Although they are a world away from the big cities that crowd the border with the United States, Canada's great white north yields a ton on the adventure quotient for those who won't let a little subzero snowfall or uninhabited glacial wilderness slow them down. Whether you trek the expanses of the Yukon via dogsled, clamber the incredible Baffin Island via icepick (only the most hardy need apply), or merely want to see dozens of polar bears roaming freely, then the upper latitudes of Canada are for you. If that wasn't enough to intrigue you, then look to catch the compelling displays of aurora borealis in Churchill, Manitoba or experience the breathtaking canyons and waterfalls of the isolated Nahanni National Park or even dip a figurative toe in a crater of some of the most pristine water on Earth in Pingualuit National Park. Be aware, though, that many of these destinations will include a decently expensive plane ride or the much more time consuming route of ground transportation. It's the price you pay to enjoy locations that are fully and truly off-the-beaten-path.
If you are looking to enjoy yourself in western Canada, where skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and scuba diving make up the royal court of adventure activities, then make your base anywhere near Vancouver. Destinations that are a must in British Columbia include Vancouver Island and its related parks, Wells Gray Provincial Park (where the Clearwater and Murtle Rivers make a business in waterfalls and whitewater rafting), Squamish (Canada's “Outdoor Recreation Capital”), the ski haven Whistler, and innumerable other expanses of untamed world.
Eastern Canada is a different beast, although it is no less enticing if you're looking to mingle the best of modern culture with the full complement of adventure activities. This is where your major cities are located and a number of less intense, but still interesting parks and wilderness areas are located. If you really want an experience, then take a boat or ferry to Newfoundland, where Gros Morne National Park and Terra Nova National Park have a certain visual brilliance that makes any hiking or biking trip seem like a walk in the clouds. Then again, head south to Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy for a nearly profane amount of archaeological significance and a chance to ride the waves that result from the world's greatest tidal change. Satisfied? Not us. Our heads hurt from the sheer possibilities and our hands from banging away at these keys; yet, for your benefit, oh user, we trek on.
Lastly, there are the middle provinces of Canada, particularly Alberta, where an adventure oasis called the Canadian Rockies beckons adventurers to taste its powdery slopes, pet its bear population (with your eyes, from a distance), and immerse yourself in one of Canada's most beautiful natural environments. Standouts here include Jasper and Banff National Parks, as well as a few smaller parks that also pack a punch for anyone who wants to explore a picturesque world in any season (Yoho, Glacier, and Kootenay to name just a few).
Whether you're a lover of hiking, cross-country skiing, hot springs, ice glaciers, epic waterfalls, or even the adrenaline-flow that results from class IV rapids or being harnessed to a massive rock face, you'll find Canada to be one of the best places to visit in the world. Look through our activity listings, many of which have been touched upon in all of this gushing, and start hand-picking your next great adventure. Don't worry that you can't do it all; there's no limit on how many times you can come back!