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Adrenaline Junkies: 9 Trips To Take In Your 30s

My body doesn’t work like it used to. I’m beginning to pay the adrenaline tax; the payment for seeking out and doing things and activities that scare me. My joints hurt, my body takes longer to recover, my knees hurt when the weather changes. But I can’t stop doing the things that excite me. The thing about adrenaline is that it’s addictive. And the thing about having an adrenaline addiction in Canada is, our dramatic geography and natural landscape make it really easy to do things that are, well, scary. Here’s a list of ten trips to take in this big beautiful country if you’re an adrenaline junky like myself:

Surf Cow Bay in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Cow Bay is a little surf gem on the Atlantic; Osbourne is a right pointbreak that’s sheltered from a lot of westward wind. Head over there on a mid tide to find some cruisey and long rides. While you’re there: take a selfie with the Cow Bay Moose. If you’re a little intimidated or confused about how to catch a wave, check out East Coast Surf School in nearby Halifax. Once you’re comfortable, drive down to Cow Bay, but remember to be kind and respectful to the folks who call these breaks home.

Rock Climb Or Ski Tour In Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Nunavut

Any self-guided hiking, skiing or climbing in Auyuittuq National Park is for intrepid adventurers who must be prepared to help themselves in the case of an emergency. Skiers often ski through Akshayuk Pass, a traverse in the south of the park while highly advanced climbers have been known to ascend on Mt. Tirokowa and Thor Peak. If you’re keen on crossing this adventure off your bucket list, you can find many experienced companies offering guided expeditions to Auyuittuq National Park.

Mountain Bike Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Quebec

Vallée Bras-du-Nord offers up incredible cross-country mountain biking in an area of Canada you may not expect it. Their trails have earned them a reputation that extends beyond the province of Quebec with many cyclists coming from out of province or from the North Eastern United States to experience Quebec’s unique mountain biking experience. The valley offers two unique sections, Saint-Raymond and Shannahan. The Saint-Raymond section is highly renowned as the network of two trails stretches over two mountains, rivers, and among some of the country’s most beautiful deciduous forests.

 

Learn To Ride A Bull in Balzac, Alberta

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Instructors at Girletz Rodeo Ranch guide you in Bull Riding 101: The equipment, the history, regulations, care of the animals, and finally a back-pen tour of a ranch. Once you’re up to speed, you get a chance to ride a mechanical bull simulator. Not the type you might find in a country-western bar, but a genuine simulator designed to help train professional bull riders. If you get past that test and still want to see if you’ve got what it takes, participants are matched with a bull in a controlled environment. Yee-haw!

Enter The Sunday Sima Slush Cup, Mount Sima, Whitehorse, Yukon

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While the terrain isn’t as wild as some other mountains in the country, Mount Sima is a gem in that it’s usually the first commercial ski resort to open in North America. But the best event of the year isn’t opening day, in fact, it’s closing day. The Sunday Sima Slush Cup is famous in the north. Trudeau Method competitions, King of the Mountain, Slush Cup, and more. This one is a doozy.

Top Out On The Chief In Squamish, B.C.

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If you’re an adrenaline junky and you haven’t visited Squamish, B.C., you should do whatever you can to go. Immediately. The secret’s out; Squamish is awesome. With amazing mountain biking, ski touring, fishing, slacklining, bouldering, hiking, and more, it’s an outdoor and adventure lover’s dream. But what Squamish really shines for is some of North America’s best rock climbing and bouldering. Stawamus Chief, or simply, “The Chief,” is the second largest granite monolith in the world, and as you can imagine, likely the best place to start your climbing adventure. Squamish Rock Guides can get you going with equipment, guides, courses, and more.

Go Spelunking And Cave Touring, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa and surrounding area is home to many amazing caves within the Canadian Shield. These caves are not only accessible but often easy to explore. Many have hidden caches and are available to tour all year long. Speleologists are still exploring and discovering new passages in many of these caves today, so your trip has the potential to be different each time. Be sure to dress warmly as the caves’ temperature hangs around 10°C all year long and do your research. The Bonnechere Caves just outside of Ottawa have lights strung through the caves to highlight rock formations and make it easier to see fossils, bats, and stalactites. It also has guides for those who are just getting into the act of spelunking and cave touring.

Go Cat-Skiing In The Rocky Mountains of Alberta or British Columbia

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There are many ways to achieve good powder runs. One could wake up early and try to beat the crowds at a resort, ski-tour in the wilderness, or helicopter to the top of isolated peaks. My favourite method to get the best snow? Cat-skiing. Cat-skiing allows you to get to amazing terrain that’s accessible to intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders while also giving you the time to chat with your friends about the last lap. Fernie Wilderness Adventures in Fernie B.C. is known for their legendary dry snow accumulations. Perfectly situated in the Canadian Rockies with enough proximity to the Coast, it’s terrain and snow quality are what skiers and snowboarders dream of.

Deep Sea Fishing Off The Coast Of Prince Edward Island

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Seafood tastes better when you catch it yourself. That’s especially true when you’re deep-sea fishing. Prince Edward Island’s coastal waters are host to giant bluefin tuna, shark, cod, and mackerel. Navigating the high seas while doing battle with a giant bluefin tuna is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and thankfully, we can do it right here in Canada. The most common fishing locations include the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait. If you’re lucky, you’ll be going back to your lodging with a fresh dinner for you and all of your guests. Aiden’s Deep Sea Fishing is a trusted charter and guide in the region if you’re thinking seafood would look good on your table tonight.

 

Like this post? Check out Why You Should Hit The Road With Everything But A Destination and The Best Backpacks For Any Type Of Adventure, too!

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