Sports and Active Holidays in Canada


The most popular activity in Canada is camping — it goes well with many physical activities. Private campgrounds offer the most modern comforts, such as hot showers and electrical appliances; They are especially suitable for traveling by car.National and provincial parks have more modest amenities, but are located in attractive places near rivers and lakes and are ideal for those who do not like to walk on the beaten paths.


Fortunately, the joys of camping compensate for its shortcomings. The farther to the north of Canada you are moving, the more and more aggressive the mosquitoes become. Black flies especially brutal in June. The situation improves only at the end of the summer, but even then, if possible, set up a tent in an open, well-ventilated place. In any case, stock up repellent.

Another danger is bears. Do not feed them and never leave edible garbage near the camp. Keep a distance from any bears: black, brown, grizzly, and even from cubs. Photograph bears with a telephoto lens and do not use flash. When you are in a bearish area, try to make enough noise so as not to take the bear by surprise.

Winter sports

In the cold snow months, opportunities for sports in Canada are no less than in other seasons. The undisputed favorite here is ice skating: there are skating rinks in almost every city, but many people prefer to skate on frozen lakes, rivers and canals. A popular ice sport is curling brought from Scotland. Try an Inuit-style ice fishing – through a hole in a frozen lake. Around Lake Emerald, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains there are world-class flat and ski slopes. Quebec resorts on the Laurentian Highlands specialize in night skiing, in the light of torches. You can also choose to walk on snowshoes, as well as tobogganing and dog sledding.

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Canoeing and rafting

rafting-canadaCanoeing on rivers and lakes is a good way to transport your equipment to the most remote campsites, as the fur traders once did. Iroquois birch bark canoes and cedar dugout kwakiutley canoes are replaced by boats made of modern materials such as fiberglass, aluminum or reinforced rubber, but strong wooden canoes can still be rented in parks. Canoeing is not a rowing boat, it requires much greater skill and care. Beginners master them, starting with quiet ponds, and even experienced canoeists keep closer to the shore when they float along the river. It is better to go on a long expedition with a group of two or three canoes, in case one rolls over. Experienced canoeists enjoy swimming in Inuit kayaks.


The variety of types of fishing in Canada, from marine to freshwater, makes this country a paradise for anglers. Atlantic tuna, mackerel, cod, swordfish, incomparable Pacific salmon, and grouper off the coast of British Columbia abound in abundance off the coast of the Maritime Provinces. In thousands of lakes and rivers scattered throughout the country, there are trout of all kinds, grayling, whitefish, pike and perch. Each province has its own licensing laws, so ask about permissions and restrictions in local tourist offices and reception centers of parks.



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