Forest-Bathing in British Columbia
Mindful Rainforest Experiences on Canada’s Western Coast
British Columbia is home to the planet’s largest temperate rainforest; The Great Bear Rainforest. Stretching 250 miles, it is the only place in the world visitors can see the rare Kermode ‘Spirit’ Bear in addition to unmatched possibilities to engage in intimate wildlife experiences. This glacial landscape provides visitors to British Columbia with a truly mindful immersion in untouched nature.
Here are the top mindful experiences on Canada’s Western Coast:
- Knight Inlet Lodge
Knight Inlet Lodge is renowned for its premier bear viewing opportunities between May and October. The lodge offers a range of packages including Bear Watching, Whale Watching, Sea Kayaking and Rainforest Treks. Visitors to Knight Inlet Lodge can experience the peace of old-growth rainforest in the Kwalate Valley; one of the few remaining pristine watershed areas in the area.
- Explore the Great Bear Rainforest at Spirit Bear Lodge
Home to the rare Kermode ‘Spirit’ Bear who inhabits the traditional territories of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations; the Great Bear Rainforest boasts an abundance of wildlife from black bears to grey wolves which can be viewed with low-impact at Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu. Tours include a multi-day Spirit Bear Quest, and wildlife eco-tours in four to seven day packages in which guests can explore the ecological wonders of Princess Royal Island; home to the world’s only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy.
- Yoga in the Great Bear Rainforest
For those seeking solace in nature, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is offering yogi’s a chance to experience the Bella Coola Valley like never before. Join Julia McCabe’s rainforest yoga escape in the Great Bear Rainforest and partake in immersive yoga sessions surrounded by towering mountains and old-growth rainforest. Specialising in Vinyasa and Pranayama for all levels, Julia will run twice-daily sessions to compliment guided rainforests tours and exquisitely crafted meals. This Yoga Escape is available between 8 – 12 June 2017 with 3 or 4 night stays available.
- Bluewater Adventures Great Bear Rainforest Cruise
Bluewater Adventures new expedition takes visitors along the coastal inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest on an eight-day wilderness adventure aboard a roomy, 82-foot-long motor sailor with six private cabins. The environmentally conscious vessel also sails to Haida Gwaii on marine wildlife tours.
Forest Therapy on the Sunshine Coast
Bringing mindfulness to British Columbia, Haida Bolton, BC’s first Forest Therapy Guide promotes the popular concept of Shinrin-Yoku; the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing through her organisation on the Sunshine Coast. Bolton’s practice encourages visitors to take slow, mindful walks through the forest. She also runs classes in Parksville on Vancouver Island with Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours, taking guests on gentle off-the-beaten-track walks through old-growth forest. In conjunction with Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre offers a Reconnect Package that includes accommodation and a two-to-three-hour forest bathing tour in addition to mineral pool access at the resort’s Grotto Spa.
- Find solitude on the Sunshine Coast Trail
Strap on your boots and take to the trails along British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The 112-mile Sunshine Coast Trail which stretches from Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay, is Canada’s longest hut-to-hut backcountry hiking experience. According to Eagle Walz, one of the founders of the trail, the route was designed and signposted in a north-south direction to provide a greater opportunity for solitude than if people started from both ends and crossed paths. “Even though people are out there, you don’t necessarily see them, so you can relax in the forest and enjoy breathing in the atmosphere.”
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