Ready for an eco-adventure in Canada?
A slice of luxury and total escapism in the Canadian wilderness, Sonora Resort has recently been named one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Canada at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014. Whales, leaping salmon, grizzly bears and dolphins are at home here among the forests and waters of the Inside Passage, and it’s a chance to get away from it all and get back to nature in style.
Here are our favourite things to see and do at Sonora Resort:
Hike to Florence Lake
Hike with or without a guide to the beautiful Florence Lake or on one of the other clearly-marked hiking trails, from a short 45-mile jaunt to a three-hour blast. The resort will provide you with maps and bear bells.
British Colombia’s best kept golfing secret, Storey Creek’s 18-hole, par 72 paradise is a one-hour boat ride away.
Catch a salmon
Pacific, coho, chinook and trout-like pink salmon can be found in the waters of the Discovery Islands. You can also fish in the turquoise waters of Bute Inlet and even cast your line from the dock of the resort’s luxury fishing lodge. Fly-fishing is also available at Phillips River, surrounded by spectacular scenery, and the freshwater fishing guides are on hand to help you catch sea-run cut-throat trout, sizeable char and migrating salmon on the fly.
Go whale-watching in a kayak
Dip your paddle in the water and soak up the tranquillity in the calm, protected waters of the Outer Discovery Islands. With a seasonal guide, get up close to nature, spotting mink, otters, seals, whales and schools of dolphins in the water, or eagles and kingfishers soaring overhead.
Enjoy a picnic by helicopter
Book a helicopter flight to reach a mountain glacier vantage point no other hiker can reach for a delicious gourmet picnic or fly to your very own fly-fishing paradise.
Spot grizzly bears
Snap up this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat. An hour from Sonora Resort on the Eco Tour boat, you’ll soon be watching grizzlies swipe for salmon in the rapids and interact with their cubs. Guests of Sonora can also enjoy an aerial view from one of three 10-foot high viewing stands.
Bathe under a waterfall at the spa
The Island Currents Spa has six private treatment suites, a waterfall cascading down a natural rock surface and warm outdoor mineral pools with views of the ocean. There’s also a yoga program, hydrotherapy tubs and a manicure and pedicure room.
Try the tasting menu
A member of Relais & Châteaux, you can expect excellent dining at Sonora and a menu of locally-sourced dishes that changes daily. Choose between the chef’s gourmet tasting menu or à la carte offerings that include wild Chinook salmon, 30-day aged rib-eye and foraged greens. There’s also an extensive wine cellar.
Meet the Kwiakah People
Discover the territory of the Kwiakah People, a nation of 1000 that now consists of only 17 people. A 30-minute boat ride from Sonora Resort, led by knowledgeable and passionate historical guides, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to see how the Kwaiakah once lived, and how they plan on restoring their First Nation Land. You’ll view a part of the world only a very few people are ever invited to.
Photographs courtesy of Sonora Resort. Photography by Darren Bernaerdt.