Fall getaway: Explore outdoor

Calgary, AB

Peace Bridge in Calgary

Get up and get out in and around this Alberta town, known more for its Stampede than its sports.

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DAY ONE
Morning

Start your day of adventure indoors and put a spring into your day at Calgary’s Extreme Air Park [https://calgary.extremeairpark.com], which boasts 42,000 sq/ft of enclosed interlocking trampolines. Beyond the sheer joy of “jumping off the walls”, additional activities include Dodge Ball, Zero-Gravity Basketball and Extreme Workout to get your heart rate up.

Afternoon

Head an hour west of the city and pack your wet suit. River surfing [https://www.outliersurf.com/surfclub] is where it’s at, no matter the season, in this landlocked city. Catch The Mountain Wave at Lower Kananaskis River, adjacent to the Barrier Lake Visitors Information Centre built by Surf Anywhere. Don’t want to leave the city? Head to the wave near the 10th Street Bridge Downtown.

EAT. SLEEP

DAY TWO
Morning and Afternoon

Spend the day at Dinosaur Provincial Park [https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/south/dinosaur-pp/information-facilities/trails/]. Only 2 hours from town, the park shouldn’t be confused with the popular dinosaur destination of Drumheller. What sets it apart? The interpretative trails that walk visitors through the story of dinosaurs in the area.

 If you’re visiting in mid- to late-November, there’s no better place than Winsport [https://www.winsport.ca] (Calgary’s Olympic Park) to spend a day enjoying the elements. The ski and snowboard hills which can open as early as mid-November, offer everything from beginner to terrain runs built by the pros, as well as a snow school if you’re brand new or simply looking to improve. If you have a need for speed, the skeleton, luge and bobsled runs are also open and are available for use after you’ve taken a class to teach you the basics. Of course there’s skating, shinny and more formalized hockey games happening at the rink.

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DAY THREE
Morning and Afternoon

Moose Mountain Horseback Adventures [https://packtrips.ca] located in Bragg Creek, Alberta, is less than 45 minutes from Calgary and offers a Mountain Day Ride that will take you on a 5 to 7 hour tour through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies (with a stop for lunch). If you’re feeling like more a passenger than a driver, head over for a sleigh ride once the snow has fallen.

EAT. SLEEP

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Toronto, ON

View of red maple tree and CN TowerDespite the concrete jungle of the city’s downtown, the 6 has a lot to offer when it comes to getting some fresh air. 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE
Morning

Start your day with a stunning view of the city and head up to the CN Tower Edge Walk [http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca/more.html]. Located 356m/1,168ft above the ground, it’s your chance to go out on a ledge, literally. Strapped in and attached to the tower itself, the edge walk hangs you out over the city below during a 20 to 30 minute walk around the tower’s perimeter. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Afternoon

Off the beaten path in the York region, in a 10,000 square foot warehouse, lives the [http://www.themonkeyvault.com]. Designed as a parkour gym, this facility not only offers classes, but has an open gym option so you can use their facilities at your leisure to hone your parkour skills indoors, before heading outdoors and taking over the downtown core. Note that the open gym day passes don’t come with instructions so watch where you step.

EAT. SLEEP

DAY TWO

Get out of town and head to Blue Mountain Resort and Spa [https://www.bluemountain.ca]. Located close to Collingwood (which is home to great restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries), Blue Mountain, best known for skiing, has activities year-round. For the fall season, try out the Wind Rider Triple Zips. At an altitude of 50 feet, the zip line offers an amazing view of the outdoors. Or check out Woodlot Low Ropes, a series of logs and beams that create a climbing course suitable for all levels. Top off the day with some R&R at the Scandinave Spa.

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DAY THREE
Morning

The Don Valley is more than an incredibly congested north/south freeway. The Valley itself is a vital part of the city’s natural ecosystem and can be accessed via the Evergreen Brickworks [https://www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works]. Beyond the parking lot and behind the buildings is just one access point to an extensive web of trails [https://donrivervalleypark.ca/things-to-do/the-trails] that can take you all the way downtown. If you’re out for the morning, stay fortified and pick up something at the farmer’s market at the Brickworks before you head out.

Afternoon

If you’re looking for something outdoor and outside of the city, Niagara Falls not only has, well… the falls, but WildPlay’s Mistrider Zipline [http://niagarafalls.wildplay.com/mistrider-zipline] that provides the best view around. Hanging 67 metres high, zip along the gorge towards the Falls observation landing and take in the majesty along the way. For a little something extra (as if that wasn’t enough), come at night when the falls are Lit up in the spectrum colours.

 Looking to stay closer to the city? Head to Oakville for an indoor high-flying thrill. Hop on transit, or rent a car and head to iFly [https://www.iflytoronto.com/things-to-do-in-toronto]. An indoor skydiving company, iFly offers you a chance to experience what traditional sky divers feel during their free fall. Go with a group and rent the party room, or go on your own for a self-satisfying thrill and leave town on a high note.

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Vancouver, BC

Capilano Suspension Bridge, VancouverGo west for land and sea adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE
Morning and Afternoon

Pick up a car and drive north less than an hour to reach Squamish, a town that boasts, among other things, the second largest piece of freestanding granite in the world. Located in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park [https://www.exploresquamish.com/trails-routes/stawamus-chief], “the Chief” as it’s known, is a rock climbers Mecca. You can also hike the trails and choose one of three peaks depending on the length of time you have (between 3 and 7 hours), and your skill level. A kilometre up the Sea to Sky Highway from the park’s entrance is the Sea to Sky Gondola [https://www.seatoskygondola.com] (closes for the month of November) which will give you the panoramic views you’d get from hiking the Chief, without the cardio workout.

EAT. SLEEP

DAY TWO
Morning

Start your day off with a hike through Lynn Canyon Park [https://lynncanyon.ca]. Not as busy as some other Vancouver-area green spaces, the Lynn Canyon Park offers protection from the elements with its overgrown old-growth forests and multiple hiking trails. Be sure to walk across the suspension bridge and check out the Twin Falls.

Afternoon

An afternoon spent on the Granville Island [https://granvilleisland.com] can fill not only your belly, but also satisfy your drive to stay active and engaged. Take a walk on reclaimed land, and learn how what started out as a mud flat became a hub of industry and lost its island status in 1950 when the city filled in False Creek to the ire of many. Or rent a boat and cruise around the harbour, or charter a tour, weather permitting, to get the oceanic play-by-play from a local.

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DAY THREE

Just 15 minutes from Vancouver, Grouse Mountain [https://www.grousemountain.com] is a day-trip by sheer amount of activities to do. Start with a ride on North America’s largest aerial tramway system to get you to the peak then explore activities that include Zipline tours (using three lines) over the mountain that show you its majesty over the course of an hour, and the Eye of the Wind which allows you to stand in a glass viewing pod at the top of a wind turbine tower, just three meters from the massive rotating blades.

On your way back into the city, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge [https://www.capbridge.com] — no trip to Vancouver is complete without a walk 230-feet above the forest floor.

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