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Here's The Ultimate 2021 Outdoor Activity Bucket List By Province

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Here's The Ultimate 2021 Outdoor Activity Bucket List By Province

Self-care is an excellent thing to strive for, but it can sometimes be misunderstood.

When it comes to taking care of yourself, it's not all yoga pants, face masks and sipping tea. Self-care can also be a soul-fueling adventure, fresh air and wide-open spaces.

If the bath bombs and candles aren't cutting it, another great way to reconnect with yourself is to get outside and see all that your home province has to offer. After all, a beer around a campfire under the stars is great for the soul.

You don't need to compromise your restorative goals either; with an alcohol-free beverage like Heineken 0.0 you can crack open a cold one during a hike and feel good about it.

Lucky for you, there is an almost endless list of outdoor activities to make your soul smile — and you don't even have to leave your province!

British Columbia

Take A Hike & Stay The Night At Berg Lake Trail

Price: $18

When: May 21-October 15

Address: Fraser-Fort George H, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll get to see a little bit of everything that B.C. has to offer on this 42-kilometre hike including turquoise lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and the impressive Mount Robinson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Put on your hiking boots to conquer the Berg Lake Trail, then set up camp for a magical night sleeping under the stars.

Hang 10 With A Surfing Lesson In Tofino

Price: $89-$399

When: Year round

Address: 441 Campbell St., Tofino, BC

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for some excitement and aren't afraid of getting wet, surfing in Tofino might be just the thing for you.

You don't have to travel outside of your own backyard to feel like you're on a vacation. In Tofino, you can book group surfing lessons, private one-on-ones and family lessons.

Gear transportation, a surfboard and wetsuit, certified instructors and year-round availability are all included in this West Coast experience, so all you have to do is jump in the water.


Grab Your Bike & Ride Down The Icefields Parkway

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: Highway 93 N., AB

Why You Need To Go: It's possible that no view in Canada matches the incredible scenery that lines the Icefields Parkway.

The highway stretches from Jasper to Banff where stunning valleys, mountains, glaciers, lakes, wildlife and waterfalls are all there for you to experience.

You can either book with a tour guide or if you're more experienced, ride solo. Make a day out of it by packing a few snacks, and a cold Heineken 0.0 or two to enjoy while you take in the view.

Check Out The Mountains At Waterton Lakes National Park

Price: $10

When: Year round

Address: Waterton Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to check out the mountains of Alberta but would prefer to stay away from busy parks like Banff, search no further than Waterton Lakes National Park.

The peaks of the Rocky Mountains are just as gorgeous here and you'll have fewer people in the background of your photo ops (score!).


Beat The Heat At The Valley Of 1,000 Devils

Price: $5.90

When: Year round

Address: SK-4, Val Marie, SK

Why You Need To Go: The Valley of 1,000 Devils at Grasslands National Park is just as intense of a hike as the name implies. Temperatures here can be 10 degrees hotter than in other areas, so try to start your experience in the morning and bring plenty of water and snacks.

This beautiful, wildlife-filled trail is not for the faint of heart, but if you're up for a challenge — and are an experienced, self-sufficient hiker — you're in for a treat.

Kick Back & Relax At Little Manitou Lake

Price: Free

When: Best enjoyed June-August

Address: Manitou Beach, SK

Why You Need To Go: This lake is a must-see on the bucket list of any Saskatchewanian.

While the province has over 100,000 lakes, none are quite like this one. Little Manitou Lake has a mineral density that is five times saltier than the ocean, which means you can float effortlessly on your back with a refreshing Heineken 0.0 in hand for peak relaxation.

Floating in the lake is free but if you feel like treating yourself, purchase a day pass for the Manitou Springs Resort Spa for a European-style experience right at home.


Bike Past Windswept Grasslands & Lakes Teeming With Wildlife

Price: $7.90

When: Hours vary

Address: Riding Mountain National Park, Onanole, MB

Why You Need To Go: Riding Mountain National Park reaches up to 756 metres above sea level and is one of the highest peaks of the mostly flat province.

Home to an incredible diversity of wildlife and stunning landscapes, it's no wonder this is one of the most desired places to hit the open trails for many biking enthusiasts.

Not only that, but the view from atop the Manitoba Escarpment is meant to be truly breathtaking.

Bathe In The Northern Lights In Churchill

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: Churchill, MB

Why You Need To Go: If seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, look no further than Churchill, where the aurora borealis is visible up to 300 nights a year.

The best time for viewing is between February and March due to cold weather and longer nights, but the spectacle can be viewed year round so you're not limited to when you can sit back, crack open a cold one and watch the dazzling hues flicker above you in the remote subarctic.

You may even get lucky and spot a polar bear or two.


Try A Little Bit Of Everything At Pukaskwa Park

Price: $5.90

When: May 15-October 15

Address: ON-627, Heron Bay, ON

Why You Need To Go: Watch the waves crash against the shore at Lake Superior, navigate your way through forests of pine trees, explore secluded beaches, or hike to the top of a towering cliff (and maybe spot a moose or bear on the way up, too).

Whether you're into hiking, backpacking, paddling or just interested in checking out all that nature has to offer, this Ontario park offers something for everyone.

Run With The Wolves (Kinda!) At Haliburton Forest Observation Deck

Price: $15

When: Year round

Address: 1095 Redkenn Rd., Dysart et al, ON

Why You Need To Go: While you can't actually run with the wolves themselves, at Haliburton Forest you can get close enough.

At the Wolf Centre, you can learn about Canadian wolves and view them in their natural habitat from one of two indoor observation areas.

And if you're looking to get a little more active while visiting, you can take a hike through the 400 kilometres of forest trails. Stay overnight and walk as many routes as you can.


Check Out The Amazing View From Mount Royal

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: 1260 Remembrance Rd., Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: This 200-hectare park is the highest point of the city, giving you optimal viewing of the buildings below. Head to the top of Mount Royal in Montreal, open a Heineken 0.0, and soak up the cityscape.

If you're looking for a nice change of pace from downtown's hustle and bustle (and construction), this park is the perfect place. Home to hundreds of different species of plants and animals, Mount Royal is a slice of the great outdoors.

Experience All Kinds Of Wildlife At Parc Omega

Price: $30

When: Year round

Address: 399 QC-323, Montebello, QC

Why You Need To Go: There's no need to get out of your vehicle for this outdoor adventure. During this 12-kilometre-long safari, you'll get to feast your eyes on some of Canada's most incredible wildlife like elk, bison, bears, deers and foxes.

You can even stay the night at one of Parc Omega's cozy forest cabins, where you might even encounter a wolf through the massive panoramic windows.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Swim With Massive Humpback Whales

Price: $200

When: May 1-September 5

Address: Petty Harbour, NL

Why You Need To Go: For the truly adventurous types, how about jumping in the water and swimming with some of the largest animals on Earth?

If you can stand the frigid Atlantic Ocean waters, put on a wetsuit and grab your snorkel gear to get up close and personal with these gentle giants in Petty Harbour.

See The Atlantic Puffins In Bay Bulls

Price: $75

When: May-September

Address: Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, NL

Why You Need To Go: The Atlantic Puffin is Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial bird, and at Witless Bay Reserve, you can see them up-close and personal.

Watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat and, of course, snap a few pictures for your photo album!

New Brunswick

Walk On The Ocean Floor at Hopewell Rocks

Price: $14

When: May-October

Address: Hopewell Cape, NB

Why You Need To Go: Visit New Brunswick's iconic landmark, the Hopewell Rocks, to witness some of the most intense tidal action on earth. There are just over six hours between low tide and high, making it perfect for a day trip.

Leisurely walk the ocean floor, exploring the coves and flowerpot rock formations at low tide while you sip on an ice-cold Heineken 0.0, before heading to the viewing deck where you can watch the water rise over where you just stood.

Believe In Magic At Magnetic Hill

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: Moncton, NB

Why You Need To Go: This is one of those experiences you just need to see to believe. All you need to do is drive to the bottom of the hill, put your car in neutral, take your foot off the brake and wait until your car starts to roll — get this — uphill.

Unfortunately, it's not real-life magic. The optical illusion is created by rising and descending terrain, so when you think you're moving uphill, you're actually heading down.

When you're done scratching your head around the science of it all, there's plenty more to do nearby. Magnetic Hill Zoo is located adjacent to the hill, and if you're willing to drive a little further, you can check out a winery, a water park, a casino, a golf club and even go skydiving.

Prince Edward Island

Get The Perfect Instagram Shot At Red Sands Shore

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: 35 Lucys Rd., Bonshaw, PEI

Why You Need To Go: You'll be the envy of all of your friends on Instagram at P.E.I.'s Red Sands Shore. The sandstone cliffs and auburn clay roads are the perfect backdrop for your next selfie and look even better with the golden hues of sunset.

Bring a chair, park it in the red sand and soak up the sun as you enjoy the surroundings.

Walk The Massive Boardwalk At Greenwich Dunes Trail

Price: $7.90

When: June-October

Address: 61 Greenwich Rd., Saint Peters Bay, PEI

Why You Need To Go: Breathe in the smell of nature as you stroll along the boardwalk at Greenwich Dunes. You'll start in the woods and then make your way along the floating boardwalk that crosses the cattail-lined Bowley Pond.

You'll get to see a giant sand dune in the distance and eventually reach a beach that goes as far as the eye can see in both directions.

Nova Scotia

Hit The Road On Nova Scotia's Iconic Scenic Highway

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: Cape Breton Island, NS

Why You Need To Go: At almost 300 kilometres long, the Cabot Trail hugs the coast as it loops around Cape Breton Island.

With hiking trails, beaches, and fishing villages to visit, you'll want to set aside a good five to seven days for this adventure. For a real treat, plan your trip for fall to enjoy the leaves changing colours.

Challenge Yourself At Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Price: $7.90

Address: Ingonish Beach, NS

Why You Need To Go: The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a must for any hiking enthusiast.

There are also a few cool challenges for you to complete, like the red-chair challenge, where you can explore the trail, Heineken 0.0 in hand, and discover all the hidden places to have a seat and enjoy some of Nova Scotia's most stunning views.

Or, you can try to complete the 10-trails-in-one-day challenge where you can earn a special souvenir upon completion.


Feel Like A Superhero At Mount Thor

Price: $12.26

When: Best in summer

Address: Auyuittuq National Park, Pangnirtung, NU

Why You Need To Go: Auyuittuq National Park is home to Mount Thor, which is famous for being the mountain with the highest vertical drop in the world — over 4,000 feet!

Experts might put summiting Mount Thor on their bucket list, but for everyone else Auyuittuq National Park is full of amazing experiences including tours into the Arctic Circle, traversing fjords, skiing and hiking.

Check Out The Narwhals At Pond Inlet

Price: $12

When: Summer

Address: Sirmilik National Parks Office, Pond Inlet, NU

Why You Need To Go: One word: narwhals.

These incredible creatures, also known as the unicorns of the sea, pass by in large groups for exceptional wildlife viewing. Narwhals move closer to the shore during the summer months which is the optimal time for catching a glimpse of these magical beasts.

Along with the narwhals, beluga whales and polar bears inhabit this area as well.


Learn About Wildlife At Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Price: $16

When: Year round

Address: Takhini Hot Springs Rd., Whitehorse, YT

Why You Need To Go: Gain a deeper appreciation of all that the Yukon has to offer at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

This conservation is home to all kinds of wildlife including caribou, elk, mountain goat, moose, mule deer, muskox, wood bison, thinhorn sheep, foxes and lynx.

Bask In The Beauty Of Emerald Lake

Price: Free

When: Year round

Address: South Klondike Hwy., Kilometre 118, YT

Why You Need To Go: This picturesque lake in the Yukon is something out of a dream.

Its blue-green colour (caused by the sun reflecting off of the calcium carbonate in the lake) makes it the go-to spot for locals and visitors.

There aren't any activities to do at this lake, but if you're looking for somewhere to snap a picture, enjoy a refreshment and soak up the stunning colours, this is the place for you.

Northwest Territories

See The Northern Lights From The Best Place To Do So In The World

Price: Free

When: August 12-October 14 & November 20-April 14

Address: Aurora Village, NWT

Why You Need To Go: There are a few destinations in Canada to take in the northern lights but the Northwest Territories is arguably the most amazing.

One of the best places in the world to see the aurora borealis is Aurora Village, near Yellowknife. With guided tours and overnight packages, it's the easiest way to witness the magic of the northern lights.

Sleep Under The Stars At Nahanni National Park

Price: $25.04

When: Year round

Address: Fort Smith, NWT

Why You Need To Go: Camping at Nahanni National Park is the perfect option for those who live in the Northwest Territories.

Take in the thundering Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls), a waterfall twice the height of Niagara, before relaxing and taking time to reconnect with nature among some of Canada's most beautiful scenery.

It's time to take a moment for you and self-care, and these outdoor bucket list adventures are a great place to start.

Canoe through Ontario's parks, sleep under the northern lights in Manitoba or take in all of Yukon's natural beauty — and because all things deserve balance, take a few alcoholic-free Heineken 0.0 with you.

Heineken 0.0 is available at national grocery chains across the country, so what you love is always right at your fingertips!

To learn more about Heineken 0.0, check out Heineken's website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.