As I headed into the British Columbia’s wilderness, I looked out the window of the Seaplane and caught sight of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island Ranges. “The nature gods must have purposely laid out these massifs and isles here”, I thought to myself.
Each of the islands are positioned as if to say I belong in this spot and depicts a shape and size that differs from the others; collectively they formed a strikingly beautiful whole. The Gulf Islands are a total of 200 islands of which the following five are the most popular: Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, and Saturna. Noted for their riveting ocean activities and authentic island atmosphere in the back-country, the Gulf Islands attract people who are looking to escape frenzied places for a short break. The mountains with their soaring peaks seem to rise out of the earth surface like a colossal giant and reached into the clouds. Rivers winds their way through the highlands and lakes dot the landscapes, which altogether a created picturesque scenery.
Once I arrived at the first British Columbia wilderness resort, I got a taste of what it is like to live in total and complete luxury while being isolated from the hectic pace of the world beyond the vast forests.
On the ground the lands seem to go on forever and remain as they were formed since the beginning of their creation. Here, wildlife is respected and protected through various conservation programs. The accommodation type stays range from glamping (glamorous camping) to exclusive vacations (holidaying in an entire log chalet or villa). The structures are almost always built to incorporate their surrounding, natural environment.
When it comes to the Sunshine Coast and Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, these areas are undeniable my favorite places to stay in as well. They are great to indulge activities off-the-beaten-path and romp outdoors at the wilderness resorts. The temperate rainforests here are untouched and extend through the coastal mountains. During the wildlife watching expedition, I had the opportunity to see black and grizzly bears but on this trip did not see the elusive Kermode bear (otherwise known as Spirit Bear). Nevertheless, I was lucky to see and photographed, in their natural habitat, bears, orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, Pacific grey whales, and sea lions.
Below I have listed four British Columbia Wilderness Resorts that are creating unique back-country experiences.
- A Relais & Châteaux approved property, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers remote Canadian wilderness vacations, but behind the five-star cuisine, the spa and the great white tents with their fluffy duvets and antiques, there is a deep and meaningful commitment to restoring the land.
- Also a Relais & Châteaux approved property, Sonora Resort is a B.C. wilderness resort and a jewel amid one of Canada’s most alluring, pristine environments. It is where uncompromising eco-adventure travel meets luxurious accommodations, unparalleled service and five star facilities.
- Included in the National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an intimate family owned and operated resort located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.
- West Coast Wilderness Lodge offers guests unsurpassed scenery, exceptional adventure opportunities, fresh seasonal cuisine and a variety of accommodations to suit all tastes. You can enjoy the solitude at the edge of the wilderness following a scenic 3-hour drive or 45-minute float plane trip from downtown Vancouver.
Article by: Tiffany Huggins