I’ve reached out to a collection of Canadian Travel Bloggers, challenging them all to post their own answer to this question, Why Visit Canada? I’ve made my own list of 3 Western Canadian Adventures, which I hope will inspire a few people to head west and explore this summer. Here’s what I have in mind.
3 Western Canadian Adventures
Cycle Tour from Jasper to Banff, Alberta
The Icefield Parkway is one of the world’s most scenic drives, and combined with the Bow Valley Parkway, it creates a mind-blowing 289-km paved bike route through the Canadian Rockies. The highlights are too numerous to list; however, riding past the Athabasca Glacier, over Bow Summit, and down Tangle Hill will result in plenty of off-the-bike photo opportunities. The trip can be done at anybody’s pace, but I recommend 3 days to really slow down and enjoy the mountain scenery that I’m luck to call home.
Learn More: Travel Guide: Icefield Parkway Cycle Tour
Chilcotin Coast Bikepacking
If pedaling the Icefield Parkway sounds too tame, book a float plane from Tyax Lodge into the Chilcotin Mountains in British Columbia. This adventure may not be around forever, as the BC provincial government may shut down or restrict MTB access to the park.
I am visiting for the first time in July, so I’ll have photos and a travel guide posted soon. In the mean time, this is what it looks like:
Paddle in the Land of Pilsner
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Saskatchewan and I discovered it wasn’t just prairie fields. A huge portion of the province sits on the Canadian shield and its pockmarked with rivers and lakes. Canoeing on the province’s Churchill River system is absolutely stunning and remains one of my all time favorite trips. While in northern Saskatchewan, I met plenty of interesting folks, explored some of the most scenic wilderness I have ever seen and learned to portage a canoe. Get started planning your own trip using my original story, Who You Meed in the Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan.