What better way to experience the sights and scenery of a new spot than by bike? You’ll cover a lot of ground, experience the place like a local and of course, return home with toned legs and glutes.
With Fat Tire Bike Tours, you can go on English-speaking tours from a variety of cities throughout Europe. In Paris? Try the Versailles tour. You’ll get to roam the gorgeous grounds of the Palais de Versailles, see the spot Marie Antoinette called home and stop at the sprawling Notre Dame market for picnic supplies. Or what about an evening bike ride through Paris, experiencing all the beautiful architecture and sparkling city lights of the most romantic city in the world?
If you’re in the mood for a European-style bike tour a little closer to home, don’t forget about Canada’s La Belle Ville, Quebec. With Fitz & Follwell company in Montreal, you can experience the city like on a local on their carefully crafted tours – there’s even a family-friendly tour for kids of all ages.
If it’s fresh air and nature you’re after, there’s no better place than Cycle Treks in Victoria, B.C. See all the stunning scenery the island has to offer, with the option for whale watching, culinary tours or a seaside trek.
Surfing and SUPing
Learning to surf is no easy feat. You’ll fall down and get up again, then fall again and…you get the point. Your muscles may be sore, but you’ll wake up the next day excited and ready to ride the waves again. Plus, let’s face it – it looks really cool.
Surf Sister Surf School in beautiful Tofino, B.C. offers weekend surf clinics, weeklong surf camps and even a yoga and surf camp (your muscles will need the stretch!).
If it’s a tropical surf experience you’re looking for, what better place to learn than Hawaii? Kauai Surf School offers lessons, clinics and camps for different ages and abilities – all on a stunning garden island paradise.
If surfing seems too daunting, how about stand-up paddle boarding? There’s no better way to score some seriously strong abs, and you can do it on any body of water (no waves required!) Try SupGirlz in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood (yoga on a paddleboard, anyone?).
If you think you feel Zen after your weekly yoga class, just wait until you hit the beach, mountains or forest for a week of downward dogs, healthy meals and fresh air.
Northern Edge Algonquin, an eco retreat centre on the edge of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, is a rejuvenating escape less than three hours from Toronto. Not only will you get a big dose of fresh air, you’ll also get to stay in an adorable private “glamping” cabin and eat pizza from a wood-fired oven in the forest. Retreats offered include a stand-up paddling & yoga package, yoga for bigger bodies, as well as canoeing escapes. They even have winter yoga packages for a peaceful retreat in the snow.
Want a more exotic escape?
Anamaya Resort is Costa Rica is the place to get seriously centred. Located in a rainforest overlooking the ocean, the resort is a tropical beach paradise where wellness is the focus. You’ll return home feeling healthier, calmer and radiant, thanks to the organic meals, relaxing spa services and of course, all that bending and twisting.