9 great Canadian day trips

Escape the city's hustle and bustle for a day with these nine great day trips across Canada.

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9 great Canadian day trips
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1. A canoe trip in Whitehorse
Head to the outskirts of Whitehorse, where you’ll hop into a eight-foot voyageur canoe, then paddle past Grey Mountain and through Miles Canyon. Enjoy a full day on the water and a riverside lunch. And don’t worry—the current does most of the work.

2. Head to the spa in Vancouver
The fabulous CHI spa at the Shangri-La Hotel offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury—spa suites that include your own private bath, relaxation lounge and fireplace.

3. Visit Calgary's Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest living history museum, turns 50 this year. There are 51 hectares of parkland, plus exhibits that take you back to the 1860s.

4. Go on a culinary tour in Toronto
Sample all manner of porcine delights during Urban Adventures’ culinary walking tour, “When Pigs Fry.” Why did you think Toronto was nicknamed Hogtown?

5. Enjoy Ottawa's gourmet walking tour
Join C’est Bon’s gourmet walking tour to explore the culinary highlights of the ByWard Market, Wellington West and Preston Street. Sign up for “Eat. Speak.Critique” to dine out with a local food critic.

6. Cycle through Montreal

Hop on a bike atop Mount Royal Lookout and ride all the way to Jacques Cartier Bridge, with lots to see along the way. This all-day tour includes bicycle, helmet, water bottle, fruit snack and market picnic lunch.

7. Take culinary classes in Charlottetown

Indulge in local ingredients at Holland College’s day camps, which include “Seafood 101” and “Island Flavours.” There are classes for children, too.

8. Get spooked in Halifax

Join a candlelight walk over the ramparts and through the ditches of the Halifax Citadel, Canada’s most haunted historic site, then burrow deep into its claustrophobic tunnels and prison cells. From July 18 to October 31.

9. Go iceberg spotting in St. John's

Head down to Pier 6 and join Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours for an outing to Cape Spear, where you’ll steam past 12,000-year-old icebergs. You might even spot humpback whales and puffins frolicking along the coast.

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This story was originally titled "City Escapes" in the August 2014 issue.
           
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