By Ben Groundwater
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
High mountain peaks covered in snow, ski resorts and ice-skating rinks. Think Canada and Alaska and your mind will probably conjure up images of a winter wonderland. But there’s far more to the great northern lands than what's on offer.
Canoe in Wells Gray Provincial Park
This is the perfect family experience: a mix of Huck Finn adventure and some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The best way to see Wells Gray Provincial Park is by canoe. Pack a tent and supplies and paddle out onto glassy Murtle Lake in central British Columbia (BC). Out on the water, you’re surrounded by mountain peaks with cedar forests hugging the shoreline. Ospreys fly overhead while fish can be spotted in the lake below. Rest your oars for a moment and listen – you could hear a pin drop. That’s how quiet it is here.
Hike in Newfoundland and Labrador
The East Coast Trail is a whopping 540km pathway through Newfoundland and Labrador, offering an absolute feast of stunning scenery. Most people come here for the rugged coastlines and the cliffs that tower over deep, sparkling fjords. However, there’s so much more to see, such as whales, seabirds, caribou, lighthouses and abandoned towns. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a floating iceberg.