Whenever thinking about Canada, there are different adventures that you automatically think about, like skiing, dogsledding and canoeing. However, at the same time, there are numerous other adventures that can be experienced. Below you can find some that are unexpected and not even known by numerous Canadians. The next time you get your ETA Canada approval, prepare for a different than expected coffee experience and plan for the following adventures.
Surf A Big Wave
Canada does not have the prestige that the warmer destinations like Hawaii have but its coastlines offer wonderful surfing all around the year. As an example, Tofino, B.C., is officially regraded as being one of the very best surfing towns in the entire world, according to National Geographic. There are surfing schools you can join if you need lessons and waves can reach a height of around ten meters.
When visiting Canada’s East Coast, seriously consider Lawrencetown Beach, but only if you are experienced. Winter water should be avoided, with surfing season ranging between August and November.
Shipwreck Scuba Diving
Tobermory is the scuba diving capital of Canada, a lovely resort-like town that is located in Bruce Peninsula. You want to visit because of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, which gives access to some tremendous diving locations. You also want to go to British Columbia and Race Rocks, close to Victoria.
If you are interested in something even more special, Chemainus, close to the East Coast of Vancouver Island, gives you the opportunity to explore the wreck of a Boeing 737. Those brave enough can even get inside the plane’s cockpit.
In Alberta you can see the Dinosaur Provincial Park, which is located to the southeast of the Badlands, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site where numerous dinosaur fossils were discovered. Fossils from 35 species were already discovered and excavations are ongoing. Those that are aspiring archaeologists are allowed to join a professional dig with an expert paleontological technician.
Those that do not want to dig can go on guided hikes, bus tours and even self-guided experiences. If visiting, be sure that you take the sunset photography tour since it includes incredible destinations like Valley of the Moon and Valley of the Gold.
North America’s Tallest Sand Dune
Canada’s flattest area is Saskatchewan but it is also where you can find the tallest sand dunes in the entire country and North America continent. Athabasca Sand Dunes reach a height of up to 30 meters and stretch for 100 kilometers. A provincial park protects the dunes and you do need to be experienced if you want to visit since there are no roads, facilities or services present. Float plane is the only way to visit and you have to be ready for 100% self-sustained wilderness. Even so, experiencing what you would expect from Sahara in Canada is quite special and unexpected.
Hike A Volcano
Last but not least, Canada offers wonderful volcano hikes. You should visit Mount Garibaldi, the best-known volcano in the country, with numerous guided excursions available. If looking for a newer volcano, Wells-Gray in BC, which erupted in the mid-1500s should also be taken into account.