If all that you know about Canada is that it can get really cold there during winter, or if your only mental picture of the country is that of a land covered with snow, then your knowledge of Canada is lacking. If you are interested in visiting the country, you should know that its summers can get just as hot and humid as those in the United States. Temperatures in parts of southern British Colombia (which usually has the hottest spots in the country) often get up to 35 degrees Celsius in the summer. That means that Canadian summers can be hot enough that you would want to stay at a beach and relax with a cold drink.
With this in mind, one can easily see how enjoyable spending the summer in Canada can be. There are so many things that can be done and so many places to see. Besides, summer is probably a better time of the year for older people than winter. Super Visa holders (this type of visa is only offered to parents and grandparents of permanent Canadian residents and citizens) will of course want to avoid submitting claims on their Super Visa insurance due to illness caused by the cold weather. Many people tend to get sick in the fall and winter, especially if they are not used to cold weather.
Here are just three fun things you can do in Canada during the summer:
- Go to a river or lake or an ocean beach.
Canada has so many lakes and rivers, not to mention really beautiful beaches along the coasts of British Colombia, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. If you are looking for a white sand beach, Tribune Bay on Hornby Island along the BC coast is the place to go. Beach bums who are fond of making sandcastles and all kinds of giant sand figures will love Devonshire Beach on Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta. Annual sand castle building contests are commonly held here. You can also go kayaking along the coast of Prince Edward Island or on Gabriola Island in BC. Tourists have literally thousands of beaches across the country to choose from.
- Get close to the wildlife.
There are two ways for people to get close to the wildlife in Canada. They can either go to the natural habitat of the animals they would like to see, or visit these animals in park reserves, zoos, and the like. The Vancouver Aquarium, for instance, is an awesome, family-friendly place where you can learn many things about sea lions and otters while watching the animals play in their pools. Along the northern coast of BC in towns such as Prince Rupert or Bella Coola, you can take a boat tours to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon.
- Go on outdoor adventures.
Take advantage of the warm weather, go for that long hike and get to know the Canadian outdoors. For example, the West Coast Trail is a six-day hike along the rugged Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. You could also explore the trails that run through the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, which is a UNESCO-designated world heritage site.