The USA vs. Canada – Which is Best for an Adventure Holiday?

The USA vs. Canada – Which is Best for an Adventure Holiday?

If you’re an erstwhile explorer planning a trip to North America, you’re going to want to go to the best possible place. Both Canada and the United States have plenty to offer, but that doesn’t help you to narrow down the decision-making process at all. What you really need is a quick comparison between the two, to help guide your choice and make sure it’s the right one.

Luckily, we can help you out. Understanding exactly what it takes to constitute the perfect adventure holiday, we’ve created this handy rundown for you to have a read through…

The Wildlife

If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, as you will be on any type of adventure holiday, it’s always nice to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, so the weirder and more wonderful, the better.

Let’s take a look at where you’re likely to see the most. Canada certainly has an abundance of animals for you to admire, including the largest land animal in North America – the wood bison. Its appeal doesn’t stop there. With pronghorn antelopes, blue whales, black and grizzly bears, coyotes, moose herds, and much more, you’ll be able to see some truly breath-taking sights as you travel.

The USA is not short on appeal either. With the famous Yellowstone National Park alone boasting a population of 30,000 elk, plus plenty of deer and grey wolves, it also has the Alaskan tundra to throw into the mix, where caribou, moose, and grizzlies all roam freely.

In this respect, there really is no clear winner. Whichever country you choose to visit, you should have plenty of chances to see creatures great and small in their natural habitats.

The Hiking

Yosemite, USA

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Lots of people visit North America for the scenery, and one of the best ways to see this is by going hiking in the wilderness. So which country has more to offer those who want to don their boots and head for the trails?

We’ll start with the USA. Providing outdoor enthusiasts with an astonishing 59 national parks to pick from, there are plenty of places to go for the keen walker. Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park top our list of favourites, with breath-taking vistas and plenty of wildlife to spot along the way.   

Yet Canada still manages to hold its own. The Rocky Mountains alone offer a picture perfect playground for hikers, with verdant forests, ethereal waterfalls, and plenty of exquisite vistas to delight the eyes and elevate the soul. The downside is that it’s pretty cold, but the beauty of the landscape under a blanket of freshly fallen snow is more than enough to make up for this.


Now for what is arguably the most important criteria: the activities. Those who book an adventure holiday with a company like TrekAmerica will usually be seeking a truly thrilling experience, and both Canada and the USA can deliver this.

We’ll begin with the former. Boasting a huge variety of winter sports for enthusiasts to enjoy, it offers everything from snowboarding to skiing to dog sledding. If you prefer a slightly less slippery surface, there are also some great water sports to try, and a canoe trip through the Yukon territory is pretty hard to beat. Do your best to spot bears, beavers, and moose, and don’t forget to step ashore and take a look at some of the abandoned settlements if you get the chance.

Of course, the United States also brings a lot to the table, with a vast array of adventure activities to choose from. Whether you fancy trying your hand at sandboarding, white water rafting, or biking, you can be sure there’ll be somewhere close by to accommodate your wishes.

The truth is, it’s impossible to say whether the USA or Canada is the better option. Both offer fantastic holiday itineraries for the erstwhile adventurer, and could give you some of the best experiences of your life. Base your choice on your personal preferences, and you won’t go far wrong.

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  1. May 6, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    As a Canadian I’m slightly biased. Canada is a beautiful destination in both summer and winter. While I agree with the points you mentioned, Canada’a east coast offers some fantastic options too. Have a look at Newfoundland and you’ll be amazed at the geography and stunning landscapes.

    • May 10, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Newfoundland is beautiful – YES! Everyone is allowed to be biased when it comes to where they are from and being Canadian you can shout it loud and proud more than most – what a fabulous country to hail from. As a Brit – I love USA and Canada and cannot wait to hop across the pond ASAP!!!

      • May 10, 2017 / 10:18 pm

        You gonna love it! It’s almost getting warm ?

  2. May 8, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Being from the States, I would much rather explore the Canadian National Parks. Guess it is a grass is always greener scenario…

    • May 10, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      I agree completely about the grass is always greener scenario. I think no matter where you live, even if it is the most beautiful place in the world, you always want to explore somewhere else. At least I do anyway 🙂