How to Enjoy the Canadian Summer Before it Runs Out.
Everyone loves the summer sun and long days of the Canadian summer, but how can you enjoy that gorgeous Canadian summer before it runs out? Canada.com suggests 50 ways of celebrating the summer and we’ve picked 10 that we think are the best.
- British Columbia – See the vistas of Cougar Mountain and the Whistler valley while whizzing through old growth trees on a zip line. This is perfect for adrenaline junkies or just those looking to expand their horizons. Find out more here.
- Alberta – Have you ever seen a fossil that dates back 75 million years? At the Dinosaur Provincial Park you can. In the heart of Alberta’s badlands, it contains some of the most important fossil discoveries from the Age of Reptiles. For more, see here.
- Saskatchewan – Nothing says Canada like a Mountie so why not take a Mountie crash course at the RCMP Heritage Center? This is Canadiana at its finest. There are audio tours, activities, and you can see a Sargent Major’s Parade Monday-Friday. Find out about this experience, here.
- Manitoba – Few people know it, but over 3,000 beluga whales make the Churchill River estuary their summer home. Belugas are beautiful, playful, and curious and if you haven’t seen one, you’re missing out. Sometimes on the tour they even see a polar bear. Check out more here.
- Far North – Do you have one of those bumper stickers that say, “I’d rather be golfing?” Well, you might end up changing that to “I’d rather be golfing under the midnight sun.” when you visit Yellowknife’s Golf Club. The vistas are gorgeous and you can golf for as long as you want in 24 hours of daylight. Find out more here.
- Ontario – Enjoy the finest tea time at the Capital. This extravagant tea time is held at Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier and features all the regular tea time accoutrements but kicks it up a notch with the presence of a tea sommelier. Yes, it’s posh, but not so much so that you won’t want to bring the kids. More on the Fairmont Chateau Laurier can be found here.
- Quebec – Do you love getting lost, or maybe even getting found in a maze? Consider visiting the water maze in the marshland near Wakefield. It’s 6.5 kilometers that you can wander through in your own paddle boat while a guide helps you learn about all the sea creatures and plants you’ll find along the way. Find out more about this activity here.
- New Brunswick – Experience lobster at its finest in a lobster boil on the beach. The members of the MacDonald family are ready and waiting to provide you with the lobster experience of your life which includes learning about lobsters, seeing unusual lobsters, and peering into 200,000 gallon saltwater tank full of the delicious crustaceans. Learn more here.
- Nova Scotia – If you’re curious about the Titanic, this is the place for you. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic you can actually relax on a replica deck chair from the Titanic set against a large-scale photograph of the deck immersing you in what it would have been like to be on that fateful voyage. Read more here.
- Newfoundland and Labrador – Check out the purest waters from the north – icebergs in iceberg alley. Icebergs arrive from Greenland every year along these waters. Use IcebergFinder.com to pick out your hilltop to perch on and spy away.
For all 50 great summer ideas from Canada.com, see here.
“This article was written by award-winning mental health writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy.”