Here are a few of our favourites.......
Accessible by floatplane from Campbell River and set in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, this newly furnished 18-room floating lodge is situated in Glendale Cove, an area of B.C that's home to the largest concentration of Grizzly bears in the world. At 100-miles long, Knight Inlet is the longest fjord on the British Columbia coast and is surrounded by the most dramatic scenery.
Bear viewing is not the only wildlife option at Knight Inlet, you'll also get to experience a marine wildlife tour that changes from season to season and can include encounters with orca and humpback whales. As well as all the wildlife viewing, interpretive walks and presentations, all meals at the lodge are also included. Season is 29 May to 15 October with 2/3/4 night packages available.
Each day you'll look for bear from behind viewing blinds carefully placed in prime areas. When the bears move to the river, so do you, as you'll spy the grizzlies from the comfort of a boat. Each season offers a unique wildlife perspective with spring bringing the bears down to the estuary to forage and mate. Whilst during the summer the bears move locations when feeding. In autumn it's the return of the Pacific salmon and you'll be able to view these magnificent creatures fishing from the riverbanks! Wildlife viewing, interpretive rainforest walks, and gourmet meals with soft drinks and wine and beer are included in your stay. Season is 7 May to 16 October with 3/6 night packages available.
Set on the waterfront on Klemtu, this 12-room lodge is accessed by seaplane from Vancouver to Bella Bella and then water taxi to the property. The Spirit Bear Lodge pays homage to the traditional long houses built here for centuries. Owned and operated by First Nations, many of the guides were born and raised in Klemtu.
"Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu, BC is a world-class, extraordinary, life-changing wildlife experience. We saw the exceedingly rare white spirit bear, lots of grizzlies, humpback and orca whales, sea lions and fantastic jellyfish. The food and lodging at the lodge were superlative, and the local Kitasoo/Xai'xais people are lovely and extremely welcoming. Everything was beautifully organized to make it a five star experience."-Alex Shoumatoff, Vanity Fair
Bearing view here is from wildlife viewing stations or thrilling boat-based trips. Drift along and observe black and grizzly bears gorging on spawning salmon on the banks of the Atnarko River. Wildlife viewing, float trips, interpretive talks,and meals are included in your stay. Season is 22 August to 13 October with 3 night packages available departing on Fridays.
From zodiac boats, you'll hope to see humpback, orca, gray and minke whales. Have your camera ready to capture the bald eagles, sea lions and great blue herons, that call this incredible part of Canada home. When it comes to bear watching, the lodge does not use viewing platforms, they prefer wildlife sightings in their natural settings at eye level from boats or on foot. Wildlife viewing, interpretive walks and presentations and all meals at the lodge are also included. Season is 16 May to 17 October with three to seven night packages available.
Sonora Resort combines five-star luxury with exciting outdoors adventures amidst the wilderness beauty of the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound. Accessible by seaplane or helicopter from Vancouver or Seattle, or relaxing water-taxi from Campbell River, this exclusive resort is everything you’d expect of a Relais & Chateaux property. Five-star accommodation, gourmet meals, extraordinary service and an impressive programme of outdoor adventure. Enjoy world-class fishing, eco or Grizzly tours, plus marine wildlife viewing and ocean kayaking. Back at the resort, enjoy a game of tennis, a round of golf, or a bit of pampering at the elegant Spa and Wellness Centre.
The 20 tastefully furnished rooms boast either forest or water views, with private balconies. There are plenty of optional activities including ocean kayaking, fly-fishing and nature hikes, plus the lodge provides adventure tours which you can confirm locally. As the sun goes down, relax in the cliff-side hot tub, sip a beverage in the fireplace lounge or check out the views from the restaurant's elevated patio.
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is the very definition of a secret hideaway. Nestled into the old growth forests of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, this luxury all-inclusive resort is accessible by floatplane from Port Hardy, or Vancouver, or by boat from Vancouver Island.
Classed by National Geographic Magazine as one of the "Unique Lodges of the World", the family-owned property is one of the first eco-lodges in the world. The lodge has just nine cosy two-bedroom chalets and delivers a high-end wilderness experience in one of the most remote and stunning places on the planet. Spend your days exploring from sea level to 7,000 feet. Watch orcas or bears, kayak among salmon and sea lions, or soar high into the mountains by helicopter and hike landscapes where few have ventured. Savour the fresh coastal cuisine and evenings of music and laughter around the fire on the floating dock. This is nature as it should be.
Three and four night packages are available from 01 May to 26 October departing on Mondays and Thursdays. Price includes accommodation, wifi, gourmet cuisine,soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, fishing equipment and adventure gear, star viewing, laundry service and gratuities.
Surrounded by tranquil wilderness and endless wide open spaces, this family-owned ranch is nestled in the breathtaking Cariboo Mountains.A five-hour drive from Vancouver or 2.5 hours from Kamloops and you'll arrive at this part ranch, part spa, part wilderness experience. Take gentle meadow hikes with the ranch collies then get pampered in the award-winning spa. See the backcountry on horseback and enjoy western style cook-outs under the stars. Cosy cabin and lodge accommodation is scattered throughout the ranch with views over grazing horses or snow-capped mountains.
This region boasts some of the world’s best scuba diving and fishing. If it’s gentler activities you desire, shoreline strolls, biking coastal trails or golfing can all be done at your leisure. There's also the spa for a bit of pampering. The Activities Concierge will help you make the most of your time in what is considered British Columbia’s best kept secret. Dine with a view in the evenings at the resort's fine dining restaurant overlooking the Georgia Straits.
Remote, refined, remarkable...Clayoquot is THE ultimate luxury wilderness resort experience. Set in the breathtaking landscape of British Columbia's Clayoquot Sound on a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.This all-inclusive, eco-safari camp is the perfect combination of nature + luxury. Privately owned, the Relais & Chateau property is intimate with only 25 luxury prospector-style guest tents. There's a full complement of staff, wilderness guides and food and beverage artisans.
Located in British Columbia's high country, surrounded by magnificent scenery, the ranch is an easy four hour drive from Vancouver. This is an equestrian's dream with two daily sessions of exceptional riding through sage-covered hills, alpine meadows and river canyons.
You'll be impressed with the vast choice of horses available including chestnuts, sorrels, bays, pintos and appaloosas. Every rider, from total beginner to advanced, will find a suitable horse. Choose to ride according to ability, (beginner, intermediate or advanced) or with friends and family. Either way, you'll be in small parties, guided by a friendly wrangler, who will ensure the best possible experience for the group.
Take a break from riding in the large heated swimming pool, on the tennis court, in the games room or movie lounge. The dining room serves everything from fine cuisine to hearty comfort food and overlooks the horse pastures. Before dinner, meet your fellow riders in the adults-only BYOB bar. Season is 7 April – 22 October with a minimum two night stay which includes accommodation, all meals (starting with dinner the day of arrival to lunch on day of departure), twice daily horseback riding and use of ranch facilities.
Built in 1989, this family-owned dude ranch is set on 35,000 acres in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Just a 4.5 hour drive from Calgary, or 15 minutes from Cranbrook Airport, this spectacular part of Canada offers an abundance of nature and breathtaking mountain vistas.
Three Bars Ranch is a world class horse riding training facility complete with marked riding trails and indoor/outdoor riding arenas. With plenty of horses to choose from, you'll be paired with your own for the entire period of your stay and be grouped with riders of similar experience. A diverse activities programme includes river rafting, mountain biking, fly-fishing, hiking and tennis. An indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, petting zoo, campfire area, horseshoe pit, volleyball court and trap shooting range are also available. Lodging is in rustic, but modern, hand-built log cabins. One to three bedrooms are available all with snuggly beds, full bathrooms, seating area and front porch.
Season is 21 May to 7 October with 3-night packages starting on a Sunday or Wednesday and 6-night packages commencing on a Sunday. Rates include accommodation, all meals, daily horseback riding, use of ranch facilities, day and evening activities and use of fly-fishing equipment.
One of National Geographic's "Unique Lodges of the World", this small, family-owned working ranch provides an oasis of solitude for adventurous travellers. Their award-wining horse programme features a well-loved and responsive herd. You'll be matched with a horse which will be yours for the duration of your time at the ranch. The assortment of daily wilderness activities is geared to your experience and fitness level. After dinner each evening, you'll sit with your guide to discuss your bespoke plan for the following day taking into account the weather, wildlife sights and your appetite for adventure.
Luxury accommodations include the Ranch House Suite, Cariboo Suite and the sought-after, ultra-private Canvas Cabins - luxury tent suites overlooking Siwash Lake. Various dining venues are all serving extraordinary, locally sourced, gourmet cuisine. The season is 1 June to 30 September and rates include: Luxury accommodation, all meals, soft and alcoholic beverages, activities with a private guide including a horse programme, fly-fishing, hiking, skeet shooting, archery, wilderness survival and foraging tours, kayaking, yoga and daily guided horseback rides. Nanny service is also available at extra cost.