After graduating university and with a desire to see more of the world, Ben spent four years living on the side of a volcano in a small rice-farming village in southern Japan.
During this time he explored as much of Asia as he could before returning to the UK to begin a career in travel.
Since then, Ben has visited much more of Asia, Australasia and both South & North America, eventually heading up the Canada & Alaska team at one of the UK’s leading tailormade travel companies.
Ben joined Discover in early 2021 to help re-grow the travel team following the pandemic.
What is your favorite place in Canada?
For me there is nothing like the Canadian high arctic. I spent almost three weeks sailing between the islands and ice floes of northern Nunavut in 2017, following the fabled Northwest Passage westwards from Greenland. I love the drama, remoteness, wildlife, culture and the history of this truly special corner of our planet.
Tell us about a special discovery that you’ve made in Canada.
I love Wild Bear Lodge (formerly Grizzly Bear Ranch) on the edge of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, BC. A collection of six cozy cabins and lodge house on the banks of the Lardeau river, this property nestles effortlessly amongst the abundant wildlife you come here to see.
What is your best travel memory in Canada?
This has to be the day we landed at Beechey Island in the high arctic, home to the graves of the first three sailors to succumb on the ill-fated Franklin expedition in 1845. It was as atmospheric as it comes – a gentle snow fall, stiff breeze and a low-hanging mist across the water.
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