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Luxe lodges put nature at your doorstep

Keep it cozy and comfortable while you enjoy the great outdoors

26 December 2012
by Michele Sponagle
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There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who love camping and those who don’t. If camping is not your thing, you can still bond with the great outdoors, enjoy its sights and sounds, and still be comfy and cozy. Wilderness accommodations combine the best of nature and nurture.

Flight of fancy
Bald eagles might be synonymous with the United States, but if you want to see the world’s greatest number on record, you’ll have to come to Brackendale, British Columbia. From mid-November to February, Sunwolf offers a Where the Eagles Soar package, an eagle viewing float trip to get the best views of the eagles via the river and a stay in a cute-as-a-button waterside cabin.

The dish on fish
On the northwestern peninsula of Newfoundland, Tuckamore Lodge serves as a hub for adventurous travellers. The surroundings are rugged and pristinely beautiful with rivers teeming with Atlantic salmon and Arctic char. When the snow flies, the Vakkar Viking Journey traces the path of the Vikings to L’Anse aux Meadows via snowmobile. Chase away chills back at the lodge with homemade chowder and a Scandinavian-style sauna.

Bear necessities
Canada’s North has never looked more beautiful, looking out from Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba. Located near the Seal River estuary, it becomes a central point for polar bear activity each fall and winter. The Polar Bear Photo Safari package, offered by Churchill Wild, puts photographers up close and personal with their furry subjects. Boast about your perfect shot later on by a roaring fire or in the on-site library.

Surf’s up!
Winter heats up with action in Haida Gwaii in northern BC. Access it at Hidden Island Resort in Masset. The town draws surfers from October to May, who come for the pristine waves, specifically around Graham Island. Get your gear (including a well-insulated wet suit) at the North Beach Surf Shop. Or stay in to watch the legendary winter storms roll in from the comfort of ocean-view accommodations.

 

Remote control If you don’t mind having no fixed address for a while, sign up for Holman High Arctic Dogsledding Expedition in the Northwest Territories from Uncommon Journeys. As you travel across frozen sea ice and snowy hills by dog sled, your accommodations (winterized tents) go with you. Camping here isn’t roughing it at all. Tents have propane heaters and toasty sleeping bags, plus the food is gourmet-calibre (such as beef stroganoff and prawn linguini). Remoteness is rewarded with sightings of muskox, Arctic foxes, seal and the northern lights.

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