The World's Most Pristine Forests
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Clayoquot Sound, Canada
Coastal temperate rainforest is one of the rarest varieties of forest (covering less that 0.2 percent of the earth’s land area) but is found in abundance in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Clayoquot Sound in British Columbia, managed by the First Nations people. A moderate climate and high rainfall (up to 29.5 feet in record years) encourage trees to grow to heights of more than 400 feet.
How to Go: Open from mid-May until the end of September, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a super-luxurious tented base camp for adventure-lovers who like horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, and surfing, with only the occasional grizzly for company.