Out of the Box Gift Ideas from Breakaway Experiences (Giveaway)

The holidays are quickly approaching and I have not even started my shopping. Years ago this would stress me out but now that most of my kids are older and on their own, my gift giving has changed and I am not worried. I have realized over the years that gifts of experience are more welcomed than physical things. Giving the gift of an experience is a great way to make your gift memorable and give your loved ones an experience they may not normally had.

Breakaway Experiences makes giving the gift of an experience super easy!  You choose an experience, give it to your recipient then they redeem at their convenience. Great for those last minute shoppers as well! The experiences are available nationwide and include food tours, white water rafting, driving a race car, horse back riding and more.

At Breakaway Experiences, you’ll find Canada’s most exciting gifts, from adrenaline pumping driving, flying and water sports experiences to invigorating spa days and tasty culinary tours.  Find the perfect gift idea for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings and anniversaries.

It’s never been easier! Just find the perfect experience gift, then buy it online. Plus our experiences can be easily exchanged and the value NEVER expires.

Create a memory. Give them the gift of an experience.

Below are 5 of the gift experiences I am thinking about giving my family this holiday season 

Columbia Icefields Parkway & Glacier Skywalk Tour

The Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour is a full day sightseeing tour that travels through a landscape carved by glaciers and opened by pioneers. The tour travels along the Columbia Icefields Parkway, rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world. You’ll marvel at glaciers remaining from the last ice age while being entertained with stories of early explorers who opened the valleys.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with your choice from a range of sandwiches and salads, complete with fruit, juice, brownies and chips.

Next, you’ll board the Ice Explorer, a six-wheeled behemoth of a vehicle, to take you right onto the glacier, where you’re allowed to safely walk on the ice.

Step out onto the Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floored lookout where giant glaciers perch about you and the spectacular Sunwaptcha Valley spreads below. The Glacier Skywalk experience features wildlife, waterfalls, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop.

BBQ Smoking Class, Toronto

This class will have you smoking like a true pit master! During this cooking class the entire smoking process is covered as well as different types of smokers, charcoals and woods. You will learn how to cook ribs, chickens, pork butt, brisket, mac and cheese and much more. Learn the art of brining, injecting, and tips and tricks on how to get a perfect smoke ring.

After a safety briefing and BBQ tutorial, you will step into the kitchen where you will learn the art of cooking low & slow, all the while getting tips and tricks from an award-winning pit master and chef. After class, you’ll sit down to a BBQ feast expertly prepared by the “Pork Ninja” himself, Jason Rees.

The tour includes all preselected food, and beverages.

BBQ Smoking Class highlights:

  • Led by Chef Scott and Pit Master Rees of the Pork Ninja’s Competition BBQ Team.
  • Learn to cook chickens, ribs, pork butt and much more.
  • Discover the art of low & slow.
  • Class is held in a working BBQ Kitchen.
  • Taste 3 local craft beers or glasses of Ontario Wine.
  • Hear funny stories about life in the kitchen and on the BBQ circuit.
  • Feast on a gourmet BBQ meal of brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork and all the fixins’ by Pitmaster Jason.

Edmonton Segway Tour

This Segway tour showcases the beautiful Edmonton River Valley as guests effortlessly glide through the park on the amazing Segway. Tours run all year long giving participants the ability to enjoy our blooming spring buds, breathtaking lush summer greenery, colorful fall foliage or our winter wonderland!

Your Segway tour starts in downtown Edmonton along the North Saskatchewan River and the spectacular TransCanada Trail.  You’ll begin your adventure with in-depth training, from certified Segway trainers who will teach you the proper handling and safety techniques of this high-tech modern device.  Once acclimated to this modern marvel get ready for the experience of a lifetime –  a ride through Edmonton’s world famous River Valley. You’ll glide your Segway through the River Valley at varying speeds through a route designed to expose you to the natural beauty of the parkland.

Fly A Helicopter, Mont-Tremblant 

You’ll start with a 45-minute briefing on flying techniques and safety.  You will be taken to the helicopter where you will run through the inner workings of the cockpit with your instructor. Next, you will climb aboard the dual-controlled Robinson R44 helicopter where you will be familiarized with the instrument panel and as you are strapped into your seat and hear the whirr of the engine your heart will race.

For the vertical take-off your pilot has the controls. The excitement continues as your pilot shows you how the helicopter is able to move gracefully through the air.

Next it is your turn at the controls.  You will be able to actually pilot this amazing aircraft! Using the dual controls,  you will see how it feels to actually fly a helicopter.

Nanaimo Bungy Jump

Strap yourself in and dive 150 feet towards the Nanaimo River.  As you plummet downwards the adrenaline kicks in and the rest is just pure pleasure!  Over 260,000 guests have dared to take the dive.  Jumpers can engage in six increasingly exciting levels of bungee jumps, with over a dozen styles to choose from.   Which will you choose to do –  a classic swan dive or step it up a notch with a Front Flip, Corkscrew or the the Jump Masters choice the Big Bobowski jump?

No matter what your location or budget there is an experience that is sure to fit.

I would love to hear what experience you would choose to gift from Breakaway Experiences


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  1. Heather Swanson says

    Hot air balloon ride.


    The Annapolis Valley Afternoon Escape Wine Tour because it is not far from our home would make a nice gift

  3. The River Rafting Trip would be great!

  4. Superfly Zipline and Treetop Adventure Package, Whistler looks great. thanks

  5. I would gift the Beer Makes History Better Toronto Walking Tour – my siblings would love it!

  6. Jennifer P. says

    I would love to gift the Superfly Zipline and Treetop Adventure Package at Whistler to my husband – and I would go too! We’ve been talking about doing this for a couple of years now, and the kids are now old enough to leave home with my parents, so hopefully we will go this spring or summer! We even have a hotel voucher to use at Whistler, a very generous gift from his office, so we will be all set for a weekend of fun!

  7. Carole Dube says

    I would love Helicopter flight over the Rocky’s in Banff. (not the Mont Tremblant like mention in your post.

  8. Allie Futterer says

    I would love the Aromatherapy Relaxing Massage for two!

  9. Always wanted to do the Helicopter ride over the Rocky’s in Banff.

  10. sarah alexis says

    Oh wow, I’d love to do so many of these adventures! The Sea to Sky Sightseeing Flight in Squamish sounds like such an experience!

  11. The River Rafting trip would be so fun!

  12. I would love to gift (and get 🙂 the Whistler’s Hidden Gems Dinner Tour

  13. Heather Sibley says

    The Helicopter Flight Over Ottawa & The Gatineau Hills. My husband would love it.

  14. I would like to gift hubby the Stock Car Racing Experience, Jukasa Motor Speedway.

  15. I would love to give my daughters a hot air balloon ride experience.

  16. Dark Table in Vancouver!

  17. I would like to gift the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing Workshop, Toronto.

  18. Ziplining in Whistler!

  19. I’d love to ride in a hot air balloon!

  20. ATVing in whistler

  21. Amy Heffernan says

    The cooking classes would be wonderful! Thanks!

  22. Greektown on the Danforth Toronto Food Tour

  23. I’d probably choose the Downtown Edmonton Food Tour

  24. Jenn Beckett jennpup says

    Niagara Helicopter Tour!

  25. Elaine Buonsante says

    I’d like to gift the Little Italy in Vancouver Food Tour to my husband, who happens to be Italian.

  26. the dark table would be my choice

  27. Victoria Ess says

    I’d love to gift the Aromatherapy Relaxing Massage for Two!

  28. I would like the farm market experience and lunch in Calgary.

  29. one experience would be the .. Whistler Backcountry Air Safari

  30. I would like to do the Food Tour in Little Italy in Vancouver.

  31. Carey Hurst says

    The race car driving . Getting driven around a race track so much fun,

  32. Would love the wine tour.

  33. The foursome adventure package in Whistler.

  34. I think dogsledding in canmore would be fun for our family!

  35. I would love to gift the Annapolis Valley Afternoon Escape Wine Tour!

  36. I would gift the Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto to my husband.


  37. BobbiJO Pentney says

    I would love to go to blue mountain and have a spa day.

  38. Julie Barrett says

    I would love to gift my mom with the Lady’s Spa Day at Novo Spa in Toronto for some much needed pampering!


  39. The River Rafting trip looks like so much fun!

  40. My dad would love the Beer Makes History Better Toronto Walking Tour – and I would get to go with him!

  41. Definitely the Kelowna Wine Tours!

  42. Erin McSweeney says

    i would love to try the Corktown, Canary & Distillery District Toronto Food Tour

  43. angie andrews says

    I think I would like to do the humber snowshoeing experience in blue mountain

  44. I would get the Learn to Drift experience!

  45. I would love to take my hubby on a wine and food tour of Halifax.

  46. I would like to gift the Heli-Fishing in the Rockies adventure to my husband

  47. Jenny Major says

    The River Rafting Trip would be awesome!

  48. Juliee Fitze says

    I would like to get the Stock Car racing experience at Peterborough speedway for my brother.

  49. Dark Table in Calgary for 2 would really be a unique dining experience.

  50. My kids would love to do the Maple Ridge Classic Aerial Adventure

  51. The Blue Mountain Hummer Snowshoe Adventure looks fun!

  52. I want to try the Whistler Fine Dining Tour.

  53. Florence Cochrane says

    I like to gift the St. John’s food tour.

  54. i would love to go on the Superfly Zipline And Off Road RZR Package

  55. I think the Archery Experience – Niagara sounds cool!

  56. Dana Miller says

    I would like to gift the Whistler Backcountry Air Safari. I know this would be an unforgettable experience.

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