If you’re looking for adventure, TripAdvisor has ranked the best excursions in Canada.
Top activities, according to traveler reviews, include riding an ATV in the wilderness of British Columbia, exploring snowy caves in Alberta, and whale watching in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The list was compiled based on reviews posted by travelers on TripAdvisor and the frequency of bookings through the online platform.
From adrenaline-pumping excursions as extreme as white-water rafting to much more relaxing outings like wine-tasting in vineyards, here’s a list of TripAdvisor’s top-rated activities in all of the Great White North.
1. WHISTLER ATV BUSHWHACK TOUR, WHISTLER, BC
Price: from C$159 per adult
ATV stands for “All Terrain Vehicle” – and with Whistler, BC’s mountainous landscape ranging from dense forest to the blue lakes of Gatorade, there’s plenty of terrain to explore. This tour is accessible to all cyclists and may allow travelers to enter Whistler’s backcountry via routes not accessible by car.
2. CALLAGHAN CRUISER SNOWMOBILE TOUR IN WHISTLER, BC
Price: from C$250.95 per adult
After a training session at Carlton Lodge in Whistler Village, hop on a snowmobile and explore the Callaghan Valley. Here you can find the abandoned Northair Gold Mine and the backcountry wilderness of Whistler. Interested runners should book at least three hours in advance and tickets can be purchased online.
3. CAVING ADVENTURE TOUR IN CANMORE, ALTA.
Price: from C$179.49 per adult
Follow an experienced caving guide through an underground labyrinth. The Rat’s Nest Cave leads to a large cave pool, where people can climb, slide, and squeeze through rocky tunnels. Reservations must be made at least six hours in advance and mobile tickets are accepted.
4. RIVER SIDE RAFTING ON THE CLEARWATER RIVER IN WELLS GRAY PARK. BC
Price: from C$130.77 per adult
Gear up on a whitewater raft and launch into a series of rapids and waterfalls along the Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park in British Columbia. A certified guide will help you navigate the choppy waters. Safety equipment is provided and mobile tickets are accepted.
5. NEWFOUNDLAND WHALE AND PUFFIN WATCHING CRUISE
Price: from C$95 per adult
Board a small cruise ship and travel through the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Depending on the time of year, puffins, seabirds, whales or icebergs might be seen during the ride. Visits must be booked one hour and thirty minutes in advance. Mobile tickets are accepted.
6. KICKING HORSE RIVER RAFTING ADVENTURE IN GOLDEN, BC
Price: from C$112 per person
Three rafting trips are available, ranging from three to six hours, allowing riders to explore the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia. All necessary rafting equipment is included.
7. WINE AND LUNCH GETAWAY, HALIFAX, NS
Price: from C$227 per person
Join a small group and stop at three wineries in Nova Scotia’s wine country, Annapolis Valley. Besides wine, wineries also include beer, cider, and food.
8. PROHIBITED WALKING TOUR OF VANCOUVER, IN VANCOUVER, BC
Price: from C$35.52 per person
This half-day walking tour allows people to explore the history and culture of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2S+ community. Stops include Granville Street, the Imperial Court, and the sites of historic police raids and bookstore bombings.
Historic LGBTQ2S+ Tour in Vancouver, Canada | British Columbia (tripadvisor.ca)
9. SELF-CONTAINED RAFTING TRIP ON THE SUNWAPTA RIVER, IN JASPER, ALTA.
Price: from C$102 per adult
Paddle the largest whitewater in Jasper National Park with a certified interpreter and river guide near Sunwapta Falls. Equipment is included.
10. NIAGARA FALLS BOAT TRIP
Price: from C$237.14
Climb aboard the Maid of the Mist or Hornblower Niagara boat tours – which operate seasonally from late April through November – and feel the explosion of the falls. Trip options can include American and Canadian side tours, with The Maid of the Mist departing from Niagara Falls, NY. State Park, and The Hornblower Niagara boat tour departing from Niagara Parkway at the foot of Clifton Hill, Canada.
Prices were correct at time of publication.