10 AMAZING VANCOUVER ISLAND, Vancouver Island, simply put, is paradise. It’s the Land of the Mighty Yellow Cedars and Giant Sequoias and stands of ancient Douglas Firs in a timber called the Cathedral Grove because the church- becket trees are aged, high and numerous say holier than the medieval churches of Europe. It’s no wonder there’s a fabulous selection of Vancouver Island resorts to choose from.

Vancouver Island is the flight place for counterculturist- types in hunt of islet peacefulness. There’s fabulous camping on Vancouver Island to witness.

This Pacific Coast islet that juts out from Canada’s western landmass staggering between the external limits of the United States has a certain je ne sais quoi appeal.




Vancouver Island Resort For The Storm Watcher
Wickaninnish Inn
When choosing one or two Vancouver Island Resorts to check into, you can’t go wrong at Wickaninnish Inn.

Gale force winds mixed with crashing waves hit the rocky promontory but you’ve got the fear factor covered at this Vancouver Island resort.

At Wickaninnish Inn Tofino, the guests come clambering in just to witness and view the power of Mother Nature in these luxe confines as the Pacific Ocean hurls itself onto the shoreline.

It helps the secluded Wick Inn has ocean-view suites and a restaurant with floor to ceiling windows allowing best viewing points.

Inside the Wickaninnish Inn, some of the suites there’s a soaker Jacuzzi also with ocean views and complimentary rain jackets (neon orange), wellies and an umbrella to use on the premises.

Storm watching in Tofino is an experience to tick off your bucket list and one of the best places to do it is at Wickaninnish Inn, which is the most famous of the Tofino storm-watching hotels.

Neat surprises: Throughout the property are fine hand-carved artistry from the late resident artist Henry Nolla who added the exposed pillars and mouldings and carved raven heads from the giant cedars among other masterpieces seen at the inn.

When to go: Storm watching season occurs November through February.



Vancouver Island Resort For Golfers
Bear Mountain Golf Resort Vancouver Island
Bear Mountain Golf Resort is one of the top Vancouver Island resorts for golfers. Left: BM Westin Penthouse Living Room, spa, Corner Suite Bedroom

Mention a golf course with bears in it and chances are you’ll see golfers head to the hills. Not at Bear Mountain.

This Westin property, known as the Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, gives golfers a chance to hit the fairways at the award-winning 18-hole course.

Situated in the foothills of Mount Finlayson with breathtaking views of Victoria’s seaside harbour, this luxury Vancouver Island resort is home to the first and only Nicklaus Designed golf course on the island.

The Bear Mountain golf course is good for scratch golfers and challenges novices.

Nice surprise: For a post-golf relax submerge in the renowned Sante Spa.

When to go: whenever you feel the urge to putt on the green.



Vancouver Island Resort For Design Lovers
Blackrock Oceanfront Resort
Vancouver Island Resorts have amazing views. Check into Blackrock Oceanfront Resort and lap up the ocean vistas.

Once you complete a mind-bending hike along the Wild Pacific Trail by Ucluelet walk another six minutes for another mind-blower.

This sight is of the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.

Built from granite and glass the design of Black Rock Resort Ucluelet looks like it leapt from the pages of an architectural magazine.

With so many incredible design features the 133-room property is sure to capture the interest of creative-types.

Neat surprise: Black Rock Ucluelet has an ultra-hip bar and a seasonal patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

When to go: Any season.


A Victoria Hotel With A View
Inn at Laurel Point is a Victoria hotel with a great view
Check in and chill out at this Victoria hotel.

In Victoria, four-legged friends are welcomed at the Inn at Laurel Point. Doggie bed, bowls and special pet snacks created by the inn chef are part of the charm when staying there.

This Victoria hotel caters to those who want to relax in an urban setting without having to make a long drive to do it.

Nice surprises: Inn-room spa and a glass-encased indoor pool. The hotel also offers an electric car charging station and bike rentals.

When to go: Year-round



Luxury Vancouver Island Resort In The Wilderness
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Yes, luxury can go wild especially at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.

Accessible only by floatplane, helicopter or boat, guests will arrive in under one hour from the mainland but boy the views will be grand as you whisk past the Pacific Rim National Park to the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere.

There’s a hefty trip menu attached to this Vancouver Island resort that has outdoor seekers inching to try nearly every activity.

Whether it’s sunrise for miraculous starts to the day or stunning sunsets that will bring a moment of awe.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is glamping BC at its finest.

The must-dos include wildlife viewing and wilderness activities. Bear and whale watching go hand in hand.

Head out on a hard bottom Zodiac boat and be prepared for unbeatable sightseeing. The best time to see the black bears is during low-tide when the furry critters hunt for snacks like crabs and other crustaceans.

Surprises: Luxury tented accommodations are amazing.

When to go: Summer for the summer migration of humpback whales




Vancouver Island Resort For Tree Huggers
Tree House Resort
One of the quirkiest Vancouver Island resort is this treehouse accommodation at Freespirit Spheres. Left: Eve Master Slider, Eyrn Master Slider, Melody Master Slider. Photo: Tom Chudleigh.

Vancouver Island accommodation comes in different shapes and sizes. Literally, hang out at Free Spirit Spheres.

Situated smack between Vancouver Island’s Lighthouse country and Qualicum Beach, these adults-only sleeping quarters suspend high in the treetops.

Accessible by spiral staircases and elevated walkways, you can say it’s a little piece of heaven.

Guests enjoy sleeping high in the forest, listening to nature calls and don’t mind the snug dining areas either.

Neat surprises: Free Spirit Spheres is the world’s first manufacturer of spherical treehouses.

When to go: When the mood swings


Vancouver Island Resort In The Wilderness

Glen Lyon Resort

Pegged for its million-dollar view, the digs at Glen Lyon Inn & Suites might not be as posh as some of the other Vancouver Island resorts.

Port Hardy hotels are not as glamorous as others on the island. But being a modern hotel in the hub of Port Hardy, Glen Lyon Inn boasts bay-facing suites. That means views galore.

From your balcony see bald eagles nesting on trees, spawning fish jumping at the mouth of the Glen Lyon River, and yes, the majestic killer whales too.

Located at the most northern terminus on the Island Highway, it’s worth the drive to get there.

Nice surprises: Unpretentious, friendly atmosphere.

When to go: May-September for guaranteed whale watching tours.


A Small Vancouver Island Resort
Overbury Resort Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island accommodation comes it different sizes and this small house is a surprise package

Over by Thetis Island, a short ferry ride from Vancouver Island, lies an island getaway from an island getaway.

Inhabited roughly by 350 strong, those resort fans wanting an even remoter island head to the Overbury Resort.

This historic property is big on capturing hearts and frequently serves as a backdrop for destination weddings.

Nice surprise: Dial back the clock and stay at one of these turn-of-the-century buildings or escape to the cozy waterfront cottages.

When to go: The Mediterranean combo of mild winters and warm, dry summers makes this spot ideal year-round but summertime is certainly the most radiant.


Vancouver Island Resort For First Nations Culture
Wya Point Thunder Bird
Wya Point Thunder Bird is a Vancouver Island resort for those who want to get close to First Nations culture. top left: Small yurt, Thunderbird Lodge, sensational views.

Located in an old First Nations village site only a stone’s throw from the world-famous Pacific Rim National Park guests staying at the Wya Point Resort are in for a treat.

Wya Point Resort is a triple treat in accommodations: friendly campground, luxurious lodges and rustic yurts.

Venture to this west side of the island to enjoy fishing charters, hiking, whale watching, surfing and chilling out by the sea.

Neat surprises: Two private beaches and the resort were honoured in 2014 to win the Outstanding Accommodation Award by Aboriginal Tourism BC.



Vancouver Island Resort For Foodies

It runs in the family. No sooner have you bitten into a fine helping from award-winning chef Michael Stadtlander at his rural dining digs in the province of Ontario (he’s been brandishing a farm-to-table mantra before it was entrend), than you discover, foodie legacies can come true.

In the coastal nook of Juan de Fuca Strait lies the Sooke Harbour House.

This seaside property boasts an incredible location and for years has made gastro snobs smile with its earlier culinary encounters but now, guests and diners can expect to be wowed even more.

Stadlandter’s son Jonas is the executive chef at Sook Harbour House restaurant.

Expect only the finest and freshest with a newly curated weekly menu to dazzle those taste buds.

Neat surprises: Thanks to a special 35-year relationship with local farms Sooke Harbour House Kitchen has a love of wild foods featured prominently throughout the menu. Think the 3 F’s: fishers, foragers and farmers. Guests will be delighted to scour the manicured garden with its seasonal edible blossoms and fresh wild mushrooms harvested wintertime.

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