If it’s time to take the idea of a family adventure holiday seriously, welcome to Canada. Nowhere else on earth has more wilderness to explore and wonders to witness than the world’s second largest country. It’s also surprisingly accessible, even in the furthest flung reaches of remote Yukon, if you know a good guide.
Canadian Sky specialise in creating iconic ‘only in Canada’ tours to satisfy would-be explorers, keep kids enthralled and make the type of family holiday memories to live with you forever. Where do they go? Short answer is, everywhere Canadian. But if you want a bit more detail here are the top tours they heartily recommend for intrepid families in 2017.
There’s no doubt that sighting grizzlies in their natural habitat is one of the great Canadian wilderness experiences. But the word, ‘wilderness’, is probably a hint of where the giants of the brown bear family hang out and how unenthusiastic they are about making scheduled appearances.
Over half of North America’s grizzly population live in British Columbia (BC) and, even more remarkably, 90% are indigenous. Knight Inlet Lodge sits (technically it floats) on Glendale Cove in one of the most remote areas of BC and from mid-August to October, it’s the top place in the world to see grizzlies – upwards of 40 bears have been recorded within 10km of the Lodge in high season.
Canadian Sky’s Vancouver and Wildlife Watching tour includes a three night stay at Knights Inlet Lodge. Naturally, grizzlies are the main attraction, but bald eagle sightings, the occasional orca (at the right time of year), soaring mountains, dense forests, magnificent rivers and absolute tranquillity are all part of the adventure too.