Rockies meadow

Photo credit: Leigh McAdam

When you’re on the cusp of summer, the great outdoors just begs to be conquered. The trouble is where to begin. When you live in a land as stunning and geographically diverse as Canada, it can be hard to figure out which activities are best suited for your ability level. Fortunately help is at hand with Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures, a handy guide written by Calgary adventurer and outdoors blogger Leigh McAdam.


What makes this book unique is that it’s for real folks, like you and me. Though Leigh is a hard core adventurer (cycled through Africa, climbed Kili, trekked through Nepal and sea kayaked in Tahiti), she and her writing style are completely down to earth. Based on experiences from her popular travel blog:, Discover Canada is approachable for anyone who’s interested in getting active and exploring our widely diverse country.

winter hiking mountains lake

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The book is broken down by province and territory, and within that you’ll find suggestions for each season – particularly helpful in getting us off the couch during those seemingly endless winters of ours. The adventures are further broken down by activity: hike, bike, paddle, ski, backpack, skate, the choice is yours.

coyote in meadow

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I’ve always thought of Skoki as a winter destination, but Leigh shows just how accessible the Skoki circuit is for beginner backpackers. If you can get past the slog up the ski road, you’ll traverse through thick forests and subalpine meadows studded with wildflowers and the occasional fox.

woman canoeing

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Another enticing summer option is taking to the Churchill River in Northern Saskatchewan via canoe.

hiking Vancouver Island

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Many hikers and backpackers consider the West Coast Trail a rite of passage (and Leigh gives the down low on that adventure, too), but the Coast Trail in East Sooke Regional Park is only 45-minutes from Victoria and reveals similar spectacular coastal scenery.

hiking in autumn

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For a more remote wilderness experience, consider trekking in Tombstones Territorial Park in the Yukon. To catch this riot of colour, McAdam recommends planning this for late August, “when the boreal forest and alpine meadows deliver a rainbow of fall colours.”

What’s on your bucket list for this summer?

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