The 10 Best Outdoor Family Adventures in Canada
The of-the-moment travel destination, and the world’s second largest country, has no shortage of wonders. And for families, endless thrilling and extraordinary adventures await. Even in remote and chilly Yukon, you can bask under the magical lights of the Aurora Borealis. The wildly beautiful Rockies offer plenty of opportunities for skiers, climbers and even train travelers. Not to mention the plethora of wonderful cities to choose from and explore. In fact, if Canada does have a problem, it may be that there’s simply too much choice. Luckily, we’ve narrowed it down to 10 stunning activities that shouldn’t be missed.
1/10 Kayaking with Beluga Whales, Churchill, Manitoba
Often called “the white ghosts of the north,” nothing is quite as unique or wonderfully strange as the blanched Beluga Whale.
Every year, from roughly mid-July to mid-August thousands of these mesmerising creatures gather at the Churchill River Estuary on Hudson Bay in the far northern reaches of Manitoba. They’re highly sociable with each other and insatiably curious about the people willing to sail or snorkel in their territory. Get close enough to one and don’t be surprised if it turns and looks at you: Belugas are the only whales with flexible necks.
Obviously they aren’t as big as Killer Whales (almost nothing is) but an adult male weighs nearly 1,100 pounds and can be upwards of 13 feet. So for all the milky, smiley face cuteness, they’re also pretty awe-inspiring to be around.
One of the best ways to meet Belugas with kids is to take a kayaking tour from Churchill town. No paddling experience is needed and double kayaks are ideal for younger children. All tours are accompanied by safety Zodiac and calm weather is a prerequisite for sailing, so you can rest easy knowing there won’t be any Captain Ahab drama on this astonishing adventure.
Where: Churchill, Hudson Bay, Manitoba
When: daily in July and August, weather permitting
Who: Sea North Tours, Churchill, Manitoba