Well Canada, you certainly are looking good for 150 years old. Canada Day this Saturday (July 1) marks Great White North’s sesquicentennial and what better way to celebrate than getting outside? Summertime is made for outdoor moments, whether on the water, on the trails or just soaking up the natural beauty. In case you haven’t planned your Canada 150 long weekend yet, here are a few outdoor activities to celebrate your inner Canuckness.
Walking among the forests of mountains of Canada is an excellent way to appreciate the great outdoors. Weather is looking mostly fine across the Coast and the Rockies this weekend, so make sure to pack lots of food, water and sunscreen to take advantage of a long day on the trails. Add in a goal such as reaching a lake, waterfall or scrambling to a summit and you’ll have a day to make yourself proud to be a Canadian. Looking for a guide to show you the way into unfamiliar terrain? MSAA has you covered.
Camping in the Wilderness
If you managed to score a spot at a campsite this weekend, well done! With summer vacation shifting into high gear and half the country loading up the SUV for some outdoor therapy, campsites across Canada will be packed to the gills. Car camping does have its conveniences, but we’re big fans of shouldering a heavy pack and hiking into remote areas. There’s nothing quite like waking up to a view of alpine lakes and mountains with no sound but that of birds and a light breeze. Don’t forget to bring something distinctly Canadian with you, preferably a type of food or drink you can consume to reduce your weight for the hike out. Always make sure to pack out all the trash you bring in – including compostables – to keep the wilderness wild.
Go for a Paddle
As the famous Canadian author, Pierre Berton was incorrectly quoted “A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.” We’re not promoting fornication in watercraft for safety reasons (you should be wearing a personal flotation device regardless), but heading out for a paddle in a canoe, kayak, SUP or even inflatable floaty is a great way to beat the heat this weekend. The canoe deserves special recognition here as it was used by early Canadian pioneers well before the Dominion was formed and by First Nations for centuries before that.
Hit the Snow
Is July too late for skiing? Not this year! The alpine snowpack across the Coast is still quite deep, so if you’re ready to strap skis and boots to your backpack, there are turns to be had. You will need touring gear (unless you plan on skiing at summer glacier camp) and it’s always helpful to be able to drive a 4×4 vehicle up logging roads to shorten the approach. Skiing in shorts is a novelty in itself, but remember that avalanche and crevasse safety rules still apply. Don’t ski potential avalanche slopes too late in the day and make sure to have all the tools and skills for self-rescue.
Dress to Impress for Canada 150
There may not be as many people in the outdoors as at all the parades across the country, but don’t let that stop you from dressing in red, carrying flags or otherwise decorating your body, friends and pets with Canadiana. Show your true patriotism, wherever you end up this weekend.
Happy Canada 150 from all the team at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures!