Thames Travel Column

How to live well

Health, wealth and happiness on our stretch of the Thames

Call of the wild

As Canada looks toward its 150th anniversary of Independence, it has become known for its wilderness holidays.

Thames Travel’s Sales Manager, Ben Murtagh tells us how walking on the wild side is good for the soul and restorative for the mind.

Powerful documentaries like Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth and his 2015 BBC series The Hunt, have opened our eyes to landscapes and wildlife in a way unheard even fifty years ago. If you add social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook into the mix and it is easy to see that the Global village has become a reality and not just a clever advertising slogan.

It is impossible to showcase so many different destinations and types of travel. Trying to choose where to go on your next holiday can be a mammoth task. That’s why my colleagues and I work tirelessly to ensure that the destinations and experiences we recommend to our clients are relevant, exciting and most importantly, create everlasting memories.

Canada is one such place. It has so many fascinating experiences to offer and has quite rightfully been listed as the number one country to visit in 2017 by the Lonely Planet, New York Times and Wanderlust. With more than 200 National Parks to explore and complimentary admission for all International visitors, this vast country spans more than 9.5 million square miles and has some of the most awe-inspiring and relatively undiscovered regions of wilderness in the world.

Combining the splendour of a remote location with luxury tented accommodation, one unique place to add to your bucket list is Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island. This UNESCO protected Biosphere reserve, is home to a huge range of wildlife both on and off the land and offers its guests an exceptional exposure to an amazingly diverse landscape.

Clayoquot has reshaped luxury adventure. With six categories of adventure ranging from Heli–ventures and Equestrian-venture to Restorative adventure, which encourages absolute surrender to the tranquillity of the forest, the emptiness of the beach or simply sitting back taking in the sound of a crackling campfire.

I think one of the biggest draws to the region is the opportunity to see up to 3 different species of whales which call Clayoquat Sound their home. During my visit here, I was fortunate enough to see a giant Grey Whale and I can still remember the feeling of excitement when it first appeared on the surface of the calm waters, it’s a moment I’ll never forget. Grey and Killer Whales often migrate, but several pods make these waters their home all year round and Humpback Whales can be seen during the warm summer months. Guests can also enjoy hiking, fishing, horse riding, kayaking and other wildlife-watching with the hope of glimpsing a magnificent black bear.

They say that re-connecting with the natural world is the ultimate key to well-being. Canada offers not just the chance to do this on a grand scale but it is a chance to build those memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.


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