Bakerville Historic Town. A small street is lined with old shops and pedestrians walk down the dirt road.

8 Unusual Accommodations in British Columbia

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Barkerville Historic Town | Rob Lloyd

Yurt or houseboat? Cabana or cannery? In BC, these eight overnight options are anything but ordinary.

Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler. A selection of beds on two levels are shown. There are curtains to the side of the mattresses and the pods are numbered. Numbers 55,56, and 57 are displayed.
Pangea Pod Hotel

Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler

Priced between luxury and budget with a killer mid-Village location, Whistler‘s Pangea Pods has ultra-hip communal space in its Living Room and Rooftop Patio, places to mingle before tucking into a cozy little pod—with shared facilities—and drawing the curtain for privacy.

Pangea Pod Hotel
Tourism Vancouver/Skwachays Lodge/Craig Minielly at Aura Photographics

Skwachàys Lodge in Vancouver

Eighteen one-of-a-kind guest suites designed by local Aboriginal artists and Vancouver interior designers tell stunning visual stories about First Nations culture and feature original artwork created by the participating artists. Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge is a social enterprise that provides the funding for 24 living and work studios for an Indigenous “artists in residence” program. Don’t miss: the rooftop sweat lodge, smudge room, and a nearly 13-metre (43-foot) totem pole.

Skwachàys Lodge
Cabana Desolation Eco Resort | Adam Vallance

Cabana Desolation Eco Resort in Desolation Sound

Warm Pacific waters, abundant marine life, and cool cabanas set the scene on Kinghorn Island, off the northern tip of BC’s Sunshine Coast. Here, Cabana Desolation Eco Resort lodgings embrace the rainforest elements, via screens and breezy curtains, wrap-around decks, and open dining quarters. Don’t miss: a serene guided paddle through Desolation Sound with Powell River Sea Kayak.

Cabana Desolation Eco Resort
The King House B&B | Lynn Stevens for

B&Bs in Barkerville Historic Town

There’s more than gold panning in Barkerville, an authentic 1860s Gold Rush town in the province’s Cariboo region. The King House and The Kelly House are history-rich bed and breakfasts, while the St. George Hotel, a restored Main Street hotel and saloon, offers seven rooms and a hearty bacon-and-eggs breakfast. Don’t miss: period costume-clad town namesake “Billy Barker” as he recounts his struggles and triumphs during BC’s Gold Rush.

Stay in Barkerville
Cassiar Cannery | Andrew Strain

Cassiar Cannery near Prince Rupert

Salmon rules at BC’s Cassiar Cannery, on the Skeena River, south of Prince Rupert. One of the longest continuously operated salmon canneries on Canada’s west coast—once home to cookhouses, machine shops, bunkhouses, blacksmiths, and more—Cassiar spotlights its historic past with overnights in refurbished residences, set on pilings above the tide. For an enlightening tour of an intact cannery town, you can visit neighbouring North Pacific Cannery. Don’t miss: exploration of the natural world with experts during Cassiar’s annual Ecology Week and other custom experiences, including women’s rejuvenation retreats.

Cassiar Cannery
Aerial view of Shuswap Lake | Darren Robinson/Shuswap Tourism

Twin Anchors on Shuswap Lake

A plunge into the warm waters of Shuswap Lake is just one of many houseboat perks in southcentral BC. Aboard Twin Anchors, would-be sailors can set off on boats suited for six or opt for vessels outfitted for up to 24, all equipped with full kitchens and comfy sleeping quarters (bigger boats boast hot tubs and waterslides). Don’t miss: swim, golf, or bike, all from your temporary on-the-lake address.

Twin Anchors
God's Mountain | Joann Pai

God’s Mountain Estate in Penticton

Views of the heavens are on full display at God’s Mountain, south of Penticton, where an open-air, roofless room tempts with a private tub and a gauzy four-poster bed. Set in Okanagan wine country, the Mediterranean-style villa delivers on ambience, thanks to its vineyard-and-Skaha-Lake setting.  It’s a perfect backdrop for a small intimate event or wedding with up to 45 guests.

God's Mountain
Adventure Domes | @traharn

Adventure Domes in New Denver

Adventure Domes in New Denver offer accommodation like no other in BC’s Kootenay Rockies region. Here, curved interior spaces in four durable eco-friendly structures provide a modern, relaxing ambiance while private patios set in mature landscaped gardens complement views of the Selkirk and Valhalla mountains. Nearby, explore the upgraded network of walking and cycling trails along the shores of Slocan Lake. Don’t miss: a stroll through the heritage village of New Denver, home to a convivial summer garlic festival and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

Adventure Domes

Originally published in March, 2018.

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