7 Unique Canadian Experiences

In the winter, the Rideau Canal turns into the world’s largest naturally frozen outdoor skating rink. Spend the day breezing up and down the magnificent stretch and indulge in traditional BeaverTails and warm brews with your special someone. Afterwards, spend the night at the historic Chateau Laurier overlooking the canal, and revel in true Canadian luxury.

2. Embrace your inner cowboy/girl and catch the Saskatchewan spirit!
For: The history buff
Located in the Saskatchewan River valley, La Raeta Ranch boasts a classic prairie landscape. Live like you’re part of an old fashioned Western movie as you explore your surroundings on horseback. In a province overflowing with tales and traditions of First Nations and Metis people, head over to Wanuskewin Heritage Park and experience Canadian history brought to life.

3. Go ice fishing on the Kawartha Lakes in Eastern Ontario and explore the backcountry on a snowshoeing adventure.  
For: The outdoor adventurer
Just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, the Kawartha Lakes offers charm, adventure and picturesque scenery, all rolled into one beautiful package. Spend some time on the water and ice fish for everything from local bass to muskie to pickerel and even northern pike! When you’re back on land, strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the surrounding landscape in all its winter glory.

4. Fly & Dine at Henry’s Fish Restaurant in Parry Sound, Ontario.
For: The daring foodie
Known worldwide for their fish and chips, Henry’s Fish Restaurant is a secret worth sharing. Located on Frying Pan Island on the coast of Georgian Bay, Henry’s is accessible only by boat or seaplane. The eatery welcomes nearly 800 tourists every year who fly to the island on Georgian Bay Airways just to enjoy Henry’s delicious seafood. The experience lasts about two hours and comes with a framed photo keepsake.

5. Tour a sweat lodge in Winnipeg, followed by a relaxing hot stone massage at a local spa.
For: The stressed out
Throughout history, First Nations people in Manitoba have used sacred stones and sweat lodges as a part of their traditional healing process. Visit the Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg and embrace centuries-old First Nations traditions at a purification ceremony. Afterwards, treat yourself to a Riverstone Spa hot stone massage and feel your stresses slip away.

6. Watch Mother Nature’s spectacular light show, followed by a dogsled ride through a traditional Northern Canadian village.For: The dream catcher
Highly visible during the winter months, the Aurora Borealis is a magical phenomenon to behold. Visit the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, NWT, and keep your eyes on the sky as the Northern Lights move quickly overhead. While in the village, feast on traditional bannock and hot chocolate, warm up in heated outdoor tepees and then hop aboard a dogsled to experience the landscape through the eyes of Canada’s “powder hounds.”

7. Have a parasailing adventure in PEI, followed by a visit to the home of Canada’s favourite redhead.
For: The high-flyer and book lover
Parasail high into the sky over crystal-clear water along the coast of Prince Edward Island. The Cavendish shore is a favourite spot for Canadians, offering entertainment and activities for the whole family. Or, step back in time and tour the home of Anne Shirley – Lucy Maud Montgomery’s loveable redhead – and learn about the life that inspired the timeless classic Anne of Green Gables.

This article originally appeared in Canadian Living Magazine.