Here Are 11 Ultimate Ways to Enjoy Our (Short) Canadian Summer

It’s finally here in all of its road trip, campfire, daylight-filled glory.

Summer 2016 has arrived – and she’s a beauty.

Here are the 11 ultimate ways to enjoy our short but sweet Canadian summer.

1. Canoe or Kayak Your City’s Harbour
If you live in a city that sits on a body of water, take advantage of it – not everyone is so lucky. Take in your city’s stunning skyline and get an arm workout at the same time (not to mention, create a memorable date) by renting a canoe or kayak.


2. Camp in Algonquin Park
A good, old-fashioned camping trip is pretty much mandatory. If you’re going to camp, however, make it the real deal. Ditch the local campground for one of the country’s national parks, like Ontario’s iconic Algonquin Park.


3. Hit the Calgary Stampede
Sure, it may require at least a week of recovery time, but everybody has to hit the Calgary Stampede at least once in their life. It’s a rite of passage for Canadians – especially if you live in the West.


4. Climb the Grouse Mountain Grind
For a burning leg workout with a view, climb the 850-metre wooden steps of Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain Grind path. If you’re not feeling particularly ambitious, the Skyride gondola will take you to the top every 15 minutes.


5. Join an Ultimate Frisbee League
If the bar scene isn’t doing it for you, one of the best ways to meet other people is to join a sports league. When it comes to personal and professional networking, it’s tough to top ultimate Frisbee. For example, Panago Pizza sponsors leagues in cities across the country that run all summer long (June-August).


6. White Water Raft Down the Ottawa River
What better way to complement a trip to the Parliament buildings than an adrenaline-pumping, scenic white river raft down the Ottawa River? Talk about going from one extreme to another.


7. Take a Gondola Ride Up Sulphur Mountain in Banff
When in Banff, take a gondola up to see the spectacular views on the top of Sulphur Mountain. You should bring a camera, of course, but you’ll never forget these sights. Should you feel so inclined, there’s also a trail that you can follow from the Banff Hot Springs to the summit.


8. Step Back in Time in Quebec
Just because a Euro trip may be out of the cards doesn’t mean you can’t experience a classic, old-fashioned European getaway in our own country. Get your social media accounts ready and hit the historic streets of Quebec City or Old Montreal as you eat, drink, and explore (almost) the same way you would in Europe.

Quebec City

9. Do a Little Lakeside Yoga
We should take any chance we have to escape the madness of the city and disconnect from the hustle. That’s why a yoga mat is an essential cottage weekend accessory. Doing yoga on a dock at sunrise or sunset can offer a level of mindful serenity that a crowded class certainly won’t.


10. Wine Taste Your Way through Ontario
Both Eastern and Western Ontario feature some of the country’s best wineries, complete with scenic, rolling hills. Rent a B&B, hop in the car, add a bike to the equation, and explore either Niagara-on-the-Lake or Prince Edward County.


11. Indulge in Pizza
Of course, summer calls for a little comfort food indulgence as well (you’re clocking in more hours of physical activity, after all).

That’s why Panago Pizza wants to make your summer even more Canadian by giving away a pizza party for you and five friends. The beloved pizza chain has over 180+ stores across Canada featuring salads, wings, vegan options and more.


Let’s get to the more: this summer Panago is taking its menu even further with new Ultimate Canadian Pizzas featuring the supreme indulgence of Canadian back bacon.

Who says summer is just about the BBQ? Pizza is always a good idea.

Here’s where you come in: we’re giving away an Ultimate Canadian Pizza Pack so you can have the ultimate summer pizza party. This will score you a $100 gift card to splash on all the pizza perfection you can handle courtesy of Panago.

Sign up below for your chance to win:

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There will be one (1) Grand Prize to be awarded consisting of one (1) Panago Pizza Gift Card, with a value of $100 CAD. Contest does not apply to residents of the following provinces; Quebec, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. Must be a Canadian resident, must be 18 or older to enter, entrants cannot enter the contest more than one (1) time. The winner will be chosen on Monday July 18th 2016 and will be notified via email address. To be eligible to participate in the contest and be selected as a winner, applicants must provide all required information in the sign-up form.