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Day Adventures

Summer is a special time for Scouting

There are countless summer adventures that Scouting youth can share with their Sections – and many can be enjoyed in a single day!

A day adventure could be a hike in a nearby conservation area, canoeing on a nearby lake, or a group ride along local cycling paths. Or, instead of getting together while the sun’s high in the sky, Sections can meet up in the evening to share a barbecue and campfire.

Check out some of the adventurous opportunities in your part of the country!

Beavers and Cubs

Mountains

Take a gondola ride and explore a mountaintop! There are a few gondolas – like the Jasper SkyTram – that are specifically for sightseeing, but there are also many ski areas – including Whistler/BlackcombSunshine VillageLake Louise and Kicking Horse – that operate their gondolas year-round.

Share a day hike; for Colonies and Packs in the Calgary area, Grassi Lakes in Kananaski Country is only an hour away – but the scenery is a world apart. If you’re in Victoria, visit Goldstream Provincial Park and explore the old-growth forest with spectacular waterfalls – it’s less than a half hour’s drive from the city!

MOUNTAINS

PRAIRIES

Prairies

Share a day hike; for Colonies and Packs in the Edmonton area, Elk Island National Park offers a variety of habitats worth exploring – and it’s less than an hour from the city!

The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller has a spectacular collection of dinosaur fossils, but it also offers a range of fun activities from searching for fossils in the badlands to casting your own fossil replicas.

Want to try out the cowboy life? Visit Bar U Ranch National Historic Site in the foothills an hour south of Calgary. Discover the history of ranching in Canada – the ranch offers a variety of hands-on activities.

Share a group ride! The City of Winnipeg has a free cycling map to help you plan your route and stay safe, and Bike Winnipeg has a list of locations where you can pick one up.

Central Canada

Go fishing in Ontario, where residents under 18 years of age don’t require a fishing licence, so it’s easy for Beavers and Cubs to get out and wet a line. (Be aware, however, of the restrictions that apply to fishers of all ages.)

For Colonies and Packs in Ottawa and Gatineau, share a day hike. Gatineau Park offers a great variety of day hikes – just minutes away from the city! If you’re in Sudbury, the Cup & Saucer Trail is worth a day trip to Manitoulin Island. Colonies and Packs in Windsor and London might enjoy exploring the South Point Trail in Rondeau Provincial Park; the trail is suitable for both hiking and cycling.

Take a gondola ride and explore a mountaintop! Many ski areas – including Mont OrfordMont-TremblantMont-Sainte-AnneJay Peak(Vermont) and Stowe (Vermont) – operate their gondolas in the summer.

Experience the War of 1812 at Fort George National Historic Site, and visit nearby Niagara Falls.

CENTRAL CANADA

ATLANTIC CANADA

Atlantic Canada

Prince Edward Island is famous for its beaches, so why not share a day at the beach this summer? Beaver Scouts can check out some of the beach-themed Trail Cards for awesome adventure ideas, including making sand sculptures, flying plastic-bag kitespainting with sand and creating shadow pictures.

Share a day hike; for Colonies and Packs in St. John’s, Quidi Vidi Gut is a fun place to explore – and it’s right in the city. Adventurous Cub Packs in Nova Scotia will enjoy the epic day hike to Cape Split in the Bay of Fundy.

Share a group ride! Plan your route and stay safe while cycling in and around Moncton.

Scouts, Venturers & Rovers

Mountains

Share an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting. There are a number of outfitters in the mountains that don’t require Scouts Canada members to sign waivers (remember – it is against Scouts Canada policy to sign waivers without your Council’s approval), including Inside Out ExperienceKimball River SportsMukwah Rafting ToursCanadian Outback Rafting Company and Hyak River Rafting.

Dive in! British Columbia offers spectacular scuba diving. Porteau Cove Provincial Park is a great site for accessing the exciting diving in Howe Sound. Tofino is also a great place expanding your aquatic skills—it’s the surfing capital of Canada, and summer’s a great season to brave the cool water and catch some waves! Paddling is another way to enjoy the Pacific Coast. The sheltered channels around Vancouver Island offer fantastic opportunities for sea kayaking and ocean canoeing.

Alternatively, go underground and explore some caves. Last summer, the 9th Surdel Venturer Company explored the Weymer Caves on Vancouver Island. This year it could be your Company’s turn.

Don’t forget to saddle up and enjoy a cowboy adventure. There are a number of places where you can ride (or learn to ride) horses, that don’t require Scouts Canada members to sign waivers (remember – it is against Scouts Canada policy to sign waivers without your Council’s approval), including Moose Mountain AdventuresCamp EvergreenRafter Six Ranch and A&T Equestrian.

MOUNTAINS

PRAIRIES

Prairies

Go geocaching with this Rover Scout Trail Card for a little help with planning your adventure. Explore on foot or enjoy group mountain biking along the trail network at Brandon Hills. Check out this Scout Trail Card for some tips to help you plan your route and stay safe.

Instead of sharing a daylight adventure, why not meet in the evening to take in the stars? Check out this Scout Trail Card for a little help planning this adventure.

Central Canada

You can also saddle up and enjoy a cowboy adventure. There are a number of places where you can ride (or learn to ride) horses that don’t require Scouts Canada members to sign waivers (remember – it is against Scouts Canada policy to sign waivers without your Council’s approval), including Pinto Valley Riding RanchHighland Wilderness Tours and Wildwood Manor Ranch.

Mountain biking long the trail network at Blue Mountain is also a guaranteed blast, and if you’re farther east, go for an exciting ride in Gatineau Park. Group cycling adventures are also great on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Prince Edward County, including a stop at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Check out this Scout Trail Card for some tips to help you plan your route and stay safe.

Take a hike! For many Troops, Companies and Crews in southern Ontario, a stretch of the Bruce Trail is close by – and at almost 900 km in length, there’s always more to explore. For one of the best views in Central Canada, check out Mont-Tremblant in the summer. The views from atop the Sleeping Giant near Thunder Bay and the La Cloche Mountains in Killarney Provincial Park are equally stunning!

You can also share an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting. There are a number of outfitters in Central Canada that don’t require Scouts Canada members to sign waivers (remember – it is against Scouts Canada policy to sign waivers without your Council’s approval), including Owl RaftingRiverRun Rafting and Wilderness Tours. Wet your paddles on the Grand River with great day trips for canoeists in southern Ontario.

Go fishing in Ontario, where residents under 18 years of age don’t require a fishing licence, so it’s easy for Scouts to get out and wet a line. (Be aware, however, of the restrictions that apply to fishers of all ages.)

CENTRAL CANADA

ATLANTIC CANADA

Atlantic Canada

Surf’s up! Nova Scotia has some of the best waves in Canada. You can also enjoy an exhilarating day of tidal bore rafting. If you’re in Newfoundland, share a rafting adventure on the Exploits River.

You can also climb the highest peak in the Maritimes! Check out Mount Carleton in New Brunswick. You can also find great mountain biking trails at Sugarloaf Provincial Park.