A white dome structure with a blue door on the beach in Tofino from Backeddy Resort.

Unique Places to
Stay in Nature

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Sechelt Inlet at the Backeddy Resort and Marina | @dolfvermeulen

When was the last time you sipped a steamy morning beverage in the still of the forest or enjoyed a sizzling breakfast cooked in the open air? Imagine spending your days in the wilderness and your nights reconnecting around a crackling fire, as you fall asleep under a starry sky.

If you’ve been aching to spend more time in nature, there are plenty of ways to get outside in British Columbia. This is the year to try something different—to literally expand your horizons—be it in a yurt, a cabin, a wilderness lodge, or even a teepee.

Here are a few types of accommodations that offer different ways to immerse yourself in nature.


Fraser Canyon Teepee Escape & Great River Fishing Adventures | Hubert Kang

Base camp adventures

Follow a day of action with a comfortable sleep in a natural setting. Near Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, Spirit of the West Adventures operates kayak tours with a chance to see orcas, humpbacks, and bears. At base camp, you can sleep in a tent with a real bed, take a hot shower, and relax in the wood-fired hot tub. Join a scheduled tour or book a private one for your personal bubble.

Great River Fishing also offers a teepee experience steps away from the Fraser River. After a day of sturgeon fishing, relax on your water-view deck or wind down next to a crackling fire by the river. With a flap in the teepees that opens to the sky, you can stargaze your way to sleep.

The outdoor yoga decks at REO Rafting & Yoga Resort let you enjoy the breeze as you inhale the fresh air of the Fraser Canyon. Located north of Boston Bar, REO offers multi-day guided yoga retreats for all levels with peaceful glamping tents, in which you can fall asleep to the thrum of the rushing Nahatlatch River.

The Shoreline, Tofino | @vancitywild

Rooms With a View

Stoke your creativity by staying somewhere with a unique view of the landscape. Located in the village of New Denver between the Selkirk and Valhalla mountains, Adventure Domes offer curvy cottages wrapped in nature. Find inspiration rock climbing in Valhalla Provincial Park, paddle Slocan Lake, cycle or hike local trails, and soak in nearby hot springs.

Angular and Instagram-worthy, the Black Box Container Home is a stylish way to experience the Kamloops desert, with a view of the South Thompson River and an outdoor fire pit. At Myra Canyon Lodge and Ranch above Kelowna, lots of glass elements mean unobstructed views of the lake and across the valley.

The “log castle” Tower House at The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort is architecturally fascinating, with luxury log cabins complete with lake and mountain views. Relax in the remote Chilcotin location and explore the sweeping landscape by ATV, heli-hiking, and more.

If you prefer an ocean view, make your way to The Shoreline in Tofino, a boutique waterfront property that is embraced by its rainforest surrounds. Originally built in the 1960s, The Shoreline promises a woodsy-surfer vibe, thanks to an A-frame house and two A-frame cabins that are steps from the ocean.

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort | Ben Giesbrecht

Eco resorts

The feeling of awe experienced deep in the wilderness makes you want to preserve it for future generations. Nimmo Bay Resort provides up to 80% of power needs through a hydro system fuelled by streams and waterfalls. Stay in a luxury waterfront cabin, relax in a floating cedar sauna, dine on foraged ingredients, and find exhilaration in an outdoor rain shower.

Near Kootenay National Park, Nipika Mountain Resort is completely off-grid, sourcing power from the sun and forest. Expend your energy in the Rockies mountain biking, trail running, hiking, or canoeing the Kootenay River. At night, sit on your log cabin porch and soak up the stars.

Reached by kayak in Desolation Sound, Cabana Desolation Eco Resort’s buildings are made from sustainably harvested or recycled building materials. Live life along with the tides, paddling and swimming by day. On summer nights, catch the thrill of bioluminescence, a natural phenomenon of light dancing through water.

Farm stays

Nourish your spirit by waking up in a field or orchard, steps from where your food is grown. At Hidden Acres Farm and Treehouse outside of Terrace, you can stay on a family-owned working farm and purchase eggs and produce grown on site, right beside the cabins. The 36-hectare property offers access to the Skeena River, wildlife viewing, and biking trails to work up an appetite.

You can watch the sun set over apple orchards before star gazing in a romantic yurt at Merridale Cidery and Distillery. Set in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, this is a destination for food lovers, with an eatery open to the orchard that offers plenty of fresh air.

On Bowen Island, Alderwood Farm gives you a taste of quiet country life on a working farm. Wake up to breakfast and coffee on the garden suite’s patio and then grab an Alderwood pie and other house-made treats from the farm shop to take on a beach picnic.