british columbia adventure lodges
(Neil Rabinowitz)

Tough Luxe

If British Columbia didn't invent the adventure lodge, the province sure has perfected the genre. Here are four that do it right, with a twist: You can't drive to any of them.

british columbia adventure lodges

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Wilderness Outpost, Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts & Spa


All-inclusive packages from Vancouver start at US,500 per person for three nights. (888-333-5405,

Four-night, all-inclusive Heli Ventures package costs US,995 per person. (800-837-4354,

All-inclusive daily rate of US0 per person includes two spa treatments. (250-789-9494,

BUGABOO LODGE Three-night, all-inclusive summer packages from US
,595 per person. (800-661-0252,

british columbia adventure lodges

british columbia adventure lodges SOUP’S ON: a peek inside the dining tent at the Wilderness Outpost

british columbia adventure lodges

british columbia adventure lodges

AERIAL VIEW: In a forest beside the Bedwell River, a dozen wood-framed safari tents connected by cedar-plank walkways link dining and massage tents and a fjordside spa. THE PROGRAM: Guides can take you hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking on old mining roads, and sea kayaking in placid Bedwell Sound. BONUS: Sack out on a four-poster bed beneath a down comforter listening to the river just beyond your private wooden deck. GETTING THERE: From Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s western coast, it’s a 30-minute boat ride to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, then another 20 minutes to the Outpost.

Nimmo Bay Resort
AERIAL VIEW: On a remote mainland fjord, eight spacious chalets and cabins connect via a floating dock to the main lodge. THE PROGRAM: Expect everything from heli-glacier-trekking to heli-fishing for wild coho salmon to heli-kayaking amid the orcas of Johnstone Strait. BONUS: Two hot tubs sit beside the terminus of a waterfall that tumbles out of the spruce forest. GETTING THERE: From Port Hardy, on the north end of Vancouver Island, it’s a 25-minute chopper ride to Nimmo Bay.

Elisi Spa and Wilderness Resort at Sleeping Chief
AERIAL VIEW: Two cottages and an eight-room log-cabin-style lodge on the edge of 2,570-square-mile Northern Rockies Provincial Park, in B.C.’s far north. THE PROGRAM: On a hike or on horseback, watch for megafauna like elk and grizzlies. Or fish for Dolly Varden trout and grayling in the Muskwa River. BONUS: Melt muscles and soften the epidermis with a special two-and-a-half-hour, guys-only spa treatment. GETTING THERE: From Fort St. John, take a one-hour charter flight.

Bugaboo Lodge
AERIAL VIEW: A 35-room chalet in southeastern B.C.’s Bugaboo Range. THE PROGRAM: Guided climbs and heli-hiking among Matterhorn look-alikes. BONUS: An action-packed, chopper-fueled schedule. GETTING THERE: Canadian Mountain Holidays buses you two and a half hours from Banff, Alberta, for the eight-minute chopper flight to the lodge.

From Outside Magazine, Aug 2004 Lead Photo: Neil Rabinowitz