5 off-the-grid destinations in North America to unplug and unwind

Mar 11 2020, 12:05 am

Technology is a blessing and a curse, and it can often feel as though we are tethered to our various devices and social media platforms. The dependency can evolve to become addictive, unhealthy, and potentially damaging.

It is essential to take much-needed breaks to revive ourselves and realize that it’s not just our devices that need recharging.

With that in mind, here is our list of five idyllic off-the-grid locations in North America for travellers to unplug and disconnect.

Emerald Lake Lodge – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada


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Situated in the postcard-picturesque Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake Lodge is a beautiful wilderness refuge to escape the binds of technology.

“Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces,” according to the website, the lodge comes fully equipped with amenities that perfectly align with the goals of relaxation, including a dry sauna, outdoor hot tub to admire the stunning views, and a gym to exercise any unnecessary stress away. Guests can rest assured that this is one of the best destinations to unwind and unplug.

WiFi is not available in any of the guest rooms. It is only available in the main lodge building, which also has limited cell reception.

Camp Grounded – Anderson Valley, California, USA


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What could be better than combining all of the fun and joy of summer camp with one of the most beautiful destinations to unplug?

According to the official website, at Camp Grounded, “campers from over 30 states and 8+ countries have traded in their computers, cell phones, emails, Instagrams, clocks, schedules, work-jargon and networking for an off-the-grid weekend of pure unadulterated fun.”

The age of campers can range anywhere from 18 to 75, and the atmosphere is one of acceptance, self-expression, and friendship. Through activities such as arts and crafts, capture the flag, meditation, hiking, and campfires, campers can indulge in getting back to the simple pleasures of summer camp without even thinking about how many likes they got on their last Instagram post.

Ultima Thule Lodge – Chitina, Alaska, USA


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“Ultima Thule is for people who want to experience the real Alaska,” the official website explains.

The lodge is situated in the Alaskan Wrangell Mountains, providing guests with one of the most naturally breathtaking destinations to unplug in North America. Ultima Thule is a wilderness outpost that sits on the banks of the gorgeous Chitina River inside the largest National Park in North America, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Venturing to this remote destination is part of the adventure, as visitors fly into Anchorage before hopping on a smaller charter flight to McCarthy. The lodge is truly in the middle of nowhere, so you will be entirely out of cell phone range, providing you with ample opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the unparalleled splendour of the Alaskan frontier.

Tanque Verde Ranch – Tucson, Arizona, USA


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A family-owned dude ranch and spa in the desolate but beautiful Arizonian desert, Tanque Verde Ranch provides an ideal location for families and groups looking for destinations to unplug.

The venue offers a wide assortment of activities, including desert horseback excursions, where cell phones are not permitted. For families, the ranch also offers a day camp for kids and spa treatment packages for adults, so no one will even have the time to think about their favourite celebrity’s latest Twitter scandal.

The rooms do not come with TVs, and guests can take their disconnecting even further by requesting not to have WiFi provided either.

Kenauk Nature Resort – Montebello, Quebec, Canada


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Located an hour and a half outside Ottawa and Montreal, Kenauk Nature is one of North America’s largest private reserves, according to its website.

The stunning surrounding landscapes and five-star service make it one of the most wonderful destinations to unplug and indulge. The property spans an impressive 265 sq km and encompasses magical forests, scenic lakes, and a diverse assortment of vegetation and wildlife.

Conservation remains at the heart of the resort, and visitors can participate in a variety of activities that allow them to appreciate the authentic landscape firsthand with opportunities for fishing, trekking, glamping, and more. It’s a cozy wilderness escape that will leave you forgetting about any unanswered emails in your inbox as your worries slowly but surely melt away.

Emily RumballEmily Rumball

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