Canada boasts plenty of Instagram-worthy destinations, including Ontario’s Niagara Falls, Quebec’s Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (the most photographed hotel in the world), and Alberta’s Lake Louise, to name just a few. But it’s also a country packed with places that speak to our soul.
Larger than life, travel in Canada is not just about seeing, it’s about being, so get ready to roam and recharge as we have lined up five of the best rejuvenating retreats in the Great White North.
Fogo Island: Upliftling you & the local community
Putting remote travel on a whole new level, Fogo Island is an island off an island located at one of the four corners of the earth: a cluster of fishing outports set on a mass of ancient rock off Newfoundland’s northeast coast. Planes, buses and boats might be required to get you here, but it’s well worth the journey.
Enjoy a sustainable stay at the 29-suite five-star luxury Fogo Island Inn, where profits are driven back into community art, environmental and cultural projects.
Breathe in the fresh island air on a hiking trip with the locals, literally hundreds of miles of trails awaiting you, including Brimstone Head. And, remember to make the most of the seasons. Spring brings the icebergs down from Greenland, and each summer 10,000 humpbacks make their way to the Happy province, while puffins nest on the island’s cliffs.
North West Passage: See Sights That Will Leave You Speechless
Connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via the Arctic Ocean, the Northwest Passage is only navigable between July and September. A safari by sea, its waterways are known for their raw beauty and wide array of wildlife including the Arctic Big Five.
Polar bears, puffins, narwhals and seals are found in this remote corner of the world, while whales, caribou and passing migratory birds make their way here in the summer. Successfully completed by Roald Amundsen in 1906, the route spans 1,700 nautical miles and runs from Canada’s Baffin Island in the east to Alaska’s Beaufort Sea in the west.
On this once-in-a-lifetime cruise adventure, towering fjords, glaciers, icebergs (dare to snorkel one), blooming wildflowers, and friendly inuit communities (including Grise Fiord, the northernmost community in Canada) dot the watery trail. Making the journey all the more compelling are its historical explorer camps and graveyards, which tell of bravery, perils and grim tragedies.
Starting in Western Greenland, discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, the Iceberg Capital of the World home to the most active and fastest moving glacier; and located at the eastern entrance of the Northwest passage, Tallurutiup Imanga, the wildlife superhighway of the North best explored by zodiac. Bucket list territory, located on Tallurutiup’s northern border is Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on earth. Hike across its bucket list terrain, and if you’re lucky, catch sight of the spectacular Northern Lights.
Prince Edward Island: Write A New Story In The Atlantic Provinces
Where you can hike, bike, golf and beachcomb at your own pace, the Maritime province of Prince Edward Island is adventure in a picture postcard world. Ideal for crowd free meditative travel, this sparsely populated haven is home to the smallest number of inhabitants of any southern Canadian province.
All points of interest are only an hour’s drive from its capital Charlottetown, and its landscape is dotted with pretty red-and-white wooden lighthouses.
Every backdrop screams, take it slow, stop and stay a while, the island’s 2,170 square miles blessed with long stretches of beaches; sand dunes, wildly eroded cliffs, colourful houses and quaint villages (Anne of Green Gables was actually brought to life here).
So enchanting is this storybook province, that Micmac First Nations legend claims their god, Glooscap, after painting every beautiful place in the world, then dipped his brush in every color and created Abegweit: the Mi’kmaq Nation’s name for Prince Edward Island.
Quebec’s Eastern Townships: Settings That Are A Feast For The Senses
Imposing mountains, ancient lakes and large forested areas are found in Quebec’s Eastern townships. Made up of nine regions, in the southernmost reaches of the province, the area is particularly inviting, especially in the autumn months.
An hour southeast of Montreal, this sleepy backwater of rural communities combines adventure seeking with food and wine, The Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route is described as a feast for all your senses, the wildly scenic journey complete with stops at 22 Vintners. Drive your way along its roughly 90 miles, or for maximum destination rejuvenation bicycle through hills, valleys and picturesque villages.
We suggest staying for a few days here to soak up the breathtaking surroundings; four national and three regional parks, high peaks, lakes and rivers and beaches perfect for a wide range of adventures in any season.
Haida Gwaii: Where Nature Really Is The Best Therapy
While travellers are able to cross over the cultural divide and connect with Haida culture through Haida guides, the destination itself is transformative.
A form of eco-therapy focused on being present and using all five senses to take in the natural environment, forest bathing comes into its own here – kayaking, sailing and fat tire biking alternative ways of engaging with this pristine wilderness.
Find solace in a mystical culture that was isolated from the world for over 10,000 years, the landscape filled with magnificent beaches, mossy old-growth forests, rugged mountains, rich tidal pools and hauntingly beautiful totem poles.
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