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The world’s second-largest country, Canada, extends east from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and north from its border with the United States all the way to the Arctic. Its vastness almost defies comprehension. But size is hardly its only superlative. Canada proves itself practically unparalleled when it comes to wilderness: from fjords and icebergs to forests and lakes, mountains to glaciers and more.
Gray & Co.’s private active itineraries — many of them best experienced by private jet — include diverse landscapes, unique experiences, fabulous accommodations and plenty of active pursuits across the country’s myriad outdoor playgrounds.
Start your trip at Fogo Island Inn, located on Canada’s incredibly picturesque East Coast, in the Maritime province of Newfoundland. One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, the hotel features such sustainably minded elements as furniture built by local craftspeople, produce and other ingredients grown and raised locally and with a portion of the profits channelled back into the surrounding community. Here, culture aficionados can take part in workshops with local artisans, foodies can forage for berries and bottle jam, adventure-seekers can hike and bike, and those looking for a more restful trip can go on a whale watch amidst icebergs or keep their eye peeled for caribou from the lodges beautiful vistas.
After this immersive experience in Canada’s eastern wilderness, Gray & Co. recommends exploring the charming French-speaking Québec City, whose Historic District is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander through cobbled streets while learning about fur traders and Native Americans during a bespoke walking tour; pedal around Ile d’Orleans, passing apple orchards, sugar shacks, berry farms and wineries on a private bike trip; then spend the night at Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Châteaux hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
If more wilderness beckons you, jet next to the Arctic Circle, where you can kayak alongside beluga whales, fat-tire bike across frozen Arctic Ocean and ride ATV’s through vast tundra in search of arctic fox. And these are just some of the tailor-made experiences we weave together.
Continuing west, explore the turquoise glacial lakes and majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Here, custom hiking and biking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and glacier climbing, plus golf, are some of the many standout activities on offer. Gray & Co.’s favorite adventure outposts in the region include the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Relais & Châteaux’s Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise and the Four Seasons Whistler.
For a final stop, board a private seaplane for a scenic flight over British Columbia’s Gulf Islands to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort for the ultimate tented safari-style experience. The intimate, authentic and eco-friendly property is surrounded by Canada’s glorious pacific. Guests can spend their days hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, canyoning, heli-fly fishing and sea kayaking. Or, those who desire more restful times can enjoy yoga sessions and whale-watching cruises.
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