As the cold and dark days of winter give way to warmer temperatures and longer days, many Canadians are eager to get outside and enjoy the beauty of spring. From hiking in the mountains to exploring the vibrant cities, Canada has plenty of activities to offer during the spring season. Many favourite Canadian Spring activities are common sense, yet some are outright hilarious.
Canada, the second largest country on our planet, nature wherever the eye reaches, home of lavish forests, countless lakes, steep hills and wide prairies. Home of national parks and breathtakingly beautiful wildlife. Yet, on annual basis more Canadians are changing their habits when it comes to spring activities. For two years COVID-19 pandemic has reversed this trend, most Canadians wanted to escape the busy city and change it for more empty space in nature. Almost everyone one of a sudden wanted to hike, bike, swim, play fetch ball, camp or go for longer walks. What we were deprived of, we craved, yet, after the pandemic is on the exit modus, city activities are going back on track, city festivals, concerts and other indoor activities are replacing the beautiful Canadian nature once again,
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Some outdoor Spring activities remain to be on top position, while others fell down the ladder, replaced by indoor amusements.
Here are some of the most popular spring activities that Canadians love:
With the snow melting away, spring is the perfect time to hit the trails and explore Canada’s breathtaking natural scenery. From the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia to the Appalachian Mountains in Quebec and New Brunswick, there are plenty of trails to choose from. Some popular hikes in Canada include the West Coast Trail, the Bruce Trail, and the Fundy Footpath. Even in more flat provinces like Ontario and Saskatchewan, there are endless hiking and walking trails that can be enjoyed close to a major city or further away in remote destinations. Hiking remains to be the top Spring activity even in 2023, can you believe it? I certainly can.
As the weather warms up, many Canadians dust off their bicycles and hit the road or trails for a ride. From urban bike paths to mountain bike trails, Canada offers a variety of cycling options. Some popular cycling destinations in Canada include Vancouver’s Stanley Park Seawall, Montreal’s Lachine Canal, and Toronto’s Waterfront Trail. Many cyclists have experienced the pain of buying a new bike or when buying replacement parts for repairing purposes during COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns following the supply chain issues have caused mayhem among Canadian cycling enthusiasts. In 2023, we can literally breathe easier on many fronts, no more lockdowns, less supply chain issues and have you tried to ride a bike with a surgical mask? Cycling is easy to do, you can bike on your favourite city bike tracks, on country roads or mountain biking down or up hills. Cycling takes the second place among top spring activities in Canada.
Gardening, really? COVID-19 has turned many backyards into vacation oasis or little veggie farms. Record amount of Canadians have used lockdowns to transform their fully fenced yards into spring activity space. Spring is the perfect time for gardening, and many Canadians enjoy planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Whether you have a backyard garden or a small balcony, there are plenty of ways to get your hands dirty and enjoy the outdoors. Many Canadian cities also offer community garden plots, where residents can grow their own produce and connect with their neighbours. This is old news for rural or suburban Canadian towns and villages, but gardening has literally exploded in popularity among Canadians during pandemic. Most likely many of those new gardens will be overgrown and left to dissolve into humus soil due to no travel restrictions, but in 2023, gardening takes third place of most beloved spring activities among Canadians.
As the snow melts away and the days get warmer, many Canadians start planning their camping trips and exploring Canada’s beautiful parks and campgrounds. From the rugged wilderness of Banff National Park, sandy beaches of Prince Edward Island to National Parks in Ontario, Canada offers a diverse range of camping experiences. Whether you prefer tent camping,RV camping or glamping, there’s something for everyone. There is no better way to enjoy Canadian nature as staying overnight in wilderness, having camp fire, enjoying s’mores and star gazing, Camping in Canada makes fourth place as Canadas top spring activities.
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Spring is a great time for birdwatching in Canada, as many bird species return from their winter migrations. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a beginner, there are plenty of opportunities to spot birds in their natural habitats. Some popular birdwatching destinations in Canada include Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Reifel Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia, and Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland and Labrador. Birds are beautiful animals, one might think why is bird watching on the list here, but Canada has huge nature lover community including birdwatchers. Many competitions are held across the country in the field of bird watching, who gets most of birds n the list, takes the trophy.
With the ice melting on lakes and rivers, spring is a great time for fishing in Canada. From salmon fishing in British Columbia to ice-out trout fishing in Ontario, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish species. Fishing is a popular spring activity for many Canadians, whether they are experienced anglers or beginners. Spring fishing across Canada remains one of the top spring activities, even though it took a dip in recent years. You can catch Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout and Jumbo yellow perch in March and April and many more species during May when fishing season in Canada opens for certain types of fish.
Canadians love outdoor sports such as soccer, baseball, and ultimate frisbee, which become popular in the springtime. With the warmer weather, many Canadians head to their local parks and sports fields to play and watch their favorite sports. Whether you’re a casual player or a competitive athlete, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in outdoor sports during the spring season.
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Spring is a great time to hit the open road and explore Canada’s scenic highways and byways. Whether you’re driving through the Rocky Mountains, along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia or Muskoka Region in Ontario, Canada offers plenty of stunning road trip destinations. Road trips are a popular way for Canadians to explore their country and experience the beauty of spring. Add a RV trailer to your road trip while going hiking and you can have tree favourite Canadian spring activities all at once.
Festivals and events
Many Canadian cities and towns hold festivals and events during the spring season, which can include music festivals, food festivals, and cultural celebrations. From the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver or Mural Festival in Montreal, there are plenty of events to choose from. Festivals and events are a great way for Canadians to connect with their communities and celebrate the arrival of Spring. COVID-19 is no more, so why not socialize with fellow Canadians once more!
How can we forget one of the most beloved Canadian spring activity? No we couldn’t! Canadians were deprived of restaurants and bar visits in past years during…, yes, COVID-19 and government closures and many restrictions. Now that everything appears to be back to normal, Canadians storm patios across Canada. What in the past was only the thing of European culture, patio frenzy infected Canada for good! If you own a restaurant or a bar and you don’t have a patio, well you will not see many visitors during spring any longer, then patio is the new normal! It is just breathtakingly beautiful to enjoy cold drink, a coffee or gelato with friends on a sunny day on a nice patio, with or without an umbrella. Winter is finally over, so lets enjoy the sun and great Canadian outdoors!