Escape to the Wild, is a new three-part series on Channel 4 with presenter, Jimmy Doherty. In the second episode Jimmy travelled to the wilderness of Canada to meet former actress Louise and ex-office worker Neil, who swapped London for a log cabin in the Yukon. This would seem like the perfect place to get some peace and quiet. But with no electricity or running water, Jimmy soon learns the harsh realities of living so far off-grid as he helps the couple prepare for winter, hunting moose and grouse, and keeping up their wood supplies.
Was it worth the threat of cabin fever and grizzly bears?
Sitting in the northwest corner of Canada, adjacent to the US state of Alaska, Yukon is one of North America's most impressive wilderness destinations. If you have an adventurer's spirit, a love of nature and a passion for exploration, Yukon should be at the top of your holiday destination list. It is not a choice for the feint-hearted, but it is a voyage of discovery with very rich rewards.
If you're looking for a wildlife holiday, where better than one of the wildest places in the world to see caribou, moose, bears, sheep, birds and hundreds of other northern species? Close to 80 percent of the Yukon remains pristine wilderness with just over 10 per cent of the territory fully protected - it has three national parks, six territorial parks and four Canadian Heritage Rivers. Roughly the size of France at 186,661 square miles, the Yukon is home to more than 165,000 caribou, 70,000 moose, 22,000 mountain sheep, 7,000 grizzly bears, 10,000 black bears and 250 species of birds… and only 36,000 humans! In the Yukon, people are outnumbered by moose by 2 to 1!