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If you’re looking for a more structured vacation experience, or want to expand your mind or skillset this summer, then there are plenty of really interesting places in Canada where you can do just that. From sea to shining sea you’ll find grown-up camps offering you the opportunity to be active, contemplative, or do something completely new that could ignite a passion inside you and really give your life a kick in the pants.
Hone Your Survival Skills in Northern S.K.
Don’t want to waste those vacation days relaxing? Why not learn how to live off the land and immerse yourself in a “total survival experience” with SOS Wilderness Survival in Bruno, SK. Staying in primitive camps, you can book either a three or five day experience where you’ll learn how to use natural resources, car parts, and whatever else is around to survive. You’ll forage for food and water, signal for help, learn about the psychology of survival, and find out how to build a shelter. They also offer courses in wilderness navigation, so there’s another way to enhance your bush-craft skillset if that appeals.
Find Peace on Beautiful Cortes Island, B.C.
You’ll need to take a seaplane or a series of ferries to get to Hollyhock from Vancouver, but it’s well worth the trip. Once you make it to their Lifelong Learning Centre, you’ll have opportunities to learn everything from finding happiness through qigong to connecting with the natural world around you, to writing about your life in order to create personal transformation. Programs are offered all summer long, and there is a wide range of onsite accommodations to choose from – all of which come with organic meals, yoga classes, and hot tubs looking out over the ocean. Once you get there, you may never want to leave.