Sonora Island, B.C. (Discovery Islands)
Open May to October. Rates from $730 single/$930 double, includes meals and house beverages.
Located just off Vancouver Island, tucked into the Discovery Islands and accessible only by helicopter, sea plane or boat, Sonora Resort delivers on luxury and pure, unspoiled nature. Take in views of the water from your room, suite or villa, then head outside to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. There is grizzly bear-spotting in the fall, salmon fishing and whale-watching, paddle sports and hiking and mountain biking trails. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Tyee Dining Room awaits with indulgent desserts from acclaimed B.C. pastry chef, Dominic Fortin. Soak up the breathtaking scenery from one of the many hot tubs sprinkled across the property, or relax at the resort’s Pacific Northwest-inspired spa. Treatments include soothing massages featuring Canadian balsam fir gum—used for generations by Indigenous peoples for its healing properties—eucalyptus and coastal beach stones.
Tour: Learn how the Homalco First Nations lived off this land for generations in the immersive Homalco Wildlife Cultural Tour, which includes a seafood feast.
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