Where Is The Canadian Wilderness?
According to one dictionary, the backcountry is a term to describe a wilderness or a remote, isolated area which is difficult to access, a place “off the beaten track”.
Many Canadians are concerned about conserving the backcountry and Environmentalists agree that some of those areas are worth fighting for. But what are we really talking about?
Backcountry is also called the boonies, or the boondocks.
Backcountry, it seems to me, is relative, depending on the region. Entire mountain ranges may be backcountry, accessible only by boat or bush plane. But if you live remote as I do, those little-hidden ravines and waterfalls and rugged rock faces without names, a short way from my house is backcountry.
It’s a place where we leave crowds, machines, noise and pollution behind and it gives us the opportunity for solitude. It’s the remote place where you will see the bluest skies and the brightest stars you have ever seen.
The authentic soul of Canada is the wilderness. How more idyllic can it be then pitching a tent under the stars and listen to the call of the loons, somewhere out in the woods – that is Backcountry Canada!
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Driving in the backcountry – general driving information
Without a doubt, driving is the best option to explore the backroads. You can visit out of the way places and see the things that interest you, rather than someone else.
If you drive in the backcountry Canada, away from main tourist area, you will come across unpaved gravel roads. Some of the gravel roads may require a four-wheel drive vehicle.
It all depends on how adventurous you are and how much you want to see. Many folks like to get off the beaten track, away from the tourist crowds, and crave for the much talked about Canadian wilderness. This page contains advice for driving on unpaved and gravel roads.
Logging trucks and monster machinery
Logging trucks are a daily sight in Canada, especially out west. Check out this page for more information.
What you need to know to camp in the backcountry. Colour
How to make a campfire and tools you need for cooking on the campfire.
It’s not as dangerous as you might think if you go prepared.
What to do if your car breaks down or you get lost.