The province of Manitoba, in the heart of Canada, is the only place in the world where you can visit polar bears in the wild, kayak with belugas, attend a Viking Zumba class, fly-fish, and take in a world-class ballet all in one wild vacation.
Manitoba’s means “the Great Spirit,” and its 10,000 lakes and waterways, ethnic diversity, and aboriginal culture provide ample opportunity for spiritual connections with communities and nature alike.
Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Whitewater kayak through Sturgeon Falls. Take your kids ice-fishing. Or simply lounge beneath a Manitoba maple as you watch the sunset over Lake Winnipeg, one of the world’s largest bodies of inland fresh water.
Cait Etherton is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Travel. Follow her journey on Twitter.