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British Columbia hotels

HOTEL INSIDER: The Wickaninnish Inn — Tofino, British Columbia

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Photo: Russ Heinil

The Wickaninnish Inn (Photo: Russ Heinil)

ABOUT THE HOTEL
Located on the western flank of Vancouver Island, The Wickaninnish Inn is surrounded by unbridled natural landscape, loaded with sea lions, whales and bears. The hotel’s windows allow visitors to gaze out at breathtaking Chesterman Beach, where the surf-worthy waves roll onto the sand and the ocean goes on for miles. Wickannish is a member of the exclusive network of Relais & Chateaux hotels, which guarantees a high level of luxury and comfort.

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Hotel of the Week: Echo Valley Ranch & Spa—Jesmond, British Columbia

By SANAM ISLAM

Formerly a cattle ranch, the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is in the heart of the Cariboo Mountains cowboy country 400 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, which has a rich history dating back to the gold rush of the 1850s. Horses graze the fields near the ranch, which is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Cariboo Mountains, pine forests, canyons, grasslands and lakes.

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12 of Canada’s Most Unusual Hotels

By MIMI SZETO

Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, BC (Photo: TJ Watt)

These twelve unique hotels, from icy igloos to luxury yurts, range from the strange and adventurous to the fabulously one-of-a-kind and luxurious. For travellers seeking fun, nontraditional romance, the most remote of nature retreats or get-away-from-it-all relaxation, any of these hotels will earn ultimate bragging rights back home. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Seaweed Dreams at Sooke Harbour House, BC

Photo credit: Tourism BC/Tom Ryan

By Kat Tancock

Just an hour’s drive west of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, Sooke Harbour House is renowned for its gourmet restaurant, cozy atmosphere and personal touches—like cookie jars filled with homemade goodies scattered throughout the inn. But it’s the property’s connection with the surrounding natural world that perhaps makes the strongest impression on guests. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Winter Storm-Watching at the Wickaninnish Inn

By Kat Tancock

Best known for its temperate rainforest, Tofino is, logically, also known for its rain: it receives an average of 324 cm (10½ feet) every year.

Rather than try and fight the climate, the veteran Wickaninnish Inn, sequestered on a private section of Pacific oceanfront, embraces it.

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Perks & Quirks: Stay Beneath a Crystal Sky at Sparkling Hill Resort, BC

By Kat Tancock

It’s not just a name—Sparkling Hill Resort just outside Vernon in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley really does sparkle, thanks to the 3.5 million Swarovski crystal elements—valued at $10 million—used as decor throughout the hotel, spa and other areas of the property. (more…)