The Skyline Trail is often called not just the most spectacular trail in Jasper National Park, but one of the most interesting backcountry routes in North America. Come along as GreatOutdoors Editor Peter Potterfield takes you from Maligne Lake, up and over the infamous “Notch,” and to the summit of Amber Mountain. And he reveals some of the best spots around Jasper, including the Jasper Park Lodge, Sunwapta Lodge, and the Icefields Glacier Adventure.
The salmon fishing is called the best in the world here in Canada's most out there chain of islands, but there's much more. There's hiking to ancient Haida villages, standing totem poles a hundred years old, humpback whales blowing and breaching, and eagles snatching fish from the Pacific just yards from the boat. Magical Haida Gwaii is a place emphatically on the edge of things.
Summer adventures out of the Bobbie Burns Lodge in British Columbia cover the gamut, from hiking flower-filled meadows to scrambling up 9,000 foot mountains, and even traversing "via ferrata" routes. Operated by CMH, famous for it's heli-ski tours, the lodge summer experience comes complete with the Bell 212 helicopter to take you where you want to go.
There’s no better way to experience the great boreal forest of northern Saskatchewan than to make the 40 kilometer round trip hike through the wilderness of Prince Albert National Park to pay homage to one of Canada’s earliest conservationists: the man who called himself Grey Owl. The two or three day tek out to his cabin on remote Ajawaan Lake, in the Grey Owl Wilderness is a great way to combine living history with backcountry adventure
With accolades that include “Best Small Resort in North America” and “Best Family Resort in Canada,” British Columbia's Silver Star is a mountain for every interest, and its colorful Victorian-inspired Village evokes images straight from the pages of a Dickens novel while offering a true ski-in ski-out experience, and some of the best Nordic terrain anywhere.
Tucked between Banff National Park to the north, and Glacier National Park to the south, sparsely visited Waterton Lakes National Park sits astride a narrow waist of the Rocky Mountains, where the high peaks don't bother with foothills, where the bear mojo is more intense than even Denali, and there’s more species of wildflowers than in Jasper and Banff combined.
Behind the Lake Louise Ski Area lies the awesome Slate Range, but one of the best kept secrets in this corner of Banff National Park is man made: venerable Skoki Lodge, a comfortable base camp for backcountry exploration. But the only way in is a seven mile hike, or ski.
Whether it's sea kayaking, hiking the coast, or mountain biking single tracks, the Rockwater Resort on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast makes a unique--and outrageously comfortable--base for exploring the inlets, coves and coastal trails of the Malaspinas Straight north of Sechelt.
Join us for a cross-country ski expedition to sample the premier terrain and best lodges of Alberta’s Candaian Rockies, from the Lake Louise area and Bow Lake to the mountains of Canmore’s Kananaskis Country
Travel writer Polly Evans’s latest book, Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman, tells of her journey to Canada’s Yukon Territory to learn to drive sled dogs.
The spectacular 90-mile Donjek Route is one of the most challenging in the Yukon Territory, traversing a backcountry where three adjoining parks—Kluane, Tatshenshini-Alsek and Wrangell- St. Elias create 38,000 square miles of pure wilderness
Jubilant crowds celebrated the opening of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the highest and longest in the world, creating a new thrill ride that makes for an easy trip from Blackcomb Mountain to Whistler Mountain and back again in just 11 minutes
The 35 kilometer Long Range Traverse through Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park pays off with genuine wilderness on a grand scale, but this trail-less backcountry route will challenge your navigational skills. Then you can go kayaking among icebergs and whales when you’ve completed the hike.
Adventurer and photographer Stefan Wackerhagen found a home in the arctic regions of the Yukon and Alaska. It is here in these northern climes where he finds the wildlife and extraordinary expanse of wilderness that fuels his photography. “The natural wilderness of Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska offers extraordinary panoramas and unrivalled wildlife. As a photographer I’m drawn to the way its light shifts in incredible ways, and its seasons change fast. There’s no place like it.”
Five days on the legendary Chilkoot Pass Trail, one of the premier backcountry routes in North America, inspires new respect for the physical stamina of the Klondike gold rush miners as it takes you from the Inside Passage through British Columbia and into the wilds of the Yukon.