If you live for the rush — always seeking out the next big adventure, then you may see yourself as an adrenaline junkie. After all, what beats the thrill of pushing your limits — challenging yourself in ways you never imagined?
Although you can easily go sky diving or bungee jumping, there are destinations that are known to offer thrill-seeking adventure around every bend. In Canada, there’s so much opportunity to explore, especially for those looking for the next big thrill. From coast to coast, there’s so much to see and do, starting with these must-see destinations.
Be Sure to Check Out These 5 Canadian Destinations
A surge of adrenaline can make you feel as though you’re capable of just about anything. As you head out into nature, allowing yourself to push the boundaries, there’s only one word to describe how you feel — alive. For those who surf, cycle, or snowboard — take your pick, Canada is full of adventure-seeking opportunities.
- Whistler-Blackcomb — British Columbia
Whether you’re Canadian or not — everyone needs to experience Whistler-Blackcomb at least once in their lives. Located 121 km north of Vancouver, it’s highly accessible and most certainly unforgettable. Although you can ski and snowboard your little heart out, there’s more to this destination that first meets the eye, including:
- A bobsled ride down the world’s fastest track — hitting speeds up to 125+ km/hour
- Backcountry skiing/snowboarding tours, allowing you to leave the lifts behind
- Whistler Bungee allows thrill-seekers to jump 160 feet over a frozen gorge
- Bay of Fundy — New Brunswick
Home to the highest tides in the world, twice a day, one hundred and sixty billion tons of water flood this area, before retreating back into the Atlantic. Check out the Hopewell Rocks as well — incredible rock formations that have been carved by tide erosion. For those seeking adventure:
- Take a zodiac out to spot whales and other unique marine life
- Zipline along the bay at Cape Enrage, traveling 140-feet before hitting the ocean floor
- Kayak through the rock formations during high tide
- Surf Cow Bay — Nova Scotia
Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Cow Bay is an absolute gem for surfers. Here, you’ll find two main beaches — Rainbow Haven and Silver Sands. These are both internationally known as kayaking and surfing hotspots. There are also plenty of exciting cycling trails. While you’re on the small province of Nova Scotia, be sure to check out:
- A hot air balloon tour, overlooking Annapolis Valley from 1,000 feet above
- Backcountry camping opportunities, allowing you to see the night sky as it’s meant to be discovered
- White-water rafting along the Shubenacadie River
- Auyuittuq National Park — Nunavut
As you head north, you’ll find Baffin Island within the territory of Nunavut. If you plan on taking any self-guided adventures, including skiing, climbing, or hiking, you will want to be both experienced and well-prepared. If you’re keen on checking out this incredible national park, but aren’t confident in your backcountry abilities, then guided expeditions are also available. Some of the best spots to check out include:
- Akshayuk Pass allows skiers to experience a ride unlike any other
- Advanced climbers take advantage of Mt. Tirokowa and Thor Peak
P.S – For this destination, make sure to bring a solid wind breaker/rain jacket as it can get kind of chilli!
- Vallée Bras-du-Nord — Quebec
For anyone who enjoys off-road cycling, this area offers up unbeatable cross-country mountain biking. Many Canadians travel across the country, as well as those from North Eastern United States to experience these trails. You will also pass by some of Canada’s most stunning deciduous forests. Once again, Quebec is home to plenty of adventure, including:
- Hike, canoe, or snowshoe in Parc National de le Jacques-Cartier
- The longest Air Canyon-style zipline in Canada, located at Canyon Sainte-Anne
Although there are hundreds of adventures to be experienced, one thing is certain — Canada is the ultimate thrill-seeking destination. With a backyard unlike any other, the vast wilderness gives way to unique opportunities and endless exploration. Whether you want to venture out to sea, stay on land, or head up in the air — there’s something for everyone.
After all, what is life — but a grand adventure?
Author : I’m Dan, and I’m the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. I’m also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. I enjoy all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. I currently live in Brazil where I can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around my city!