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Hide Away in One of 7 Cozy BC Cabins

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Whether they are tucked away in the rainforest or perched over the open ocean, cabins have an undeniable appeal. Each self-contained structure allows you to take a break from your regular life while still enjoying the comforts of a cozy home-away-from home. Bring family and friends with you or hide out with your favourite person (or the dog). Here’s where to hunker down in BC.

Sunwolf Riverside ResortSquamish

Best for: Bringing family and friends together
The Fisherman's Cottage at Sunwolf Riverside Resort, Squamish.

The Fisherman’s Cottage. Photo: Sunwolf Riverside Resort

Set along the Cheakamus River near Squamish, Sunwolf feels a world away from the city lights. Unwind among the trees and listen to the flowing waters over a board game in the comfy, multi-family Fisherman’s Cottage, a modern stunner with views of the Coast Mountains. Or snuggle up in the Logger’s Shack that accommodates four with a loft and a wood-burning fireplace. If your clan is bigger, opt for two or more of the three-person Riverside Cabins. Bonus: four-legged family members are welcome.

Wild Renfrew CottagesPort Renfrew

Best for: Storm watching
The Wild Renfrew Cottages, on Vancouver Island.

The Wild Renfrew Cottages, on Vancouver Island. Photo: Wild Renfrew

When the skies darken and the waves lash the shoreline along Vancouver Island’s west coast, pull on a sweater, sit by the fire, and take it all in at Wild Renfrew Cottages. Here, private retreats offer plush amenities and panoramic vistas; you’ll step right onto the pier from the wharfside studios while the two-bedroom beachfront units offer floor-to-ceiling views of the Port of San Juan and surrounding bluffs (one beachfront cottage offers a private fire pit). The crown jewel—a.k.a. the Viewpoint Penthouse—sleeps six with 180-degree views of Mother Nature’s best show.

Ucluth Lodges, Wya Point Resort, Ucluelet

Best for: Rainforest escapes
A post-and-beam cedar lodge at Wya Point Resort in Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island.

A post-and-beam cedar lodge at Wya Point Resort in Ucluelet. Photo: Stay & Wander

Also along the Island’s west coast, Ucluth Lodges at Wya Point Resort showcase spectacular views of the ocean. Each one- and two-bedroom lodge offers easy, private access to the beach and surrounding rainforest. Ucluth translates to “safe landing spot” in the local Nuu-chah-nulth language, and each lodge is made of sturdy post-and-beam cedar. They also have floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the rainforest into your living room—a welcome dose of greenery all winter long.

Moberly Lodge & Log CabinsGolden

Best for: Access to five national parks
Columbia Cabin, north of Golden.

Columbia Cabin, north of Golden. Photo: Wendy Chambers

North of Golden, fans of the great outdoors can retreat to the mountains for overnights in real log cabins. Quaint and compact, Moberly Lodge’s two hand-crafted cabins, Columbia and Kicking Horse, offer snug home bases for adventurers; they may be just 450 square feet, but they can sleep six comfortably. And while you’ll have 12 acres of private property to explore, you can lace up and trek farther in one (or more) of the nearby national parks: Banff, Glacier, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho.

Bella Coola Grizzly Tours and Adventure ResortBella Coola

Best for: Hibernation
The cabin interior at Bella Coola Grizzly Tours and Adventure Resort, in Bella Coola.

The cabin interior at Bella Coola Grizzly Tours and Adventure Resort. Photo: Chris Harris, Madison Cook

When the snow flies, the lumbering creatures that make their home in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest seek shelter. Visitors to Bella Coola can find their own cozy den at Bella Coola Grizzly Tours and Adventure Resort, where chalet-style log cabins provide all the creature comforts, including a full kitchen, queen-size sleigh beds, and woodstoves to ward off the evening chill. While snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are options (bring your own gear), there’s little else to distract, making this an ideal setting to catch some zzzzz’s.

Atlin Mountain CottagesAtlin

Best for: Remote respite
View of Atlin Lake in Northern BC.

View of Atlin Lake. Photo: @manukeggenhoff via Instagram

For a crowd-free experience, go north—waaay north—to Atlin. The tiny town, just south of the Alaska border in northwestern BC, is so remote that cellphone service is a no-go. And that’s a good thing, especially when you check into the Atlin Mountain Cottages for a few days of respite. Here, welcoming, two-bedroom cabins overlooking glacial-fed Atlin Lake are fully self-contained (and internet-free). If you’re looking for Wi-Fi or a chance to mingle, you can connect at the main lodge and the Discovery Saloon.

Myra Canyon RanchKelowna

Best for: A quick getaway from the city
The Studio Eagles Nest at Myra Canyon Lodge, near Kelowna.

The Studio Eagles Nest at Myra Canyon Lodge. Photo: Myra Canyon Lodge

While downtown Kelowna is a mere 20-minute drive away, Myra Canyon Ranch maintains a far-flung feel. Perhaps it’s the horses roaming in the pasture or the location’s easy access to the bridges, trestles, and tunnels of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. Or maybe it’s the roomy, self-contained suites, many with wrap-around decks that invite you to drink in the surrounding wine country. In all, there are four suites—Bear, Bird, Deer, and Eagle—that can sleep between two to eight guests; the biggest (Bear) has a private hot tub. You won’t find TVs in these rooms, just views of the lake and the valley below.

Feature image: A beach front timber lodge at Wya Point Resort in Ucluelet. Photo: Stay & Wander