NESTLED on an island in the heart of a Pacific archipelago in Canada is Sonora Resort, one of the top luxury lodges in these parts of the world.
Visitors can only get to the resort by seaplane from Vancouver or Seattle, or a water taxi from Campbell River, thereon feeding into its mystery and sealing its value as a prized nature retreat. Such is Sonora’s commitment to upholding its “hidden paradise” status.
Sonora sits on an aesthetically endowed patch of land between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, what Forbes claims is one of North America’s most pristine, magical islands. This lends itself to a backdrop worthy of many paintings.
Even with its isolated location, Sonora does well in equipping itself with big-resort luxuries and amenities. All room rates are inclusive of meals, drinks, wireless internet, and unlimited international phone calls.
Rooms are crafted in fir stone and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to magical views of ocean rapids and mountainous ranges, one way that the resort “invites the outside in”. The Gold and Diamond rooms have rooftop balcony hot tubs, another point from which to observe the great panorama.
If booking in with family or a group of friends, consider the private villas; each unit guarantees comfort in solitude, and comes equipped with hot tubs, a mini grand piano and a lush forest backdrop.
The Sea Lion Villa is a treasure trove of art and architecture, featuring one of the largest commissions of B.C. art including glass monoliths and cedar story poles by Philip Gray. In the Great Room lies a cozy fireplace and doors that lead to a terrace overlooking Innes Passage.
To up the luxury, the Sea Lion Villa has its own private dining room, a well-stocked kitchen, a billiards room, a home theater, and a wet bar that facilitates after-dinner entertainment. The icing on the cake is the rooftop hot tub for a late-night soak beneath the stars.
Within the resort, the outdoor heated pool overlooks the ocean and untouched nature, or if you prefer, you can partake in a variety of water sports including fly fishing, paddle boarding, and canoeing. To warm up, head indoors to the in-house conservatory, movie theater, fitness center, or games room.
For a hearty meal after a long day, Tyee Dining Room facing the sea combines Old World French techniques with contemporary influences using fresh, West Coast produce. A post-dinner tour of the Wine Cellar is also called for, where you’ll stumble upon a range of California cabernets or an exclusive French Bordeaux.
A stay at Sonora is incomplete without partaking in the many outdoor eco-adventure activities where you’ll be able to spot wildlife such as sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, killer whales, and bald eagles. If you’re a nature photographer, Sonora is a goldmine for prized snapshots of rare species.
You could also book yourself in for salmon and river fly fishing, grizzly bear tours, ocean kayaking, river rafting, and forest tours. There’s a vast range of wilderness to explore here, and as much as the rooms, suites and villas are kitted out in modern luxuries, it’s a shame if you don’t block out a fair chunk of time to traverse the outdoors.
Because what’s a trip out to one of Canada’s most beautiful nature retreats without a real taste of the crisp, cool air and postcard-worthy portraits?
Tempted? Book a stay at Sonora Resort now.