When beach life and all night partying is not enough there is no better retreat than enjoy time on an outdoors holiday. Getting back to nature and discovering the natural, rugged and beautiful landscapes that the planet offers can create memories that will last a lifetime. One of the best places to visit for those who want to completely immerse themselves in unspoilt landscapes is Arctic Canada. Regions such as the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon provide a fantastic opportunity to explore sights like many have never seen before, and such a trip will not come close to any other holiday experience ever had.
When flying into Canada one of the best cities to start trips at is Toronto, one of the nation’s most bustling metropolises. Whilst originally an ‘icebox’ town, Toronto has become a fantastic mesh of cultures over the years which has created a patchwork of Caribbean, Asian, Latin, European and American neighbourhoods throughout the city. Flights to Toronto are readily available and it is a great place to start exploring the far reaches of Canada from.
For the really keen outdoor enthusiast there can be no time wasted before travelling in to the rolling wilderness that Arctic Canada has to offer. Canada is often the one place in the world that is famous for not being disliked by anyone and this is despite the weather. As the world’s coldest country temperatures can easily plummet into the minuses, and the town of Snag in Yukon currently holds the record with a temperature of minus 62.8°C. However, this in no way stops the opportunity for a good time and there are a multitude of activities to enjoy.
One of the most famous natural sights in the world is that of the Northern Lights, alternatively known as the Aurora Borealis. Arctic Canada is a great place to try and see this and with crystal clear skies amazing sights can be had as blue and green lights dance overhead. Inuvik is a great place to travel too for those chasing the Northern Lights and there are also a number of dedicated resorts and tours which cater to the Aurora Borealis adventurer.
Wildlife is another huge attraction in Arctic Canada, with the northern most regions of the nation home to host of creatures much loved across the world. If travellers have headed to Inuvik for the Northern Lights then heading to the Mckenzie Delta is a must as these wetlands attract a multitude of creatures. Wolves, moose, black bears, caribou and muskox can all be found in this area and with over 100 species of bird also migrating through this region there is the chance to see Arctic wildlife like never before. For those who want to discover the popular polar bear, heading to Churchill is the best place to go. Here, along the icy coast of Hudson Bay, tourists will find exclusive tundra buggy excursions which will ride out into wildness in search of polar bears. Meanwhile, walking tours along the bay itself will discover seals, fox, snowy owls, ptarmigans and gyrfalcons and perhaps even the elusive wolverine.
For those who want to actively engage themselves in outdoors life Arctic Canada offers a host of opportunities from hiking and boating to dog sledding, cross country skiing and kayaking amongst glorious lakes and coastal paths. Dog sledding is perhaps one of the most loved tourist activities, with the opportunity to whir amidst the beautiful natural landscapes in one of the oldest forms of the transport for the area. Meanwhile, stepping off land and exploring the northern regions of Canada by water are a fantastic way to get another viewpoint of this wonderful wilderness. There are a huge range of tour operators who run such excursions and holidaymakers can enjoy a day’s canoeing or indulge themselves in a longer trip with camping at night and several days of exploring Arctic lakes and coasts.
Another fantastic way to explore Arctic Canada is by air and there are numerous opportunities to enjoy charter planes to remote locations, take helicopter rides to alpine ski slopes, and participate in flightseeing tours to some of the national parks including Tuktut Nogait, Aulavik and Ivvavik. Whilst tourists may prefer exploring Arctic Canada by ground, taking a short flight is a fantastic way to get an overview of the enormity of the landscape and the beautiful scenery that can be explored.
Arctic Canada really is one of those places in the world that has to be seen to be believed. Its immense size offers thousands of miles of unspoilt landscapes to explore and as such tourists can immerse themselves in the nations’ culture and beauty. It is a wildlife stronghold, the perfect place for energetic activities, and a place that is likely to provide holidaymakers with memories and experiences that will last the rest of their lives.