Man, life is stressful in the city. But it sure isn't in the Northwest Territories. Check out all these places where you can put your feet up, unwind, and enjoy the sound of silence. Everyone say it now: Ommmmmm ....
1. Need to lower your blood pressure? Pay a visit to this frosty forest near Blachford Lake Lodge and breathe in deep the healing air ...
2. Or crouch down beside Glacier Lake, in Nahanni National Park Reserve, and let your mind go blank as you watch the water ripple ...
3. Maybe you should just stretch out in a fluffy field of Arctic cotton outside Tuktoyaktuk and look at shapes the clouds make.
4. Shhhh! It's a bull caribou! He's living in the moment, wandering along the Barrenlands.
5. This trout is really mellow, too. It must be nice to just swim around all day in a pristine lake. Hey, why not dive in?
7. Take the time to smell the fireweed, which grows all over the subarctic.
8. Is anything more calming than the patter of a gently falling rain on a lake? Enjoy getting caught in a summer shower moving across Great Bear Lake with no subway or bus stop to run to for cover.
11. Wouldn't it be nice to set up camp beside this gurgling brook in the Mackenzie Mountains?
12. Or picture yourself strolling through the brilliant reds and oranges of the autumn tundra alongside the remote Dempster Highway picking some delicious berries.
13. This bucolic bison could probably teach us all a lesson about taking it easy.
14. Ah, so calming – the mist cloaking the South Slave lowlands. No smog alerts here.
15. Imagine the thinking you could get done perched on this lookout over the Natla River. No sirens or horns blaring to distract you here. Well, perhaps the odd loon call.
16. Little Doctor Lake = Best. Campfire. Ever.
18. That's some seriously groovy art in Yellowknife's Old Town. You have permission to sit down in front of it and zone out.
19. Bet it would be fun to peer over the rim of this slot canyon in Tuktut Nogait National Park.
20. Whoa, the Mackenzie River Delta is a crazy maze! It's like one of those cool Celtic knots or something.
Try counting the lakes and ponds - are there more or less than the potholes on your commute to work?
21. Oh, hey muskoxen! You're just chowing grass on Banks Island, chillaxing in the midnight sun. Sweet spot you've got. Namaste dudes!