As our lives get increasingly demanding and time off becomes increasingly scarce, we travellers learn to appreciate, more and more, the breaks that we take from the stress of modern life. It is no surprise then that many travel with the hopes of escaping all traces of bustling urban life. If you’re travelling to escape incessant email alerts, to avoid the hot and sticky commutes and the relentless honking of horns, you’re probably looking to step off the grid. The expansive Northwest Territories of Canada, complete with dramatic landscapes, majestic mountains, and some of the biggest national parks in the world, couldn’t be more off the grid if it tried. Be warned though, this isn’t just a step off of the grid; it’s a bold and brilliant leap.
Deh Cho River
Swap the computer and the smart phone for oars, a raft, and one of the longest rivers in the world…although considering the scenery that you’re going to drift past, you’re probably going to want a camera of sorts. The Deh Cho River, otherwise known as the Mackenzie River, is a sublime and mammoth river that’s mainstream runs for nearly 2000km. This impressive mileage means that it’s easy enough to lose yourself (metaphorically, not literally) and all your worldly concerns in this natural landscape. Take it from us, drifting past mountains, pulling in to meet local and aboriginal communities and being enveloped by the majestic scenery all around will put the ‘stress’ of our da-to-day lives into perspective…
Camp in Nahanni
If you’ve read some of our other features on the NWT, you know that we’re big fans of the beauty that resides in Nahanni National Park Reserve. One of its biggest attractions, in our eyes, is the fact that its massive size is complimented by the relatively small number of people that visit the park each year. This small number is not a sign of a lack of appeal however; rather, they ensure that Nahanni is able to offer, year round, a true taste of unspoilt, dramatic nature. Don’t just visit for a day, pack some supplies, grab a tent and a sleeping bag and make camp as the sun sets over mammoth mountains and picturesque waterfalls. The sheer scale of these dramatic scenes along with their admirable indifference to any human inhabitants will truly transport your mind from work-related worry, to inspired-by-nature wonder.Read more
Canol Heritage Trail
For honest, remote wilderness and complete detachment, there are few better paths to take than the famous Canol Heritage Trail. A word of warning however, this is a pretty tough journey (you can’t expect to escape civilisation entirely without putting in a little bit of legwork though, right?) Wade through rivers, climb rocky mounds and witness hauntingly beautiful images of grandiose nature, abandoned vehicles and truly wild wildlife. Taking this route to step off the grid will require a bit of pre-planning – which of course we can help you out with – but make no mistake, attempting this challenge will make your work-related concerns seem trivial at best; this is certainly one for the brave…
Canada boasts some of the most unique flora, fauna and forests in the Northern hemisphere; the boreal forests are, in fact, entirely unique to the northernmost regions of the northern hemisphere. These circumpolar forests have housed, protected and nurtured wildlife and aboriginal communities for years; this is not only a trip through untamed nature, it’s almost like a trip back in time. Aspen, pine and birch, along with beautiful plants and wildlife will greet you at every turn. Whether you allow us to organise a guided tour for you or decide to explore these forests on your own, you’re sure to be transported worlds away from life ‘on the grid’.