Clear your mind and fill your heart by waking up in BC's nature this summer
Odds are, you've spent a lot more time outdoors this year than usual. City parks and restaurant patios have become sacred spaces for spending time with loved ones or simply escaping the constant pull of the home office. We've learned to head outside to reconnect with others and ourselves, to find our centre and replenish our physical and mental reserves.
As travel resumes, British Columbians have the chance to dive deeper into nature, exploring the vast wilderness of this province that we call home. It's a summer to spend the days watching wildlife in wild spaces and falling asleep to the sound of the wind in the trees. Whether you're looking for a back-to-basics getaway or a luxurious holiday in the great outdoors, there's no shortage of options right here in beautiful BC.
Glamping can sometimes be a little short on glam — but not at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on the Sunshine Coast, where each of the waterview tenthouses has its own spa-like bathroom complete with rainfall shower and soaker tub. If you prefer to shower under the stars, head to the more rustic lakeside yurts at Douglas Lake Ranch near Quilchena. Located throughout the property, they offer prime access to world-class fly fishing on secluded small lakes — some requiring a 4x4 to access.
When you crave even more separation from the day-to-day, opt for a property accessible only by boat or floatplane, like Nuk Tessli on Whitton Lake near Bella Coola, where the journey is rewarded with a stay in a cozy log cabin, a soak in a wood-fired mountain-view hot tub next to the lake, and meals featuring house-made bread, yogurt and beer. Or the off-the-grid Klahoose Wilderness Resort in the traditional Klahoose Nation territory of Desolation Sound, where you'll settle into an all-inclusive stay in a cabin perched above Homfray Channel. Watch the whales, dolphins, sea lions and eagles from your private deck. Or, just a bit further north, take in a grizzly-viewing tour at Homalco Wildlife & Culture Tours on stunning Bute Inlet for one of BC's best bear-watching experiences, while learning about the history and culture of the Homalco First Nation.
At the equally remote Moutcha Bay Resort on Nootka Sound, you can catch and grill your own Chinook or halibut for dinner (and have it professionally filleted at the lodge's certified fish-processing facility) — but you don't have to. The onsite ocean-view Consuma Grill showcases local fish and game for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accompanied by BC wine or Vancouver Island craft beer.
When spending the day on the water just isn't enough, book a marina float suite at Brown's Bay Resort in Campbell River to let the gentle waves rock you to sleep. From your balcony overlooking the Inside Passage, you'll have a view of waters filled with marine life like Humpback Whales, Orcas, Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, Sea Lions and more.
Or for a quick wilderness escape just a short drive from Vancouver, head to Sunwolf Riverside Resort in Squamish, where you'll find a charming row of cabins nestled along the Cheakamus River. Fall asleep to the sound of the rippling current after a night of making s'mores at the communal fire pit or a classier feast at the popular onsite Fergie's Café.
No matter where you choose to embrace your wild side this summer, you'll find that waking up nature fills your heart and clears your head. It's the perfect time to reconnect with the world around you, and uncover the unforgettable adventures that await you in your own backyard.
Plan your adventure now at ExploreBC.com.
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