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The Top Boating Activities to Try in Canada

When it comes to outdoor activities Canada is unmatched. Some of the best natural landscapes are found right here in the Great White North, and nowhere is this more true than on the water. From coast to coast, there are an endless amount of things to do in Canada’s many rivers and lakes. Don’t forget that Canada borders three of the world’s five oceans as well! In this article we’ll run down some of the top things to do on the water up here.

1. Fishing

Fishing is probably one of the first things you think of when you think of water activities in Canada. Some great spots include:

Lake Ontario

They don’t call it a Great Lake for nothing! Lake Ontario is home to a variety of fish including salmon, trout, and bass. If you pay a visit to one of the many beautiful cities on its shoreline, such as Kingston, Hamilton, or Toronto, make sure you head down to the water and try your luck with a rod and reel. Lake Ontario is also home to several unique provincial parks such as Sandbanks and Presqu'ile - both known for their gorgeous beaches.

Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories

Are you a more adventurous angler? Far from the bustle of Southwestern Ontario lies Great Slave Lake, NWT. Known for its trophy-sized lake trout and northern pike, visiting the territory is also a great opportunity to see arctic wolves, moose, black bears, and other wildlife that call the far north home. 

Pacific Rim, British Columbia

In a province well-known for its fishing, the Pacific Rim region stands out. With five species of salmon local to the area, as well as a variety of bottom species such as halibut and lingcod, you’ll see why the area has long been famous for its fishing. 

2. Whale Watching

Once you experience the thrill of spotting some of the largest marine mammals on earth, there’s nothing else quite like it. Here are a couple of spots we recommend:

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Known for orcas and gray whales, Vancouver Island has many different options for whale watching. With tour companies focused on ethical whale watching, you’ll be supporting research and conservation efforts while seeing and learning about the lives and ecosystems of these stunning creatures.

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Towering tides and massive rock formations, and marine life that is no less impressive. The Bay of Fundy region is a must for anyone interested in whale watching. Keep an eye out for minke whales as well as the famous humpback.

3. Watersports

From water skiing to wakeboarding, watersports are a way of life for many Canadians. Here are a couple of the nicest spots in lake country: 

Okanagan Lake, British Columbia

Famous for its warm waters and beautiful scenery, what better backdrop for an afternoon on the water than the Okanagan Valley. When you’re done on the water, be sure to check the hiking trails, orchards, and vineyards of one of Canada’s most lush regions. 

Muskoka Lakes, Ontario

It’s popular, and for good reason. The Muskoka region is home to some of the most beautiful cottage country in Canada. Get ready for a fun-filled day of wakeboarding, tubing, or jet skiing in the warm waters of Central Ontario. 

4. Cruising

One of the most relaxing things to do on the water is just cruise. Here are our picks for the best places to past the time as the tide goes by:

Rideau Canal, Ontario

Whether you’re launching your own vessel or renting a boat for the day, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and historic waterway to traverse. Come spend a day navigating the oldest canal system in North America. 

Northern Passages, British Columbia

Rolling sea, silent rainforests, and rocky beaches are what defines this region of British Columbia. Navigating the passages you’ll see the towering firs, abundant wildlife, and charming seaside towns that dot the shore. 

5. Kayaking and Canoeing 

If you’re looking for a relaxing experience while traversing some more calm waterways, a kayak or a canoe is your best bet:

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Algonquin is home to over 2,000 kilometers of backcountry canoe routes. Equally explorable by kayak, there are plenty of outfitters in the area who can supply you with a craft if you didn’t bring your own. 

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, British Columbia

Located on Haida Gwaii, Gwaii Haanas is a wildlife preserve that features some of British Columbia’s most stunning coastal scenery. You’ll also get a chance to learn of the rich history of Haida Gwaii and the people of Haida Nation who care for the lands and waters and preserve the culture of this remote island. 

6. Sailing

Up for a challenge? Try your hand at sailing through some of the most diverse and powerful waterways on the planet:

Gulf Islands, British Columbia

If you’re looking for some leisurely sailing and lovely views, look no further. Located in the warm waters of the Salish Sea, the Gulf region offers laidback cruising and over 200 islands to explore.

South Shore, Nova Scotia

Home to generations of fishermen and shipbuilders, the South Shore is known for its challenging winds and rewarding sailing conditions. Don’t forget to visit Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the most famous schooner that ever was, Bluenose.

Getting out on the water isn’t just a good time; it’s a way to experience some of the very best of Canada. From its seafaring and fishing history, to its diverse marine life, to miles and miles of breathtaking coastline, boating is your ticket to seeing everything that this great country has to offer.