Great Wilderness Tours in Canada

Written By: The Planet D

Canada, known for its incredible landscapes, breathtaking mountain ranges, and stunning scenery. It offers wonderful escapes deep in the wilderness for all those who appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the natural world. It is impossible not to come away from a holiday spent exploring this great nation feeling revitalised and refreshed.

5 Of The Top Wilderness Tours Canada

What is more, with many airlines offering budget deals on flights, anyone can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank.

1. White Water Rafting in the Ottawa River

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Nestled deep in a valley east of the Rocky Mountains lies the infamous Ottawa River; a site for kayaking, rafting and other water river activities. It is one of the world’s most exhilarating white water rafting sites. Be prepared to get very wet on the rafting trip as you take on the full force of nature in a small rubber dinghy.

There are many different sites with varying levels of difficulty to account for all levels of experience and all ages, so no one need to miss the boat on this intense journey. Read more: Ottawa River Rafting

2. Trekking through Tombstone Mountain Park

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The Tombstone Mountains

On foot is the only way to truly realise the wonders of the Tombstone Mountain Range of the Yukon. As you hike over the horizon of this amazing place you will feel like you have stepped back in time. Species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on the planet roam around as if placed there on purpose to satisfy your camera lens.

Craggy mountain peaks and rock formations meet deep sunken valleys in an array of splendid colours and shapes; the sky is clear blue and the air is fresh. It feels as if time stood still here and the majesty of the prehistoric world has been preserved for us to continue to enjoy forever. Read more: Dempster Highway Road Trip – Yes You Can Drive to the Arctic

3. Dog Sledding

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An image of a sledge dashing speedily through the snow, being pulled by a pack of beautiful Siberian Huskies epitomizes Canada’s winter wonderland experience. This trip requires a lot of thick layers of clothing and a pair of thermal underpants as you experience driving through the subzero temperatures of Yukon on a cosy, blanket-lined dogsled. Read more: 20 Adventurous and fun Things to do in Winter in Canada

4. Fishing in Kluane Lake

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Pristine Scenery

Just a few kilometers from Alaska are the lakes of Kluane National Park and a number of prime fishing spots; prized amongst enthusiasts.

The icy waters of the lakes are home to White Fish, Lake Trout and Northern Pike; to name but some of the trophy species hiding in the depths. Nothing could be more relaxing than waiting for a bite in an area of supreme natural beauty from the crack of a crisp dawn until the sun sets in a glorious display of gold and scarlet.

It is the fishing trip to end all fishing trips and the experience can be enjoyed even by those who have never picked up a rod in their life.

5. Escape to a Mountain Lodge

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Not for the faint hearted is a stay in a lodge surrounded by grizzly bears. Bella Coola Valley is populated by a whole host of incredible, wild creatures: grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, deer, cougars and mountain goats roam the ground and bald eagles soar in the sky above. Read more: Where to Stay in Banff

The wildlife is beautiful but potentially dangerous, and it is most certainly safest to track the animals with a trusted and knowledgeable tour guide by your side. Read more: The Best Things to do in Banff, Alberta

Exploring this land lost in time should be on everyone’s bucket list no matter how adventurous you are, or aren’t.

The iconic images of alpine trees and snow topped mountain peaks, icy rivers and ragged rocks just don’t have the same enchantment until seen and touched in real life.

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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6 thoughts on “Great Wilderness Tours in Canada”

  1. I’m so focussed on traveling to other countries that I forget what’s in my backyard. 🙂 That, and also the expensive plane tickets for travel within Canada… why??

  2. One of the best reasons to visit Canada is to take advantage of the fabulous outdoors and there’s a lot of it. Canada is the second biggest country geographically and it is difficult to visit all the places on the one go. Canada has lot of options for everyone and the things you are mentioned in your post are the perfect reasons for traveling to Canada.

  3. Exploring Canada is definitely on my list, not sure I`m adventurous enough for the whole list and even though you describe staying at the lodge is not for the faint hearted, it still looks very appealing.

  4. I read some bad stories about taking Camps in the mountains of Canada but I see it more of a thrilling adventure than a risky travel.