British Columbia, super natural
If you like adventure, green forests, wide open spaces, glacial-fed lakes, salmons, grizzly bears and the Pacific Ocean, this is your destination.
If you are looking for high tea in elegant dining rooms, urban forests, fashion boutiques, great restaurants and beautiful architecture, it will work too!
Vancouver: Vancouver is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. A city with wonderful parks, an energetic food scene, high end boutiques, art galleries, wonderful museums and an excellent aquarium.
It can be a great destination for a romantic weekend but also a family vacation.
Vancouver Island: A virgin, wild and preserved territory made of rain forests, rugged coastlines, rolling mountains and charming coastal villages.A gourmet destination with farm-fresh produce and amazing sea food
Victoria: a British feel, high tea and scones at the Empress Hotel, historic houses, exuberant gardens, world-famous museums and bohemian boutiques.
Wine Country: a taste of Tuscany with rows of vines that stretch out to sparkling lake and forests, farm to table restaurants, luxury spa hotels. Ideal for a romantic weekend.
Whistler: only two hours away from Vancouver, one of the world’s greatest ski resorts, with vertical runs.
And if you don’t ski, you can enjoy this charming resort, its art galleries and shops, its restaurants and lively bars.
Glacier National Park: wilderness camping, hiking, mountaineering, and Nordic and alpine skiing.
More than 400 glaciers continue to sculpt the landscape, carving the Columbia Mountains and feeding crystal-clear rivers.
Explore its natural wonder: A superb setting made up of thorn-covered islands, forests made of 800-year-old trees, deep green rainforests, huge beaches, steep cliffs, surf spots, bays and coves, waterfalls, vast ice fields, humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, puffins and many more animals have been spotted in the region.
Discover a rich and vibrant culture: Indigenous culture stretching back thousands of years, British and Asian traditions since the mid 1800s. Active ancient fishing sites and petroglyphs are hidden in the forest along the Fraser River; historic villages and towering totem poles.
For foodies: wild BC spot prawns, delicate, sweet flavour and firm bite, wild sockeye salmon and pacific halibut, berries, wonderful Japanese and Chinese and wine of course.
For active travels: play golf, swim in refreshing lake waters, fly-fish for salmon, do some whitewater rafting, heli-ski, hike or bike
Restore your spirit with a soak in sacred waters
At Aiyansh Hotsprings in Nisga’a lands or Ainsworth Hotsprings in Kootenai territory. The hot springs were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations peoples who experienced the waters as a welcome respite after a long day of hunting, fishing, and gathering roots and berries.
Fly on a sea plane
An incredible way to see where the city, the water and the mountains meet
Take a private surf lesson in Tofino
The cool coastal breeze of Pacific and the best waves in Canada for both pros and beginners alike.
Bike along the Kettle Valley Railway Trail
This converted railway to trail way traverses some of Canada’s warmest climates through spectacular mountains and valley scenery
Ferry through the Gulf Islands
Hop from island to island, from country inns to B&Bs; visit wineries, and stop to visit artists’ studios.
Stay in a tree house
A relaxing night in an enchanting coastal rainforest
Take a riding holiday
Stay in one of the many guest ranches and dude ranches located across British Columbia.
RECOMMENDED HOTELS & LODGES
Hotel Shangri La Vancouver*****
Featuring a full service spa, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver offers easy access to luxury shopping, art installations and trendy restaurants and bars. Guests can enjoy views of Vancouver city centre.
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver features a 42-inch flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine and minibar in every guest room. Rooms also offer floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious work desks.
A modern fitness center and outdoor pool are available. Guests can take a private yoga or Pilates class at the Vancouver Shangri-La.
The Vancouver waterfront is about 3 blocks from the Shangri-La. A vast range of outdoor activities can be arranged through the hotel’s concierge team of specialists, or guests can explore a world of relaxation at CHI, The Spa, the signature spa brand for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.
Hotel Fairmont Pacific Rim*****
Featuring a rooftop pool with fire pits and a hot tub, this Vancouver luxury hotel offers a full-service spa and a 4,000 square foot gym. An on-site lounge is provided. Stanley Park is 9 minutes’ drive away.
Flat-screen TVs with pay-per-view movies and laptop connectivity are provided in each room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. An iPod docking station, iPad2, an in-room safe, and a coffee maker are available. Bathrobes are included in the private bathrooms.
Open for lunch and dinner, The Lobby Lounge and RawBar features nightly live music, sushi, and handcrafted cocktails. Giovane cafe + eatery offers Italian cuisine and coffee for breakfast, lunch, aperitivo, and weekend brunch. Giovane market celebrates artisanal items. Featuring a bar, outdoor terrace garden, a dining room and lounge, Botanist Restaurant offers a menu inspired by the principals of botany, organic farming and sustainable sourcing. 24-hour in-room dining is also available.
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa*****
Featuring full-service spa, sauna and fitness centre, this non-smoking hotel offers rooms with private balconies. Bacchus, a luxurious lounge and restaurant, is located on site. Vancouver city centre SkyTrain station is just 5 minutes’ walk away.
A flat-screen cable TV with DVD player is offered in each room at Wedgewood Hotel & Spa. A seating area, a desk and a minibar are provided. Free toiletries, a bathrobe and slippers are included.
Daily afternoon tea is available from 14:00 to 16:00 in Bacchus.
Hotel Le Soleil****
This Vancouver hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar. A fully stocked bar, Keurig coffee machine, and refrigerator are included in each room. Vancouver Convention Centre is 5 minutes’ walk away.
A 42″ flat-screen TV is offered in all rooms at Hotel Le Soleil by Executive Hotels. All rooms feature a separate living area and work desk. An en suite bathroom offers Aveda toiletries, bathrobe, and slippers.
The Copper Chimney Restaurant boasts Indian cuisine. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the bar after a day’s outing.
Hotel Le Soleil features an on-site cardio room. A fitness centre with personal trainers, steam room and swimming pool is located next door at the YWCA. Access is available from the front desk at a reduced rate.
Hotel Fairmont Empress*****
Overlooking Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, this historic hotel features extensive spa treatments and a selection of on-site restaurants. The Royal British Columbia Museum is 5 minutes’ walk away.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel’s elegantly decorated rooms offer a plush seating area and windows that open out. Each is equipped with cable TV and an in-room coffee maker.
The Empress holds a traditional afternoon tea in a special lobby with views of the harbour.
Guests can admire the Victorian architecture and stained glass ceiling of the lobby or swim in the indoor pool. Willow Stream Spa includes a sauna, hot tub and fitness centre.
The Empress Fairmont Hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Royal London Wax Museum. The Maritime Museum of BC is less than 1 km away.
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa*****
Nestled along Brentwood Bay, near Victoria, British Columbia. This luxurious resort offers an on-site marina. The resort also features a full-service spa and rooms provide ocean views and free WiFi. Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal is 120 m away and Butchart Gardens is 3 km.
Every room at the Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa includes a private balcony or patio. A minibar and coffee facilities are also available in each room. The bathrooms feature a spa bath and separate shower.
Brentwood Bay Resort boasts a 40-slip marina. Available amenities such as a gym, pool and hot tub for adults 18 years plus only. The Eco-Adventure Centre, located dockside, offers recreational activities including kayaking, scuba-diving, eco-tours and more. Beauty and seasonal treatments are available at the Spa.
The Dining Room at the Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, open for breakfast and dinner serves fresh seafood and fine wines on heated outdoor patios. For a casual menu and an extensive selection of beverages, guests can visit the Brentwood Pub.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort*****
Only reachable by seaplane.
Located in the pristine Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is an exclusive, 21st-century, safari-style Canadian glamping destination and adventure resort that’s great for people of any generation. Your Canadian wilderness vacation comes with five-star cuisine, the spa and great white tents with their fluffy duvets and antiques, but we also offer a deep and meaningful commitment to restoring the land.
From the moment that guests step off the floatplane, to that first glass of sparkling wine, to that hike through old growth forest, the resort staff (and their dogs) are there to offer a guest experience that is restoring to the soul and this beautiful land.
Soule Creek Lodge****
The ultimate retreat, with its high-end wood cabins located in a wonderfully secluded location with sublime views and three-course dinners each evening!
Soule Creek Lodge is perched high on the San Juan Ridge with 360 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Olympic Peninsula, Juan de Fuca Strait, West Coast Trail, San Juan Inlet and Coastal Mountains.
Wickaninnish Inn Relais & Chateaux*****
The Wickaninnish Inn stands on an outcrop between the Pacific Ocean, Chesterman Beach and a forest of giant evergreens. Artists, including renowned wood carver Henry Nolla, designed elements of its two buildings with the aim of blending art, nature and culture. You can even meet local artists at the onsite carving shed. Each room has a fireplace and picture window offering views of the coastline. Set off on a day of sea kayaking, or to see whales, sea lions or bears around Clayoquot Sound. Relax with a soothing spa treatment after your day’s adventures. From November to March, you can admire mighty Pacific storms, watching from the comfort of your guest room as waves come crashing ashore.
Nestled in a Pacific Archipelago, Sonora Resort offers a rare alchemy of virgin wilderness and opulent comfort. Accessible only by sea or air, this is the stage for a breathtaking natural spectacle: eagles perched on towering trees, whales and sea lions surfing the currents… Spend adventurous days fishing, hiking, and observing grizzly bears in their natural habitat. For quieter moments immerse yourself in soothing mineral pools. Here, every room commands a stunning view of snow-capped peaks that seem to plunge into the emerald sea. Fresh local ingredients are prepared by accomplished chefs, paired with world class wines and served before an ocean vista.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort****
Rathtrevor Beach is 5 minutes’ walk from this Parksville resort. An indoor swimming pool and spa and wellness facilities are featured on site. All units are equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all units at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. A flat-screen TV with cable is provided. Tea and coffee making facilities are included.
Guests can enjoy the Cedar Room restaurant which features West Coast cuisine using local produce. The Copper Lounge offers a lighter menu and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere for adult guests.
The Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is situated in 22 acres of forest. This resort boasts tennis courts, barbecue facilities and a children’s playground. Laundry facilities and a gift shop are available on site.
Ocean Village Resort
Venture into nature as you enjoy the simple comforts of cabin living and the many family-friendly amenities their remarkable location has to offer. Cozy up in one of their rustic cabins facing the stunning shores of MacKenzie Beach, nestled in the world-renowned surf and outdoor haven of Tofino.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort****
This beachfront resort on Cox Bay features daily surf lessons and bicycle rentals. A full kitchen is available in every accommodation and the Pacific Rim National Park is 1.5 km away.
Traditionally styled, each accommodation at Pacific Sands Beach Resort boasts a stone fireplace and a flat-screen cable TV. All provide a private patio or deck and a dining area. They are decorated in natural tones and offer floor-to-ceiling windows.
Cougar Annie’s Garden, situated on 5 acres, is 4 km from the resort. Wilderness tours and whale watching can be arranged nearby the resort. Umbrellas and raincoats are available for guests during storm watching season.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The resort offers over 450 DVDs for guests to rent and a selection of board games are available for free
Free Spirit Spheres
Have you ever wanted to stay in a treehouse hotel?
Free Spirit Spheres have repeatedly been named one of the most innovative and beautiful hotels around the world. The three spherical treehouses (named Eryn, Melody, and Eve) are located in the serene, coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island. Free Spirit Spheres hopes to be a truly world class resort, which allows people to “experience nature in relative luxury.”.
Siwash Lake Ranch*****
Travel back in time, transported by the rustic elegance of Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort. This National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is legendary for its carefully crafted, immersive experiences amid Nature. With a whole host of luxury adventures at your fingertips, this unique property offers a captivating, transformational journey into the wild..
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa*****
The hotel offers an authentic Canadian experience, via traditional log-built architecture, activities like gold-panning, fly-fishing and trail rides and evening barbeques followed by campfire sing-a-longs.
The resort is nestled in Echo Valley, an idyllically remote location where four distinctly Canadian geographical areas come together: mountain, forest, valley and pasture.
The hotel is very committed to keeping its carbon footprint to a minimum, and embrace a ‘recycle, reuse and repurpose’ philosophy. The resort also follows a ‘100 metre’ philosophy, where all (or as much as possible) of the food served comes from the ranch itself and all organic
On picturesque Salt Spring Island, Hastings House Country House Hotel is a charming waterfront resort overlooking Ganges Harbor. A magnificent 11th century Sussex-style manor house, built by British architect Warren Hastings in 1940, is the heart of the property and a convivial spot for cocktails and dining. Its inglenook fireplace and other authentic details are embellished with antiques and works by local artists. With 18 suites and rooms, Hastings House is an ideal base for exploring the area. The island itself is a hotspot for artists and locavores. The dining room offers award-winning gourmet cuisine highlighting fresh produce from its own garden.
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa****
Located on the shores of the Salish Sea and 8 km outside of Courtenay, British Columbia, this resort offers an oceanfront spa and on-site dining. Rooms feature a DVD player and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy scenic views of the ocean and mountains.
Each spacious and contemporary room at Kingfisher Ocean Side Resort & Spa is furnished with a balcony or patio, some boasting views of the ocean. They are equipped with a small refrigerator.
Guests can work out in the gym or relax in the natural cave-themed Pacific Mist Hydropath steam room. Bicycle rentals and yoga sessions are available. Free parking is available for guests of the resort.
Sparkling Hill Resort – Adults Only *****
Offering a variety of spa treatments and access to a team of professional health consultants, this health and wellness resort overlooks beautiful Okanagan Lake in Vernon. Swarovski crystals sparkle throughout the hotel’s design.
The modern rooms are equipped with complimentary WiFi and cable TV. A mini fridge, work desk, safe and ironing facilities are standard.
Sparkling Hill Resort’s KurSpa can be enjoyed by all guests aged 16 years or older, providing a wide range of over 100 different treatments such as a special cold chamber said to improve circulation and energy. Guests can enjoy 7 aromatherapy steam rooms and saunas with 3 showers, an outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool with underwater music, a hot pool and 2 relaxation rooms. Personalized programs are also offered in the fitness studio.
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