4 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List In Western Canada
Are you thinking of heading to Western Canada in the coming months? This gorgeous area of the world encompasses the two provinces of Alberta and British Columbia with plenty to discover, with many bucket list destinations. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, there’s plenty to do from exploring the Rocky Mountains to skiing at world-renowned ski resorts. A must-do of course is being blown away by the scenery at Banff National Park.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve curated a list of all the things you can strike off your bucket list just by visiting Western Canada to get you started.
Go Hiking at Lightning Lake
Situated in E.C. Manning Provincial Park is Lightning Lake. The area is picturesque and serene and is a great spot for hiking, canoeing, and a range of other water sports. If you’re looking for an easy hike to start off your Western Canada adventure, this is a great place to begin. The entire loop is about 9 kilometres and will take you around two and a half hours. It’s suited to all age groups, and you’ll love being surrounded by stunning scenery and crisp fresh air.
While you can embark on this hike on your own, it’s better to join a tour so the guides can bring you around and tell you a little bit more about the area. On the tour you’ll also get to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch from a local bakery, and can add on a canoeing or paddleboard experience. As a treat to end off your hike, you’ll also get to stop at a brewery in the Fraser Valley and drink a refreshing local beer. This is bucket list item 1 to do.
Explore the Rocky Mountains
You can’t say you’ve gone to Western Canada without visiting the Rocky Mountains. Whether it’s summer or winter in Western Canada, you’ve got to explore these gorgeous mountains that have dramatic wilderness, diverse wildlife, and remarkable alpine lakes.
If you’re a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to start, it’s best to book a self-drive tour. On your self-drive adventure, all of your hotel bookings and attraction admissions will be taken care of, the only thing you need to do is enjoy the drive and soak up the experience. You can spend as little or as much time as you’d like at each destination, and you’ll also receive an itinerary beforehand so you know what to expect. It’s the best way to experience the Rocky Mountains stress-free.
Some things that you’d get to do on this self-drive tour include sampling wines of the Okanagan region, spending the night at Sun Peaks mountain resort, taking in the views of the Rocky Mountains, exploring the town of Banff, stopping by all the different lakes from Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake, and visiting the city of Vancouver.
If you happen to be in the Rocky Mountains during the winter, there’s also plenty to see. Travel over 2,000 kilometres with this special Rocky Mountain tour that’ll take you into Banff, and even for some sledding at Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka. Take in the sights of the Rocky Mountains during the winter – an entirely different experience altogether. You’ve also have the chance to try winter activities, take gorgeous shots of the glaciers and waterfalls, and have plenty of fun.
This is bucket list item 2 to do.
Surf in Tofino
If you love surfing, you can’t miss Tofino. It’s named as the best surf town, and is also known as Canada’s surf capital, worthy of its place on your bucket list. There’s over 22 miles of surfable beach in Tofino along with plenty of farm-to-table restaurants, and whale-watching and hiking opportunities.
For 3 days of exploration, embark on a camping tour in Tofino to truly immerse yourself in the outdoors. It’s great for those that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city as you’ll get to set up camp at a beachfront location for some peace and relaxation.
The tour includes a cruise that’ll take you through the Strait of Georgia, guided sightseeing in Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park along with a beach bonfire and marshmallow roast.
That’s not all! You’ll also get discounts on optional activities so explore Tofino to your heart’s content by heading to the hot springs cove, participating in some surf lessons, going kayaking, whale watching and so much more. This is truly an unforgettable experience unlike any other, and you’re sure to have an incredible time.
This is bucket list item 3 to do.
Get Your Ski on
You can’t head to Western Canada during the Winter season and not visit Whistler Blackcomb. It’s been named one of the best ski resorts in North America and is also one of the top resorts in the world. Why? It’s got 8,000 acres of skiable terrain over two mountains and is perfect for those who love skiing and snowboarding.
After a great ski you can also head to Whistler Village that’s nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. There, explore the endless array of shops, cafes, and bars. There’s also family playgrounds, sunny patios to unwind on and so much more.
If you’d like to mingle and meet with like-minded people, you should head on a ski tour. Not only will you get to go to Whistler Blackcomb, you’ll also get to participate in other winter activities and check out the amazing apres and nightlife. Make some new friends and interact with other guests while your guide shows you the best runs. This ski tour is also unlike any other tour because each one comes with a theme. While you don’t have to dress up, it’s just a bit of fun and prizes will be even given out to the best dressed so bring your A game on!
This is bucket list item 4 to do.
This is just a snippet of some of the things that you can do in Western Canada. There’s so much more to explore from taking in the sights of Vancouver to whale watching, checking out the Northern Lights and going dog sledding. If you plan on visiting Western Canada, accommodation is also key. If you’re not sure where to stay, check out these Airbnb vacation rentals in Vancouver, British Columbia to get you started.
This wraps up our 4 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List In Western Canada.