Alberta, Canada

18 May Three things to do in the Canadian West this summer

Want to experience some of the best nature Canada has to offer? It is second largest land mass in the world, but with a population of only 36 million souls, there is plenty of wild open spaces to discover.

If you are looking for the best of it, though, you’ll want to turn your sights westward to the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. From the Canadian Rockies to the Coast Mountains, there is plenty of amazing scenery and tons of opportunity for outdoor recreation.

In this article, we’ll share the best things you can get up to while in Western Canada this summer.

1) Camp in the Canadian Rockies

With admission to national parks in Canada being free of charge in 2017, there has never been a better time to experience what it is like to camp among some of the most gorgeous mountains on Earth.

Don’t have your own gear? There are shops in Calgary that will provide you with everything you’ll need to be comfortable in the great outdoors.

Those not wanting to have a rough experience have glamping options available to them. From basic canvas tents in the national parks to private operations with quality rustic furniture in Kananaskis Country, you’ll be able to enjoy camping without having to suffer any of the backaches which come with sleeping on the ground.

However, camping in the mountains means you need to be prepared to deal with whatever weather you might encounter.

If conditions are too inclement to go hiking, you can occupy yourself with online activities, as mobile internet reaches many campsites in Banff, Kananaskis, and Jasper. Whether you choose to game on the Internet with bonuses or post pictures of your adventures on social media, you can turn a boring rainy day at the campground into a fun one.   

2) Go whitewater rafting

As a winter’s worth of snow melts off the top of the peaks in British Columbia and Alberta, they feed the rivers of these provinces with tons of frothing, ice cold water.

Not great for swimming, but it is perfect for those looking to infuse their holidays with a shot of adrenaline.

There are countless towns which offer invigorating trips down these swollen creeks – Fernie, Golden, Jasper – all these places have a selection of routes varying in difficulty.

Whether you are a family looking for a relaxing flat water excursion or you are a veteran looking for a class V challenge, the rivers of Western Canada have exactly what you are looking for.   

3) Soak in hot springs

While most of the Canadian West is not volcanically active, the heat of the Earth, the porous nature of sedimentary rocks, and the presence of thrust faults have allowed hot springs to form across British Columbia and Alberta.

Whether you are looking for full-service spa-like facilities like the Banff Upper Hot Springs, or wild soaks at Hot Springs Cove near Tofino, there is a hot pool in Canada’s western provinces that will have you feeling like a million bucks in no time.  

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Diana
    Posted at 05:19h, 19 May Reply

    I plan to travel out West this summer and have all three of these adventures on my list! Such beautiful photography, I can’t wait to see more of the mountains. Thank you for the advice! xx

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