Retreat into the Canadian wilderness with this 4 day stay at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge - this cliff-side resort offers the finest ocean views in British Colombia, just a 45 minute flight from Vancouver. Here you can enjoy beautiful scenery, adventure opportunities and fresh seasonal cuisine. Enjoy the solitude at the edge of the wilderness with opportunities for whale watching and kayaking – a perfect side trip to experience Canada’s natural beauty.
This 4 day stay on Canada's west coast is great as an add on to a self-drive itinerary such as Discover Whistler & the Rockies, speak to one of our destination experts on how to create your perfect trip.
Your trip starts by making your way to the float plane base, to board a scenic forty minute flight northwest via Sechelt to West Coast Wilderness Lodge.
During this magnificent flight, you may be lucky enough to glimpse Orca whales, dolphins, and sea lions swimming below in Howe Sounds stunning islands and bays. Just before you land, you’ll pass right over Skookcumchuck Rapids, the fastest saltwater rapids in North America.
The resort offers zodiac based marine and wildlife tours– this is the only resort on the Sunshine Coast to offer such excursions and they’re hugely popular!
Check in for a 3 night stay and enjoy a bottle of wine and cheese platter on arrival – lovely!
After breakfast, you’ll venture out for an all-day boat tour along one of British Columbia’s most romantic coastal fords.
As you reach the head of Jervis Inlet you’ll cruise through the geological constriction known as ‘Malibu Rapids’ into sheltered Princess Louisa Inlet. The boat will dock, allowing you to amble along the cedar boardwalks that snake through the rainforest to the bottom of Chatterbox Falls - where you will witness the 40 metre waterfall in all its glory.
Choose how to spend your day:
Inlet Zodiac Cruise (1 hour)
Explore the village of Egmont on an exciting Zodiac tour (small water craft). Experience the power of the currents as we surf next to the world’s best kayakers in the Skookumchuck Rapids, before heading out to Lone Tree Island for a visit with a friendly colony of seals.
Guided kayaking (2 hours)
Explore the Sutton island chain, right in front of the Lodge. Depending on the tide, you will head into Egmont’s “downtown”, passing a fish processing plant and a wharf lined with old timber fishing boats to learn about its history and geography. Or you can kayak west past eagles nests and colonies of sea stars.
Dinner at the Lodge
Enjoy a three course dinner in the lodge’s own restaurant. Situated high up on a craggy, granite bluff overlooking forests, inlets and islands, you can enjoy your meal in the elegant dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that span the entire hall.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge this morning, and dwell in the peace and quiet of this remarkable wilderness area.
Head back to Vancouver by float plane where your arrangements will end.
*The West Coast Wildnerness Lodge is only open in the summer months from April to October
The best times to travel in British Colombia, Canada are from March to May and September to November, this is when you’ll find milder temperatures and bargain hotel rates. May until August is peak season with prices being at a premium and lots of tourist visitors, the summer brings beautiful weather however and is a very popular season to travel to this region. December to February is winter and temperatures can drop below freezing, for winter sports fans it is worth braving the weather to take part in winter sports activities particularly in nearby Whistler.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
3 nights in West Coast Wilderness Lodge