5-Day Wildness & Wellness Getaways in Partnership with exhale Spa NEW YORK, NY, April 2018 — Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced Basecamp Channel Islands, a wildness and wellness adventure in partnership with exhale Spathat will explore the seldom seen Channel Islands National Park. Part safari, part adult camp, the 5-day voyage will be set aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion and will explore the alluring remoteness that has motivated people to protect these landscapes and surrounding ocean. In keeping with Lindblad’s wellbeing programming launched in December 2017 in Baja, the active adventure is designed to blend the best of exploration, transformation, and restoration in extraordinary, revitalizing places. And with acres of trails to walk or hike, sea caves to explore by kayak or paddleboard, undersea realms to enter, and landscapes and bird colonies to observe, the Channel Islands National Park is a spirit-lifting place to be. Miles of ocean separate it from the Southern California mainland, and half of the park sits underwater. So being able to get there effortlessly, to move freely around the Islands leisurely and in genuine comfort – and to explore the land and undersea – is what makes this Channel Islands cruise unique. Of the 2,000 species of plants and animals within the vast National Park, one hundred forty-five exist nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, and many naturalists call them the ‘Galápagos’ of North America. Basecamp Channel Islands will depart from the Port of Los Angeles and explore East Anacapa Island, home to Anacapa Lighthouse, the last major light station to be built on the west coast in 1912. Explore Santa Cruz, the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds – and more than 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Visit Rosa Island with Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world; and San Miguel Island with over 30,000 pinnipeds and up to five different species. On Santa Catalina Island, guests may spot the elusive Santa Cruz Island Fox found only on Catalina, or the impressive sight of the island’s largest, and definitely not endemic mammals—bison, with a free ranching afternoon to grab a bike and explore downtown Avalon, the island’s only incorporated city. Woven throughout the Basecamp Channel Islands adventure will be the transformative wellbeing experiences exhale is famous for. Guests can indulge in healthy activities led by an exhale fitness teacher, spa therapist or an exhale-trained Lindblad Wellness specialist including exhale Barre + Cardio, Beach Boot Camp, and Power Yoga classes on deck, as well as stand up paddleboard yoga, transformational mindfulness hikes, and assisted stretching. Neck and shoulder massages will be offered prior to evening cocktails, and Chill Yoga classes offered in the evening, alongside group guided meditation. There are many trails covering the islands offering the opportunity for leisurely walking, birding, or working with your certified photo instructor to capture the natural beauty, or for a strenuous hike for a real workout. Grab a kayak to explore the shoreline, participate in talks, wildlife sightings, drawing or plein-air painting, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more. Guests will also benefit from exhale’s nutritionally savvy snacks, juices, and menu options, and from Lindblad Expedition’s longstanding commitment to locally and sustainably-caught seafood, locally-sourced produce—and food that rewards. Rates begin at $2,490 per person based on double occupancy in a category one cabin for the 4-night voyages. Departures are October 17 & 24, 2018. For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.
The historic Town of Lunenburg is developing a strategy to protect its heritage and generate economic growth with $270,000 in federal and provincial funding announced today, Jan. 20, at the Lunenburg and District Fire Hall. The government of Nova Scotia announced a $90,000 investment, over the next three years for a heritage strategy to help the community take full advantage of its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. This investment ensures that present and future generations of Nova Scotians and visitors will continue to appreciate its role in Nova Scotia history. It reflects one of the strategic directions included in the province’s heritage strategy, A Treasured Past, a Precious Future, launched in 2008. “Lunenburg is an important part of Nova Scotia’s heritage, and a tremendous asset to its tourism industry,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Natural Resources on behalf of Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Planning for the sustainable management of this significant heritage resource is an important part of the province’s heritage strategy.” The federal government is contributing $180,000 towards the project through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Parks Canada. This funding highlights the value of combining the efforts of community members and multiple levels of government to preserve Nova Scotia’s rich heritage. The town is interested in increasing investment in Lunenburg’s cultural heritage. It will do this in part with a public awareness campaign and strategy. “It has been more than 10 years since we last reviewed our town’s heritage strategy and we have been anxious to move forward with a program which would educate and involve the citizens of today in planning for our future,” said Lunenburg Mayor Laurence Mawhinney. “I am therefore delighted that the work of renewing our heritage strategy has become a partnership in which we have received the strong support of both the federal and provincial governments.”