Nowhere is the raw, rugged beauty of Canada more perfectly defined than in British Columbia. The country’s westernmost province is abundant with wildlife, jaw-dropping natural features and vast wilderness tracts, making the region one of the most aspirational destinations for lovers of total immersion in the great outdoors. |
For those planning Canadian holidays, exploring the very best of British Columbia doesn’t have to mean compromising on luxury. Sonora Resort, in the Discovery Islands, is one of the most renowned eco-resorts in the country, and living proof that superb service and uncompromising five-star facilities can hold gentle hands with nature.
Tucked away in what feels like glorious isolation, between the ocean and mountains, the Sonora is actually under an hour from Vancouver by floatplane or helicopter. It’s also accessible from Campbell River by water, so the island eco-retreat has become a popular stopping point on the itinerary of Canadian holidays to British Columbia.
Down to its very bones, the hotel follows its self-prescribed mantra of responsible tourism. Every detail, from the principles of its construction to its waste disposal has been designed to preserve and maintain the delicate balance of the environment in which it’s nestled.
Connect With Luxury
Despite its commitment to upholding its eco-friendly ideologies across every aspect of its operation, the hotel provides all the modern accoutrements one would expect from top-level accommodation. The lodges in the resort feature spacious, well-facilitated rooms with comfortable beds, a complimentary bar fridge and, the piece de resistance, an ever-changing backdrop of ocean views.
In this heart-stoppingly beautiful setting, every moment of the day is a holiday highlight and, for those who simply want to stay close to home and drink it all in, there is no shortage of options to keep one content around the hotel.
The resort’s extensive leisure facilities include an indoor tennis court, virtual golf, an intimate cinema, an exercise room, a wine cellar and a well-equipped games room. The Island Currents Spa offers pampering beauty and wellness treatments designed to detox the mind, body and spirit.
Connect With Nature
The magnificent wilderness setting affords guests access to an unparalleled connection with nature through a range of eco-adventure tours. These include bear watching, salmon fishing, river rafting, archery, whale watching, ocean kayaking and, the ultimate high-altitude experience, helicopter tours over the phenomenal glacier landscape. This aerial angle provides a unique insight into the vastness of the pristine environment and is one of the most exciting ways to observe whales and dolphins.
Unforgettable Canadian Holidays
British Columbia offers a smorgasbord of landscapes and experiences in what is truly one of the most inspirational wilderness areas on the planet, and the archipelago of the Discovery Islands has been featured by National Geographic as one of the country’s “Places of a Lifetime”. The opportunity to experience the hospitality of one the world’s finest hotelier brands in the breath-taking setting of the Sonora, has the ability to turn a dream holiday into a memory that will last a lifetime.
John Dixon is the Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For almost a decade he has been sending his clients on bespoke Canadian holidays, handcrafted by his award-winning team. John is an experienced world traveller and tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of the properties he recommends, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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