jasper

 

Imagine sitting in a 12 person clipper canoe surrounded by the crystal clear aquamarine lake of Jasper National Park. Now make this dream a reality. Paddle along this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you learn about the geography and wildlife from an interpretive guide. Look in any direction and prepare to be breathless from the stunning sights of Whistler Mountain, Edith Cavell and Pyramid Mountain. It’s that quintessential Canadian Rockies experience.

 

22. Big Tree Tours

 

Open Season: May-October
Starting Prices: $150 CAD
Location: Port Renfrew, British Columbia
Website: www.bigtreetours.ca

 

Prepare to develop an inferiority complex as you walk by some of the tallest living trees on Earth. These guys can grow more than 14ft wide and over 200ft tall and live for more than a thousand years. Take a tour of the ancient Avatar Grove forest, home to the San Juan Spruce, the Red Creek Fir and the Big Lonely Doug. Learn about the ecology and history of the region from the local guide and conservationist. Or take professional photography tour. The real challenge is fitting these trees in your selfie.

 

23. Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours

 

Open Season: March 1 to October 31
Starting Prices: $49 CAD for 2-3 hour tour
Location: Parksville, British Columbia
Website: www.rainforestnaturehikes.com

 

Unplug from technology and immerse yourself in the healing properties of trees and plants. Rainforest Nature Hikes offer a forest bathing walking tour through the lush forest of Vancouver Island. Walk quietly, slowly and deliberately through the forest, taking in the sounds, scents, colours and forms of nature. It’s a great way to clear your head and press reset.

 

24. Helen Schuler Nature Centre

 

Open Season: All year round
Starting Prices: By donation
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
Website: www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc

 

Check out this green urban oasis, just minutes away from downtown Lethbridge. Choose from one of many self-guides trails and get walking. Or take a look at the interactive, immersive river valley exhibit. Perfect for anyone looking to learn about Lethbridge’s diverse natural history.  Spot local wildlife and discover a variety of flaura and fauna along the way.

 

25. Classic Canadian Tours

 

Open Season: Late October to mid November
Starting Prices: $1,874.25 CAD including GST
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Website: www.classiccanadiantours.com

 

Take a trip off the beaten track. You might just see something spectacular. Classic Canadian Tours offer an experience like no other. Board a Tundra Buggy® and travel across Churchill Manitoba, witnessing polar bears as they migrate towards the coast. It’s a fun, unique way to view these fantastic creatures safely comfortably.

 

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Cultural

1. Three Hour Sail | 2. CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. | 3. Meeting Place Organic Farm | 4. Gordon’s Park | 5. Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre | 6. Tundra North Tours | 7. Ogopogo Tours | 8. Discover Okanagan Tours

 

Adventure Sports

9. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures | 10. NovaShores Adventures | 11. Skookum Adventures | 12. Elora Raft Rides | 13. Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park | 14. Discovery Expeditions Canada | 15. Canadian Outback Rafting | 16. White N Wild Snowmobile Tours | 17. Treeosix Adventure Parks | 18. D-Tour Tremblant

Wildlife/Wilderness

19. Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions | 20. Cove Adventure Tours | 21. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | 22. Big Tree Tours | 23. Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours | 24. Helen Schuler Nature Centre | 25. Classic Canadian Tours

 

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