Posts on Canada by Kyle the Vagabond:
Being the second largest nation in the world and having one of the world’s lowest population densities, Canada definitely leaves the traveler room to explore. With such an incredibly large land
base to work with, it is entirely possible to sculpt your own adventure. Those craving outdoor life can roam the vast tundras of the north and mingle with an abundance of wildlife, while the cosmopolitan southern capitals and cities entertain those who prefer the rush of the big city life. One thing can be certain, however. Everything in Canada is big. From the world’s largest tides at the Bay of Fundy, to towering mountains stretching into the sky, to big sky country of the open plains, Canada is definitely a big adventure worth taking.
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When to Go:
The majority of travelers head to Canada in the summer months, ranging from late May until early September. Due to its northerly location, areas of northern Canada see very short summers, with snow falling as early as September in most years. The Western coast is soaked in rain nearly year round, although the winters are milder than the rest of the country. The plains provinces, including the Canadian Rockies, since situated inland can warm up over 100 degrees in the summer months, and plummet well below zero in the long dark winters. If winter sports are what you are looking for, December-April is best. To catch a view of the fabled Northern Lights, look to the long evenings of winter from September through April. While short, the Canadian summer can be warm with long 19 hour days , and is the overwhelming choice for visitors planning their Canadian vacations.
The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:
1. Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory
Hike the empty hills and mountains of this spruce tree and lake riddled wonderland with nobody else in sight.
2. Drive the Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Connect the Rocky mountain towns of Jasper and Banff via this winding sliver of asphalt that bisects the expansive backcountry.
3. Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
Spend an afternoon people watching or riding a bike around this urban capital’s incredibly charming central park, situated right on the water.
4. Cross the Chilkoot Pass, British Columbia
Whether tackling the multi-day Chilkoot Trail on foot, or driving the winding ridges towards Alaska on the other side, follow the path blazed by old miners as they conquered this unforgiving terrain in search of gold.
5. Chill out or go all out in Whistler Village, British Columbia
Whether mountain biking in the summer or tackling the slopes in the Canadian winter, there’s no better place to see or be seen in this legendary mountain playground.
6. Explore Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Whether bungee jumping outside Nanaimo, eating scones and tea in Victoria, or enjoying the surf outside Tofino, this island offers the adventurous endless forms of pleasure.