Previously on the blog, we gave you a trip inspiration list of 7 unique places to hang your hat on the Sunshine Coast.
Private island yurts & eco cabanas, geodesic domes and glamping – what more could any traveller hope for? But the Sunshine Coast has so many unique accommodations, we simply had to do a ‘Part Two’, and this time, we added on one more. So here you go, 8 unique places to stay and discover the Sunshine Coast, BC.
1) Klahoose Wilderness Resort
Update November 2020: The new name and ownership is Klahoose Wilderness Resort, formerly Homfray Lodge. Hang your hat in the heart of paradise at Klahoose Wilderness Resort in Desolation Sound. Leave your worries in the Lund Harbour as you embark on the boat trip to the Resort – you will really begin to feel yourself settle into the pace of the environment. Not only will the scenery stun you every time you turn your head, the surrounding wilderness and relaxed atmosphere will leave you with no choice but to unwind and let your stress slip away. It is truly the perfect wilderness getaway. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, check out their grizzly bear viewing tours!
Where: Desolation Sound
2) Tzoonie Wilderness Resort
Leave your cellphone and your worries behind as you the board the boat that will guide you up Sechelt Inlet, into Narrows Inlet, and to your final destination at Tzoonie Wilderness Resort. Choose from rustic tent cabins overlooking the inlet, or two- or four-person cabins, and make the most of the setting as you venture out by land or sea. They have a fleet of kayaks, paddleboards, and a canoe, as well as two mountain bikes for all the exploration you could possibly want. And if that’s not enough incentive to book your stay, how does a seafood feast followed by a show of phosphorescence sound? *minimum 2 night stay
Where: Sechelt/Narrows Inlet
3) Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Update Spring 2020: Wilderness Resort & Retreat is currently closed. Call directly for the latest information. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway, family vacation, or just hoping to rediscover your connection with nature, Wilderness Resort and Retreat is the perfect spot. Getting here is something of a choose-your-own-adventure deal, as you can pick from self-propelled transport (ie. kayak/canoe/SUP), water taxi, and even float plane. Regardless of how you choose you get there, once you arrive you may never want to leave. Their wilderness tents, cabins, and oceanview yurts make for a comfortably rustic camp/glamp experience, and Chef Alex Barton’s “Best of the West” meal plan includes the finest locally sourced ingredients. From the food to fishing – and let’s not forget the wood-fired hot tubs – this place is the epitome of Sunshine Coast vibes.
Where: Sechelt/Storm Bay
Photos: Wilderness Resort & Retreat
4) West Coast Wilderness Lodge
A long-time favourite of the Sunshine Coast for it’s stunning setting and plethora of amenities, West Coast Wilderness Lodge is the one-stop-shop for everything luxury and adventure. Located at the mouth of Jervis and Sechelt Inlets, and frequently chosen as an idyllic locale to say “I do”, they offer a variety of packages so you might customize your adventure to suit whatever you desire. Take a boat tour to the Skookumchuck Narrows, go heli-hiking in the alpine, or relax with a massage at the Eco Spa. And don’t forget to follow your adventure of choice with a meal (or two) at Inlets Restaurant! Regardless of what it is, chances you are you will find what you are looking for here.
Photos: West Coast Wilderness Lodge
5) Old Courthouse Inn
Feel like hanging your hat in the Sheriff’s Office? How about kicking your shoes off in the Judge’s Chambers? The Old Courthouse Inn in Powell River’s Historic Townsite District is quite literally just that – the old courthouse! Converted into an Inn where you can now enjoy a hot breakfast at Edie Rae’s Cafe, full day spa services, and a short walk to a cold beer at Townsite Brewing. Decorating the interior is an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles to remind guests of the Inn’s heritage. If you are looking for a truly unique experience in accommodation, this is the place for you.
Where: Powell River
6) Lund Harbour House Suite
The northern Sunshine Coast is pretty well-known for hosting some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world, but there are a few things that make it even sweeter…like being able to watch it from your own private deck right in the Lund Harbour. The Lund Harbour House is quite literally at the end of the road – Mile 0 of the longest highway in the world, to be exact – so you know you are in for a quiet and peaceful retreat. Inspired by ship architecture, the interior is decorated in accordance with the nautical theme of the surrounding area. Inside you will find a Galley (kitchen) as well as a Cabin (living room) and Berth (bedroom). And of course, don’t forget the wraparound deck with the best view in the Harbour! You’re sure to find this the ideal spot to drop anchor.
Photos: Annie Wise
7) Savary Island Resort
If you’ve been postponing that destination wedding or family reunion in Hawaii, how about heading to the Hawaii of the West Coast – complete with white sand beaches and the warmest water north of Mexico! Savary is one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems, and the Resort perfectly compliments the island getaway vibe you feel the moment you step onto the beach. Celebrate any special occasion with the people you love – and the four-legged ones; the Resort is dog-friendly – while lounging in a hammock or laughing around the fire pit, all only short walk from where you can watch some of the most spectacular sunsets in the Hemisphere. *minimum 3 night stay; Resort sleeps a maximum of 20 people
Where: Savary Island
Photos: Savary Island Resort
8) Up The Creek Backpackers’ Lodge
As a student who also loves to travel, I know hostels are always on my radar whenever I begin the planning phase of a trip, so I would be remiss to exclude one of the best the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Up The Creek has been hosting happy travellers for years in the heart of one of the most vibrant and tight-knit communities on the Coast, and even offer a “work and stay” program for those looking to extend their stay. Not to mention they are located just a short walk (or ride with one of their loaner bikes) away from one of the tastiest foodie spots in the area – Gumboot Cafe and Restaurant. Whether you are travelling solo and looking for company, or just hoping to meet some new people, you are sure to find home here.
Where: Roberts Creek
Photos: Up The Creek Backpackers Lodge