Give a Unique Gift Experience This Christmas

Every year, friends and family ask me what I would like for Christmas, and every year I struggle to come up with an answer. I find as I get older I’m less and less in need of more “stuff”. Instead I’ve come to understand how much more valuable and memorable experiences can be. Experiences like a trip away, learning something new, time with my friends and family, or a once in a lifetime adventure to check off on my bucket list – these are the things that create memories of a life well lived.

A few years ago I strapped on a parachute and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. I still vividly remember the incredible feeling of freefall and the rush of victory when I landed safely. When hubby and I first met, we went on a ziplining adventure together on top of Whistler Mountain. Two years later, we got engaged on a horse drawn carriage ride through downtown Victoria. My first visit to Disneyland. Flying through the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. My first time on snowshoes. My daughter’s face the first time she rode on a pony. These are the kinds of memories that will stay with me forever!

1st time on a pony

If you’re on the hunt for a unique and unforgettable gift, you need to check out Breakaway Experiences! What a wonderful idea for holiday gift giving or to kick off the New Year with an adventure. Make a resolution to do something new and exciting in 2017 – Breakaway Experiences can help!

Breakaway has gift experiences for individuals, couples and families all across Canada from Vancouver Island to Halifax. Whether you’re looking for something romantic or thrilling, challenging or relaxing, or a once in a lifetime experience, there’s something here for everyone!

Don’t fret if you’re a last minute shopper like me. You still have time to pick out an experience or purchase a gift certificate online. Print out the certificate and deliver it in a greeting card, or email it directly to your gift recipient instead. No need for a gift receipt – any experience can be exchanged for its full value toward another experience. Gift certificates can be used as currency towards anything on the website, and they never expire.

Here’s a small selection of the kinds of experiences you can find on the website, perfect for gift giving this holiday season!


Stock Car Racing Experience: Slide behind the wheel of a race primed stock car for a high octane, adrenaline fueled NASCAR style stock car racing experience. See for yourself the speed and power that these machines bring to the table. Strap in, buckle up, and hang on for the ride of your life! Available in Agassiz, Penticton, Medicine Hat, Delaware, Milgrove, Peterborough, Innisfil, Antigonish, and Halifax. From $65

stock car racing

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Take to the skies for an unforgettable ride and experience the magic of soaring over a changing landscape, suspended in a basket under a glorious hot air balloon. Available in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, and Ottawa. $325

hot air balloon

British Columbia

Monkido Classic Aerial Adventure in Maple Ridge, Victoria, Nanaimo, or Kelowna: Turn a casual nature day into an unforgettable outdoor experience. Discover the excitement of zip lines and suspended aerial obstacles! Navigate cargo nets, tight ropes, rope swings, swinging logs, wobbly bridges, and more aerial surprises that gradually become more challenging and higher. $35

Victoria Carriage Tour for Four: Relax and enjoy the luxury and style in this beautiful horse drawn carriage ride around Victoria. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate in romance or just wanting to treat that special someone to the experience of a lifetime nothing will come close to the romantic ambiance of a beautiful carriage ride. From $100

Vancouver Whale Watch Tour: Experience Killer Whales, Humpbacks and Gray Whales, porpoises, seals and more in their natural habitat on a 3 to 5 hour tour in an open or semi-covered Zodiac style boat. $75-$130

whale watching


Calgary Craft Beer Tour: Discover the masters of Calgary’s local craft beer scene. Spend a day immersed in the local brewing & distilling industry, surrounded by the care and dedication of the visionaries (and mad men) who make it all happen. Throughout the guided Calgary Craft Beer Tour you will learn about the passionate craft brewers that specialize in creating mouth-watering full flavored beers. $129

Dog Sledding Adventure, 2 Hour Tour: Feel the first-hand excitement of mushing the Canadian wilderness on a 2 hour dog sledding adventure in the Rockies just outside of Canmore, near Banff. Winter is a magical time and there is no better way to see the snow covered beauty than by dog sled tour. $169

dog sledding


Mommy To Be Pregnancy Massage & Mani/Pedi at D Spa: Every mommy-to-be deserves an extra bit of pampering at a time when the body is dealing with a lot of change. D Spa’s pregnancy massage is a great way to relieve the various tensions, stresses and strains the body is put through during this precious time. $145

Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Experience in Toronto: If you’ve ever want to fly a plane, you can now experience the thrill and total adrenaline rush of learning to fly without even leaving the ground. The Boeing 737 Flight Simulator flying experience is ideal for anyone looking for their first taste of flying. You will feel like a pilot as you push the throttle, adjust the rudder and point your nose towards the sky before attaining optimal altitude. From $129

flight simulator experience

Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour: Discover the sweet side of the city on Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour. Join your expert guide on a stroll through the classy neighbourhoods of King West, Queen West and Dundas West and sample chocolaty sweets from 6 unique stores. $39

Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour: From the sensation of lifting off, to the thrill of soaring above the turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls, a Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour is a unique and spectacular experience. You are guaranteed to love this unforgettable helicopter tour over the Niagara’s natural and man-made wonders. $125

Niagara Falls helicopter tour


Maple Sugar Shack Stay and Play Experience: A visit to the sugar shack is the ultimate experience in capturing the Spring’s sweetness. Escape the city and enjoy an overnight Maple Sugar Shack Stay and Play experience at La Vallée des Rosiers in the Pontiac. You’ll get first hand maple sugar bush experience learning all that goes into making delicious maple syrup and maple treats. $399

Maple Sugar Shack experience

Nova Scotia

Afternoon Escape Wine Tour: This is your chance to indulge in the best of Nova Scotia Wine Country while spending a day relaxing in the Annapolis Valley. Discover the best kept secrets of this wine region with a passionate, informed guide who will introduce you to the wines, the wineries and the local stories behind them. Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing and wine tasting at 3 unique wineries completed with a picnic cheese tasting. $77-$85

afternoon escape wine tour

Which experience do you dream of having? Don’t forget, Breakaway Experiences has a wishlist function, so go ahead and let your friends and family know what you’d really love to find under the tree too!

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With over 700 experiences to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Browse by activity type, province, occasion, or gift recipient. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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