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STORIES BY STEVE FISHER
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Many people are familiar with the phrase “immersing yourself
in the wilderness,” but have you heard of Forest Bathing? In
recent years this practice has become quite popular in Japan,
where it is known as shinrin-yoku.
Shinrin-yoku is the act of purposefully connecting yourself with
the natural world, and it is said to help people find feelings of
serenity, belonging, creativity and happiness. Forest Bathing
has also been found to lower blood pressure, increase mental
acuity and aid in trauma or illness recovery.
For 2019, Canadian Wilderness Adventures is offering Forest
Bathing tours on their Medicine Trail. As guests walk through
EMBARK ON A HELI ADVENTURE
Seeing British Columbia’s mountains is impressive from
ground level, but exploring their upper reaches firsthand is a
truly memorable experience. No Limits Helicopters flies guests
to high-elevation areas where their guides showcase the Coast
Mountains’ incredible natural features.
Their Ice Cave tour begins with a scenic flight leading to
ancient caves of azure blue ice. Your guide provides an
interpretive tour of multiple tunnels featuring crystalline
formations and naturally vaulted ceilings. The Volcano and Ice
Cave tour takes guests to Mount Meager, an active volcano that
steams from a fissure in its glaciated slopes. After viewing the
steaming cavern, your group explores nearby ice tunnels and
blue rooms before flying back to base.
the Callaghan Valley’s 800-year-old forest, guides introduce the concepts of walking meditation, mindfulness practices, offering gratitude, and techniques for letting
go of life’s pressures. Tour guides also explain the healing properties of the area’s plants, and provide samples of healing teas picked from the trailside. This is a
“digital retreat,” so cellphones must be turned off or switched to airplane mode for this tour (photography is allowed). The tour takes three hours, but is easy to
complete as the pace is slow and there are no steep hills. Shuttle transportation to and from Whistler Village is included, and rain gear is provided to guests when
Kim Gregoire, No Limits Helicopters marketing director says this tour offers the best value. “You are getting more flight time as well as an interpretive, exciting
mountaineering-style experience within the huge glacial steam vents of the Mount Meager Volcano,” said Gregoire.
If you’re looking for some relaxation in an epic setting, the Hot Springs Wilderness Experience drops your group at a natural hot spring deep in Whistler’s
backcountry, where you can soak in the warm pools and enjoy lunch. nolimits-helicopters.com