From the moment she stepped off the seaplane, the remoteness of the luxury resort became very clear. She was greeted by smiling staff (including a cowboy who turned out to be John the owner) and some friendly dogs, before hopping aboard a horse and carriage and being taken to the cook house, which is the social hub of the resort, with river views and a roaring log fire. Here, she checked in, met the team and had a brief orientation that included what to do if she should encounter a bear!
Her accommodation was an old prospector-style tent which transported her back in time with its traditional decoration of hand-made wooden beds, antique dressers and thick down duvets. The tents are thermostatically controlled by a propane wood stove and Caroline says that there is nothing better than walking into your warm and toasty tent at night and getting into bed. In the mornings she'd unzip the tent, step out onto her deck that overlooked the water and just take in the views and the delightful fresh smell of the forest.
All meals are served in the cook house and are simple in style, but lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients. Before dinner, everyone meets to chat about their day’s adventures and enjoy a cocktail, before sitting down to a tasting extravaganza where each course is paired with a very good Canadian wine.
Activities include horse-riding which is a great way to explore the stunning surroundings and Caroline's horse, Red, carried her across the open plains, through the forest and over the river. (All ages and abilities are catered for with routes as tame or as adventurous as you wish.) After a hearty homemade pizza lunch she swapped horse power for her own paddle power and went kayaking across the river and around the small inlets - tiring, but a lot of fun. She also went whale and bear-watching, and hadn’t gone far in her speedy zodiac boat before spotting a black bear on the shore that was picking up boulders like they were marbles to look for crabs, before spotting a pod of dolphins that were happy to show off by jumping out of the water. She also caught brief glimpses of some whales as they surfaced to clear their blow holes, but unfortunately they were rather shy!