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Incredible Travel Ideas and Experiences within Canada

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

Knowing that 2021 will be full of uncertainty surrounding international travel, we believe focusing on exploring Canada will be incredibly rewarding, as we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and diverse country. We wanted to share some of our favourite spots for luxurious wilderness getaways in Canada. Many people may not have even heard of these gems, but we are proud partners with them, and they all offer world-class experiences.

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Vancouver Island, BC

In one sentence: An all-inclusive wilderness retreat with safari-chic tents, gourmet meals and guided outdoor activities.

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge sits amongst the lush coastal rainforest of remote Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by the UNESCO listed Clayoquot Sound Biosphere, and bordering the pristine Strathcona Provincial Park, the 600 acre property sits at the head of the Bedwell River making it an ideal location to explore the wilds of the Island. Inaccessible by car, the lodge is reached by a 45-minute seaplane flight from Vancouver, or 35-minute boat ride from Tofino. *Exclusive perk - complimentary seaplane transfers for Canadian residents for 2021 bookings only*

Twenty-five luxuriously appointed white canvas tents line the banks of the magnificent Clayoquot Sound and are dotted among the region’s pristine old growth temperate rainforest. Recently taken over by Baillie Lodges (who are a part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collective.) the tent interiors will be reimagined in time for the 2021 season, with a fresh new contemporary look with signature clean lines, specially commissioned furnishings from local designers and end-of-the-bed views which evoke a personal connection with the Vancouver Island landscape.

Fully inclusive to a premium, your glamping experience includes a generous spirit of hospitality with locally sourced and an innovative culinary experience. We work with you and the property to craft a personalised itinerary of signature adventures, Clayoquot offers guests an essential experience of this extraordinary destination. Fill your days with exploration of their old growth forest: guided hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, archery, rock climbing and kayaking. Embrace the local indigenous culture and then jump in a zodiac in search of black bears, humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, bald eagles and sea otters. These experiences are included in the tariff and are provided on an intimate shared basis with fellow guests at scheduled times.

The resort is usually open May-Oct annually. You can stay on a 3 night, 4 night and 7 night package (arrivals on Sundays and Thursdays) and rejuvenate your soul and inspire your senses. Prices start from $1,400 per person per night.

Perks of booking your stay here with Wells Luxury Travel Advisors:

1) Complimentary roundtrip seaplane transfers from Vancouver to CWL. We must book it for you at time of reservation. $1,300 value per person! Valid for Canadian residents only.

2) Tent Upgrade, subject to availability

Churchill Wild, Manitoba

In one sentence: Remote eco-lodges with incredible wildlife viewing and wilderness immersion.

(Credit: Top + bottom left: Dennis Fast, Top R- Scott Zielke, Bottom R- Nate Luebbe)

Churchill Wild specializes in unique, on the ground, wildlife viewing experiences from their four remote Eco-Lodges - Seal River Heritage Lodge, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, and Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge. The Lodges set the scene for an experience that is refreshingly different from the typical Churchill package and their safaris give guests the opportunity to walk with polar bears and the area wildlife. The owners are committed to sustainable tourism, and environmentally friendly practices are always employed. Each lodge accommodates a maximum of 16 people/8 rooms making for an intimate experience with plenty of outdoor space.

Enjoy and photograph the wonders of the area and be immersed in the beauty of such a wild place on earth! Their one-of-a-kind excursions are done primarily on foot and you can expect to cover roughly 8-10 kilometers each day (maybe more on some departures), split into morning and afternoon treks. Their walks are comfortably paced, done as a group, and led by our highly trained guides. A moderate level of fitness is important as some terrain can be challenging. Heading out on excursions ensures guests fully experience our remote location, though if you wish, you may stay behind at the lodge and enjoy any wildlife opportunities that present themselves.

Your stay is based on an all-inclusive package, which combines delectable, tundra-inspired meals, expert naturalist guides, family-run service, and world-class wildlife viewing. The lodges are only accessible by flying, and the packages are inclusive from Winnipeg, to make for a seamless experience.

For a truly unforgettable encounter, hop in a Zodiac to witness the beluga migration in Hudson Bay and sing along with these canaries of the sea. And after the adrenaline recedes from your various breathtaking encounters, kick back by the fire and pour yourself a tipple. Gaze upon the Aurora Borealis, and commune with the spirit of the great white North.

Wildlife you can often see includes: polar bears, foxes, caribou, wolves, and over 100 species of birds. The thrall of exotic creatures delights all nature lovers.

Activities include: tundra trekking, marine excursions, whale watching, ATV tours, fly-fishing, northern lights viewing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing (March only). They also offer a "Wildlife and Wellness safari" we love, with lots of walking in the fresh Arctic air; yoga, massages and more.

Churchill Wild offers a variety of different itineraries and the lodges are operational in March and then July-November every year. Trips are usually around a week long and price averages to about $1,500 CAD per person per day (+ taxes). Children 12 and under receive a 10% discount.

Fox Harb’r, Nova Scotia

In one sentence: An all-suite oceanfront resort with championship golf course and award-winning spa.

Nova Scotia’s Fox Harb’r Resort is a haven of civility, character, cuisine, comfortable luxury and East Coast charm. Perched above the ocean, situated on the great Northumberland Shores, there is so much to do in picturesque part of Canada. Soak in the views from your suite, or play a round of golf on their renowned Graham Cooke-designed championship golf course. Unwind, with a revitalizing relaxation massage at the Dol-ás Spa, voted one of Canada’s Top 20 Spas for the past five years. Fill your time in between, oceanside and woodland walking or take one of their bikes to hit the trails. Go for a swim in the Junior Olympic indoor pool. Relax in the mineral pool and hot tub. Watch the sun set over the peaceful Northumberland Shore landscape or curl up in front of a cozy fireplace. Sounds idyllic to us!

There is also a tennis centre, a sporting lodge featuring skeet shooting and sporting clay, a private 4885 foot airstrip, deep sea marina, and both five-star dining and more casual options.

Perks of booking your stay here with Wells Luxury Travel Advisors:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

· Daily Buffet Breakfast for two guests per bedroom

· $100 USD equivalent Activities Credit to be utilized during stay

· Room Upgrade and early Check-In / late Check-Out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Exclusive Virtuoso Package for Two -"Spoil yourself on & off the course" starts at $1785 (+ taxes):

Valid for Travel 01 May 2021 - 03 Oct 2021. Book By 19 Sep 2021

Your Fox Harb'r Virtuoso Only package for two includes:

• Virtuoso Amenities (as listed above)

• Two nights accommodation in a luxurious executive ocean view suite

• One round of golf per person on the Graham Cooke championship golf course; including clubs, cart, practice facility, lockers, shoe & club cleaning**'

• One hour private golf lesson for two

• Couples Relaxation Massage

• Daily Deluxe gourmet breakfasts for two in the Cape Cliff Dining Room

• Bottle of Tidal Bay wine on arrival

• Local Artisanal Cheese Board on arrival

Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, NL

In one sentence: Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the Earth.

Situated along Iceberg Alley, all 29 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet. Furnished with handmade quiet luxuries, they serve as a welcome refuge from the numbing uniformity of modern times. The island’s still-wild world has caribou to track, hills of berries to forage, nature trails to explore and countless birds and sea life to behold. This award-winning Inn is operated as a social business, is a community asset and 100% of the operating surpluses are reinvested into the community.

Fogo Island Inn's dining room was named among the top three "Best New Restaurants" in Canada by enRoute magazine. The Inn's culinary team is responsible for the Inn’s 48-seat dining room and 35-seat lounge. The team finds inspiration in the ocean’s bounty, from ingredients grown on the island, and from Fogo Island’s time-honoured outport cooking traditions. Everything coming out of the kitchen is handmade – sausage, bread, baked goods, bacon, and mustards. The menu changes with the wind and the waves and the seven seasons: a culinary mission that respects and celebrates the profound gift of place that is Fogo Island.

Fogo Island is a place where going out on the ocean to catch a fish or watch whales is a part of the natural cadence of life. Fogo Island Inn offers a superb range of land and ocean based experiences and activities for individuals, couples, families and groups. Opportunities range from planned artistic, cultural, marine and natural excursions to expert-guided indoor and outdoor activities and self-guided explorations. Local Island ambassadors are available through our Community Host Program to all guests throughout the Seven Seasons- meaning there are unique opportunities available all throughout the year!

Perks of booking your stay here with Wells Luxury Travel Advisors:

• Room Upgrade, Early-Check In and Late Check-Out, subject to availability

• USD$100 resort to use during your stay

Plus an additional $200 CAD credit per room, for every 3 nights you stay

•7th night free - A complimentary additional night when you stay for 6 nights

Manoir Harvey, Quebec

In one sentence: Quaint, historial home surrounded by nature with delightful culinary options.

Manoir Hovey, is a 5-star Relais & Châteaux property which dates back to 1900, when the private estate was commissioned by Henry Atkinson the president of Georgia Power in Atlanta. He designed his summer home after George Washington`s residence in Mount Vernon. Inspired by the era, Manoir Hovey elegantly marries authentic architecture, contemporary luxury and unparalleled service.

Woven into the landscape on the shores of Lake Massawippi, just outside of North Hatley, one of Quebec’s most picturesque villages, Manoir Hovey is located in the heart of the Eastern Townships, among remarkable landscapes made of sweeping vistas and rolling grasslands, cooling rivers and pristine lakes. This gorgeous region is a more-than-ideal spot for travelers to spend a night or two on a cross-border road trip to Montreal.

Each of the hotel’s 36 rooms and suites showcase a selection of country-side elegance and contemporary design. Every guest room has been singularly designed down to the utmost thoughtful detail, with custom-sought antique pieces, rich fabrics and commissioned art pieces creating an atmosphere of authenticity and sense of place.

Being part of the Relais & Chateau global family, you know their food will be amazing. Le Hatley Restaurant at Manoir Hovey, reflects the Chef's passion for the region's history, its bounty, and its natural beauty. Drawing on his French Canadian roots, Chef Alexandre Vachon serves a refined nature inspired cuisine paying homage both to his heritage and to the land and producers around him.

Perks of booking your stay here with Wells Luxury Travel Advisors:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

· Continental breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom

· Complimentary luncheon for two (minimum 3 course) including matched wine pairing for main course, once during stay, excluding taxes and gratuities

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

This is just a sample of some of the incredible experiences you could enjoy within Canada. We have many fabulous partners and are looking forward to supporting them as the travel industry begins to rebound in upcoming months and years. Please reach out to us directly if you are interested in booking an epic Canada trip!

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