Best Things To Do In Alberta

Highlights From The Road to 150 Alberta Adventure

From boreal forest to vast prairies and high mountain peaks, Alberta is an incredible province to explore. This is Canada’s fourth-most populous province and one of only two Canadian provinces that are land-locked. This is also our home province and it was very fun to be able to experience Alberta as part of the Road to 150 travel series.

We rode a gondola to the top of a mountain, walked on a glacier, hiked to various waterfalls, canoed a glacier-fed lake, had fun at the second largest indoor waterpark in the world, hiked into a canyon, learned about dinosaurs, rode on a steam train, and learned about Canada’s star music talent. We also went up into the iconic Calgary tower, rode the worlds largest indoor triple loop rollercoaster, and drove the world-famous Icefields Parkway. We packed a lot of adventures into our short visit and can’t wait to explore the province deeper.

Fun facts about Alberta;

  • Calgary is home to the world’s largest outdoor festival.
  • Edmonton is home to the largest mall in North America.
  • Banff National Park is not only Canada’s first national park but also the most visited.

There is so much to do in Alberta. Whether you’re looking for incredible natural parks to explore, first nations culture, rodeos, or beautiful cities, Alberta is the place to be! [Read more…]

Calgary Has a New Attraction and It’s All the Rage (Pun Intended)

Ever dream of walking into a room and just breaking things? Maybe you’ve had a stressful week at work and just feel like smashing a laptop to pieces. Maybe just throwing plate after plate at a wall and watching them shatter into hundreds of pieces sounds like a great way to pass the time?

Well, now you can.

It may sound aggressive but it’s actually quite fun. In fact, some people just do it for fun whereas some may do it to relieve stress.

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It’s called the Rage Room and it’s all part of a new indoor amusement centre in Southwest Calgary. There’s a variety of things you can do including archery training, combat archery, turf wars, and the aforementioned Rage Room. Karla and I tried the archery training and the Rage Room. It was a really fun experience to fire a soft-tipped arrow at targets and more challenging than I had imagined.

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Our favourite activity, however, was getting strapped into safety gear, walking into the Rage Room, listening to heavy metal music, and smashing to pieces a variety of plates, cups, vases, and even an old Nerf gun. We used a combination of bats, crowbars, and sledgehammers to decimate everything we had been given. It was a lot of fun and we can definitely recommend giving it a try.

Have you been?

There’s a lot of things to do in Calgary and thanks to Thundrdome Amusements, now there’s even more.

Here’s how to reach them:

Thundrdome Amusements

Address: 7005 6 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H-2G3

Phone: 403-258-0060

Seven Reasons to Visit Calgary (Besides the Stampede)

Situated in the foothills east of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is home to beautiful scenery, festivals, and a variety of fun and interesting activities. The city is also famous for the Calgary Stampede, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors during the month of July but while the Calgary Stampede is a great time to visit, there’s plenty of other things to do in Calgary that aren’t the stampede.

Whether you’re looking for museums, parks, or excitement, here are seven reasons to visit Calgary (besides the Calgary Stampede); [Read more…]

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Best Things To Do In British Columbia

Highlights From The Road to 150 British Columbia Adventure

Canada’s westernmost province is packed with jaw-dropping scenery and incredible adventures. Home to some of Canada’s most varied landscapes, ranging from desert and ocean to mountains and forest, there truly is something for everyone in British Columbia.

BC was our busiest province during the Road to 150. There are so many things to do! We started off by driving down from the north, stopping in Liard Hot Springs for a hot dip. Then we went to Vancouver where we biked around Stanley Park, strolled through Gastown, and walked around the vibrant city streets. Then we moved to Vancouver Island where we went whale-watching, surfing, bungy-jumping, Grizzly bear watching, scuba diving, and so much more. We then took the ferry back to Vancouver and drove to the interior, stopping in Kelowna to sample wines and fly in a helicopter. We then finished off by driving through the Rocky Mountains and into Alberta. Of course, this is just some of things we did. You’ll have to watch the video to see them all!

Fun Fact: BC is almost 4x bigger than Great Britain but has only 1/10th of the population!

Whether you love cities or the great outdoors, there is so much to do and see in British Columbia. From hiking in the rainforest to visiting wineries to walking around the streets in one of the most densely populated cities in North America, BC is truly one of Canada’s great treasures.

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One Day in Yellowknife

Things to do in yellowknife

Yellowknife, Canada’s Northwest Territories’ capital city, is the perfect blend of vast North Canadian nature and city life. Here you’ll find a variety of hotels, restaurants, bars, and festivals as well as numerous lakes and vast wilderness, making it a great base for adventure.

Most tourists use Yellowknife as a base for viewing the Northern Lights or for taking float planes to secluded lakes and other natural attractions. However, even if Canada’s “Diamond Capital” is just a base for further exploration, you really should explore the town and see what it has to offer.

We visited Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories during our 150-day road trip across Canada and really loved our time there. Due to our vehicle breaking down in Hay River, we only had one full day to explore the city, which was enough to see the key sites below.

One Day Itinerary for Exploring the Best of Yellowknife

Yellowknife isn’t a very big city but you’ll most likely need to take a cab to some areas, peddle a bike, or rent a car. There’s also public transportation. Depending on where you’re staying, ask the hotel and see what they recommend.

Stroll Through Old Town Yellowknife

Lovingly preserved, “Old Town” is where the original city of Yellowknife was founded. This area is primarily residential but is also home to some of the oldest businesses in the city. We really enjoyed walking around some of the old shacks and log buildings as well as eating lunch at the most famous restaurant in town – Bullocks’ Bistro. The atmosphere is really cool and the food is delicious. This is also where you’ll find the floatplanes, which can bring you all around the territories or for a scenic flightseeing tour over the area.

Where to eat in yellowknife

Peer Out Over the City from Bush Pilot’s Monument

Located on “The Rock” in Old Town, This is where to go for the best views over Yellowknife. You’ll see Great Slave Lake, Back Bay, Yellowknife Bay, Old Town Yellowknife, Jolliffe Island, and Frame Lake, as well as colourful houseboats, sailboats, and floatplanes. Highly recommended!

Get an Education at Prince of Wales Heritage Centre

This is the perfect place to learn about Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories in both the past and present with a lovely display of exhibits and collections that tell the stories about the land, the people, and the history of the territories’. It was so interesting to learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the minerals found in this part of Canada. We also viewed various artifacts made by local indigenous people, including a massive mooseskin canoe, which is a great display of human ingenuity!

Get into Nature

Hiking and Fishing are two activities that you need to experience in or around Yellowknife. There are various trails suitable for walking, jogging, and biking. However, be prepared to see wildlife, including black bears!

Fish are also abundant but make sure to get your fishing license before you go fishing and follow the catch limits for each type and area. There are a number of experienced fishermen in Yellowknife and surrounding areas that can take you out on their boat.

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Where to Stay

We always love to stay central and the Days Inn & Suites fit our style perfectly. Located right in the heart of downtown, this is a great option for people without a car. Not only are you walking distance to all the amenities you could possibly need but you’re also close to bars and clubs if you want to partake in the nightlife.

The rooms were clean, comfortable, and spacious. They also include free high-speed internet, a fitness centre, sauna, meeting space, and more.

For those arriving by air, the Day’s Inn & Suites also includes a free airport shuttle.

Learn more at www.daysinnyellowknife.com

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Note: We visited Yellowknife during our 150-day multimedia road trip, which was sponsored by hundreds of companies coast to coast to coast. Some of the activities mentioned above, as well as the accommodation, was sponsored during our stay. However, all views are our own. 

 

Two Days in Victoria, BC

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Known for its beautiful natural scenery, Victorian architecture, and world-famous gardens, Victoria is one of Canada’s top places to visit. It’s also one of the few places in Canada that gets little snow and is the capital city of British Columbia.

We toured Victoria during our 150-day road trip across Canada and instantly fell in love. We’ve even considered moving there. It’s such a beautiful city and so close to many outdoor adventures around the island.

While you could easily spend weeks soaking in the atmosphere of BC’s capital city, this itinerary below will help you make the most of two full glorious days in this beautiful Canadian coastal city. [Read more…]

Best Things To Do In The Northwest Territories

Highlights From The Road to 150 Northwest Territories Adventure

With more than one million square kilometres of land area and a population of less than 50,000, the Northwest Territories is about as wild as it gets. It’s certainly not an easy area to visit (many places are fly-in, many roads are gravel, and distances are vast) but for those who make the effort, there are incredible things to experience.

With boreal forest, arctic tundra, some of Canada’s greatest waterfalls, a vibrant indigenous culture, and boundless wilderness, this is an adventurers paradise!

While in the NWT, we visited many beautiful waterfalls, took a float plane to a secluded lodge nestled between two lakes, learned about the first nations at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, took a spectacular trip over Nahanni National Park, and drove all the way up to  Tuktoyaktuk where we jumped into the Arctic Ocean. We also toured Inuvik, took a boat tour through narrow channels of the Mackenzie Delta, and saw heaps of wildlife, including bears and bison. We packed a lot of adventures into our short visit and can’t wait to return one day and explore the territory further.

We also learned many new things, including:

  • Nahanni National Park was the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site!
  • The new highway to Tuktoyaktuk is the first Canadian highway to reach the Arctic Ocean!

There is so much to do in the Northwest Territories, especially for those who love the outdoors. Whether you’re looking for incredible natural parks to explore, secluded lakes, or first nations culture, NWT is the place to be! [Read more…]

The Best Things To Do In The Yukon

Highlights From The Road to 150 Yukon Episode

Known for its dramatic landscapes, vast wilderness, and the famous Klondike Gold Rush, the Yukon has been capturing people’s imaginations for years. With four-legged creatures far outnumbering humans, Canada’s tallest mountain peaks, and the world’s largest non-polar glacier, the Yukon is a true paradise for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.

We started our journey in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital city. From here, we toured the SS Klondike, ate some delicious food in Whitehorse’s oldest buildings, saw heaps of wildlife, and caught a glimpse of the Northern Lights. We then went to Dawson, the worlds most famous gold rush town. While walking around the old boardwalk streets was incredible enough, we also went gold panning, toured the massive dredge #4, watched a Cancan show at the oldest casino in the country, and took a river cruise on a paddle-wheeler. We then drove up the infamous Dempster Highway all the way to Eagle Plains, past the Arctic Circle and into the Northwest Territories. After coming back and spending another night in Dawson, we drove to Kluane National Park for one of the most epic flightseeing tours we’ve ever experienced.

We also learned many new things, including:

  • Kluane National Park is the most Western point in Canada and is home to the largest non-polar glacier in the world.
  • Dawson City was the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • The Yukon is home to Canada’s highest mountain.

There is so much to do in the Yukon, especially for those who love the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for secluded hiking opportunities, incredible flightseeing tours, high mountains, the ultimate “gold rush” experience, or Canada’s only highway to the Arctic, the Yukon is the place to be! [Read more…]

Best Things To Do In Saskatchewan

Highlights From The Road to 150 Saskatchewan Episode

Often known as an incredibly flat province, nothing could be further from the truth. With lush boreal forests and pristine lakes in the North to prairie landscapes and badlands in the South, Saskatchewan is the perfect place for outdoor lovers to explore.

We drove a pontoon boat around Lake Waskesiu, learned about the province’s first nations at Wanuskewin Heritage Centre, and went for a float in Canada’s version of the dead sea. We also toured the RCMP Heritage Centre, witnessed the RCMP sunset ceremony, climbed a massive sand dune, and hiked through one of the few remaining natural grasslands in North America. We packed a lot of adventures into our short visit and can’t wait to return one day and explore the province further.

We also learned many new things, including:

  • Regina is home to the RCMP training academy. All RCMP officers go through training in this very spot!
  • Grasslands National Park is home to the rarest wildlife in Canada!
  • Canada’s version of the dead sea, the salty lake of little Manitou, is located right between Saskatoon and Regina!

There is so much to do in Saskatchewan, especially for those who love the outdoors. Whether you’re looking for incredible natural parks to explore, small lakeside towns, or first nations culture, Saskatchewan is the place to be! [Read more…]