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…]

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.

things to do in yellowknife

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

things to do in victoria bc

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…]

Best Things To Do in Manitoba

Highlights From The Road to 150 Manitoba Episode

Right in the middle of Canada lies the province of Manitoba, which is home to the city of Winnipeg, some incredible lakes, and the polar bear and beluga whale capital of the world.

We learned about the history of human rights, did yoga with goats, learned about Canada’s history with the Hudson Bay Company, and snorkeled with beluga whales. We also relaxed in a Nordic-inspired spa, stood in the centre of Canada, and walked on the arctic tundra. We really packed a lot of adventures into our ten short days and can’t wait to return one day and explore the province further.

Did you know?

  • Churchill is not only home to polar bears but also to schools of beluga whales!
  • The character of James Bond was inspired by a spy from Winnipeg!
  • The Centre of Canada landmark is less than 30-minutes from Winnipeg!

Manitoba has so much to offer visitors from Canada and across the world. From the incredibly diverse city of Winnipeg to the vast wilderness of Churchill, there are so many things to see, do, and experience in Manitoba.

Center of Canada Landmark

Finding the Centre of Canada landmark near Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Things To Do in Manitoba

We started our trip off in Winnipeg, taking time to explore the wonderful Canadian Museum for Human Rights and relaxing at Thermea Nordik Spa. We also drove north to Grand Beach to relax on the beach and to Lower Fort Garry Historical Site to learn about some of Canada’s history. We did some yoga with goats and then took a flight to the northern community of Churchill, where we jumped in the water and snorkeled with beluga whales. We only experienced some of the highlights of this wonderful province and have featured them in the video above.

Below is a list of what we did, where we stayed, and the companies that helped make this journey possible. We’d also love to give a special shout out to Best Western International for helping to make this entire 150-day road trip happen. [Read more…]

Best Things To Do In Ontario

Highlights From The Road to 150 Ontario Episode

Ontario is one of the biggest provinces in Canada and is home to some amazing cities, attractions, and nature ranging from the massive cosmopolitan city of Toronto to the scenic landscapes of Algonquin Provincial Park. From kayaking next to loons to experiencing Canada Day on Parliament Hill, we had such an incredible time in Ontario.

We took a helicopter over Niagara Falls, interviewed refugees in downtown Toronto, experienced the world’s largest escape room just outside of Ottawa, and sampled award-winning wines near Niagara-on-the-Lake. We really packed a lot of adventures into our two short weeks and can’t wait to return one day and explore the province further.

We also learned many new things, including:

  • Toronto is now known as the most multi-cultural city on Earth.
  • The St.Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto is known as the best food market in the world.
  • One of the main reasons Ottawa was chosen as Canada’s capital is due to its proximity to both English and French Canada.

Much of Ontario’s most famous attractions and cities are located in the Southeastern part of the province but Ontario is also home to a lot of beautiful lakes and forests, leaving tons of room for visitors to explore the vast natural landscapes spread across the province. Whether you’re looking for big vibrant cities, small lakeside towns, or beautiful natural scenery, Ontario is the place for you! [Read more…]

Things To Do in Prince Edward Island

Highlights From The Road to 150 Prince Edward Island Episode

Prince Edward Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Canada, if not the world. We had only five nights to explore and I truly wish we had the whole summer. Gorgeous sandy beaches, lovely people, and incredibly delicious food make this province a wonderful place to visit. Actually, I learned something new about Prince Edward Island. The province is home to an incredible food culture and is the perfect place for any passionate foodie. We had no idea about the love of food on the island but it didn’t take long for us to figure it out. From cooking lessons at the Table to one-of-a-kind experiences by the famous Canadian Chef, Michael Smith, our days were filled with tasty local delights.

Things To Do in Prince Edward Island

We started our trip by staying in Cavendish, which is home to Green Gables Historical Place and the starting point of Prince Edward Island National Park. Next, we went to Bay Fortune before completing our adventure in the city of Charlottetown. There was no way for us to experience everything the island has to offer but we did experience enough to make some recommendations. [Read more…]