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10 underrated places to visit in Canada during the summer

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Summertime brings long sunny days, lounging in comfortable and premium mattresses like the ones from Polysleep, and the longing to explore unexplored and untouched places by tourists.

If you want to venture out into unchartered territories, you need to consider some of the underrated places to visit in Canada during the summer.

Some of the unexplored places in Canada are given below:

1. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

If you are craving adventure on the wild side, complete with walking over suspension bridges to view the untamed wilderness, you need to check out the Capilano suspension bridge park.

Located in Vancouver, Canada, the 30-acre park has seven suspended-foot bridges that offer breathtaking views of the forests from 110 feet above the forest floor.

While in the park, you can explore the cliff walk that follows a granite precipice along the river Capilano, which has a series of cantilevered bridges, platforms, and stairs. In addition, you can take part in nature and history walks, getting to know the place through educational adventures like Kia’Palano, raptor’s ridge, and story center.

The park stays open from May 1 to September 5 from 9.00 a.m. to 7 p.m.and the rates are as under:

  • Adults (18 to 64 yrs.) - $ 59.95;
  • Seniors (65+ yrs.)- $ 54.95;
  • Students (18 + with valid ID) - $ 46.95;
  • Youth (13-17 yrs.) 31.95;
  • Child (6-12 yrs.) - $21.95;
  • Kiddies (under 6 years)-Free

Family passes are available as under:

Family Pass (3)

  • 2 adults + 1 child (6-17 yrs.) -$130.

Family Pass (4)

  • 2 adults + 2 children (6-17 yrs.) -$ 150.

2. Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park is located 35 mins east of Edmonton and is open all year long. It is a great place to experience wildlife as the park is a safe refuge for bison, elk, and 250 species of birds. It is also an excellent place for day picnickers and overnight campers.

You can experience the pristine wildlife and greenery all around you while you laze away in the comfort and coziness of an RV queen mattress from Polysleep.

If you are the adventurous type, you can spend time hiking on a park trail or exploring the calm waters of the magnificent Astonin lake.

Things to do:

  • Beach activities, canoeing, kayaking
  • Bird and wildlife watching, picnicking, camping, hiking, and dog walking

Rates & Fees:

The fees charged for entering the park are as follows.

Visitors Daily Rates Annual Early Bird Annual Rates Parks Canada Discovery Pass
Adult (18-64 yrs.) 8.5 33.5 41.75 72.25
Senior (65 + yrs.) 7.25 29.25 36.75 61.75
Youth (6-17 yrs.) Free Free Free Free
Family/Group(Up to 7 people in a single vehicle) 16.75 83.75 83.75 145.25
Commercial/Person 7.25 NA NA NA

For camping charges, contact the park.

3. Auyuittuq National Park

Auyuittuq National Park provides a one-of-a-kind arctic experience, complete with imposing granite cliffs alongside multiple glaciers. Auyuittuq, meaning ‘Land that never melts,’ has a landscape with craggy mountains and snow-covered glaciers with granite cliffs completing the dynamic landscape.

The Akshayuk Pass runs through the Weasel and Owl river valleys with meltwater streams and rivers flowing towards the fiords providing a breathtaking traveling experience.

Things to do:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Skiing
  • Climbing & mountaineering
  • Guided day trips
  • Cultural activities

In Auyuittuq, camping can be a unique experience as there is no designated camp area. You can camp wherever you like except in archaeological sites, rockfall areas, areas restricted for wildlife, and other preserved areas.

Indulge in a fantastic experience as you lay on your camper mattress, soaking in such a unique experience.

Fees:

Northern Park Backcountry daily excursions:

  • Single person-$13.00
  • Educational group/person -$3.25

Northern Park Backcountry excursion/camping:

  • Nightly-$ 26.25
  • Annual-$157.00

4. Tobermory, Ontario 

Tobermory is a lakeside town located at the top of the Bruce Peninsula. It is known for the majestic Niagara Escarpment together with Flowerpot Island and two national parks. The Bruce Trail offers one of the best hiking experiences on the peninsula.

Things to do:

  • Diving, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Explore national parks, discover shipwrecks and the Flowerpot island

Contact for the latest pricing information

5. Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada lie on the easternmost edge of North America. Being one of the oldest cities with a sparse population, the place has a rich history and a vibrant culture.

Things to do:

  • Kayaking, rafting, fishing, boating, diving
  • Hiking, walking, camping, whale watching, bird watching
  • Festivals, museums, geology & fossil

6. Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park in Nova Scotia

Located in Sambro creek, the crystal crescent beach provincial park includes three white sand crescent beaches. The beaches are located at the mouth of Halifax harbor. The park leads to a hiking trail to the Pennant Point, allowing you a spectacular bird and wildlife watching experience.

Things to do:

  • Boating, sailing, tidal bore rafting
  • Kayaking, canoeing, beach activities
  • Whale watching, sightseeing, surfing & water sports
  • Golf, cycling, sport fishing

Contact for the latest pricing information.

7. Parc Harold F. Baldwin (Mont Pinnacle) in Quebec

Parc Harold F. Baldwin, located in the city of Coaticook, has the magnificent mount Pinnacle surrounded by Lake Lyster and Little Lake Baldwin. The park offers excellent hiking trails where visitors can experience a breathtaking view of Mount Pinnacle and its wilderness.

Things to do:

  • Hiking
  • Outdoor climbing

Rates:

  • Daily ticket -$ 7 payable online
  • Season Pass-$ 35 payable online
  • The park is free for young people 16 and under.

8. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay

The sleeping giant provincial park is on a rugged peninsula with high granite cliffs, thick forests, and incredible hiking trails that provide spectacular geographical features like Sea Lion and Tee Harbor. You can experience incredible views of Lake Superior from the Giant Trail and Thunder Bay lookout.

The park provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities like deer, fox, wolf, and over 200 different bird species. It has memorable hiking and mountain biking trails to enjoy the wilderness.

Things to do:

  • Boat, canoeing, fishing
  • Hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching

Contact for the latest pricing information.

9. The Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

The Okanagan valley has a vibrant landscape of mountains, valleys, and deserts. It is one of British Columbia’s famous wine-producing areas. You can experience dense rainforests, towering mountain peaks, and dazzling cities having a memorable summer. The valley is also known for its sprawling vineyards and lavender fields and the amazing food and dining experience it offers.

Things to do:

  • Boating, fishing, camping
  • Hiking,paddling, river rafting, surfing, diving
  • Horseback riding & ranches, golf

10. Oka National Park in Quebec

Oka National Park has one of the richest heritage in Quebec, ranging from Calvaire Hill to Lac Des Deux-Montagnes. Steeped in history, the park has some unique heritage sites and sites recognized by UNESCO.

For adventure lovers, there are many options, from adventure sports, hiking, and whale watching to hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and wildlife observation.

If you love exploring the waters, you can have a whale of a time swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing on any of the 125 beaches dotting the area.

Contact for the latest pricing information.

Takeaway

If you plan to spend the summer away from the bustling crowds, savoring the nature and wilderness of Canada to the fullest, you can never go wrong in visiting these unique places in Canada.

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