Walk in the clouds. Take a four-hour canopy tour of the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve on a suspended walkway in a 200-year-old pine forest! With spectacular views, the canopy boardwalk is 10-20 meters above the forest floor and is over half a kilometer long. You might even catch a glimpse of wolves, foxes and moose. The rates are $95 for adults and $70 for youth. The price also includes the admission fee for the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre. For more information, visit haliburtonforest.com.
Bonnechere caves. Located in Eganville, the Bonnechere Caves are truly a unique experience for all ages. 1-hour guided tours leave every 20 to 30 minutes and run from May to October. Tourists are free to take photos and can enjoy the white waters of a waterfall close by. Adult fees are $17, seniors are $15, and youth are $13. For more information visit bonnecherecaves.com.
The Ice Hotel/Hotel de Glace
Opt for an island idyll. Take a step away from your busy lifestyle and travel over to the charming and quaint Île d’Orléans, either by ferry or bridge from Québec City. The island’s patchwork of fields and pretty towns brings in a mixture of artisans, ranging from blacksmiths to makers of jam, cheese, cider and chocolate. Find your escape! Click here for more information.
Winter fun. Québec is known for its amazing ski hills and winter activities. Spread out over two major mountain ranges, the Laurentian Mountains and the Appalachians, there are over 800 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Visit one of the three major ski areas, the Laurentides, the Québec City area, and the Eastern Townships to get back on the slopes or for the first time ever! You also won’t want to miss winter activities like the Ice Hotel, Québec Winter Carnival, and Village Vacances Valcartier – the largest winter playground in North America. For more information, visit bonjourquebec.com.
The Hopewell Rocks National Park
Settle by the seaside. St.Andrew’s, or better known by its small-town nickname of St.Andrew’s-by-the-sea, is the traditional beach vacation: warm ocean waters, a shallow touch-pool to view sea creatures and pet a starfish, whale-watching and the list goes on. There is a salmon interpretation centre with an underwater viewing room, and many first-rate hotels to choose from, like the Fairmont Algonquin. For more information on this beach town, click here.
Watch the tide come in. Discover the intriguing flowerpot rock formations and hidden sea caves at Hopewell Rocks National Park on the Bay of Fundy. After exploring, find a spot to relax and watch some of the highest tides in the world come in, with rising speeds of 2-2.5 meters an hour. Adult rates are $9 with seniors and students at $7.75. Watch the tide and be amazed! For more information, go to thehopewellrocks.ca.
The Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Lounge in a deck chair on the Titanic. Travel back in time to 1912 and take a seat on the deck of the infamous cruise ship, the Titanic. Although the scene may be a replica, the Titanic exhibit features the wireless operator’s log of the ship’s distress calls, part of the grand staircase, and one of the only intact deck chairs that matches those that were actually onboard of the ship. Rates are $8.50 for adults during the summer. Check out the other events and exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca.
Dive into the past. Cape Breton Island is known for its wealth of shipwrecks on the ocean floor. Whether you are an experienced diver or are learning for the first time, Easy Dive Canada Ltd. has the courses and equipment you need. The company organizes expeditions to the underwater remains of ships like the 64-gun Le Celebre or the 180 foot long section of The Arrow. For more information, click here.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park. This national park extends 40 kilometers of the island’s north shore, and is filled with barrier islands and beaches, sand dunes, wetlands, sandstone cliffs, and remnants of the Acadian forest. Tourists can cycle the seaside Gulf Shore Way, rent a kayak in North Rustico, and travel through the Greenwich Dunes Trail. The park also includes national historic sites Dalvay-by-the-Sea and Green Gables Heritage Place – which was, as you may have guessed, the inspiration for the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s famous novel Anne of Green Gables. Explore today! More information available here.
Pose with a four-meter spud. No, you didn’t read that wrong! Not only is the 7,000 square foot Potato Museum home to the giant potato (14 feet high and 7 feet in diameter), but it also includes a Potato Hall of Fame, old farm machinery and a variety of relocated historic buildings – like a one-room schoolhouse. This unique attraction can be found in the town of O’Leary. Adults are $8 with family packages available. Do you want fries with that? More information here.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Ogling an Iceberg in Iceberg Alley
Ogle and iceberg. Newfoundland and Labrador is known as Iceberg Alley, with many massive flotillas of glacial ice travelling through the ocean from Greenland during the spring and early summer months. This picturesque experience is not one to miss – it is known that the best view is further north up the East coast of the province. The most popular places to watch nature’s artwork are Point Amour, Battle Harbour and Cartwright, all within Southern Labrador. For more information, visit icebergfinder.com.
Signal hill tattoo. This new program covers over 150 years of the province’s military history. The band of the 1795 Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Foot’s Fife and Drum Corps will begin with a performance, followed by a demonstration of an infantry and artillery drill by the war of 1812 era Royal Newfoundland Fencibles and Royal Artillery. Afterwards, there is a simulated exercise by the Newfoundland Regiment, as it would have appeared during the First World War. To conclude, a commemoration ceremony is held, which is dedicated to all those who have served, and continue to serve, in defense of the province and nation. Tourists will not only get a show by the performers, but can also take in the panoramic views of the harbor and colorful houses that fill the city. Visit their website for more information.