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The COVE™ Guide to Outdoor Workouts

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Exercising outdoors is a great alternative to working out in a gym that can keep you motivated and focused on your fitness goals. There are elevated areas for finding scenic views, lush grasslands for meditation, and forests for exploring uncharted lands.



While this might not be a traditional sport, gardening is a wellness activity that can help you burn a lot of calories. There are tough weeds to pull out or holes to dig, which makes it such a rigorous aerobic workout, but the payoff is being able to see a beautiful garden that you cultivated.

Jump Rope

Jump rope is an easy exercise that you can find an area anywhere outside to get started. The spring is also a great opportunity to mix and match jump rope with other flexible outdoor exercises like sprints, lunges, and more.


Sprints are another exercise that does need any equipment and you can do them almost anywhere with open grassland. A football field or running track is the most logical area and gives you free rein during this season to push your body to accelerate even faster.



The summer season is much hotter and affords workouts that can keep you close to freshwater like kayaking. This sport is a great workout for upper body strength, and you can do it at your nearest lake.

Beach jogging

Jog along the shore with some water between your toes. This exercise is light and refreshing and can conclude with a quick dip in the water after you work up a sweat.


Basketball is a  fundamental sport that enables you to use every part of your body. You can find a local court for a quick pick game or work on some drills that might make you a better athlete.



The Fall season persists the warm weather but there are outdoor escapades that you can seek nearby. With some of Canada’s most beautiful natural landscapes, fall hiking is an ideal activity that comes with a scenic view. A mountain terrain, forest, or ravine are good places to get started and are perfect environments to immerse yourself in nature while you work up a sweat.


Canoeing is a great activity to do alone or with a partner. This paddling exercise is another workout for your upper body that comes with a bit of fun on a lake, especially during a trip to a remote cottage.

Trail running

Trail running is an on-foot experience that you want to bring a GoPro for. The elevation and cluttered forests make it a more challenging and fun workout that the woods.


Ice skating

Skating is a fun winter cardio activity you can do locally. Grab a pair of skates and head out to your nearest rink to join others in some skating events or a pick-up hockey game if you’re skilled enough.


Heading down the slopes can be your next weekend workout venture. Skiing is fun and adventurous winter aerobics and you’ll learn to use a lot of leg power to jump, spin, and evade while moving fast. Canada has some of the most scenic winter landscapes, so this sport is great for calorie-burning with a view.


You can hike in the winter season if you choose to go snowshoeing. This activity allows you to enjoy the feeling of hiking in the woods with a bit of added difficulty. You start by grabbing a pair of snowshoes, trekking poles, and layers of clothing.

Pushing your body to new limits also means changing your habitat. With this guide, you can conquer any season and take your exercise to the great outdoors.

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Glamping in Canada: The COVE™ Approved Guide to Camping 

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Cottages and outdoor living spaces in Canada have evolved over the past few years with a higher quality of living. The idea of staying at a hotel in a new city is comforting,  but what if you could bring the same hotel comfort to the outdoors?

Thankfully with options like glamping, camping in a glamorous fashion, you can combine both these lifestyles into one wildlife venture. Let us walk you through our The CoveTM Approved Guide to Camping in Style.

Kissimmee near East Lake Tohopekaliga

This treehouse is prime outdoor glamping for couples looking for a small getaway in the woods. The house is built like a bungalow and is equipped with most of your household needs. The space is located in Kissimmee, one of Florida’s scenic counties located south of Orlando. The area is a home situated between lush wildlife and big-city amenities.

Solar Powered Toronto Treehouse

This unique treehouse is a fairly spacious small home that sits atop a steep hill in Blackstock, Ontario. This quiet dwelling has enough room for two people and is great for a romantic getaway from city life to peacefully reflect in nature. The treehouse can produce enough electricity for the whole home thanks to its solar panels.

Yurt Rental in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Algonquin Park has a lot of space for roaming and discovering wildlife. This unique yurt is located in the park’s 600-acre land and is a haven for outdoor activities like fishing in the Amable du Fond River or watching the roaming buffalo. The walls are made out of two layers of wool, which s enough to heat the space during harsh Canadian winters. You can also cook hot meals within the yurt thanks to the wooden stove.

Dome Rental in the Forest of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

A geodome is an easy solution to finding high-quality outdoor lodging with hotel-like standards of living. Nestled in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, this convenient dome rental offers a home that is eco-friendly with a panoramic view. Despite its size in comparison to the other homes on the list, this dome is surprisingly equipped with a more healthy balance of amenities than most. The area also features many outdoor recreational activities with White Point, Meat Cove, and Bay Saint Lawrence all nearby.

Cozy Tipi with a Hot Tub and a Sauna in Markdale, Ontario

A tipi is one of the simpler homes on this list, but its simplicity also makes it the most intimate. These small cone-shaped dwellings don’t come equipped with any electronics, outlets, or appliances, which is great for unplugging from the outside world and truly connecting with your loved one through some wholesome outdoor activities. This location features spaces with an indoor fire pit nestled in the middle for warmth during the colder seasons. You can escape your tent any time and enjoy kayaking, fishing, canoeing, and more. The area also features many trails and game fields close by.

Bright Tiny House near Belleville, Ontario

This red tiny house is the perfect opportunity to take a bit of your city lifestyle into a rural weekend getaway. Situated near Belleville, Ontario, this space comes with beautiful countryside scenery and local parks near the area.  The house provides quite a few amenities that allow you to feel more at home as well. There is a downstairs seating area with bright windows, which are great for reading or watching the sunrise. The homeowner also provides many small appliances including, a hot plate, WIFI, oven, fridge and more.

Unique and Efficient Cabin Rental with Private Porch in Ontario, Canada

These small cabin rentals are a great escape for glampers looking to spend most of their getaway outdoors instead of inside. The area covers 89 acres in Ottawa Valley, Ontario and is close to the Ottawa Valley River. You can enjoy a variety of water sports on the private beach like kayaking, canoeing or paddle boating.

Secluded Glamping Tent Rental in the Laurentian Mountains of Mattawa, Ontario

This glamping tent is the perfect opportunity for a couple looking for seclusion and camping more traditionally. Located in the Laurentian Mountains of Mattawa, Ontario, this form of lodging covers most of your camping essentials with a wood-burning stove for heat, composting toilet, and spring-fed well for your water supply.

Secluded Cabin Rental in Golden Lake, Ontario

This wooden cabin in Golden Lake, Ontario gives you the conventional cottage lifestyle with all your outdoor fun in a remote setting. The decor of the cabin includes furniture made entirely from local cedar and features a campfire pit in the backyard, optimal for late-night cozy settings. The cabin also comes with a complimentary canoe with a beach approximately 5km away. You also have the opportunity to explore the wetlands surrounding the area including the nearby Bonnechere River Valley.

The outdoors offers a lot to explore and our guide is only an introduction to what you can uncover. For more information, check out or follow us on social @covecrafted.