Far from the madding crowd; 5 remote lodges in Canada

Whatever future travel holds, there will always be a reason to get away from it all and Canada has an abundance of remote lodges far away from the madding crowd. From the farthest most point of the Atlantic coast to the Yukon’s wilderness, there is a lodge for every dream, and every budget.

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn is a one-of-a-kind contemporary Inn, cleverly designed by architect Todd Saunders as a bold, dramatic architectural statement on the very corner of Fogo Island; indeed an island off an island – Newfoundland – at one of the four corners of the earth (according to the Flat Earth Society). Perched on stilts that hug the Atlantic coast, each of Fogo Island Inn’s 29 rooms have floor-to-ceiling ocean views and all are decorated in bespoke furniture and fittings of the highest quality. Built on the principles of sustainability and utlising natural and local products not only in the building, but in the day-to-day running of the hotel, the Inn provides a haven of luxury in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Fogo Island – Newfoundland

Nimmo Bay

Located in true, west coast wilderness, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Nimmo Bay Resort is a remote, family-run, luxury resort which combines unparalleled nature, comfortable accommodation and excellent food with exciting activities. The activities include bear watching, hiking – which can be heli-assisted – world-class salmon, steelhead and trout fishing as well as marine life tours and gourmet picnics. Each two-bedroom cabin – six are ocean-view, intertidal cabins while the remaining three forest-view cabins are located alongside a natural stream and waterfall – offer luxurious linen cotton bedding atop comfy beds where you can sip your complimentary BC wine, with locally-made sweet and savoury snacks and soaking up the views.

Nimmo Bay Resort – Great Bear Rainforest – BC

Seal River Heritage Lodge

A member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Seal River Heritage Lodge is located on the shores of Hudson Bay, near the Seal River Estuary, just 30 minutes north of Churchill by plane, deep in the heart of polar bear territory. In the summer, the estuary is teeming with thousands of beluga whales, while in the early winter months, the lodge offers unique ground-level polar bear viewing without having to take to the tundra. There are amazing coastal views of Hudson Bay from the lodge’s expansive picture windows and a lodge viewing tower as well as via nature trails and, with close-up wildlife opportunities all around, Seal River Heritage Lodge is a photographers’ dream escape.

Polar bear at Seal River Heritage Lodge

Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge

Located in the unspoiled natural environment of Reserve Faunique de Matane in the Gaspesie region of Quebec, Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge has just 18 rooms in the most stunning, untamed setting. Situated at a height of 615 metres, the Lodge boasts stunning views of the surrounding area, where moose outnumber people!  There is a vast expanse of natural wilderness on the doorstep where you can hike, bike, watch for wildlife or just enjoy the scenery. There are no phones, television or internet access, so it truly is a place to escape and enjoy nature at its finest.

Chic Chocs Mountain Lodge, Quebec

Southern Lakes Resort

No round-up of remote locations in Canada would be complete without featuring the Yukon and Southern Lakes Resort is located 10 miles away from the nearest settlement in Tagish, on the waters of Lake Tagish. During the Gold Rush days, this was a ranch – given the name 10-Mile Ranch because of its location – and nowadays the resort sits surrounded by nature for you to explore, either on foot or by boat, canoe or kayak. With just five cabins, all with stunning lake views, Southern Lakes offers serenity and peacefulness, often accompanied by the dancing Northern Lights.

Southern Lakes Resort – Yukon

Julie Thompson
Frontier Canada