Canada’s winters are long and cold. This year was no exception with the infamous polar vortex taking its toll on central Canada plunging temperatures to record lows. With this dreary winter in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start planning a summer that will wipe away all the memories of a frightfully chilly winter.
Whether it’s called ‘camp’, ‘the cottage’, or ‘the cabin’, it’s a recipe for a good time. BBQ, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and a few beers combined with the open water and rugged wilderness of Canada’s north are things that should be a part of every Canadians summer. There is no better way to embrace mother nature’s beauty than sitting on a dock on a lake and watching the sun set.
Take a trip to remember in one of Canada’s National Parks. For people living near Toronto, a trip to Algonquin Park is probably already on the list of things to do in the summer. This is just a short jaunt from the city and provides trails, camping, and canoeing for adventurers of all skill levels. For those on the east coast a trip to Gros Morne National Park can provide the same qualities with substantially fewer people.
The vastness of Canada’s terrain lends itself to be ideal for long road trips. Grab a few buddies and pile into the biggest vehicle available. Aim for big cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax but be sure to stop and smell the roses along the way. Combine the roadie with a birthday or music festival to provide extra incentive for celebration.
Surprisingly, Canada is home to numerous wine growing regions. On the west coast, the Okanagan Valley is home to some of Canada’s finest wines. This and the Niagara Region are the two main wine growing regions. Additionally, places like Pelee Island, Prince Edward County, as well as a few regions in Quebec and Nova Scotia are known for having vineyards. Most wineries are very happy to have visitors and provide them with free samples as long as they purchase a bottle of wine or two. There is perhaps no better way to see a wine growing region than by visiting a variety of vineyards and sampling the best wines they have to offer.
Surfing in Canada is not extremely popular due to the cold waters and short summers. However, Tofino on the northern coast of British Columbia is home to some of the best surfing in the world. Be aware that the water is cold, even in the summer. Check out this older blog to see more great places to surf.
Start a checklist for summer and be sure to include these 5 exciting things to do.