Meet the “Magnificent 7” eco-resorts in Canada
Venture to seven Magnificent resorts that are the jewels in the Canadian eco-travel-crown. Several years ago, a group of Canadian business owners, all eco-conscious entrepreneurs and wildlife enthusiasts who’d set up shop in some of Canada’s most remote places, decided they should work together.   And so, Canada’s Magnificent 7 was established – Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Churchill Wild, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Bella Coola Heli Sports, Siwash Lake Ranch, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Pacific Yellowfin – with the aim of providing truly unique exploratory experiences. [caption id="attachment_20833" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Churchill Wild Seal River Heritage Lodge.[/caption] All of these luxury wilderness lodges have become known around the world for having their own unique take on the Canadian wilderness, and visiting all of them is a rite of passage for those in the know.   Whether it’s heli-fishing, watching polar bears while on safari, staying in a luxury tent or enjoying a cruise down the coast on a private expedition boat, there’s a Magnificent 7 experience to suit your tastes. Get going: Start your journey through the Magnificent 7 (www.magnificent7.ca) and tick off as many as you can in one lifetime. [caption id="attachment_20834" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.[/caption] Location: The Magnificent 7 are spread far and wide across the Canadian wilderness, so access to each of the resorts varies greatly. Your travel provider will be able to advise you on the best ways to gain access. [caption id="attachment_20836" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A walkway leading to the Siwash Resort- photo courtesy of Jeremy Koreski.[/caption] “With apologies to New Zealand, nowhere does luxury lodges quite like Canada.” – Craig Tansley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown  var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');
There’s a Canadian ice hotel that’s destroyed and rebuilt every year
Sleep in a real ice palace, alongside a frozen lake, on glassy moonlight. Although the Hotel de Glace is just a 30-minute drive from Old Town Québec, a stay there feels like being on another planet. [caption id="attachment_21264" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ice-glass drinks are up at the ice hotel.[/caption] A winter-only structure erected using 16,000 tonnes of snow and ice, the Ice Hotel is like few others in the world in that it is utterly destroyed every spring, only to be rebuilt at the end of autumn with a new theme and new additions to the guest rooms, chapel, bar and restaurant. [caption id="attachment_21265" align="alignnone" width="666"] A guest reaches for a frozen glass at the ice hotel.[/caption] While the 2018 theme is yet to be announced in December, 2016's “time and space” motif invited guests to contemplate their perceptions of the universe while sipping cocktails in the frozen bar, or tucking themselves into warm, arctic sleeping bags atop a wooden bedspring on an ice-based bed, inside your personal ice chamber.   For guests concerned with getting cold feet, a stay here includes a mirror room at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton – but once you check in we’d be surprised if you wanted to leave the silent perpetual evening of your very own ice castle. [caption id="attachment_21266" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Guests at the ice hotel kiss in the hot tub.[/caption] Get going: Check in to the Hotel de Glace between January and March each year (hoteldeglace-canada.com). For more cool accommodation, go here. [caption id="attachment_21267" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Two guests check into their suite at the ice hotel.[/caption] Location: Hotel de Glace is just a 30-minute drive west of Québec City, on the banks of the Fossambault-sur-le-Lac. “Score bragging rights for life and bed down in a frozen palace for the night, wrapped up cosy and warm in a thermal sleeping bag on a soft bed of fur.” – Nikki Bayley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');
Bear Cave Mountain Yukon Canada Wilderness Bears adventure
Teepees and eco-lodges: the best of First Nation accommodation
There are 634 different First Nations in Canada and one of the best ways to learn more about them is with a cultural stay in Aboriginal-owned accommodation. By Nikki Bayley Spirit Bear, British Columbia It’s all about the three bears: spirit, grizzly and black at the world’s only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy on the pristine ancestral lands of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation. [caption id="attachment_26206" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Although not a spirit bear, this bathing grizzly is one of the bears that can be spotted on a guided tour with Spirit Bear Lodge in British Columbia (photo: Spirit Bear Lodge).[/caption] Sleep in style after a day exploring the Great Bear Rainforest, in the traditional longhouse-inspired lodge with king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms for each room.   Need to know: Spirit Bear Lodge is located on the north of Vancouver Island, accessible by seaplane and water taxi, and children over the age of 12 are welcome. Guests should be physically active, since good mobility is essential for travel on the trails and for getting in and out of boats. Also check out our Search for the elusive Canadian Spirit Bear. Bear Cave Mountain, Yukon This extraordinary partnership between the Vuntut Gwitchin Nation and nature tour company Nakina Adventures opens up a secret world of grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolverines for intrepid travellers to discover. [caption id="attachment_26199" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The wildlife gets very close and personal; a bear roams outside the cabins of Bear Cave Mountain, Yukon (photo: Bear Cave Mountain Eco-Adventures).[/caption] Perfect for photographers, artists and nature-lovers, you’ll benefit from the years of knowledge of on-site guides and learn about the eco-system of the Ni’Inlii Njik Wilderness Preserve along the Arctic Circle.   Need to know: You’ll helicopter over some of North America’s most wild and remote wilderness to reach camp, just under two hours from Dawson City. Cabins are heated, and there are hot showers. Bear Cave Mountain Camp Manawan, Quebec [caption id="attachment_26203" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Celebrating that big catch, a guide can teach you how to fish the traditional way with nets in Manawan, Quebec (photo: Sebastien Desnoyers).[/caption] Leave the modern world behind and join the Atikamekw nation for an authentic back-to-basics cultural teepee camp in the vast wilderness of Kempt Lake.   In camp you’ll spend time with your guide and discover more about the Atikamekw’s history and living culture.   In winter this is a frozen wonderland to enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling and traditional ice fishing with nets. In summer, learn to paddle the large ‘rabaska’ traditional canoe and enjoy dinner by the campfire.   Need to know: Pick up is from Montreal, a three-hour drive from Manawan. The teepees are on an island that’s only accessible by boat in summer or snowmobile in winter. voyageamerindiens.com Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp, Alberta [caption id="attachment_26200" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Sleep under the stars in a traditional teepee at Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp, Alberta.[/caption] Dive into the world of the Blackfoot/Plains People at this rustic site in south-western Alberta.   Choose your own adventure: head into the wilderness with a First Nations guide to learn about Old Man River Valley and its wildlife and medicinal herbs, learn to play traditional games with songs and hand-drumming, or experience a spiritual sweat lodge guided by a Blackfoot elder.   Need to know: This is basic camping in a teepee, so visitors need to bring their own bedding. There are non-flush toilets on site and camp showers. The campsite runs on solar power. buffalorocktipicamp.com Shakat Tun Adventures, Yukon [caption id="attachment_26205" align="alignnone" width="667"] Shakat Tun host, James Allen will teach you how to tan a moose hide amongst other traditional skills in the Yukon wilderness (photo: Shakat Tun Adventures).[/caption] Get back to the land staying off-grid in cosy wooden cabins hand-built by James Allen, former chief of the Champagne Ashihik band and owner of Shakat Tun Adventures.   Join a small group of adventurers and learn traditional skills such as moose hide tanning, toolmaking, fishing with nets and drying and smoking your catch. Hear stories by the campfire in breathtaking Yukon wilderness.   Need to know: This is basic, rustic accommodation with outhouse facilities and battery-operated lighting. Pick up from Whitehorse, the camp is around three hours’ drive away. Haida House, BC [caption id="attachment_26202" align="alignnone" width="667"] Soak in the lakeside view of Haida House, cosy rooms and a gourmet restaurant means you can enjoy the wilderness in luxury (photo: Haida Gwaii Tourism).[/caption] Make your pilgrimage to Haida Gwaii, the Galapagos of the North, to discover an age-old culture.   Be dazzled by soaring old-growth forests, ancient Haida villages, the thriving contemporary Haida art scene and its beautiful wildlife from black bears and eagles to grey and humpback whales.   One of the most celebrated Aboriginal places to stay, your accommodation is in luxury at Haida House, near to Tlell village, with its gourmet restaurant, and cosy rooms.   Explore the archipelago with a Haida House cultural ambassador to hear traditional stories and uncover the secrets of the islands.   Need to Know: The 10-room Haida House lodge offers free wi-fi, and all rooms have a private bathroom. Moose Factory Cree Eco Village, Ontario [caption id="attachment_26204" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Not a lot of lodges can boast about an almost 100-per-cent eco-friendly interior, but Moose Factory Cree Eco Village lodge in Ontario can.[/caption] Soak up the contemporary culture of the Cree Eeyou Nation in environmentally-friendly luxury on Moose Factory, an isolated island at the mouth of the Moose River just south of Hudson Bay.   Head out on a boat trip to spot beluga whales, pelicans, eagles and – if you’re lucky – bears fishing for their lunch.   Accommodation-wise, the lodge boasts an almost 100-per-cent eco-friendly interior complete with nail-free furniture, clay-tiled floors and earth toilets. creevillage.com   Feast on First Nations-inspired food in the cedar and pine ‘shaapuhtuwaan’ – a modern take on the traditional Cree dining hall – before snuggling under an all-wool Cree-designed blanket at night.   Need to Know: Travel on the Polar Bear Express train from Cochrane to Moosonee after taking the bus from Toronto and spending the night in Cochrane, and enjoy the impressive views over the vast Abitibi River, or fly Air Creebec from Timmins or Montreal. ontarionorthland.ca Great Spirit Circle Trail, Ontario [caption id="attachment_26201" align="alignnone" width="1000"] There's no need to go without creature comforts while exploring the Great Spirit Circle Trail in Ontario, this teepee comes with 500-thread-count sheets (photo: Aboriginal Tourism Ontario).[/caption] Find an Aboriginal-inspired adventure to suit everyone on the Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater-lake island.   Delve into native plants on a culinary and medicinal foraging experience, learn traditional tea blending, paddle a canoe on the lake, or learn how to make and play a traditional drum.   From serious eco-adventure to shopping for crafts from Anishinaabe artists, the Great Spirit Circle Trail has you covered.   Need to know: Go glamping with 500-thread-count sheets in Spirit Island Adventure’s teepees, or stay at the band-owned and operated Mantoulin Inn and Conference Centre for an indoors stay with First Nations-inspired decor and dining. Wanuskewin, Saskatchewan Experience life as it was lived for 6000 years on the Prairies with the Northern Plains First Nations.   Step back in time at Canada’s longest ongoing archeological excavation, discover the thrill of the bison hunt by learning how to shoot with a bow and arrows, and to use the traditional atlatl spear.   Hear the story of the Ojibway People’s dreamcatchers then make your own, then sleep soundly in a traditional teepee.   Need to know: Teepee camping is rough sleeping on the ground, although with notice, bespoke breaks with camp beds, bedding and a First Nations-inspired traditional ‘Three Sisters’ dinner with bison on the menu can be arranged. There are no showers on site, but bathrooms are in the park building. wanuskewin.com Interested in Canada?   We've got an amazing amount of information on Canada, don't forget to check it out.
Mica Lodge in Revelstoke, British Columbia
The seven most gorgeous winter lodges in Canada
When comfort is key, Robert Upe says these Canadian lodgings rule the roost for a winter stay. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge [caption id="attachment_23727" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta:[/caption] Jasper, Alberta   This lodge, near Marmot Basin ski area, is a winter holiday destination unto itself, with a 100-year history that has included guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Bing Crosby.   Set on 300 hectares where elk roam beside a lake, this newly-renovated property maintains its retro 1950s ambience, which still makes you feel like you could walk around a corner and bump into Marilyn.   It is a place of warm log fires, sessions in the day spa and strolling through the woods. Snowshoeing, ice-skating, an indoor/outdoor heated pool and nine restaurants are also on the agenda.   The heritage Canadian log cabins are the pick of the 446 rooms, including Outlook Cabin, where queens and kings have stayed.   From $C470 per night for a basic room for two adults in January 2017. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta   Originally built in 1888, this hotel is in the style of a Scottish baronial castle.   There are stories of ghosts in the corridors, but all we find is superlative service and warmth in interiors that include sweeping staircases, chandeliers, grand sitting rooms, archways and antique furniture.   There are many and varied restaurant choices at this five-star hotel – Bavarian and Japanese included – but the plates that stand out are found at the fashionable 1888 Chop House.   Here, everything is made in-house, and much of the produce is sourced in Alberta and grilled on cherry wood.   Diners are wowed with plates of bison tenderloin, elk rib-eye, beef wagyu and East Coast lobster.   From $C479 per night for a basic room for two adults in January 2017. Mica Lodge Revelstoke, British Columbia   One of the best winter experiences in Canada is heliskiing, and Mica Lodge is ensuring you’ll get the best of everything else, too.   Arrival to this remote boutique lodge is by helicopter only – although there is a snow cat to get around on those rare no-fly days.   The main building houses 12 guest suites, while private heliski groups bunk in the log chalet next door.   The lodge has a rooftop hot tub for you to soak in the silent surrounds, and both lodge and chalet offer private massage quarters.   When it’s time to hit the snow, there are three helicopters for the maximum 20 guests at Mica, to tackle the dizzying 1295 square kilometres of terrain on offer.   The lodge’s Rocky Mountain cuisine features organic meat, alongside a first-class wine list and an enviable array of single-malt whiskies.   Various packages are available, including the four-day ‘Classic Program’ for two. Island Lake Lodge [caption id="attachment_23726" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, British Columbia:[/caption] Fernie, British Columbia   Instead of a helicopter, guests staying here access backcountry terrain in heated oversnow vehicles.   Island Lake Lodge is one of Canada’s most highly rated catskiing operations. Powder aside, part of the experience is the lodge life.   Pampering – in the form of massages, a day spa and hot tubs – is on offer and there’s a social log-cabin ambience.   You’ll also appreciate a 3000-bottle wine cellar and fine dining, based on French-inspired Rocky Mountain cuisine. If you like it you can even buy the cookbook!   From about $C3000 for three days of skiing in the Lizard Mountains (average 12 runs per day) in January 2017. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise [caption id="attachment_23724" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta:[/caption] Banff, Alberta   You’ll feel like you are in a fairytale when you look out the window of the lakeview rooms.   There, on the frozen-over lake, people are ice-skating and enjoying sleigh rides with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains and the Victoria Glacier in this spectacular part of Banff National Park.   Inside, it’s all about cosiness, with a traditional afternoon tea of pastries and finger sandwiches as you enjoy the view view of the chilly outdoors. There are 550 rooms, multiple restaurants and a day spa.   Lake Louise ski resort is a 15-minute drive away, and Banff town 45 minutes.   From $C359 per night for a basic room for two adults in January 2017. Fairmont Chateau Whistler [caption id="attachment_23725" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, British Columbia.[/caption] Whistler, British Columbia   With the swish of a sabre sword, the top of a champagne bottle is decapitated and the bubbly flows, in celebration of a good day at Whistler.   This technique of opening champagne, called sabrage, is just one of the indulgences at this exquisite, landmark ski-in/ski-out property.   Aside from the usual winter comforts – open fires, day spa, piano bar – the hotel has ski valets to help you put on ski boots, as well as be there on the snow’s edge to carry your skis or snowboard back to the locker, and to hand you a hot chocolate.   From $C599 per night for a basic room for two adults in January 2017. Bighorn [caption id="attachment_23723" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bighorn in Revelstoke, British Columbia:[/caption] Revelstoke, British Columbia   There’s a roaring log fire and a 15-metre high window in the triple-height ‘great room’ of this indulgent timber ski chalet.   The chalet holds eight suites for 16 guests, and has its own helicopter pad, high-tech cinema room, wellness area with gym and pool, a snooker table, hot tubs, a sophisticated bar area and an elegant dining room. The food is at gourmet level.   The lodge has been voted the best ski chalet at the World Ski Awards for the past three years.   As for the skiing, the daily choice is to go heliskiing or tackle the slopes of Revelstoke. Decisions, decisions.   From $C90,000 for seven days’ exclusive use of the chalet (get a group together) in January 2017, with seven staff on hand.     var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');
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