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adventure

Underground Adventure: Caving in Canmore

April 15, 2016
By Afton Aikens

I never win anything, so it was a bit of a shock when I won a tour for two at a networking event that happened to be on my birthday.

The event was at the Canmore Cave Tours office. I had written about their tours before in Where Canadian Rockies and knew they had a great reputation, but frankly I wasn’t fond of the idea of crawling around in a cave. Ironically enough, a few minutes before I won the tour I’d been talking to the owner about my apprehension. He chuckled when my name was drawn.

Although I was uneasy about the tour, in my mind since I’d won there was no way I wouldn’t go—it was a reason to challenge myself, and I’m happy I did.

Canmore Cave Tour

“Everything is awesome when you’re down in a cave!” (Diana sang this little motivational song to help us out)

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Big Mountain Adventure

Local pros suggest exhilarating winter excursions

Dec. 7, 2015
By Afton Aikens

Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain, John Price, Travel Alberta

Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain, John Price, Travel Alberta

Massive. Rugged. Incredible. Whatever your interpretation, there’s no denying that the Canadian Rockies leave an impression.

In winter, peaks and valleys draped in snow and ice create a magical outdoor playground that entices adventurers into its wilderness.

For professional climber, paraglider and kayaker Will Gadd, growing up here shaped his identity and sparked a lifetime of legendary exploits.

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12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Labrador, on Canada’s east coast, is one of the best places to see the northern nights

We admit it, we’re a bit aurora borealis obsessed here at Where.ca. But can you blame us? Canada is one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights in all their glory. Travellers interested in seeing the show should know that the phenomenon is most vibrant in winter, though they can be seen all year in certain spots. In this gorgeous slide show, we’ve singled out the best places to see the northern lights from coast to coast.

• Start the slide show for the best places to see the northern lights »
• See a map of all the best places to see the northern lights »

10 Canadian Adventures to Book This Spring and Summer

By SANAM ISLAM

Photo: Toby Creek Adventures

The days are getting longer and warmer, which means summer is almost here! What better way to enjoy the great weather than getting off the couch and having some truly Canadian adventures? (more…)

Belugas and Blues: Best Whale-Watching Spots in Quebec

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Blue whale in the St. Lawrence River Côte-Nord, Manicouagan Region (Photo: Marc Loiselle/Le Québec Maritime)

Get adventurous this spring or summer with a trip to Quebec to see one of thirteen species of whales that careen along Quebec’s maritime coast via organized tour, or—for a more adventurous experience—climb into a kayak to get an eye-to-eye view. (more…)

Do Some Good on Your Holiday: Volunteer Vacations for Canadians

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Monitoring Nova Scotia wildlife is just one of many voluntouring opportunities in Canada (photo: Steve Urszenyi)

“Voluntourism” has become a popular buzzword for those travellers seeking a way to make a holiday memory more than just photos for the Facebook page. This trend has tapped into a national habit, as 12.5 million Canadians—more than a third of the population—regularly make time to volunteer. (more…)

Interview with Trish Sare of BikeHike Adventures

Trish Sare started her adventure tour company with a single trip to Costa Rica in 1994 from her then-home in Toronto. Today, Vancouver-based BikeHike Adventures offers multi-sport tours in twenty-nine countries on six continents. Trips range from horseback riding in Romania and caving in New Zealand to volunteering at a school in Thailand (along with biking the Golden Triangle) or adventures closer to home, sea kayaking, whale watching, hiking and more in Canada.

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Haliburton County: Ontario’s Little-Known Adventure Gem

By LIZ BRUCKNER

Photo: Theodore Smith

Contrary to popular belief, you need not board a plane to score your next adventure fix. Head two-and-a-half hours north of Toronto to the Haliburton Highlands for a hearty dose of the Ontario outdoors.
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10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada

By KAT TANCOCK

Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (more…)

Tips for Planning Your Newfoundland Iceberg Adventure Vacation

By CANDICE WALSH

Iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland (Photo: magnolia1000)

Newfoundland and Labrador is unquestionably one of the best places on earth to see icebergs. This year’s ice patrol has officially begun off the province’s shores and with any luck 10,000-year-old icebergs will soon be making their way down Iceberg Alley from Greenland and the Canadian Arctic Islands. (more…)

New Anti-Cruelty Sled Dog Protections Passed in BC

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Kris Krüg

The adventure travel industry in Canada was cast in a negative light in 2010 when a mass grave of up to 100 dogs was discovered near Whistler, British Columbia. New legislation passed in BC this week aims to prevent mistreatment and gruesome killings of sled dogs. (more…)

10 Unusual Off-the-Grid Accommodations

By Waheeda Harris

Tired of the conventional beige box hotel room? Get off the beaten path with these unusual places to stay. (more…)