It’s always bittersweet when August rolls around. Soon the endless days of lounging by the water, sipping fruity bevs and delving into those juicy summer reads will be long gone. But don’t pack away your chic one-pieces and summery dresses just yet. There are still a few glorious weekends left before our fave season is *officially* over (though in our minds, it never truly ends). Rather than sitting at home in a state of denial, make the most of the last few days of summer. Between surfing in Tofino, wine tasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake and whale watching in the Bay of Fundy, we’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list to end the season off on a high. Here, our round-up of the best weekend activities in Canada to try before summer’s over.
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Yukon
View the Aurora Borealis
The low-down: For a truly classic Northern experience, stay up late to watch the Aurora Borealis light up the night sky during this four-hour tour—the gorgeous waves of green light moving across the Yukon’s horizon are a sight unlike any other.
Tip: Layer up in your warmest winter gear—even in the summer it can feel like you’re in the depths of winter.
When: August 15 to April 15 from 11:30 p.m.to 3:30 a.m.
Fees: $129 per person
Find it: Westmark Whitehorse Hotel (pick-up location), Arctic Range Adventure, Whitehorse, arcticrange.com
Bike through the mountains
The low-down: Take a biking vacay with this all-inclusive trip where you’ll experience the rugged beauty of the area on two wheels.
Tip: There may be an endless list of biking routes, but if you’re in Whitehorse, check out the Grey Mountain and Mount MacIntyre trails.
When: Mid-May to mid-September
Fees: $300 per day, per person for accommodations, meals and a customizable biking trip
Find it: Boréale Adventures, Whitehorse, be-yukon.com
Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
The low-down: Put down your National Geographic mag. Get up close and personal with a slew of majestic Northern animals at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Thirteen different species (like arctic fox, muskox and woodland caribou) call this diverse place home.
Tip: You have a choice between a 2.5 km walk or a 5 km walk so pick your route based on what furry friends you want to see.
Fees: $12 per person for a self-guided walking tour, $22 per person for a guided bus tour
Find it: Takhini Hot Springs Rd., Whitehorse, yukonwildlife.ca
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Northwest Territories
Learn how to make glassware
The low-down: With the help of a glass artist, hone (or discover) your skills during this in-studio workshop. Old Town Glasworks takes recycled bottles and crafts them into mugs, lamps, tumblers and more. Plus, you get to take home your very own creation finished with a Northern print.
Tip: If you want to make more glass pieces, you can book studio time for $20 per hour.
Fees: $55 per person
Find it: 3510 McDonald Dr., Yellowknife, oldtownglassworks.com
Sightsee from the sky
The low-down: Get a whole new perspective of Yellowknife from a floatplane. Stunning aerial views of the city, Dene communities, gold mines and the Yellowknife Bay will leave you speechless.
Tip: This activity is perf for you and your group of friends. You can book the whole plane (seats seven people) for a personal tour that is *so* worth the money.
Fees: $100 to $185 per person, depending on the length of the tour
Find it: Yellowknife, airtindi.com
Take a canoe or kayak trip
The low-down: With more than 33 lakes and rivers in Northwest Territories, the province is packed with gorgeous spots to take your boat of choice on the water.
Tip: For a serene paddling experience, head over to Canada’s longest river, the Mackenzie River, or for the adventure seekers out there, hit up the Slave River near Fort Smith for some epic whitewater rapids.
Find it: spectacularnwt.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Nunavut
Fish for Arctic char in the Sylvia Grinnell River
The low-down: This river in Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park is a goldmine for Arctic char aka a perf place to throw your line and spend an afternoon fishing.
Tip: The best time to catch this cold-water fish is closer to the end of August when they start to travel up the river.
Find it: Akilliq Road, Iqaluit, nunavuttourism.com
Visit a local gallery
The low-down: This Inuit-owned gallery features thousands of carvings by local artists and also provides them with the right equipment for their stone creations.
Tip: Carvings Nunavut also carries jewellery at more affordable prices, so pick up a unique piece and support homegrown talent.
Fees: Free admission
Find it: 626 Tumit Plaza, Carvings Nunavut, Iqaluit, carvingsnunavut.com
Hike through Auyuittuq National Park
The low-down: The rugged landscape of icy glaciers, jagged peaks and deep valleys makes for a challenging but breathtaking hike through Auyuittuq National Park.
Tip: Akshayuk Pass is a go-to trail among the regular hikers. The path is 97 km long, so plan your route accordingly (we feel you, that’s a long trek).
Fees: Free (for 2017)
Find it: Auyuittuq National Park, pc.gc.ca
Best Summer Weekend Activities in British Columbia
Learn how to surf
The low-down: Catch a wave (or two) in one of the best surfing spots in Canada. Tofino’s beaches are a fave amongst the local surfers and you can join the roster too after a three-hour surfing lesson.
Tip: For an intro to surfing, sign up for the Regular Group Surf Lesson, or if you want to take your surfing skills to the next level, splurge on the three-day bundle and spend your weekend in the water.
Fees: Starting at $85 per person, gear included
Find it: 441 Campbell St., Tofino, pacificsurfschool.com
Stroll through the Butchart Gardens
The low-down: For the flora enthusiast, this botanical sanctuary, located on Vancouver Island, has 900 different types of flowers over four different gardens.
Tip: Plan a trip in July or August and stay into the evening to see concerts on the Concert Lawn stage and fireworks every Saturday night—don’t forget to pack a blanket.
When: June 15 to September 30 (summer season)
Fees: $33 per person
Find it: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, butchartgardens.com
Zipline over the mountains
The low-down: Fly above the treetops of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on one of five zipline tours—they vary in length, degree of difficulty and adrenaline level.
Tip: If you’ve never been ziplining before, choose the Bear Tour, Ziptreck’s original course, which is perf for beginners.
Fees: Starting at $119 per person, depending on the zipline course
Find it: 4282 Mountain Sq., Whistler, whistler.ziptreck.com
Take a dip in the hot springs
The low-down: Let all of your stress melt away in the Alpha Pool, the second-largest hot springs in Canada. We know what you’re thinking: hot springs in the middle of summer? Trust us, on a cooler day the water will feel ultra soothing.
Tip: Since these springs are in the depths of the boreal forest, it can be a hot spot for mosquitoes, so be sure to pack some bug spray.
Fees: $5 per person
Find it: 497 Alaska Hwy, Muncho Lake, en.gov.bc.ca
Hop on a seaplane
The low-down: For some killer panoramic views, travel in a seaplane around Vancouver, where you can see the city, the beaches and even the North Shore Mountains. You might even get splashed with some water during take-off and landing.
Tip: This may seem like an obvious one, but make sure to book a tour on a clear day—you don’t want any clouds or rain blocking the gorgeous landscape below.
Fees: Starting at $89 per person
Find it: 1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver Harbour, harbourair.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Alberta
Float on the Bow River
The low-down: Relax on a raft as you lazily float down Calgary’s Bow River, taking in the sights of the city from the water’s edge.
Tip: There are many entrance and exit points along the river, so plan your trip accordingly and be prepared for how long the float might take—anywhere from one to three hours, so make sure to pack lots of water, snacks and SPF.
When: July and August
Fees: Free (if you don’t have a raft or life jacket, fees start at $45 to $125 per raft depending on the rental company)
Find it: Across Calgary
Take a trip on the Skytram
The low-down: Climb over 7,000 feet in the air on Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway. With views of the Rockies, the town of Jasper and dozens of rivers winding through the rugged landscape, you’ll want to capture this sight on camera.
Tip: Once you get to the top, hike along the Summit Trail to the top of Whistlers Mountain or stop at the café for coffee and a view.
When: March to October
Fees: $45 per person
Find it: Off of Whistlers Rd., Jasper, jasperskytram.com
Hike to Athabasca Falls
The low-down: The short hike through Jasper National Park (less than a kilometre long) leads you to this breathtaking waterfall. From the various lookout points, watch as the glacial water from the Athabasca River plunges 23 m to the rocks below. The light mist from the falls will feel refreshing on a hot day.
Tip: Make sure to pack proper hiking shoes as the rock formations can make it a bit trickier to walk. For this trip, leave your cute slides at home.
Find it: Jasper National Park, pc.gc.ca
Go on a walking food tour
The low-down: Eat your way through downtown on foot and explore the local faves: native bison, Albertan-French cuisine and creative cocktails.
Tip: If you have dietary restrictions, no biggie—just let them know in advance and they’ll customize the food tour to your needs.
When: June to August
Fees: $115 per person
Find it: Jasper Ave., Edmonton, edmontonfoodtours.com
Take a plunge off of a rope swing
The low-down: For a small rush of adrenaline (and reliving all of your childhood memories), swing off of the rope on the edge of Johnson Lake.
Tip: Spend a day at the lake—pack a lunch, go for a hike and enjoy the rustic mountainous scenery.
When: June to August
Find it: Off of Johnson Lake Rd., Johnson Lake, banff.ca
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Saskatchewan
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
The low-down: Learn about the rich history and culture of the Northern Plains Indigenous people, as well as their deep-rooted connection with the land at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
Tip: Plan a trip during Wanuskewin Culture Week (August 21-24) where there will be more than 30 workshops and events about the traditional teachings of First Nations and Metis cultures, like hide scraping, moccassin making and bison meat smoking.
Fees: $9 per person
Find it: RR #4, Penner Rd., Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon, wanuskewin.com
Go fishing in Lake Diefenbaker
The low-down: Cast a line into the largest body of water in the province, which also happens to be quite a popular spot among the fish. With over nine different species to catch and several boat launches, this lake is paradise for a fishing enthusiast.
Tip: Plan your trip during one of three annual fishing tournaments. Make a big catch and you might walk away with some extra cash.
Find it: Lake Diefenbaker, lakediefenbakertourism.com
Hike through the Great Sandhills
The low-down: Travel on foot along the trails of active sand dunes that rise and fall over the Prairie desert. The high winds in the area make the sand dunes shift over time for a landscape that is ever-changing.
Tip: To learn more about the protected area, visit the Great Sandhills Museum & Interpretive Centre after your trip through the dunes.
Find it: Off Highway 32, Sceptre, tourismsaskatchewan.com
Learn about prehistoric life at the T.Rex Discovery Centre
The low-down: Go back in time and learn about prehistoric life, which once lay beneath Saskatchewan’s surface. The centre is home to one of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons in the world—the fossils were discovered right in Eastend.
Tip: Take advantage of the guided tours offered at the centre for a more in-depth experience.
When: May 20 to September 5
Fees: By donation (approx. $5 per person)
Find it: 1 T-Rex Dr., Eastend, royalsaskmusem.ca
Go on a tour of a microbrewery
The low-down: Cold beer is practically synonymous with summer, so if you’re curious about how the bev is made, hit up a local brewery like Paddock Wood Brewing Co. for a guided tour (email ahead for a reservation).
Tip: If you only try one beer while you’re there, you have to taste the 606—this fruity British ale is the fave brew among the locals.
Find it: 116 103rd St E B1, paddockwood.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Manitoba
Watch a live horse race
The low-down: Spend a sunny afternoon next to the racing track watching horses sprint to the finish line at the Assiniboia Downs.
Tip: If you’re feeling lucky, place your money on a horse and enter into the betting pool. Check the horses’ highest pace and speed numbers to see their personal bests for a more accurate bet.
When: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May to September
Find it: 3975 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, asdowns.com
Go on a bison safari
The low-down: A truly classic Canadian Prairie experience: hop on a tour bus and travel through the land where the buffalo roam. You def won’t get an experience like this in the city.
Tip: Summer is an especially busy time for these tours, so make sure to book well in advance to save a spot to see these furry beasts.
When: May to September
Fees: $16 per person for the safari, $8 per person for admission
Find it: 1961 McCreary Rd., Winnipeg, fortwhyte.com
Swim in Little Limestone Lake
The low-down: Take a dip in this gorgeous lake surrounded by limestone rock—this spot makes for a unique swimming experience. The water changes colour depending on the temperature: bright turquoise when it’s cool and a milky-blue when it’s warm.
Tip: This lake is a hotspot for walleye, whitefish and pike, so bring your own canoe and go on a scenic fishing trip while you’re there.
Find it: Off of Provincial Park Hwy 6, Near Grand Rapids, gov.mb.ca
Walk over a swinging bridge
The low-down: This suspension bridge, built in 1904, is a historic gem in the town of Souris. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area, plus it’s a good excuse to explore the rest of the quaint town.
Tip: Take a walk at night—small lights illuminate the bridge for a romantic stroll along Canada’s largest suspension bridge.
Find it: Souris, sourismanitoba.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Ontario
Enjoy Sunday Bikedays
The low-down: Switch up your usual gym workout and BYOB (bike, of course). Enjoy the beautiful scenery and freedom of carless roads as you cycle through the winding streets of the nation’s capital.
Tip: The designated routes for Sunday Bikedays are the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 km), Colonel By Drive (8 km) and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 km).
When: May 21 to September 3, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Find it: Ottawa, ncc-ccn.gc.ca
Tour the local wineries
The low-down: Round up your girls and have a wine weekend before the summer is over. Taste test the region’s vins, go shopping, indulge in delicious fare and treat yo’ self to a morning at the spa.
Tip: Call in advance to reserve a spot and get sippin’.
Fees: $115 per person
Find it: 290 John St. E, Peller Estates, Niagara-on-the-Lake, peller.com
The low-down: For a romantic date night activity, head over to Long Point Observatory to sharpen your knowledge of astronomy and view the various stars, planets, nebulas and galaxies through their high-tech telescopes.
Tip: Make sure to pack a flashlight, water bottle, bug spray and close-toed shoes as the observatory is outdoors.
When: Year-round, but they are open full-time in the summer
Fees: $32 per person
Find it: 1730 Front Rd., St. Williams, lpfun.ca
Cool down at Calypso Water Park
The low-down: Unleash your inner child (and escape from the sweltering August heat) at Canada’s largest water park—bonus: it’s only a half an hour drive from Ottawa.
Tip: Rainy or overcast days are actually the best time to go because it means less crowds and shorter lines.
When: June 7 to September 4
Fees: Starting at $40 per person
Find it: 2015 Calypso St., Limoges, calypsopark.com
Explore Flowerpot Island
The low-down: Between the turquoise waters of the Georgian Bay and the rocky flowerpot formations, this gem in Southern Ontario is a sweet escape from that busy city life.
Tip: Go for a hike, take a dip in the water, explore the caves or pack a picnic lunch and make it an all-day outing.
Fees: Free (for 2017)
Find it: 7468 Hwy 6 North Tobermory, flowerpotisland.ca
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Quebec
Enjoy the largest food truck festival in Canada
The low-down: Mark your calendars for this food truck rally hosted by Cuisine De Rue. Taste test a wide-range of delicious grub from 47 different trucks, like tacos, lobsters rolls and doughnuts.
Tip: The only thing you need to bring is a big appetite and some extra cash for drinks and eats.
When: First Friday of every month from May to October from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fees: Free for admission
Find it: 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave., Olympic Stadium’s Esplanade Financière Sun Life, Montreal, cuisinederue.org
Have a seaside picnic
The low-down: Pack a cute picnic lunch for a scenic afternoon by the sea. The nautical lighthouses and jewel-coloured buildings make for a beautiful backdrop while you snack and snap (for Insta, of course).
Tip: Bring a menu of easy-to-eat food, like sammies, hand-held snacks and some ice cold rosé. Don’t forget a garbage bag, a cooler and tons of napkins because tbh, picnics can get messy.
Find it: Îles-de-la-Madeleine, tourismeilesdelamadeleine.com
Stroll through Old Port and browse the shops
The low-down: Craving a trip to Europe? Stop by Old Port, a charming neighbourhood of Quebec City, lined with cobblestone streets and quaint storefronts stocked with one-of-a-kind finds.
Tip: Pop into Murano Murano Bijoux for breathtaking glass jewellery, Degré Montréal for local designer duds and Boivin Hastings for something sweet (read: maple treats).
Find it: Old Port, Quebec City, quebecregion.org
Enjoy EDM at Piknic Électronik
The low-down: Electronic dance music enthusiasts: take note. This outdoor EDM music event features a diverse line-up of DJs and musicians so grab your crew and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and the sounds—here’s to never being bored on a Sunday again (at least for the summer).
Tip: To avoid the crowds, park off of the Island and bike to the festival or stay past sundown to see an epic view of the Montreal skyline at night.
When: Every Sunday from May 21 to September 24
Fees: $14 per person, per day or $116 for season pass so you can dance all summer long
Find it: Chemin du Tour de l’isle, Plaine Des Jeux, Montreal, piknicelectronik.com
Take a boat tour around the Pierced Rock
The low-down: Hit the ocean for a scenic cruise around Percé Rock. This larger-than-life limestone rock jets out of the water almost 300 ft, so it will surely be a sight to see.
Tip: Bring a poncho or a waterproof jacket to protect yourself from the salty spray of the ocean.
When: May to October
Fees: $35 per person
Find it: 162 132 Rte. W, Percé, lesbateliersdeperce.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in New Brunswick
Enjoy free local music
The low-down: For your next lunch break, head out of the office and enjoy free live music with the city’s concert series, Midi Musique.
Tip: Make sure to come early to get a seat—the intimate outdoor venue will fill up quick.
When: Every Wednesday and Friday from July to August from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Find it: Oak Lane, Moncton, downtownmoncton.com
Go back in time at the Acadian Historical Village
The low-down: Spend an afternoon exploring an Acadian village that captures what life was like from 1770 to 1949. With over 40 historical buildings and a friendly staff dressed in period costumes, you’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped out of the 21st century.
Tip: Stop by for lunch at the Dugas House to taste test an original Acadian meal.
When: June 11 to September 16 (regular season) and September 17 to October 9 (fall season)
Fees: $20 per person (regular season), $10 per person (fall season)
Find it: 5 Rue Du Pont, Bertrand, villagehistoriqueacadien.com
Snap a pic with the world’s largest lobster statue
The low-down: This might be a v. touristy activity, but we couldn’t not include it. If you’ve never snapped a pic with the world’s largest lobster statue in Shediac (aka the lobster capital of the world), then you have to put it on your summer bucket list.
Tip: With a plethora of picnic tables surrounding the statue, grab a lobster roll at the Lobster Deck (a short 10 minute walk from the statue) to indulge after your snap sesh.
Find it: 229 Main St., Shediac, tourismnewbrunswick.ca
Stroll along a picturesque boardwalk
The low-down: Take a scenic walk along Kelly’s Beach Boardwalk, which winds through sand dunes, travels over warm lagoons and leads you to the the crystal clear ocean.
Tip: Go at sunrise or sunset for a truly breathtaking view—a perfect way to end our fave season.
Fees: Free (for 2017)
Find it: 186 Route 117, Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park, tourismnewbrunswick.ca
Shop (and eat) your way through the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
The low-down: Set your alarm early and head to the city’s market, a Saturday morning meeting spot among the locals. With over 250 vendors, you’re sure to find something that will spark your fancy, whether that be fresh produce, exotic foods, knick knacks, crafts or jewellery.
Tip: Have brekkie at the market! There are tons of vendors specializing in baked goods, so swap your morning smoothie for a delicious pastry instead.
When: Every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fees: Free admission
Find it: 665 George St., Fredricton, frederictonfarmersmarket.ca
Best Weekend Activities in Newfoundland and Labrador
Go on a scuba tour
The low-down: For the open water divers out there, plunge into the depths of the ocean to discover the local marine life off of Conception Bay for an experience unlike any other.
Tip: To take this tour, you need to have completed a scuba diving training course. Click here to get more details about the courses available.
Fees: $195 per person
Find it: Conception Bay, Bell Island, oceanquestadventures.com
Picnic by the Ferryland Lighthouse
The low-down: Forget dinner and a show, how about lunch with a view? For a scenic mid-day feast (read: chutney-glazed ham and brie sammies and peach shortcakes), have a lighthouse picnic overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Tip: If you have a dietary restriction, don’t fret. Call in advance and the lovely chefs will cook up a special meal to suit your needs.
When: May to October, Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (currently full for August, but you can put your name on the waitlist or book in September for a guaranteed spot)
Fees: $26 per person
Find it: Lighthouse Rd., Ferryland, lighthousepicnics.ca
Check out an exhibit at The Rooms
The low-down: When you’re tired of the sweltering heat and just want to cool off in the AC, plan a visit to The Rooms to learn about the province’s rich history.
Tip: If art is your thing, Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires’ exhibit is a must-see. His collection captures the beauty of the province’s landscape through his artistic lens (on display until September 4).
Fees: $10 per person
Find it: 9 Bonaventure Ave., St. John’s, therooms.ca
Have a mini photo shoot at the Jelly Bean Row Houses
The low-down: This historic row of brightly coloured houses is like the Notting Hill of Newfoundland and it just so happens to double as a vibrant background for your next OOTD pic.
Tip: Overcast days are ideal for getting that Insta-worthy shot, plus the colours will pop even more with diffused, even lighting.
Find it: Kimberly Row, St. John’s, encounternewfoundland.com
Take a boat tour of the icebergs and local marine life
The low-down: It may be hot AF, but there are plenty of icebergs floating on the chilly Atlantic waters. Hop on a boat to see them and the local marine life (read: adorbs puffins and whales) during this two hour tour.
Tip: The peak time for icebergs is early May to late June and the best time to spot whales are between mid-June to August, so book your tour accordingly.
When: May to August
Fees: $70 per person
Find it: Harbourfront, Pier 6, St. John’s, iceburgquest.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Prince Edward Island
Watch a movie at PEI’s only drive-in theatre
The low-down: When Netflix and chill begins to feel *so* this century, go back in time at this 1950s-themed drive-in theatre—the old-fashioned canteen is even stocked with a jukebox and a vintage Coca-Cola machine.
Tip: Summer evenings are basically synonymous with mosquitos, so make a DIY bug screen for your car with a window screen and fridge magnets.
When: Open nightly from May to September and just weekends from September to October, movie starts at 9:20 p.m.
Fees: $11 per person, cash only
Find it: 3164 Brackley Rd., Brackley Beach, drivein.ca
Tour COWS Creamery
The low-down: Take a self-guided tour at this local creamery and learn how this classic Island ice cream is made—just try not to drool.
Tip: End the outing on a sweet note with a scoop of ice cream (duh)—choose between 39 different flavours from the Cownadian Maple to the Messie Bessie.
Find it: 12 Milky Way, Charlottetown, cowscreamery.ca
Go clam digging
The low-down: Try your hand at this authentic Island activity—don’t forget to pack a spade, pail or pitchfork and a bucket to catch the clams.
Tip: The best time to dig for clams is during low-tide, so take note of when the tide goes out at the different beaches.
When: May to October
Fees: Free or hire a guide for $72 per person with PEI Coastal Experiences and cook up a clam-filled feast after a day of digging.
Find it: Charlottetown, tourismpei.com
Search for seaglass and turn it into jewellery
The low-down: Put your seaglass-hunting and jewellery-making skills to the test. Artist Teri Hall opens up her studio and teaches you how to turn seaglass into statement jewellery.
Tip: Book in advance with a maximum of four people—a perfect weekend activity to do with your girls.
Fees: $72 per person
Find it: 690 Route 310, Bay Fortune, peiseaglass.com
Cycle through the Confederation Trail
The low-down: For a truly scenic peddle over hilly roads, along seaside pathways and through charming towns, explore the Confederation Trail by bike.
Tip: From one tip of the Island to the other, the trail is anywhere from 45 to 65 km in length and for even the most elite cyclists, that’s a long trek. Download the Confederation Trail guide and map out your route.
When: April to October
Find it: Prince Edward Island, tourismpei.com
Best Summer Weekend Activities in Nova Scotia
Go tidal bore rafting
The low-down: Explore the rocky rapids and high tides during this classic Nova Scotian activity: tidal bore rafting. Choose between a two- or four-hour trip and hold on for dear life, the guide will do the rest.
Tip: Wear junky clothes, as you will be covered in muddy water max five minutes into the trip. Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes (like sneakers or hiking boots) and say bye bye to that good hair day you’re having (don’t say we didn’t warn you).
When: May 1 to October 31
Fees: Starting at $60 per person
Find it: 12215 Hwy 215, Shubenacadie River, Urbania, raftingcanada.ca
Stock up on local produce at a seaside farmer’s market
The low-down: Eat your way through this indoor seaport farmer’s market and support local businesses and artisans. Bring home your newly bought produce and cook a meal from scratch.
Tip: The best time to go is on the weekend because there are more vendors, so you’ll get the biggest variety of produce, treats and baked goods.
Fees: Free admission
Find it: 1209 Marginal Rd., Halifax, halifaxfarmersmarket.com
Take a scenic drive along the Cabot Trail
The low-down: Nothing screams summer more than cruising with the windows down (proof: the dozens of country songs that dedicate their lyrics to it). Drive along the winding roads lined with lush forest and soak in the smell of the sea. Also, don’t forget to make a killer playlist—an essential for every roadtrip.
Tip: Approximately 300 km in length, there are many lookout points along the Trail, so make sure to stop, stretch your legs and enjoy the ocean view.
Find it: The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, novascotia.com
Horseback ride on the beach
The low-down: Whether this is your first time riding a horse or your 20th time, how picturesque is travelling horseback along the coast of Nova Scotia? Travel through wooded areas and farmland to the beach for a delicious post-ride lunch.
Tip: You must book a week in advance and let them know whether you’re a novice, intermediate or advanced rider so they can tailor the tour to your riding experience.
Fees: For the two hour ride, $110 per person and for the four hour ride, $160 per person or $145 per person with two or more people
Find it: 432 Prospect Rd., RR#1, Parrsboro, spiritreinsranch.com
Whale watch in the Bay of Fundy
The low-down: Digby Neck is *the* place to go whale watching. Petit Passage Whale Watch will take you out to sea, show you the local marine life and answer any questions you have about the area. Plus, it’s is a family-run biz, so you’re sure to get a more personalized experience.
Tip: The best time for whale watching starts in July, so make sure to plan a trip around the end of the summer. Be sure to pack warm clothes (it’s still a bit chilly) and binoculars to get an up-close view of the whales.
When: June to September at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Fees: $62 per person
Find it: 3450 East Ferry, Digby County, ppww.ca