COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of our dysfunctional relationship with nature. With travel restrictions putting a strain on our travel plans, here are few outdoor wonders in Canada to inspire you for when we can travel again.
- Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. The lake, which was named after the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, is a resplendent beyond its look. In the summer, Lake Louise is overrun with nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurists who come here for hiking, camping, canoeing, cycling, swimming and horseback riding, amongst other activities. In winter, snowboarders, skiers and ice skaters revel in the unending slopes. Banff National Park is also where you can see the Northern Lights phenomenon that looks all the more spectacular when reflected on the waters of Lake Louise.
- Historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Situated on the province’s South Shore, Lunenburg is located on the Fairhaven Peninsula at the western side of Mahone Bay. It’s a rather easy destination to get to from Maine, or other New England locations. This area of Canada is great for the traveler who loves hotel accommodations but wants to experience nature to its fullest during the day. The town is nestled along the ocean, and its unique culture of maritime and wilderness make for a nice, well-balanced experience. The historic Old Town Lunenburg has a lot to offer, such as colorful galleries and shops, arranged on a tidy grid of walkable streets, or the avid fisherman can visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to understand the town’s maritime history. A nearby preserve, Indian Falls, is home to numerous walking and hiking trails, on-site privies, rock beaches, and many look-out points. Pack a lunch and make a day out of exploring the other nearby nature parks for some Canadian adventures. LaHave River Trail is another enchanting place to visit. Access attracts hikers, bicyclists, ATV riders, snowmobilers, skiers, horseback riders, and more!
- Georgian Bay, Ontario Georgian Bay, the northeastern arm of Lake Huron, is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world, and is home to the longest freshwater beach and the largest freshwater archipelago in the world (an extensive group of islands)! Rich in history, the region was dominated by the lumber industry in the 1800s and became a thrvining tourist community with easy boat access from Georgian Bay to the Trend-Severn Waterway, bustling with fishing groups, tourists and barges filled with lumber and supplies for the growing cottage communities along the water.
- Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut Sweeping glaciers and polar sea ice meet jagged granite mountains in Auyuittuq National Park. Located in the eastern Arctic, on southern Baffin Island, the park includes the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap, and the Akshayuk Pass. The park was established in 1972, and its meaning is “land that never melts”. Whether you choose to hike, ski, or climb the peaks, this park offers camping, and also suggests experienced outdoorsmen explore this rugged, and majestic terrain.