8 Urban Adventures to Try in Canada
An adventure doesn’t have to mean spending hours and hours in transit — by land, sea, or air. Instead, you can find adventures near, or even in, most Canadian cities. Depending on the level of thrill you seek, you’ll love exploring your wild side, while seeing Canada’s too.
Jump around Vancouver
Skip the mountains and try something completely different when you visit Vancouver. In the trendy Mount Pleasant neighborhood, you’ll be able to let your inner monkey loose at Origins Parkour and Athletics Facility. Explore 10,000 sq. feet of space — leaping and bounding from a giant foam pit, to a climbing wall, to a cluster of vault boxes. Take a beginners class to get your bearings in this modern art form, meets fitness class. Then, once you’re all tuckered out, head to a brewery in the area and enjoy some craft beers alongside locals who will become fast friends in these intimate venues.
Hang ten in Edmonton
Edmonton is known for its mall, but did you know it’s also known for its surf? The West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark features all sorts of attractions to keep you busy for a day. Sure you could lounge poolside in the Palm Cove Cabanas, but that’s not quite your speed. To spike your adrenaline instead, check out Tsunami, an indoor surfing experience that allows you to practice your wave riding skills in a controlled environment. Not a wave-catching pro? Don’t worry, surf lessons and even a surf club are offered at the waterpark. Now’s the time to find a little paradise in Edmonton. Mahalo!
See Saskatchewan from the sky
When you think of Saskatchewan, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t the extreme outdoors. But don’t let your first impression fool you. Head to Saskatoon or Regina and experience this prairie province from above by jumping out of a plane. Tandem dives are offered by various companies and give you a whole new perspective on the province. Of course, skydiving is no good unless you have proof, so be sure to pack the DVD of your experience in your suitcase to relive your Canadian adventure.
Climb a tree in Winnipeg
Urban tree climbing in Winnipeg is the ultimate way to escape to the forest without leaving the city. Hang out with Travel Roots, a company that will take you on a tour of the city’s tree canopy. Clamor from branch to branch and connect with nature, before calling it a day and retiring to one of Winnipeg’s hip pubs or restaurants. Be sure to bring a camera to capture your time amongst the elms, oaks, cottonwoods, and pines.
Zip over Montreal
Keep it short, sweet and zippy with Mtl Zipline. This exhilarating ride in the Old Port of Montreal will have you flying over the St. Lawrence River and Île Bonsecours from above. Open throughout the spring and summer months, this experience offers spectacular views and is a fun (and safe!) way to experience a free fall. Get ready for a rush.
Live on the edge in Toronto
They say if you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much room. Live according to this motto at EdgeWalk at the CN Tower. High above the city, on top of Toronto’s most well-known landmark, you’ll be suited up and strapped in to trek around the circumference of the CN Tower's 360 Restaurant, becoming part of the skyline. Enjoy views of the city from 1,168 feet above the streets, and if you’re feeling romantic, plan you wedding high in the sky.
Spot splashing whales in Newfoundland
Seeking out whales in Newfoundland and Labrador is a must-do if you’re an adventurer, especially since Signal Hill and Cape Spear, hot spots for these massive mammals, are both within a short drive of St. John’s. Whether you explore by boat, sea kayak, or land, you could be lucky enough to see up to 22 species of whales, including the world's largest population of humpbacks. Each summer, you’ll be treated to one of the most majestic experiences, and you might even spot icebergs and unique seabirds as well — as experience known by locals as the "Triple Play". Don't miss taking a tour by sea or zipping around the coast to follow these beauties.
Glide over the Yukon’s glassy waters
Stand up paddle boarding, or SUPing, has become a must-do activity for most urban adventurers and the Yukon provides the perfect place to try it. Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain some balance — like at a SUP yoga class — or a SUP junkie who wants to explore miles and miles of pristine river starting in the city, this northern province has something for you. There’s no better way to explore the Yukon than on the river that runs through its capital city, Whitehorse — time to dive in.
There’s no need to trek into the wilderness to get a bit wild. Add one of these adventures to your Canadian travel itinerary and indulge your inner adrenaline junkie.