6 Summer Staycations for Vancouverites
The low Canadian dollar coupled with the country’s latest status as the second best country in the world prove that there’s never been a better time to explore your own backyard – especially us British Columbians. Whatever your desire, our province has it all. Foodies, Activity Seekers and Wellbeing Warriors can all find their perfect staycation within the borders of Canada’s most western province, without venturing too far beyond the Vancity metropolis.
With more than 2,200 incredible places for travellers to stay in B.C. —from Kelowna to Fort Nelson, and everywhere in between!—here are Booking.com’s top picks for British Columbia Staycations in 2016.
City Escape: Villa Marco Polo Bed and Breakfast Inn – Victoria
Presenting old world charm with an ocean view, this captivating B&B is set in a 1923 Italian Renaissance-style mansion within the Rockland district, minutes from the bustling Inner Harbour. The perfect compromise between city and country, Villa Marco Polo boasts ornate décor, secluded surroundings and an exquisite breakfast made up of locally grown and produced ingredients. Guests can wander to nearby downtown Victoria during the day for an endless array of activities or unwind by the pool followed by an in-room spa treatment.
Fanatical Foodie: The Rosewood Georgia – Vancouver
Look no further than your own urban backyard for some of the best cuisine not only along the West Coast, but in the whole country. The Rosewood Georgia is home to Hawksworth Restaurant – voted best restaurant in Vancouver and number two on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2015. A must-visit for the food obsessed, the restaurant is an ode to Vancouver’s diversity, showcasing the superb gastronomy that has become Chef David Hawksworth’s trademark.
Wellbeing Warriors: Nita Lake Lodge – Whistler
For those who want to escape the rat race for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation, the Nita Lake Lodge offers the ideal tranquil lakeside retreat in Whistler Creekside. Guests can head into the mountains or out on the lake to reconnect with Mother Nature, before taking sanctuary in the Lodge’s warm and welcoming spa. Beyond the spa, guests can make full use of roof-top hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room and beautiful relaxation lounge, or take part in yoga sessions, fitness classes and personal training. Naturopathic services include IV vitamin therapy and acupuncture.
Wildlife Watchers: Long Beach Lodge Resort – Tofino
As one of the world’s most beautiful coastal destinations, Vancouver Island’s diverse eco-system makes it the ideal place to see a wide range of the country’s most spectacular wildlife. Long Beach Lodge Resort is an award-winning West Coast retreat with an array of luxurious rooms and cottages, a relaxing dining room, lounge, sauna and outdoor hot tub. An abundance of activities and excursions are available through the Lodge – from adventures on the water observing the gray whales, transient orcas, humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions and seals, to a range of seasonal tours to catch a glimpse of the black bears who call this region home.
Surf-cation: Whiskey Landing Lodge – Ucluelet
Located along a breathtaking waterfront, Whiskey Landing was designed as a tribute to the west coast’s natural beauty and home-grown culture. In addition to exciting adventures including fishing charters, eco tours, kayaking, and seaplane expeditions, visitors can opt for surfing along the scenic coast. First time surfer? No problem. Onsite Wick’d Surf Camps will have you shredding the waves in no time, bringing you to nearby beaches and providing full rentals and instruction.
Activity Seeker: Hotel Eldorado – Kelowna
Located next to Okanagan Lake, this magnificent Kelowna boutique hotel offers guests no shortage of activities. With a vintage-style indoor swimming pool, its own marina and only a short walk to the beach, water lovers will obsess over this getaway. The resort is situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, allowing guests to venture on a hike or bike ride through the mountains, tee off at one of the many nearby golf courses or expand their sommelier skills with a stop at one of the local award-winning wineries.