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…]

Things To Do in New Brunswick

Highlights From The Road to 150 New Brunswick Episode

New Brunswick surprised us in so many ways. From kayaking some of the highest tides in the world to walking around the historic streets of Fredericton, we experienced so much in such little time. We walked on the ocean floor during low tide, rappelled down a cliff at Cape Enrage, went back in time at King’s Landing, zip-lined over a canyon in Grand Falls, and stumbled across a military ceremony in Fredericton where we got to see a new commanding officer take charge complete with a marching band, marching soldiers, and the opportunity to go inside a LAV.

We also learned many new things, including:

  • New Brunswick is the birthplace of the Canadian Military
  • New Brunswick is officially the only bilingual province in Canada
  • The province’s name comes from a city in Northern Germany

New Brunswick is also relatively sparse in population, leaving tons of room for visitors to explore the vast natural landscapes of the province. Whether you’re looking for quaint seaside towns, small historical cities, beautiful natural scenery, delicious seafood, or fun adrenaline activities like rappelling and zip-lining, New Brunswick is the place for you! [Read more…]

Things To Do in Nova Scotia

Highlights From The Road to 150 Nova Scotia Episode

From May 27th to June 6th, 2017, we toured Nova Scotia as part of the Road to 150 campaign. It was our second province during our 150-day road trip and what an incredible time we had. From the absolute natural beauty of Cape Breton Highlands National Park to the historic beauty of Halifax, the small town charm of Lunenburg, and the excitement of tidal bore rafting, Nova Scotia is an incredible province to explore. Although we accomplished a lot in ten days, we really only scratched the surface of this incredible east coast province. Whether you’re looking for that laid back East Coast charm, maritime history, or incredible natural wonders, Nova Scotia is the place to visit!

This article is a summary of all the things we did, places we ate, and the places we slept during our Road to 150 campaign in Nova Scotia. We want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all the local sponsors below that helped make this trip happen as well as Tourism Nova Scotia and our major sponsor, Best Western, for helping us bring this project to life! [Read more…]

Things To Do in Newfoundland

Highlights from the Road to 150 Newfoundland Episode

From May 15th to May 27th, 2017, my team and I travelled across Newfoundland as part of our Road to 150 travel series. We experienced icebergs, kitchen parties, history, and gorgeous landscapes. We also experienced a mix of sun, extreme wind, rain, fog, and cloudy weather. This is all part of visiting Canada’s most Easterly province during the month of May. However, this is when icebergs begin to make their way down the Atlantic and one of the few places in the world where you can see them in all their glory.

Newfoundland is an incredible place to explore and is quite unique compared to the rest of Canada. We were all blown away with the hospitality of the locals and by their eagerness to help us experience their great province in their own various ways. From the moment we touched down in St. John’s, people helped organize parties, tours, and activities all across the province, and some even took us out for dinner.

Newfoundland really is a special place and should definitely be on your traveling bucket list. Whether you’re looking for icebergs, wildlife, incredible scenery, or just a joyful atmosphere, Newfoundland is the place to be.

Once this incredible 150-day journey comes to an end, we’ll be writing articles about all the things to do in Newfoundland and about the experiences we had along the way so that you too can plan out your own East Coast adventure. In the meantime, we’ve written out a list of the things we tried, the places we slept, and the places we ate at during our time in Newfoundland. [Read more…]

Shredding Powder in Fernie, BC

Fernie Skiing

I had long heard about the famous Fernie snow. From the time I started skiing at Mt.Norquay, people kept telling me that I had to experience Fernie. Finally, after six years, we made it happen.

Everyone was right. As Karla and I drove through Fernie and up to the resort, the snow was piled so high on the side of the street that we couldn’t even see the stores and restaurants. It reminded me of growing up in Fort.McMurray. As I checked the forecast on my phone, snow was predicted to fall for the next two weeks straight, including the three days we were there for. For non-skiers and snowboarders, snow is just a hassle, but for people who love to soar down the mountain with the cold air touching their face, fresh snow is like waking up to a warm plate of French Toast. It’s deliciously awesome.

Fernie Mountain Resort

We chose to stay slopeside at Lizard Creek Resort, which offers ski-in-ski-out accommodation. Since experiencing my first ski-in-ski-out accommodation in Panorama, I can’t get enough. Why get in the car every day and drive to the mountain when you can wake up, strap on the skis, and glide your way down from your room to the chairlift? This is the life! [Read more…]

Winter Hiking to Johnston Canyon’s Frozen Waterfalls

Johnston Canyon Upper Fall

  • Attraction: Johnston Canyon
  • Location: Banff National Park
  • Walking distance: 5.2km (3.2 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 135m (443 feet)
  • Cost: Free

Like a scene from the Chronicles of Narnia, the Johnston Canyon frozen waterfalls are truly remarkable. It’s like standing beneath a giant rock-cake with icing sugar running down the sides. The views are simply breathtaking and if you’re visiting Banff National Park in the winter, this is a must-do experience.

Hiking to Johnston Canyon during the winter is usually quite easy. From the car park, it’s only a two or three-hour return trip. You’ll want to hike the entire 5.2-kilometer return trip so that you see both the Upper and Lower Falls. Although you don’t need snowshoes, you may want to bring ice cleats to put on the bottom of your hiking shoes as it can get icy in spots. My family wore regular hiking shoes without ice cleats and although it was quite slippery in some areas, we made it there and back just fine. Sometimes it depends on the weather. [Read more…]

Three Days in Jasper National Park

Driving the Icefields Parkway

Driving the Icefields Parkway

Our trip began under a blanket of clouds but it wasn’t long before they opened up to reveal the mighty peaks that make the Icefields Parkway so famous.

Known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, it didn’t take long to understand why. Snow-capped mountains, deep valleys of pine trees, sparkling glaciers, and turquoise-coloured lakes are just some of the attractions that make the drive so spectacular.

Although the drive between Lake Louise and Jasper only takes three hours, you’ll want to double that for the many scenic stops you’ll be making along the way. While it’s incredibly easy to keep busy for weeks in Canada’s first national park (Banff NP), we only had three days and decided to pack them with as much activities and scenery as possible. [Read more…]

Mountain Biking and Grizzly Bears at Kicking Horse Resort

Kicking Horse Resort Panorama

I’ve been riding mountain bikes ever since I was a kid but this was the first time I rode one down an actual mountain. For those looking for a mountain-rush during the summer, I can’t think of a better way. For me, going downhill with a bike versus ski’s is much more terrifying…but I was up for the challenge.

First though, my wife Karla and I wanted to see Boo, the resident Grizzly bear. Since Karla wasn’t going to be joining me for the mountain biking, we decided to explore the Grizzly refuge in the morning. Plus, this is when Boo is more active. I don’t blame him. With 25ºC weather and a thick fur coat, I wouldn’t want to be under the sun either. [Read more…]