This Week in Travel (Issue No. 4)

If you missed the “Snow Moon” last night that’s probably because it was snowing! Yes, winter is in full swing, for many of us, with no signs of spring springing around any corner; we must embrace the arctic storms, icy temperatures and our brittle bones—our poor brittle bones. This may have you clicking refresh on your favourite flight sites, searching for sweet airline deals to anywhere but here.

But, for those of you who are seeking arctic pleasures or a winter getaway, there are majestic lands for the cultural, eternal winter enthusiast too. Great Bear Lake attracts a growing number of tourists each year who are inclined to the north for a winter experience. To the people who call Great Bear Lake home, the lake is not just a vast body of water, but a refuge needed for Deline’s self-preservation and increased tourism. One thing is for sure, Great Bear Lake is a magnificent, picturesque, landmark that is definitely a must see. For some added inspiration, check out these mesmerizing photos of Canada’s Remote Northwest here.

On the shore of Great Bear Lake. Photo courtesy of Christopher Miller via The New York Times 

If you need to shake the cold – in Lyngenfjord, Aurora Spirit, Norway’s Arctic North’s new distillery, where the northern lights frequently appear, is a winter destination must for all whisky admirers. According to the (insert the irony), whiskey really does warm you up—or so we would like to believe.

After making the list as the number one place to travel in 2017, there’s another reason to escape to the true north this year. Birthdays are a BIG deal and should be celebrated as such, especially when celebrating la fête du Canada — the big 150 to be exact! And hey, if you have $300,000 to spare on your next holiday adventure, then you can discover Canada by private jet in the most memorable way, setting off with 57 friends to three iconic Fairmont ski-chalet accommodations. Here you’ll experience classic Canadian activities from curling, cross-country skiing, to snowmobiling and dog sledding just to name a few. And a personal favourite, you’ll be able to indulge in pure Canadian maple syrup—no biggie, eh?

Fairmont Tremblant, #Canada150. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Sterjovski Jolly @stephsterjovski

But if that’s not in this year’s budget, you can experience an equally beautiful, yet less extravagant Canadian adventure for an even better price—free! For all of 2017, Parks Canada is offering the opportunity to sign up for a free Discovery Pass, giving you unlimited access to all its’ national parks across the country! Sign us up!

Since not all travellers rejoice at the signs of spring, we give you Lonely Planet’s list of dream ski destinations throughout the year. In pursuit of the ideal powder, spectacular views and peaceful solitude, skiers and boarders can find a mountaintop rush from one of these destinations all across the world from North America to New Zealand.

Schladming-Dachstein region. Photo courtesy of Caroline: The Travelling Sloth @cbrondbo

In other news, and still political as ever, unfortunate headlines highlighted not where we can travel, yet instead restrictions on travel all together. Yes, Trump’s now infamous 90-day, 7 country travel ban has been covered worldwide, which according to Huffington Post is just the tip of the iceberg. Despite the challenges, for multiple weeks now, our hearts were warmed by the massive outcry and protests that erupted around the world against the ban.

For of course, it is Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, etched on the plaque on the Lady Liberty herself that rings true:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

As Boston Mayor, Martin J. Wash stated, this not only diminishes our nation, but it goes far beyond that. It is this view of our shared humanity, of our responsibility to be citizens of the world and to reject the instilling of fear in our hearts, as a solution to our world problems.

To those in positions of political power who are standing up , and greeting immigrants at airports with open arms baring the bitter winter cold to be heard in the street, we damn well do care and we dedicate this week’s post to all of you.

“Last night on the Harding Icefield in Alaska.” Photo courtesy of Taylor Burk @taylormichaelburk


Quote of the week:

“We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

-Jawaharial Nehru

Happy Travel! 

The Kosan Team