Canada may be our neighbor to the north, but many people don’t realize what a prime spot it is for vacation. From the vibrant cities to the gorgeous natural landscape, Canada is a must for everyone (and on our list of 17 Places to Travel in 2017!). If adventure travel piques your interest, keep reading – we’re sharing 8 things you DON’T know about adventure travel in Canada.
1. It is perfect for the whole family!
Whether you’re eight or 80, a trip to Canada is the perfect trip to escape together, and Western Canada is the kind of experience the family will remember for years to come. The team at the Bugaboo lodge caters to families and the different ages in the group. The terrain varies, and there are lots of trails that aren’t as challenging. And for those who don’t want to hike, you can relax at the lodge and enjoy the incredible views. Brownell Advisor Laura Patterson said, “It is drop dead gorgeous and accessible to ALL ages and abilities.”
2. You don’t have to be in the best shape of your life.
The team at CMH Summer Adventures and the guides select hikes based on your ability level. And with helicopter transports, you can skip the grueling “forced march” from the base of the hill and go straight to the top. “If you can walk, you can spend days in easy high alpine meadows. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or avid athlete, you’re in for a challenge.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Martha Rhodes
3. There’s something for everyone.
Like we said, the helicopters take you up to the top so you don’t have to do a big climb, but you can if you want to. The hiking ranges from beginner to advanced levels, or you can do glacier walks that even those with no hiking experience can handle. They also have North America’s longest via ferratas*, zip lines, climbing, games, crafts, and more!
4. The guides are the best of the best.
When you’re zip lining across a waterfall or scaling a mountain, you don’t just want a good guide; you want THE BEST guide. And CMH Summer Adventures has them! They are experts at the technical parts, patient with new hikers, extremely knowledgeable, and fun! Plus they’re prepared to help with blisters and any other first aid – a major bonus if your feet aren’t used to walking a lot.
“The guides are AMAZING at helping talk you through the mental challenge of doing something that seems impossible or very scary. I was so glad I did it!” – Brownell Independent Advisor Martha Rhodes
5. The Bugaboos are unlike any other mountain region.
People travel from around the world to see the towering granite spires in the Bugaboos. As you stare up at these incredible geological formations, it is completely overwhelming. Brownell Independent Advisor Gay Gillen described it as “a complete religious experience that is beyond comparison.” And after her trip last summer, she’s heading back with a new group of friends in 2017 who want to experience the wonder of the Bugaboos for themselves.
6. You will have time to unwind and relax.
Though outdoor adventure is king at the Bugaboo Lodge, there is also plenty of down time. In the morning you can start your day with a stretch class – perfect to get you ready for the activities in the day ahead. At the end of the day, a masseuse is available to massage sore muscles. And the hot tub overlooking the mountains is the ideal spot to sip a glass of wine and totally relax.
7. You don’t have to buy a bunch of gear.
CMH Summer Adventures provides everything you need – rain gear, jackets, boots, backpacks, water bottles, and more. So if you’re dipping your toe in the adventure travel pool for the first time, you don’t have to stress about buying tons of gear (not to mention the right gear!).
8. Its remote, but you CAN stay connected.
When you’re in the remote wilderness, cell service is just what you would expect – minimal. But there is excellent Wi-Fi! After a day of connecting with nature, you can return to the lodge and check your e-mail and social media. On the other hand, you can blame it on the cell service and enjoy a few days “off-the-grid.”