For some, vacation means relaxing by the pool or reading on the beach. For others, it means exploring a destination by foot, bike or paddle. Here 12 destinations that will get you moving no matter your skill level, from hiking the Canadian Rockies to kayaking Sardinia’s mythic coastline.
Where to take a hiking vacation
Skyline Trail, Alberta | Beginner/Intermediate The 44–kilometre–long Skyline trail is Jasper National Park’s best signature backpacking experience, and arguably one of the best in the Canadian Rockies. Whether you take two, four or six days to complete it, the main trail consists of a gentle ramble through the forest that leads to one of the trail’s many campgrounds. The picturesque route is mostly above the treeline and offers epic views of Maligne Range’s three major passes, complete with photogenic peaks, alpine tarns and glacial lakes. While elevation gain is more than 1,400 metres, it will be easy to catch your breath when you stop (and stop again) in the high ridges for glimpses of the spectacular indigenous wildlife on offer.