Event Editor Picks for summer 2012 – Eastern Canada|
Here they are, folks! We’ve tried to find a mix of heart-pounding intensity and alpine serenity from the Maritimes to the metropolis. Start booking off those vacation days!
Quest for a Cure
June 22, Ottawa, ON
There are dozens of adventure races that take place each year, but if you’re going to do one, why not help find a cure for cancer while you’re at it? Teams of 2 or 4 will hike, mountain bike, climb, paddle and use map and compass savvy to hustle through the Ontario wilderness. Whether you finish first, or crawl in last, you’ll have felt the thrill of racing and raised some cash for a great cause.
Day of 1000 Canoes
June 23, Caledonia, ON
Caledonia has its sights set on hosting the world’s largest canoe festival; 2012 is only their second year, but they’re optimistic. Kayakers and canoeists from all over are encouraged to take a paddle down the Grand River. Return shuttles and craft rentals are available for festival goers, and a post-paddle extravaganza with food, music and vendors awaits all at the put-in.
Mitsubishi City Chase
June 23, July 7 & 21, August 11
Toronto , Montreal & Ottawa
Reality TV is seeping its way into reality, but so long as Snookie isn’t involved, sounds like a whole lot of fun. The Amazing Race has evolved (devolved?) into a Canadian urban adventure for weekend warriors. The City Chase will hit most major urban centres this summer, featuring teams of two racing by foot and transit, using charisma and savvy to collect clues and points throughout the city. The Chase lands in Toronto on June 23 and again August 11th, in Montreal on July 7th and Ottawa July 21. Grab your favourite, most patient friend, and get in on the action!
Way of the Naturalist Canoe Trip
July 17-22, Algonquin Park, ON
Way of the Naturalist
This four-day canoe experience is all about becoming one with nature. The guides of Earth Tracks use a blend of modern ecology and native awareness to bring you greater understanding of Mother Earth, from plants and animals, to hazards and survival. The lakes and rivers of wild Ontario are your classroom, and everything you need for the journey is provided.
Women’s Adventure Weekend
July 20-22, Haliburton, ON
Women have a primordial side too, just less grunting and upright peeing! Bring your wild sense of adventure and challenge your inner child to a weekend of hanging out with the girls in a pristine lakeside setting. This weekend will teach you valuable skills in outdoor living. Professional female Outdoor Education Staff will guide you canoeing, teach you GPS navigation, and encourage you to push your limits on our high ropes course and rock climbing wall. Learn new recipes for outdoor cooking and some valuable wilderness survival tools. All meals are provided, and enjoy a delicate eco-footprint at the solar-powered cabins.
August 13-27, Halifax NS
Take two weeks off and see the best that the Maritimes has to offer… from the saddle of your bike. This fully-supported tour takes you to some of Canada’s oldest settlements, and stops in at the best attractions that Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI have to offer. Enjoy pedaling the Atlantic Coast with camping and prepared meals when not on two wheels.
Epic Adventures MTB Festival
August 17, Nipigon, ON
Finally, some mountain biking! Nipigon is starting the weekend off with a bang; a pump & jump jam session along with a tailgate party. Day 2 sees some serious Enduro, with 8 hours of pedaling up and down (and repeat, and repeat) mixed terrain track, all on your own, or with a team. The event closes off with a Last Biker standing lap race, and, of course, a wrap-up party with sweaty comraderie and prizes galore!
Canoe & Kayak Building
August 19-26, Peterborough, ON
You can pretend that you’ve never wanted to build your own canoe, from scratch, by HAND… but everyone will know you’re lying. This one-week class may be the greatest thing you ever do, as the master craftsmen of Bear Mountain Boats will guide your every chisel stroke along the way. Just imagine sanding your new baby to perfection, and caressing on a layer of the perfect tone. Later, as you are dipping into the water for the first time, a man in the parking lot, his family looking on, will say “Nice boat, where’d ya get it?” and you will shrug casually and say, “Oh, this old thing? I built it.”
Path of the Paddle
August 22, Haliburton, ON
If you’re in the middle of building that canoe, you may be out of luck – but maybe send your family on this trip while they wait. Carve a paddle through the still waters on Margaret, Dan, Horse, and McEwen Lakes. On this full day guided canoe trip you will discover the backcountry beauty of the Highlands, practice your paddle strokes, portage a canoe, learn some canoe tripping tips and visit a canoe builder who crafts birch bark canoes. This outing is well suited to the novice and experienced canoeist.
Hike the Highlands
July 21, Ingonish, Nova Scotia
Hike the Highlands
Much like their Scottish ancestors, the hardy folk of the Maritimes sure love their highlands. The 3-Peaks Challenge roars into its 3rd year, with growing success each season. Teams of four will summit three distinct peaks in one day; 2012’s itinerary includes Cape Smokey, Meat Cove, and Sugar Loaf. Enjoy the camaraderie and celebration afterward, as well as a memory card full of stunning coastal photos.