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Adventure travel has a unique way of bringing out a very real, and raw side of us. Whether you’re losing your breath over stunning views (or a tough hike), paddling your way through changing tides, or marveling at the sight of wildlife — adventure travel has an uncanny way of pulling us from our everyday lives and to seize the moment.
But even in a world seemingly filled with endless adventure, we won’t hesitate to say that Canada will give a lot of other destinations a run for their money. Whether you’re summiting the Rockies or cycling through remote fishing villages, this vast and magnificent country has so much to offer the thrill-seeking traveler.
Because of this great range of diversity we have here in Canada, we decided to put together a list with the top Adventure Tours of 2017. Here, you’ll find everything from polar bear expeditions in the tundra to heli-tours, snowmobiling, cycling, whale watching, and even a tour that lets you drive supercars between vineyards.
Curious what we found? Check out our list — but be warned, your bucket list is about to get a whole lot longer.
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Open season: August 18 to April 15th Starting prices: 2 nights starts at $499 CAD Website: northerntales.ca Northern Trail Travel Services is your ultimate guide to the winter wonderland of Yukon. The company will take you on epic adventures through the snow capped mountains to try everything from dog mushing to snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. But the company’s ultimate adventure is their Aurora Borealis — Northern Lights — package which takes you to see one of the planet’s most famed natural wonders. It doesn’t get more adventurous and beautiful than that, does it?
Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories Open season: Mid February to mid April Starting prices: 4 days for $4800 CAD Website: www.tundranorthtours.com If you are looking for an adventurous, authentic experience you’ll want to hitch a ride with the folks at Tundra North Tours. Over four days you’ll help their team, lead by Inuit and Sami herders, corral a herd of 3,000 reindeer to their spring calving grounds. During the adventure you’ll ride snowmobiles, mush a sled dog team, and smoke fish by the fire while chatting with local leaders about their life in the Northwest Territories. At night, you’ll watch as the Northern Lights put on a show above you. The experience lead by Tundra North is one of the most exciting and authentic, and is sure to stick with you for a lifetime.
Location: Stratford,Prince Edward Island Open season: June 1st – September 30th Starting prices: $400 CAD a day or $2595 a week Website: peicyclingtours.ca The PEI Cycling Tours are about more than picturesque trails and views, but the people who embark on the adventure with you and the gems you discover along the way. The team at PEI will escort you on a cycle that weaves in and out of trails and roads, bringing you alongside the shifting dunes of Greenwich, the breathtaking Confederation Trail, quaint fishing villages and pastoral farmlands. Along the way you’ll eat the best food the island has to offer and meet friendly islanders who will share their life with you, and probably a laugh, too. Join PEI Cycle Tours if you’re looking for more than a ride, but an immersive experience.
Location: Victoria, British Columbia Open season: April 1 to October 30. Fishing year round Starting prices: $100 CAD Website: seaking.ca The intimate, bespoke whaling and fishing tours run by SeaKing Adventures Inc. have been enlightening and enchanting visitors of Victoria since 1995. Founders Ron and Holly only run two tours a day and cap it at eleven visitors each in order to keep the experience personal and enjoyable. On their tours you’ll have the chance to spot the majestic Orca (Killer) Whale and take part in superb fishing that only local experts could bring you on.
Location: Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia Open season: May 15th – October 15 Starting prices: $99 CAD Website: novashores.com
You can experience the world’s greatest tides while kayaking through Cape Chignecto Provincial Park with the NovaShores Adventures. During high tide you’ll paddle through looming archways among the sea stacks, and at low tide you’ll see the tide drop a mind blowing 40 feet. For a bit of perspective, the amount of water that comes in and out of the bay each tidal cycle is the same amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in two years. Amazing, right? There’s a lot to look at around you, too. NovaShores Adventures will show you the incredible Fundy Cliffs, which are an aspiring UNESCO Geopark. The entire tour is a once in a lifetime experience, and one of the most stunning natural wonders.
Location: Port Mcneill, British Columbia Open season: May 25th to September 25th Starting prices: $1200 CAD Website: orcaseakayaking.com The experts at Discovery Expeditions Canada will take you on the whale watching experience of a lifetime. You’ll start on their private basecamp at the edge of Johnstone Strait which overlooks breathtaking views of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. After getting situated at camp you’ll head out to sea on kayak to get up close and personal with the Orca (Killer) Whale. The entire experience is structured around bringing the rugged beauty of the wilderness to you with a superb attention to detail. Believe us, you’ll want to leave the planning in the hands of these experts because you’re going to walk away wondering if it was all a dream.
Location: Squamish, British Columbia Open season: April 21 to September 30 Starting prices: $153 per person/day Website: canadianoutbackrafting.com Deemed the outdoor recreation capital of Canada, there’s no better place to head for adventure than Squamish — and the folks at Canadian Outback Rafting can’t wait to show you a thrilling experience of their own. On the 20 kilometer tour down the Elaho and Squamish rivers, you’ll experience some of North America’s best white water rapids including the famed Devil’s Elbow and Steamroller-Freight train. Yeah, this is going to be awesome! And when you’re not screaming your head off while gliding through rocky rapids, you’ll take in epic scenery that includes dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers and stunning waterfalls.
Location: Golden, British Columbia Open season: November 25 to April 15 Starting prices: $254 CAD/day Website: whitenwild.ca If you like to go fast, the team at White N Wild Snowmobile Tours is probably going to be your speed. Their adventurous winter tours will put you on the back of a 600cc 4-stroke snowmobile and take you through the scenic Rockies. After racing through some of the best snow on the planet you’ll take a pit-stop mountainside BBQ lunch with your fellow adventure seekers. If you’re excited about the idea but a bit nervous, not to worry. The White N Wild team has tours for everyone from kids and beginners to pros.
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia Open season: March 25 to October 31 Starting prices: $999 CAD per tour per person Website: www.kelownaexoticcartours.com Car lovers, this is a bucket list worthy tour, so take note. The experts at Kelowna Exotic Car tours will arrange for you to drive five different supercars — from Porsche to Ferrari, Audi R8, Aston Martin Vantage and a Corvette — through the breathtaking Okanagan Valley. You get to travel solo, or with a guest in the car, and at each high-class experience along the way you’ll get to hop in a new car to the next destination. You’ll spend the day weaving along winding roads to the Sparkling Hill Resort, various wineries for tasting (except if you’re driving, of course) and for delicious world-class food tastings, too. This is a once in a lifetime experience, and a must for any serious petrol head.
Location: Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia Open season: May 26 to September 22 Starting prices: $310 Website: princeofwhales.com The local luxury experts at Prince of Whales Whale Watching will bring you on the ultimate tour of Victoria. For one day you’ll board their brand new custom-built luxury catamaran to whale watch, then venture out into Victoria for a tour of the capital and the Butchart Gardens. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll finish the day with a spectacular sunset cruise back aboard on the catamaran. Does it get more magical than that? We don’t think so.
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia Open season: Mid June to mid October Starting prices: $675 CAD for 4 days Website: www.greatearthexpeditions.com/ If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of wildlife, the Great Earth Expeditions are the tour for you. Based out of Halifax, the crew and experienced guides will take you along on small private tours through the Cabot Trail to witness bald eagles gliding above you, whales frolicking in the waters below you and penguins waddle by. Along the way the guides will give you a glimpse into both the wildlife and storied culture of Nova Scotia, leaving you with a sense of wonder after all your experiences.
Location: Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia Open season: July – September Starting prices: $1399 CAD Website: www.kayakbritishcolumbia.com/ Is swimming with whales a dream of yours? Well, now you can do the next best thing — kayaking with Killer Whales! The adventure-experts at Wildcoast will not only take you on a world-class glamping expedition on Vancouver island, they’ll escort you on a once in a lifetime kayaking adventure with Orcas. You pretty much get the best of both worlds here, as the Wildcoast folks make sure to provide you with five-star service (think hot tubs, safari tents and gourmet meals) alongside the thrilling adventure of the great outdoors.
Location: Toronto, Ontario Open season: May 1 – September 30 Starting prices: $30 CAD Website: www.torontoislandsup.com If you’re looking to infuse your Toronto holiday with a little taste of adventure and the great outdoors, look no further than Toronto Island SUP. After a quick ten minute drive from downtown you’ll find yourself Stand Up Paddleboarding or even doing SUP yoga with the city and the surrounding forest as your backdrop. The professionals at Toronto Island SUP offer 1.5 hour lessons, and even a much sought after sunset class. Just imagine those views!
Location: Klemtu, British Columbia Open season: June 1st to October 10th Starting prices: Price upon request Website: www.spiritbear.com
If you are an admirer of wildlife, the experience provided by the experts at Spirit Bear Lodge is one you will cherish for a lifetime. During your trip you’ll explore British Columbia, home to both Grizzlies and the ever-rare Spirit bear. Throughout your expedition you’ll learn about the incredible land around you through an eco-cultural lens, as well as follow in the footsteps of some of the continents most incredible creatures. If seeing one of the region’s most elusive creatures is on your bucket list, this is an adventure not to miss.
Location: Jasper, Alberta Open season: May 30th – Octover 15th Starting prices: $307 CAD per small group Website: www.allthingswild.ca Sometimes you need to venture off the beaten path, and the hikers at All Things Wild get that. Their bespoke tours will take you and a small group on a hike that will fulfil all your (wildest) dreams. You’ll always start out at the breathtaking Jasper National Park and venture into the Rockies, but your knowledgeable tour guide takes you on a new and exciting hike that will show you snow capped mountains, forested valleys or along wildlife trails.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Open season: Year round Starting prices: $300 CAD Website: www.vancity-tours.com Thrill seekers, listen up. Vancity Tours is ready to get your adrenaline pumping with a series of thrilling adventures that aren’t for the faint of heart. With these guys guiding you, you can find yourself climbing through the BC treetops, high above the canyon, and across their catwalk on the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. An all-access ticket gets you a pick up from the city in a luxury car and brings you to their park, as well as lets you cut the lines and get right to your adrenaline-junkie ways.
Location: Tehkummah, Ontario Open season: May 15 to October 15 Starting prices: $42-140 CAD a day Website: www.gordonspark.com If you find yourself admiring the heavens just as much as the nature around you, the tours at Gordon’s Park Eco Resort is going to be what you’re looking for. Based in a Designated Sky Preserve in Ontario, their team will take you on a world-class astronomical tour of the galaxy — from the comfort of the ground, of course. The experts will show you not only the stars and planets, but a pristine look at the Aurora Borealis. Plus, if you want to extend your tour you can simply book a campsite and stay overnight to enjoy the unspoiled skies.
Location: Golden, British Columbia Open season: Year round Starting prices: $375 CAD per couple Website: www.northernlightswildlife.com Take a walk on the wildside with the nature preserve experts at Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. The reserve is nestled in the Rockies and is just a short drive from locations like Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore, Revelstoke and more. One of the best parts of the park is that the tour starts when you get there. The wolves run within their own sanctuary, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy their company. And for the brave of heart, they also offer a photo walk where you can get up close and personal with the wolves to capture some awe-inspiring shots.
Location: Galiano, British Columbia Open season: May 1st – October 31st Starting prices: $80-$300 CAD Website: www.touraliano.ca Out on Galiano Island, the water is so clear and pristine the locals joke that it’s like something out of the caribbean or mediterranean. And while you’re out on a hike with the guides of Tour Galiano, they’ll show you just how much of a gem this place really is. The tour takes you up to the top of the mountain where you’ll overlook the stunning views that encompass the Gulf Islands. And if you’re lucky, on your way down the mountain you just might be greeted by a pod of Orcas. When the hike is over you’ll stop at Montague Harbour’s white shell beach — established by the First Nations over 3-thousand years ago. It’s the perfect mix of adventure and leisure and bound to leave you in awe of this incredible place.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Open season: March 1st – November 30th Starting prices: $699 CAD per person Website: www.bestvancouvertours.com There’s only one river in the world where you can catch giant sturgeon, and the fishing experts at Best Vancouver Tours are going to take you there. After taking care of all the logistics like your license, the car and getting you aboard a powerful boat, they’ll take you out on the Fraser River for some of the best fishing of your life. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or not, the excitement of catching fish up to 3.72 meters long will excite just about anybody!
Location: Garden Bay, British Columbia Open season: Year round Starting prices: $149 CAD Website: www.sunshinecoasttours.ca Get out on the water and into the wild with Sunshine Coast Tours. On any of their water expeditions the Sunshine Coast experts will show you awe inspiring nature and wildlife as well as give you wonderful historical knowledge of the region. What’s great about these tours too is that they’re available year round in their heated boats so you can enjoy the glacial fjords and marine wildlife throughout the seasons.
Location: Mobile, Newfoundland Labrador Open season: June to September Starting prices: $50 CAD Website: www.mollybawn.com The folks at Molly Bawn tours don’t just take you out to see whales and puffins, they do so by taking you on board an original Newfoundland-style fishing vessel. Now, that’s what we call adventure! Along the way the guides will take you to the Witless Bay Eco Reserve where you’ll see North America’s largest Atlantic Puffin colony. The area is also home to an abundance of other marine animals, including multiple kinds of whales. If you want to get up close to these animals in a truly unique way, we think these guys have you covered.
Location: Baddeck, Nova Scotia Open season: May – November Starting prices: $110 CAD Website: www.sunshinecoasttours.ca While discovering the great outdoors of Baddeck, Nova Scotia with the Bannockburn team, you’re bound to remember why you fell in love with nature in the first place. During the day long hike the crew will take you up to multiple scenic points where you’ll spot bald eagles, moose and whales. After hiking back into the valley you’ll venture across St. Anne’s Bay into the world famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park before crossing into quaint villages ready for exploration. The day trip is the perfect mix of culture and adventure for anyone looking to get out of the city.
Location: Twillingate, Newfoundland Open season: May – October Starting prices: $50 CAD Website: captdave.ca Captain Dave is ready to welcome you on his ship like you’re his trusty crew, or family. The captain is known for his hospitality whether he’s showing guests icebergs on his personalized tours or taking them along on a cod fishing trip or out to haul lobster pots. While each tour is unique, Captain Dave will be sure to take you by the icebergs and along the majestic coastline of Main Tickle — and if you like wildlife, he knows just the spots to find everything from whales to birds.
Location: Calgary, Calgary Open season: October 12 – November 12 Starting prices: $1,874 CAD Website: www.classiccanadiantours.com They might call their business Classic Canadian Tours, but there’s nothing that’s really typical about getting to jet off to polar bear country for a chance to see one of these animal in person. That’s right — you’ll fly up to bear country in Churchill, Manitoba to see one of the world’s most famed and elusive creatures roaming free. For one day of extreme adventure, the folks at Classic Canadian tours will jet you up there, talk to you about these animals then send you on a Tundra Buggy to go find them with the crew. After your expedition you’ll get to explore town and eat dinner before jetting back and wondering if it was all a dream.
Location: Quebec, The Maritimes and Newfoundland Open season: June – September Starting prices: $165 CAD per day (22 day tour) Website: www.moosenetwork.com The adventure and travel experts at Moose Travel Network have a pretty good idea of just how big and magnificent their country is. And in an effort to show off as much as they could, they created their 22 day eastern Canadian Screech Tour through Ontario, Quebec, The Maritimes, and Newfoundland. Throughout the expedition (oh yes, it’s an expedition all right) you’ll travel through 5 provinces and 14 locations seeing everything from Gros Morne mountain to wildlife like whales. And fair warning, they’ll probably try and convince you to get ‘screeched’ in St. John’s. It involves kissing a fish, but these friendly North Americans just want to take you along for the ride. If you have the time to set aside, there’s probably not another tour that will show you so much of what this region has to offer.
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Open season: July – August Starting prices: $270 CAD a day Website: www.terreboreale.com Get a personal guide to the famous Donjek Glacier with the help of the experts at Terre Boréale. They’ll take you along for a 10 day adventure through Kluane National Park where you’ll admire nature, spot grizzlies, moose, caribou and sheep and even sleep right in front of the famous glacier you worked so hard to hike to. With this team, it’s all about the personal touch. And having that little luxury is worth for a once-in-a-lifetime trip like this is well worth it.
Location: North Bend, British Columbia Open season: May – September Starting prices: $329 per night Website: www.reorafting.com On the edge of the Nahatlatch River you’ll find glamping tents and a knowledgeable staff ready to show you a great time. The crew at REO Rafting Resort not only wants to make sure you relax in their glamorous tents or at yoga, but also that you have an exhilarating adventure out on the river riding glacier fed rapids. It’s the perfect combination of adventure and rejuvenation, and we bet you’ll have trouble packing your bags to go home.
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba Open season: May – September Starting prices: $16 CAD Website: www.fortwhyte.org Ready to get up close and personal with North America’s largest land mammal? Then hop on board the safari bus with the FortWhyte Alive team at their wildlife refuge. On their 640 acres of protected land you’ll get to encounter these incredible creatures that once roamed much of the continent. Not only do you get to see the animals though, the folks there want to teach and show you as much as they can about them so you can walk away with a deeper understanding of the animal and its history here. Where else are you going to get an adventure quite like that?
Location: Manitoba, Hudson Bay Coast Open season: July 11th – August 22nd Starting prices: $11,295 CAD for 8 days/7 nights Website: www.churchillwild.com Dubbed the World’s Next Great Safari, the wildlife expedition into the arctic’s polar bear country is arguably one of the best and most exclusive adventures on the planet. Over eight days and seven nights you’ll be treated like a king by the folks at the Seal River Heritage Lodge who will not only attend to your every need, but anticipate it. It’s the world’s only fly-in Polar Bear Eco Lodge and might be one of the only places that will arrange for you to swim with beluga whales in the wild. If you are looking for a truly unforgettable experience, it doesn’t get much more out there or adventurous than this.
Location: Peachland, British Columbia Open season: Year round Starting prices: $119 CAD Website: www.okanaganatvtours.com If you’re really driven by adventure, you’re going to want to check out the ATV tours by Okanagan ATV in Peachland, BC. The experienced guides will take you deep into the backcountry where you’ll ride trails that wind through the trees, pass secluded lakes and summit a mountain for panoramic views of the Okanagan Lake. If that’s not enough for you, they also offer tours that include zip lining and a wine tasting, too.
Location: Nobel, Ontario Open season: May – September Starting prices: $145 CAD Website: www.whitesquall.com Jump on board one of White Squall Paddling Centre’s kayaks for a day of adventure and fun. They’ll take you through the sheltered bays and rugged islands of Georgian Bay, home to some 30-thousand islands and the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. It’s a great activity for both experienced paddlers and newbies since the waters are generally calm and the views are spectacular. The folks at White Squall also offer multi-day trips if you just can’t get enough!
Location: Toronto, Ontario Open season: April 23rd – November 4th Starting prices: $45 CAD Website: www.redwinginstitute.com For a mix of adventure and history you should hitch yourself to tour guides at the Redwing Institute. During their Culture & Nature Discovery walk, they’ll take you on a hike through the Humber River Valley where you’ll learn about the indigenous peoples and how Toronto got its start more than 12,000 years ago when these people settled here. It’s an experiential and interactive experience for anyone who wants to know more about the nature and history surrounding Toronto.
Location: Magog, Quebec Open season: Year round Starting prices: $28 CAD Website: www.mariaauxcerises.com Located just outside the cherished Eastern Townships between Mont-Orford Park and Lake Memphremagog, the marshy, wooded bogs of Marais are ready to be explored. During your kayaking adventure the guides at Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises will show you millenia work of biodiversity, birds, mammals and amphibians. It’s the ideal adventure to get out in nature and learn more about this beautiful region, and they also offer trail tours, too.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Open season: May 1st – September 25th Starting prices: $120 CAD Website: https://vancouvertours.com/tour/sea-to-sky-tour/ Does a scenic drive along one of the world’s best coastal drives sound like your speed? Then the experts at Landsea Tours & Adventures have just what you’re looking for. They’ll take you along the world renowned Sea to Sky Highway — taking you through seaside villages of Horseshoe Bay, over to Shannon Falls, and up to the top of their private lookout with sweeping views of Howe Sound. And if you’re really feeling up for the adventure, they have a suspension bridge up there that takes you right over the treetops. The entire adventure will leave you breathless.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Open season: May 1st – September 25th Starting prices: $120 CAD Website: www.ecotours-bc.com Wilderness, adventure and bears — oh my! If you’re the kind of traveler who wants a unique experience that gets you up close with the locals (and by locals, we mean the wildlife) then the folks at Ecotours-BC have just the adventure in mind. The Ecotours experts offer tours that range from exploring the area with their “Bear Whisperer” observing grizzlies, moose and caribou to helicopter adventures and glamping in their floating lodge. It’s a truly memorable experience that combines both an authentic wilderness experience and a bit of glamour for a whole lot of adventure.
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Open season: May 1st – November 1st Starting prices: $375 CAD per day Website: www.yukonhorsepacking.com The professionals at Yukon Horsepacking Adventures understand that the best way to explore the wilderness is by embracing it. So during their day ride adventures, they’ll get you on the back of a horse so you have the best chance of seeing the incredible wildlife this region has to offer. The horseback riding experience is a slow, relaxing pace so you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and soak up the landscape. But don’t let that fool you, this ride is nothing short of adventure. After a full day of riding you can also stay at their lodge in Fox Lake where they have a sauna, fire pits and a huge dining hall — believe us, it’s going to be the perfect way to end the day.
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Open season: November 15th – March 31st Starting prices: $725 CAD for 3 days Website: www.sundogretreat.com Adventure by day and sweet serenity by night, the folks at Sundog Retreat will make sure all your expectations are met. During the day their tour guides and experts will take you out ice fishing, dog sledding and even out into the wildlife habitats. Then at night, you can head to their wide open spaces for a stunning view of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, and to listen to the incredible silence. each of their private mountain view cottages aren’t too shabby either.
Location: White Rock, British Columbia Open season: June 1st – September 30th Starting prices: $175 CAD Website: www.whiterockseatours.com If you want to see whales dancing off the coast of Vancouver, the experts at White Rock Sea Tours will immerse you in their adventure. Aboard their ship you’ll explore secluded bays, secret coves and world-class scenery while scouting for killer and humpback whales as well as porpoise, sea lions and so much more. Along the way the guides will point out wildlife, give you an engaging history lesson and they’ll also stop for lunch on a local island.
Location: Churchill, Manitoba Open season: Various dates Starting prices: $5,799 CAD Website: https://www.adventurecanada.com/
Churchill is one of Canada’s top destinations for adventurers. It’s where travelers have ventured to see Manitoba’s polar bears, also known as the Kings of the Arctic, for decades. However, the history and culture of this area are just as impressive as the creatures who call it home.
This Tundra Buggy Adventure involves a full tour of the town, including the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada facility, as well as up close and personal experiences with polar bears and a once-in-a-lifetime dog sledding tour. Culture and adventure combine to create one of the arctic’s most exciting tours, and on top of it all, it’s a photographer’s dream come true.