Relais & Chateaux wilderness lodge on the coast of mainland British Columbia.
At this hidden-away lodge, which is set among dense forests and the azure waters of the Inside Passage, approx. 1 hour 15 minutes from Campbell River, the emphasis is on getting away from it all and taking the time to unwind. For outdoor enthusiasts, it’s really a case of taking your pick from the abundant activities on offer. Go hiking (with a guide or independently) to the beautiful Florence Lake and beyond, tee off at the nearby award-winning 18-hole Storey Creek golf course, or try your hand at salmon fishing. For a real adventure, kayaking, helicopter, grizzly bear and whale-watching excursions can all be arranged.
For something a little more indulgent, the world class Island Currents Spa has six private treatment suites, a waterfall cascading down a natural rock surface, and warm outdoor mineral pools overlooking the ocean. Indoors, there’s also a new glass conservatory – the ideal spot for enjoying a warming herbal tea or cold glass of wine. Dining at the resort is an excellent experience; the daily changing menu offers superb European classics created with carefully sourced local ingredients. Choose between the chef’s gourmet tasting menu or à la carte offerings that include the likes of wild Chinook salmon, 30-day aged rib-eye, and foraged greens. There’s also an extensive wine cellar to keep connoisseurs happy. Then, at the end of the day, sink into one of the plush chairs at the home movie theatre and watch a big-screen classic.
The 88 rooms here are housed in 12 individual lodges, each with its own tastefully themed décor and furnishings. Themes range from alpine wilderness to West Coast sailing – and there’s even one lodge built with the visiting president in mind. All rooms have luxurious beds, sumptuous bathrooms and spectacular ocean views. In the Marine fishing lodge, rooms extend out over the gently lapping waters and there’s an outdoor hot tub on an overwater deck, whilst Sea Lion Pointe – a glass and timber construction sitting on its own island peninsula – comes complete with a roof top hot tub, mini grand piano in the great room and impressive collection of local art.
On the waterfront in the breathtaking Discovery Islands, accessible from Campbell River on Vancouver Island via water taxi or from Vancouver via float plane or helicopter
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020
Sonora Resort is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 18th in the Top 25 Hotels in Canada category for 2020.
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• Enjoy a thrilling ride on a Zodiac-style boat during an wildlife-spotting adventure* • Learn how to fish for Pacific salmon in the waters around the lodge* • Head out on a kayak and experience the sounds and sights of the lodge's awe-inspiring surroundings*.
*Denotes local charge