We love camping as much as the next Canadian, but sometimes we’re just not into “roughing it.” Here are five of our favourite places to go in B.C.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, near Tofino
It may be the ultimate glamping destination. This super high-end resort offers three, four or seven night all-inclusive adventures. Guests hike, kayak, go horseback riding or learn to surf on a secluded beach. And, of course, the accommodations are amazing with antique furnishings, heirloom china and en-suite bathrooms (with in-floor heating!).
Riverside Resort, Whistler
These cozy yurts in Whistler are nestled in the woods, perched on platforms. For those who have never seen a yurt, it is basically a circular cabin with a roof, walls and sturdy floors. Riverside’s yurts also have electricity, heating and fireplaces (for year-round use) but no running water or cooking facilities so you’ll still have to try your hand at campfire cuisine.
Free Spirit Sphere, Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island
These spheres are perfect for those who really want to be one with nature but aren’t willing to sleep on the ground. Actually, you have to be willing to sleep suspended from ropes in one of three beautifully handcrafted “orbs.” The orbs sleep up to three people and are comfortably furnished.
Otentik, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Langley
Otentiks—a cross between a cabin and tent—have been popping up all around Canadian provincial and national parks, making camping a breeze. The ones in Fort Langley have a fridge, heater and electricity, as well as a fire pit and BBQ. Plus, you’re just steps away from the Village of Fort Langley, walking trails and the Brae Island Regional Park.
Outa-the-Woods, East Kootenay
These aren’t the tree houses of your childhood—Outa-the-Woods has seven tree houses on 15-foot platforms complete with running water and electricity. Each one is basically a fully functioning cabin nestled amongst the trees. There are decks and a balcony with a BBQ and hammock, and inside you’ll find a kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and a lounge.