Although more of the season is behind us than to come, there is still about a month of summer weather to enjoy. How best to spend it is up for debate – city lovers may compete for reservations on a coveted terrace, while those who prefer a remote getaway seek one last chance to get away without a coat or a chunky sweater.
In a country that offers the best of both worlds, there are plenty of opportunities to turn the last days of summer into an enviable grand finale.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Traverse the Canadian Rockies
Mike Legault, General Manager of Moose Travel Network, is originally from Waterloo, Ontario. Like many Canadians unfamiliar with the West, he says he was stunned the first time he hiked through the Rocky Mountain range between British Columbia and Alberta.
“For me, the highlight is the time in the middle where you’re in the mountains, and we’re driving the Icefields Parkway between Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. There are no buildings, no cities, just glaciers, mountains and roads.
The Legault team offers tours until October, of variable duration, from two days to two weeks. The company’s most popular program, the Caribou Tour, takes travelers through the mountains at a slow, steady pace, with stops for lunch at scenic locations and optional activities.
For eight days, visitors have the option of bungee jumping or kayaking where locals guide the brave over small waterfalls. Some choose simplicity – opting for a dip in waters that Legault diplomatically describes as “refreshing”.
Glamp coast to coast
Glamping, a portmanteau of the words glamor and camping, has grown in popularity across the country in recent seasons. This is the campsite for those who are not ready to give up too much comfort – most tents come with generously sized beds, dressers and well-appointed living rooms filled with cozy blankets.
Robin and Tristan Waley, a couple from Toronto, first tried it in Prince Edward County at Frontera Farms when they were hosting a family from Australia.
“Compared to regular camping, it was very classy and an Instagram-worthy experience,” Robin recalls. For Tristan, the highlight of the trip was access to fresh eggs and a vegetable garden.
“I would recommend this to anyone who loves the outdoors or camping. It’s in the books as a very memorable experience for us.
Glamping options on popular booking sites such as AirBnb have popular options nationwide, such as the Koko Bay glamping experience in Nova Scotia, near St. Margaret’s Bay, which features hot tubs , fine linens and an ocean view. Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park is the starting point for guided tours by Glamping Resorts Ltd., with accommodations that promise to rival hotel rooms, despite the lush, wooded surroundings.
Street art tour in Montreal
Whether you’re a long-time resident or a tourist looking for something different, a walking tour of Montreal’s hidden corners, where you’ll learn about the artists who call this vibrant city home, is a unique way to spend an afternoon.
Consider a street art tour, where art lovers venture down lanes and along busy thoroughfares, exploring the works of art that talented mural and graffiti artists have left behind in the estate audience.
“Murals, street art, graffiti, it’s something that is quite present in the Montreal landscape, but for a long time nobody really promoted it,” explains Danny Pavlopoulos, co-founder of Spade and Palacio, who offers tours.
“Even if you’re not interested in what the guide says, and it covers things like subculture and techniques, you’re looking at pretty things, in nice colors, on a grand scale – there’s so really something for everyone.”
Spade and Palacio lead a two-hour tour that intertwines art history with city history, sharing the stories of more than 20 works of art, from local and international artists. Tours are offered throughout the summer and fall months.
“On the tour, we spotlight artists of different styles, like Shepard Fairey, also known as Obey Giant, who did a piece called Lady Justice that’s 100 feet tall and was completed in three There’s also a Black Lives Matter piece by Denial, a Windsor-based artist who does more pop-style pieces,” says Pavlopoulos. Visitors also get an introduction to top local artists like those from the Collective Project .
“It’s a collaboration of graffiti artists. These are the artists who make these beautiful, elaborate labels that you can see on the sides of trains or in the alleyways. They brought a wall to life with digital art mapping, which was also interactive.
Watch a movie at an outdoor film festival
Nothing says summer like a gathering at a local park, picnic blankets and snacks in hand. Brampton Movies Under the Stars runs until September 3 and features family movies, old and new, shown in large parks around the city near Toronto.
In Kelowna, British Columbia, Grizzly Wineries will present 50 First Dates Under the Stars on Sept. 9, calling it “a winery version of a one-night drive-in.” There will also be food trucks on site so you can buy snacks to eat while sipping your Grizzly Wine.
In Nova Scotia, Last of the Right Whales will be presented at a special free outdoor event on September 2, presented by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. In New Brunswick, the Outdoor Outdoor Film Festival, Yip Cider and Saint John Trail Running are hosting the Trails in Motion Film Tour on October 5, which is a collection of trail and ultra running films screened at the outside.
And in Edmonton, the films are screened at Sir Winston Churchill Square until September 9.
See the Northern Lights
Yellowknife may conjure up thoughts of winter for those who haven’t traveled north when it’s warm outside, but August and September offer the same summer heat as the rest of the country, with a natural wonder unmatched in many other regions: the aurora borealis. As the long hours of daylight begin to end in late August, the September night sky brings with it a spectacle that attracts people from all over the world. Camp under the stars and spend the last moments of summer admiring one of the wonders of the world.
For a guided hike to see the Northern Lights, tour options abound: explore Whitehorse with Fresh Tracks Canada, join the Northern Lights Hunting Tour, which departs from Yellowknife, or check into Aurora Borealis and Southern Lakes Resort to enjoy the interior. comfort between bouts of outdoor adventure.