Five Great Adrenaline Driven Vacation Destinations in Canada

Vacations are a great way to relax, relieve stress and recharge. Seeing the sights and monuments and museum of a foreign land is a great way to invigorate the intellect and broaden our understanding of the world and its various cultures. Yet, there are times when the regular vacation will not do and something a little more adventurous is required. When engaging in such activities it is often a good idea to purchase travel insurance. For the experienced traveler there is nothing more relaxing or assuring than the peace of mind of having the small details handled. Why worry about the small things when you can pay people to do it for you? The following destinations are thrill-seeker approved and sure to provide an action rush.


Edgewalk CN Tower

The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario provides the world’s highest, hands-free 360-degree walk around. At a height of 356 meters, participants are tethered to an overhead rail-support system. This daring adventure is open seasonally, excluding the winter months and during any threat of high winds or electrical storms. According to Wikipedia In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Canmore Cave Tours

Canmore Caves on Flickr

In Canmore, Alberta you can explore a wild cave, “wild” meaning that there are no interior lights, walkways or handrails. This is pure nature. The cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as fossils and animals bones. Formed over the last 1.6 million years by melting glaciers, the cave, known as Rats Nest Cave is 4 kilometers long. The mouth of the cave is accessed by hiking 30 minutes through the mountains. The tours itself can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to complete.

Bobsleigh Rides

Bobsleigh Team

Experience the thrill of an Olympic athlete by barreling down a 1,500 meter ice track at speeds up to 120 kilometers per hour at Canada’s Olympic Park, located in Calgary. A professional driver/brakeman guides this bobsleigh the full length of the official track while you enjoy the ride. Tours are available in the winter months at the discretion of the national team training and competition schedule. During the summer months, the same tours are available on a wheeled bobsleigh.

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding tours are available in each of the provinces, the bulk of them being in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. A search will reveal no shortage of tour companies prepared to take you out to the snow and tundra to experience the thrill of dog sledding. One of Canada’s eldest traditions it is a popular winter recreational activity for the adventurous vacationer. You can ride as a passenger or learn how to run a team yourself as you experience the beautiful landscape, filled with panoramic views.

Bathtub Racing

Bathrub Racing from Flickr

In Nanaimo, British Columbia you can go bathtub racing in a “bathtub boat.” The adventure sport was actually started in Nanaimo as a way to promote the city to the world. The race is held annually and receives entrants from around the world, all of them having spent considerable time and energy to prepare their “bathtub” boat. The race covers 36 miles and is the central attraction of the city’s annual marine festival, which features a carnival, beer gardens and a parade.

Many vacationers balk at travel insurance but there are times when purchasing this insurance would be prudent. Travel insurance can help offset medical costs incurred while on a trip, or reimburse you for expenses due to cancelled or rescheduled itinerary. Engaging in adventurous or even dangerous activities, such as some of the above mentioned vacation experiences is also a good reason to purchase travel insurance. Additionally, traveling to remote locations where the risk of loss of luggage is higher is, creates a further need for travel insurance. Getting cheap quotes for travel insurance shouldn’t be a chore. There are several companies across the provinces capable of providing fair and adequate coverage for all of your travel needs.


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