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What's up with Canada? Your outdoor adventure guide

18 September 2018

Chilling up north of the US, Canada is pretty famous for its impressive Rocky Mountains, super friendly people and adding ‘eh’ to the end of every sentence. But we’ll bet there are a few things you didn’t know about this quirky country too. Get ready for wild adventures, crazy creatures, jaw-dropping national parks and a few WTF facts that will have you saying Oh Canada!

KICK BACK WITH BEARS IN BANFF

Banff is Canada’s first national park (there are a whopping 42 national parks in the whole country). Paddle around the famous emerald waters of Lake Louise. Ride on horseback through flower-filled Sunshine Meadows. Go heli-skiing in the untouched glaciers. Brave some of the best white-water rafting rapids in the world. Take a chill drive through the ancient glaciers, sweeping valleys and dense pine forest of the Icefields Parkway. Then stop for a picnic on the way (but hide the honey! Plenty of grizzlies are sniffing around looking for a quick snack).

WTF: Some parks even recommend bringing bear pepper spray to keep particularly nosey bears at bay.

YOLO IN YOHO

While Banff gets all the love, awesome Yoho park deserves a big shout out too. Emerald Lake is no less spectacular than Lake Louise, offering amazing opportunities for water sports or just chilling on the banks with a frosty beer. Hiking is epic with trails winding through soaring mountains, plus loads of wildlife around every corner. Check out the second highest waterfall in Canada, Takakkaw Falls. Hunt for fossils in the Burgess Shale. And take it easy in the spectacular Lake O’Hara Alpine area (some even say it's the most beautiful spot in the Rocky Mountains).

WTF: Canada's post office receives millions of letters to Santa Claus in the North Pole. The cool people who work there send back letters to all the kids signed by Mrs. Claus.

GO WILD IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Jasper is the most untamed of all the mountain parks in the Rockies. Connected to the famous Columbia Icefields, it has loads of soaring glaciers for adventurous hikers to conquer. Go skiing in the Marmot Basin. Brave the hair-raising Glacier Skywalk. Spot roaming wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. Heat things up at the Miette Hot Springs. Scale Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Or hit the water at a bunch of lakeside beaches perfect for wild water sports or lazy days in the sun.

WTF: You can join the “Sourtoe Cocktail Club” in Dawson City by finishing a drink with a real human toe bobbing around at the bottom of the glass. Don’t forget the motto “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow—but the lips have gotta touch the toe.”

GET WET IN WELLS GRAY PARK

With over 39 waterfalls, roaring rivers and pristine lakes, Wells Gray Park is a wonderland for water lovers. Paddle across Hallamore Lake. Ride a watery rollercoaster of crazy rapids on Clearwater River. Fly fish for high-jumping salmon or go ice fishing on Dutch Lake. Back on dry land, hop on a mountain bike and follow trails deep into the pine forest. Mush a dogsled over the ice fields or get your zoom on with a snowmobile safari.

WTF: McDonalds in Canada are the only restaurants to sell the weird McLobster burger.

Canada is calling! Explore these national parks and much more on your adventure holiday in Canada.