Experience North America's last great temperate rainforest
Grizzly bears, the rare spirit bear, six million migrating seabirds, 20 percent of the world's wild salmon and the largest intact temperate rainforest on the planet: British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, a short plane ride from Vancouver, British Columbia, has been called the last great stand of the American rainforest. Maple Leaf Adventures offers small-group eco-cruises for wildlife viewing of whales, bears, and seabirds, accompanied by naturalists and gourmet chefs, shore trips, kayaking and glimpses of rare animals.
Excursions suit wildlife enthusiasts concerned about responsible travel; Maple Leaf Adventures holds permits for accessing protected wildlife areas that are closed to the mass-tourist industry. Flights to departure points leave daily from Vancouver.
Prices start at $2,800 and include accommodations, meals, shore excursions and use of gear, including kayaks. www.MapleLeafAdventures.com, 888-599-5323.
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Thinking about going Down Under? The world's love affair with shiraz is bringing wine spectators to Australia's Barossa Valley. The hilly region is home to some of the world's oldest shiraz vines, some dating back to the 1840s. And if the more than 60 wineries aren't enough, Barossa also offers an artisanal cheese trail, and nearby Adelaide is a foodie destination in its own right. www.barossatours.com.au.
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