When you want to get away from everything that spells life, escape to Mother Nature. A country that has 10 per cent of world’s forest cover—we’re looking at you, Canada—will always be a good option. This is a roster of some of the most sought-after luxury lodges in Canada that you can choose from. By Jaya Sharma
Get unparalleled downtime at the adult-only Trout Point Lodge, East Kemptville, a luxury, sequestered lodge amidst the Tobeatic Wilderness. Go hiking, star-gazing, canoeing, or simply sit by the fireplace at this secluded, no-network lodge.
The medley of terrains surrounding the Emerald Lake Lodge Field, British Columbia, creates a vista as dramatic as it gets. You can go canoeing on Lake Emerald, hike at the Yoho National Park up to the Burgess Shale fossil beds, trail down to meadows or observe the Michael glacier.
High up amidst lush green mountains, the Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Field, is a romantic hideout sans televisions or telephones in its rooms, so there’s really no escaping the escape! Sit before a traditional stone fireplace or reflect along the soothing glacier-fed Kicking Horse River flowing metres away from you.
Can’t afford to completely cut off from the world? Even though it’s nestled amidst the largest fjords on the American continent, the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bella Coola is quite well connected to the world. The charming chalets are a sight to behold, and your kids won’t feel secluded owing to a games room, a retail store, and delicious menu at the restaurant. Yes, this is what luxury lodges in Canada feel like.
WHALES AND VIEWS
Walk with polar bears or swim with beluga whales at Churchill Wild, Manitoba, that pioneered the ‘Polar Bear Walking Safaris’ in 1994. You may get unprecedented photography opportunities but images don’t come close to capturing the actual scene. Did we mention that the view from your room during the season includes the Northern Lights?
We reckon not much can compare to holidaying onboard the Pacific Yellowfin Private Charters, Vancouver—a 1943 vintage yacht preserved with its original engine. Choose from the islands and garden cruises, culinary cruises, or the ocean playground cruises.
Ranking high amongst the top luxury lodges in Canada, the Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, is a posh yet unpretentious 80,000 acres of raw wilderness that beckons the sophisticated and discerning traveller. Think glamourous horseback riding, pasture-to-plate cuisine, and lavish tents.
Smack in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Port McNeill, is an intimate, family-owned resort with cosy cabins set by the water against a backdrop of autumnal red slopes. If you’re not feeling too lazy, hop on a helicopter for ‘heli-fishing’ in uncharted streams with plenty of catch.