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The spirit of adventure

The spirit of a holiday is to leave the surroundings you are used to and use your new location to distract you from the rigour and stresses of daily life. How you choose to spend that time is entirely up to you. Some people choose to sit on golden sands with a good book whilst others enjoy the vibrant living organism that is metropolis. Another way to completely detach yourself from the normalcy of day to day life is adventure.

Adventure takes you into the wilderness and the necessity to constantly have your wits about you means it is very easy to unshackle yourself from the world you left behind and concentrate on your surroundings. The question that remains is where to go? There is something very beautiful about a place with no signs of civilisation.

Haida Gwaii is one of those places. Haida Gwaii is an archipelago in the North coast of British Columbia in Canada. Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte islands, Haida Gwaii consists of two main Islands with a smattering of smaller islands surrounding them. The islands are home to a plethora of wildlife including the largest subspecies of black bear.

The main attraction here is the Gwaii Haanas National Park. The remote park is home to many plants unique to this location and the landscape itself is utterly stunning. In 2015 it was chosen as one of National Geographic’s 20 best trips. The island itself has a population of approximately 5000 a third of which is thought to be Native Haida. Aboriginal culture and heritage is prevalent here and flows through the lifeblood of the islands.

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Accessible only by plane and boat the islands are the perfect place in which to lose yourself and yet still have basic conveniences such as petrol stations and general stores in each of the tiny communities. The perfect place on these islands to really disconnect from civilisation is remote fishing lodges. Whether you fish or not these lodges offer beautiful views, serenity and peace that is unrivalled.

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