Canada is a sensational destination at any time of year. With its myriad landscapes and world-famous wildlife, the only dilemma is how to see the best the country has to offer in a relatively short period of time. Fortunately, the 23-day Magnificent Canadian Wilderness Safari itinerary captures the beauty and diversity of this great land in one unique adventure.
The journey starts with a week-long Hudson Bay Odyssey by Churchill Wild, with travellers gathering in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, before delving into the Cape Tatnam wildlife management area. Here, guests will base their explorations of this acclaimed polar bear reserve from the recently-renovated Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. You’ll spend exhilarating days riding along the coast of Hudson Bay, through a landscape of palsa bogs, taiga forest and tundra ponds, in search of denning bears, Arctic wolves and hares, before returning to the luxury of the lodge, famed for its Tundra to Table culinary philosophy and Northern Lights viewing.
After a three-hour private plane flight to Vancouver, you’ll transition from the subarctic landscapes of Hudson Bay to the grasslands of British Columbia. At Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, the country’s leading luxury dude ranch, you’ll learn the timeless art of ranching at the hands of an experienced ranching team. Once you’re matched with the perfect horse it’s time to ride the stunning scenery of the Cariboo, with time to fish, shoot, hike, kayak, dine on Michelin-styled cuisine using the freshest local ingredients, or simply soak up the serenity of cowboy country from the porch.
From the grasslands, you’ll fly by private seaplane to Bella Coola and British Columbia’s largest protected reserve, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, home to the largest concentration of grizzly bears in North America. You’ll spy these beautiful and often inquisitive bears, often with their cubs, as they pluck salmon from the pristine Atnarko River. There will also be time to heli-hike the trails of gorgeous Ape Lake, and explore the region’s rich First Nation culture, which includes 10,000-year-old petroglyphs.
Continuing bears as a theme, venture west by seaplane to the Pacific Coast and the majestic Great Bear Rainforest, home to the elusive Spirit Bear. Also known as the Kermode bear, this rare subspecies of the American black bear is known for its blonde, almost white fur. You’ll explore this very special corner of Canada aboard the antique Pacific Yellowfin, a converted trawler that serves up captivating vistas and gourmet cuisine.
You’ll fly south this time, arriving at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, a hidden retreat at the end of its own pristine inlet. Here you’ll have the chance to heli-hike, kayak, fly fish and star gaze, or simply curl up by the camp fire with a glass of wine and a good book, humbled by the majesty of the surrounding bay. After three days, you’ll head south to Vancouver and home, renewed, inspired and with new treasured memories of the bears of Canada. www.luxurywildernesslodges.com