It’s not that you’re crazy…okay, so you’re a bit crazy. The best kind of crazy, though. And we love that crazy! Which is probably why you’re going to be totally into these over-the-top experiences. The best part? You can do them all in your own backyard. And by backyard, we mean this vast country of ours.
Whether you plan a vacation around one of these awesome experiences or live close enough to take a weekend trip, know that your friends–both virtually and IRL–are going to be totes jealz.
Here are a few of the wacky things we crazy Canucks do for fun in this insane country we love to live in.
Hands down, the absolute craziest stuff you can do in Canada
Fly off of a natural waterslide into a waterfallSo, Lynn Canyon is potentially a really dangerous place in B.C., so please don't try this, ever. But do watch this video and feel the rush this daredevil felt from the comfort of your computer chair. (This month, Lynn Canyon launched a cheeky awareness campaign about the danger of cliff diving. 'Cause people are losing their lives.)
Chance of soiling yourself: 80 per centGetty
Jump out of a perfectly good helicopter and skiChairlifts are so 2015. Heli-skiing, while not wildly new, is still a wild way to get down a mountain. And we're not talking some “mountain" in Quebec. No, we're looking at you, Banff. And Purcell has been operating one-of-a-kind trips since the '70s, so yeah, they're pros. Single-day rates go for $1,209 for 5 runs.
Chance of soiling yourself: 70 per cent Getty
Camp on the edge of the worldThe most northerly point in Nova Scotia is a tiny village called Meat Cove. There's no meat here other than lobster and mussels, but there is an epic campground owned by a couple of generations of locals. Pop a tent for a few nights, and bring extra pegs. It'll feel like you're on the edge of the world.
Chance of soiling yourself: 40 per cent
Run on the freaking ocean floorBouncing along the actual ocean floor for miles is a runners' dream come true. Don't jog? Fine, walk, whatever, we won't judge. But you have to experience the picturesque Bay of Fundy one way or another when the tide is out. There are no words. It. Is. Awesome.
Chance of soiling yourself: increases as the tide starts coming inLi et Co
Soar above water like some kind of superheroWith your feet strapped to a board that's attached to a long, bendy tube, Flyboarding lets you flip and fly above the sea. Downtown Vancouver is the only place in the country where you can work with a master instructor. Book a 20 minute session for $150.
Chance of soiling yourself: 50 per centThinkstock
Imagine if hockey and downhill skiing had a baby...A fast, dangerous baby. Yeah, that's pretty much Red Bull's Crashed Ice Series. We don't know your athletic level, but you'll likely never qualify to actually participate, but watching it live will get your blood racing. In 2017, Ottawa gets a taste for the first time.
Chance of soiling yourself: 90 per centThinkstock
Get your festival fixCanada's home to a whole wack of incredible summer festivals. But a lot of them are overshadowed by big US names, like Coachella and Burning Man. Enter Shambhala, a seriously magical five-day electronic music fest that'll satiate all of your senses. Plus, it takes place on a lush ranch outside of Nelson, British Columbia.
Chance of soiling yourself: 10 per centGetty
Swim through caves on a remote islandMagdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are part of Quebec, though geographically, they're closer to PEI. Explore the omg-wow caves and crevasses that snake along the water's edge. La Salicorne, an inn on the island, offers swim tours for just $59. It'll just be you, a lifejacket and a helmet, floating through these natural wonders.
Chance of soiling yourself: 30 per centShambhala
Experience a life-size magic trickThe Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick pulls your car uphill by a magnet while in neutral. This experience ranks low on the “bat-sh$^" scale, but is still pretty crazy cool.
Chance of soiling yourself: 10 per centThinkstock
Surf like you're in some exotic seaside townDidya know there's solid surf outside of B.C.? Yeah, Tofino, it's not always about you. Tucked on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, there are near perfect surf conditions—but bring a wetsuit. White Point Beach Resort offers lessons, camps and rentals.
Chance of soiling yourself: 20 per centThinkstock
Walk and LEAN OVER the country's tallest buildingThe CN Tower Edge Walk is what nightmares are made of if you're afraid of heights. Wearing a harness, walkers are hooked onto a metal bar that wraps around the very top of the Toronto landmark. Shimmy along the side of the building, and try not to toss your cookies. Book your ticket here for $195.
Chance of soiling yourself: 100 per cent
Hold your breath and squeeze through some cavesIn picturesque Canmore, Alberta there's all sorts of hiking to be done above ground. But find your way to Canmore's Rat's Nest Cave for a taste of what it'd be like to live the life of a bat. A bat without wings that's human size. There are no lights, no handrails, no ropes. So come prepared—this isn't some leisurely stroll.
Chance of soiling yourself: 60 per centGetty
Drink a shot with a dead guy's toe in itNo, there isn't a fly in your drink. That's a freaking severed human toe. In Dawson City, Yukon, Sourdough Saloon challenges patrons to throw back a shot of their choice (most opt for Yukon Jack) with a toe floating in the glass. All in the name of fun. (In 2013, some fool accidently swallowed the toe while taking the Sour Toe Challenge. But don't worry, they found a new one.)
Chance of soiling yourself: 90 per centGetty
Watch two grown men fight on iceOkay, we're not guaranteeing punches. Or condoning fighting, for that matter. But have you ever taken someone visiting from out of country to watch a live hockey game? Their reactions are more satisfying than the event itself. We recommend the World Juniors--the 2016/2017 games happen in both Montreal and Toronto this year.
Chance of soiling yourself: depends on how much you like hockeyGetty
Snorkel with beluga whalesIn Churchill, Manitoba you can feel like a happy little mermaid and free-swim with beluga whales. Beluga whales! In Hudson Bay! The excursion doesn't come cheap ($3,650), and there are only three spots left for the 2017 excursion.
Chance of soiling yourself: 60 per centFL80831
Down the most ridiculous caesar everYou'll need more than a straw to finish these bad boys. Vancouver's Score on Davie holds a handful of over-the-top caesars on their menu--a seriously Canadian cocktail--like the Checkmate (which comes with a roasted chicken, a burger, a pulled pork slider and brownie) and the Seasar (a bacon wrapped scallop, tempura prawns onion rings).
Chance of soiling yourself: depends on how many you drink