Algonquin Park, Ontario

The lakes and forests of Canada’s oldest provincial park have inspired generations of artists and explorers. While experienced paddlers can try their choice of 2,000 km of waterways and portages, others might want a guide. Tours by Northern Edge Algonquin include the beginner-friendly, three-night Wolf Howl Canoe Trip, with instruction in canoeing, camping and howling like a wolf (in hope of a reply).

Prince Edward Island

Serious kayakers might want to circumnavigate Canada’s smallest province, a feat that can take two to three weeks or more. But worthy day trips exist, too. Beginners can join By-the-Sea-Kayaking to paddle to a sandbar and learn to dig for clams, while the more adventurous can head into the Gulf of St. Lawrence with Outside Adventures for views of Prince Edward Island National Park.

Yukon River

All you need is three weeks’ vacation to canoe 735 km of the Yukon River from downtown Whitehorse to Dawson City with Up North Adventures—no paddling experience required. Travel with the current and navigate the river’s twists and turns as you watch for wildlife amid the trees and catch sight of Gold Rush-era settlers’ cabins and steamship relics. Each night, you’ll dine at your campsite under the midnight sun.


[This story appears in the May 2016 issue of WestJet Magazine]