Digital detoxes are hot right now. People are glued to screens all day, every day, so they’re starting to crave some serious downtime. If that sounds like you, here are some of the best spots across Canada to disconnect, recharge and digitally detox your life.
In the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia lies Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, a one-of-a-kind adventure retreat located at the base of Mount Stephens. Leave your iPhone, iPad and laptop at home to experience some of the best the great Canadian outdoors has to offer. Head out on a glacier tour; go whale- (or bear-) watching; try stand-up paddle boarding; go kayaking, hiking or fishing; or just unwind in one of the property’s cedar hot tubs. The unique lodge is accessible only by boat or air, making this the perfect location for a digital detox in Canada.
Liscombe Lodge Resort
and Conference Centre
Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre is on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, 2.5 miles from Halifax. Each of the 38 rooms has a veranda overlooking the Liscomb River, and guests can borrow canoes, kayaks or fishing poles at no additional charge, depending on what they feel like doing. Hiking trails of various difficulty levels are nearby, as well as a beach, an on-site heated pool, tennis courts and fitness centre. There’s no cell service here, and while Wi-Fi is available throughout, the service is not enough to warrant being online for any length of time.
Three Bars Guest &
Trade your gadgets for an authentic dude ranch experience in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Whether you love horseback riding or you’ve never been on a horse, Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch is open to anyone who just wants to get away from it all while being active and having fun. Along with horseback riding, guests can go hiking, river rafting, mountain biking or fly-fishing, or they can play tennis. When you’re not riding, hiking or fishing, cool off in the heated indoor pool, jump into a hot tub, or explore the property and surrounding areas.
Unplug, and put your emails on hold as you experience the Canadian wilderness firsthand on one of North America’s largest and most carefully protected wilderness habitats. Fairmont Kenauk at Le Château Montebello resort in Quebec offers guests the chance to fish, hunt, shoot at a sporting range, canoe and hike, all without worrying about anything other than what’s happening in the moment. All well-appointed cabins are off the electrical grid, and there is no cellular phone coverage at Fairmont Kenauk. Rather than worry about Twitter and Facebook or who might be trying to get in touch, enjoy the wilderness without a worry.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Sunshine Mountain Lodge is located in the heart of Banff National Park and gives guests the chance to relax and unwind sans technology in a car-free and eco-friendly environment. The unique ski-in, ski-out hotel in the Canadian Rockies sits at 7,200 feet and is located at the world-renowned Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort. Spend your day skiing, or experience a unique snowshoe tour with knowledgeable local guides. Unwind in the evening with a specialty spa service (like a hot stone massage), soak in Banff’s largest outdoor hot tub, or enjoy a fireside cocktail before or after dinner.
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Located in the Cariboo region of British Columbia and surrounded by wide, open spaces and tranquil wilderness, it’s hard not to feel like tossing your tech gadgets while you’re at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. Adventure-seekers looking to unplug can do so while horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, gold-panning, bird-watching, rafting and playing golf. If you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation, Echo Valley boasts two world-class spas with many soothing treatments to help you relax. Choose from a blend of classic European and authentic Thai therapies, from massages to facials to body wraps and scrubs.