OH CANADA! 150 THINGS TO DO THIS YEAR

Parents Canada - - Contents - BY AMANDA BLOYE

Ex­pe­ri­ence all the coun­try has to of­fer, from coast to coast.

BRI­TISH COLUMBIA

1/ DEFY HEIGHTS (AND REA­SON) AND WALK 70 ME­TRES ABOVE THE CAPILANO RIVER AS YOU CROSS

THE CAPILANO SUS­PEN­SION BRIDGE.

2/ Rent a bike and ex­plore the 400-hectare nat­u­ral West Coast rain­for­est along Stan­ley Park's Seawall.

3/ Shop, sip and play through Granville Is­land’s Pub­lic Mar­ket.

4/ Soar above the Dou­glas Fir trees as you travel on Grouse Moun­tain’s Skyride, North Amer­ica's largest ae­rial tramway sys­tem.

5/ Ob­serve an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat at the Bri­tish Columbia Wildlife Park in Kam­loops.

6/ Take a glimpse of priv­i­leged life in the 1890s at Craig­dar­rich Cas­tle in Vic­to­ria.

7/ Soak in the sun at Kit­si­lano Beach.

8/ Take a spin on Bug Whirled, Dizzy Drop or The Flut­tern­bye, three of Play­land at the PNE’s new 2017 rides.

9/Start at Mile Zero in Daw­son’s Creek and take an epic road­trip on the Alaska High­way.

10/ View the beau­ti­ful Cana­dian Rock­ies by train with Via’s Jasper to Prince Ru­pert Line.

11/ En­joy your morn­ing cof­fee on the wa­ter as you pad­dle­board from Squamish to Bri­tan­nia Beach.

12/ Spend an af­ter­noon in awe strolling through Butchart Gar­dens in Vic­to­ria.

13/ Stop in for a pint and a chicken taco (or two!) at Four Winds Brew­ery.

14/ In­dulge in a sweet treat with Nanaimo’s name­sake, the Nanaimo Bar.

AL­BERTA

16/ Visit the world’s largest Easter egg in Ve­gre­ville.

17/ Walk through the aban­doned ghost town Wayne, deep in Al­berta’s bad­lands.

18/ Ven­ture to the top of Sul­phur Moun­tain on the Banff Gon­dola and dine at one of the sum­mit’s restau­rants.

19/ Hike along the Sul­phur Moun­tain Board­walk to San­son’s peak, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Nor­man San­son.

20/ Watch the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers on home turf at McMa­hon Sta­dium.

21/ Shop, learn to surf or skate your heart away at the West Ed­mon­ton Mall.

22/ Camp in com­fort in a yurt at Pi­geon Lake Pro­vin­cial Park.

23/ Stroll the cat­walks of John­ston Canyon.

24/ Cap­ture in­sta­gram­wor­thy pho­tos at Maligne Lake in Jasper Na­tional Park.

25/ Ex­pe­ri­ence the Rock­ies like never be­fore as you drive from Banff to Jasper on the Ice­fields Park­way.

26/ Beat the heat at Syl­van Lake Aqua Splash.

27/ Dis­cover the dif­fer­ence be­tween sta­lac­tites and sta­lag­mites as you tour caves in Can­more.

We are turn­ing 150! It’s time to cel­e­brate the hid­den (and not so hid­den) gems from coast to coast. Here are just a few to get you started.

WATCH THE RODEO, TAKE IN A CON­CERT OR TRY YOUR LUCK ALONG THE MID­WAY AT THE CAL­GARY STAM­PEDE. (JULY 7–16)

OR­DER A CAESAR WHERE THIS CANA­DIAN OB­SES­SION BE­GAN – AT THE WESTIN HO­TEL IN CAL­GARY.

DIS­COVER SOME OF THE WORLD’S RAREST IN­SECTS AND ARACHNIDS AT THE VIC­TO­RIA BUG ZOO.

GRAB A COCK­TAIL AND WATCH THE SUN­SET AT THE FAIRMONT LAKE LOUISE.

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