It’s no secret that one of the biggest draws for tourists to Canada is this vast country’s stunning natural beauty. And one of the top destinations for nature lovers to enjoy this bounty is beautiful British Columbia (BC), where travelers are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a great place to stay as they explore.
Particularly popular are the province’s many luxury wilderness resorts and lodges. These include everything from remote northern coastal lodges, accessible only by air or water, like Sonora Resort, to backwoods affairs that provide guests with the ultimate in refined outdoors experiences in elegant canopy-covered suites, such as Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (think “glamping,” only better). And, of course, these wilderness lodgings usually include opportunities to enjoy some wildlife spotting, including the might grizzly bear.
Those preferring an urban experience won’t be disappointed, either. The province’s largest cities boast a variety of world-class luxury accommodations, from glamorous boutique inns to larger downtown affairs such as L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver.
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton
For those seeking a truly authentic Canadian outdoor experience, Echo Valley
Ranch & Spa near the town of Clinton in BC’s Cariboo Region certainly delivers. Billing itself as part-ranch, part-spa, this unique luxury establishment is set on 160 acres yet keeps things intimate by accommodating just 42 guests in its mix of lodge rooms and cabins (there’s even a Royal Suite). All meals are included and are made using local seasonal produce.
Though not suitable for young children, kids 13 and older are welcome and will have as much fun as adults participating in outdoor activities, including horseback riding, hiking, fishing, gold panning, 4WD safaris, rafting, and even bear viewing. For those seeking indoor activities, on-site amenities include two full-service spas, a fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, and steam room. Other activities and amenities on offer include yoga classes, a games room, gift shop, private stocked fishing ponds, nature trails, and mountain bike use. The resort even has its own private paved airstrip. (Note that Echo Valley Ranch & Spa’s northerly location means it is without cellular service, though landline service is available.)