Canada has a vast array of beautiful wilderness, and we figured with Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, why not celebrate it? The great outdoors has so much to offer, not to mention endless potential to integrate more movement into your day.
With that in mind, we wanted to present some of our favourite hikes and/or outdoor spots across Canada where you can both enjoy nature on Earth Day and add a little more movement into your day.
So without further ado, here’s our top seven list of Canadian hikes/nature spots!
Banff National Park, AB
Johnston Canyon is a classic must-see hike in Banff National Park. This hike is an easy one that anyone can do, as it has several viewing points at which hikers can choose to either turn around or keep going. Whether you decide to hike to the Lower Falls, Upper Falls or all the way to the Ink Pots, at most this is a half-day hike.
Cape Breton Island, NS
The Middle Head Trail is another easy hike that takes about one to two hours, but its views are absolutely to die for. With a trail that runs along the coast and cliffs that oversee the Atlantic Ocean, this spot is truly a Canadian gem. You can even see whales here in the early summer!
Let’s be honest – anywhere on Vancouver Island is pretty much gorgeous. But the Schooner Cove Trail is particularly breathtaking. This short hike is surrounded by lush greenery as you walk on worn wooden boardwalks – you’ll feel like you just stepped into a Jurassic Park film!
This one isn’t a specific hike, but more of a full area to enjoy. Parlee Beach Provincial Park in New Brunswick “boasts the warmest salt water in Canada,” so it’s the perfect spot to sunbathe in the summer. The park also contains a large campground and multiple sports activities to engage in, so you’ll never be bored during your visit.
As one of the seven wonders of North America, how could the Bay of Fundy not be on this list? This area is brimming with unique marine life and interesting fossils, a rare combination that gives this area it’s wonder designation. Take a guided tour on foot or in kayaks – you won’t regret it!
These badlands of southern Saskatchewan truly deliver on those epic wild, wild west vibes we see in the movies. With skies and plains that stretch on and on, you can see in any direction for miles; this is the perfect place to wander and daydream about your next Western adventure.
Gros Morne National Park, NL
Last but not least, the Tablelands Trail in Gros Morne National Park. This short hike features expansive canyon views and rare plantation to discover. Needless to say, this is truly another gem on Canada’s East Coast.
And those are some of our favourite spots in Canada! We live in a beautiful country with such a variety of scenery, so there is no doubt that there are many more spots not mentioned on this list. What are some of your favourite Canadian nature spots to go to?
Whatever you end up doing this Earth Day, make sure to take some time to reflect on the environment and the impact you have on it. Turn your lights off during Earth Hour and head outside to enjoy all that nature has to offer.
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Sitting at a desk all day isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be damaging to your health. Scientists have found that sitting for long periods of time may be linked to alterations in blood proteins that lead to heart disease as well as early cognitive decline.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution: take a break! When you interrupt long periods of motionless work with a little bit of movement, like stretches or muscle-toning exercises, you’ll be able to counter any negative effects of that nine-to-five job.
Here are five of our favourite exercises to get the blood flowing at your desk.
National Grandparent’s Day is coming up this weekend! Many of us have grandparents who have inspired us to live life to the fullest and embrace healthy lifestyle habits. In honour of the upcoming holiday, we sat down with our President and CEO, Ron Bettin, to talk to him about his grandparents and how they’ve inspired him to live a healthy lifestyle (particularly Grandma Olive, who is still going strong at an amazing 106 years old!).