Top Recreational Areas in Western Canada

We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers – a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates throughout Canada – to compile some of the top recreational areas across Western Canada and some reasoning behind why they are the top areas.

British Columbia

British Columbia has recreational areas that cater to anyone, regardless of the season. Tofino, on the West Coast boasts fishing, boating and some of the best cold-water surfing in the world, while the alpine area of Whistler presents a world-renowned ski resort and was host to most of the alpine, Nordic, luge, skeleton and bobsled events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“Squamish and Whistler! They are close to Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport and offer word class skiing, biking, hiking, rock climbing, kite boarding, fly fishing and incredible sightseeing opportunities. Lots of accommodation from camping to 5-Star hotels and there are lots of breweries, pubs and restaurants that are award winning” – Darin Joseph, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Realty, Squamish, BC.

Moving further inland, the Okanagan Valley is home to every seasonal activity imaginable, from boating, touring wineries and golfing in the summer, to skiing and snowboarding the slopes of Big White or Silver Star in the winter. The Shuswap region is another area where boating and water sports are a huge draw in the summer, while it’s relatively close proximity to both Sun Peaks and Revelstoke make it a great home base for the winter ski & snowboard season.


Banff and Banff National Park is perhaps one of the most popular recreational areas with different activities available year-round. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Banff is very close to a number of popular ski resorts, such as Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay which provide excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities throughout the winter. Come summertime, hiking and mountain biking are popular activities, as Banff National Park is full of hiking and biking trails.

One influencer from RE/MAX Elite, Edmonton, AB commented, “Banff & Banff National Park is a must for it’s natural wonder and beauty”.

If you move into Central and Southern Alberta, you will be greeted by many fantastic lakes, such as Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake, and Buffalo Lake, all of which offer great boating, fishing and camping.


While Saskatchewan may not be close to the mountains, the province makes up for the fact with dozens of beautiful lakes which are utilized in both summer and winter.

“Crooked Lake provides peace and serenity for lake goers, not to mention the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets all year long” says Lisa Kirkwood, RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty, Yorkton, SK.

Ice fishing and boating are popular seasonal activities in Saskatchewan lakes such as Crooked Lake, Last Mountain Lake and Jackfish Lake, while many people go camping and spend time with friends and family at areas like Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park and Cypress Hills Provincial Park.


Manitoba boasts a number of different lakes and recreational areas that are great for boating, fishing and camping, such as Clear Lake, Falcon Lake, Grand Beach & Winnipeg Beach. These areas are all fantastic places to spend the summer with friends and family. Golfing is also a popular activity during the summer, with many campgrounds having accompanying golf courses. These recreational areas are also popular destinations during the winter time, as they are ideal for ice fishing.


RE/MAX Canada recently released their 2019 Recreational Property Report, which highlights and breaks down the market conditions in a number of different recreational areas across Canada. To read the full 2019 Recreational Property Report, click here!


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