If you have ever watched a Canadian television show in the 1990s, there’s a strong chance you have stumbled upon Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod’s BodyBreak segments. While the TV personalities hail from exceptional athletic backgrounds — Johnson was an all–star first baseman and McLeod, a national track champion — their segments spoke to all Canadians, offering viewers bite–sized tips on how to incorporate fitness and health into their everyday lives. We caught up with the power couple to find out more about their favourite ways to stay active on the road so that you, too, can treat yourself to a trip for your body and mind.
Keep fit and have fun at three of the iconic fitness duo’s favourite Canadian destinations.
Lake Louise, Alberta
“We love downhill skiing at Lake Louise and staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It's truly a winter wonderland,” say Johnson and McLeod.
Lake Louise in Banff National Park is a true gold mine when it comes to cool–as–ice travel that keeps you fit and engaged in nature. Stay at the ever–luxurious lakeside hotel, keep moving by paddling a canoe past jaw–dropping glaciers, and take a break with a gourmet meal at the Post Hotel, boasting over 2,300 wine selections on offer.
Digby, Nova Scotia
“We enjoyed shucking scallops in Digby and playing golf during our stay at the Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa,” say Johnson and McLeod. “It’s a two–hour drive from the Halifax airport.”
Digby presents the ideal opportunity to marry leisure and fitness with its picturesque shorelines, trails and world’s largest inshore scallop fleet. After a morning on the links, keep moving with a scenic cycle or run on the Rail Trail, and relax at the Fundy Restaurant for unparalleled views of the sea and Fisherman's Wharf.
Grouse Grind Trail, British Columbia
“We make it a point to get to the Grouse Grind during our visits to Vancouver,” say Johnson and McLeod. “The 2.5–kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain is a serious workout. We love the challenge while being surrounded by nature.”
For a trip that’s equal parts active and luxurious, head to Vancouver with its steep scenic hills, stunning oceanside pathways and fusion dining scene. Stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim with decor that rivals a museum and keep moving with a trip up “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”. Later, refuel and treat your taste buds to Japanese–Italian fare at Kissa Tanto, a chic second–floor restaurant in Chinatown.
To keep fit and have fun on and off your fitness–forward trip, check out BodyBreak’s newest athleisure line in collaboration with Canadian clothing brand Good For Sunday boasting that signature nostalgic Canadian flair that made us fall in love with the duo in the first place. From retro sweatshorts to half–zips, it’s got all you need to keep you feeling comfy — and Canadian — from head to toe.