Imagine the perfect Northwestern wilderness. It’s probably filled with untamed forests and vast valleys, placid lakes and soaring mountains, ghost towns and ranches—and more moose and bears than people. And it’s probably British Columbia’s Cariboo, Chilcotin & Coast region. Tucked above Whistler in the little-visited Northern region of Canada’s West Coast, Cariboo, Chilcotin and the Coast are three distinct regions that offer their own unique versions of “outdoor wonderland.” Hop on Highway 97 and discover them for yourself. In Cariboo, Gold-Rush-era ranches populate the terrain between provincial parks; Wells Gray offers hiking opportunities galore, while Bowron Lakes gets the paddles pumping with its canoe and portage circle route. Chilcotin rambles down the mountainous spine of the region, and its parks are ripe with wildlife watching opportunities, most notably at the lush Bella Coola Valley. And then there’s the coast: dramatic, crashing, breathtaking. It’s all enough to make us say goodbye to city-living and ski resorts, and find our own rustic paradise.