With all of the recent media exposure from the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, British Columbia is fast becoming the destination of choice for travellers from around the world. With the mild weather, friendly residents and spectacular scenery, British Columbia is the perfect glamping destination.
Ranging from the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, to the alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, glamping options in British Columbia are plentiful. Here is a overview of the different options available for your next glamping trip in BC, we have broken them out by region.
GLAMPING IN THE VANCOUVER ISLAND & THE GULF ISLANDS REGION
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is one of the most highly acclaimed glamping destinations in the world. Situated in a remote inlet, accessible only by float plane or water taxi, the resort is a luxury eco-safari destination. Intimate and romantic, the resort is a celebrity favourite (Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds held their wedding here). The deluxe guest tents are luxuriously furnished with antiques and china, opulent rugs and an abundance of candles. Don’t let the remote location fool you, there are plenty of activities for everyone, from pampering days at the spa to adventurous days kayaking, whale watching, fishing and mountain biking. The resort offers all-inclusive packages from May – September, starting at $4750 CAD, per person for three nights.
One of the most unusual glamping destinations on Vancouver Island is Free Spirit Spheres. These spherical tree houses are suspended amongst the tall trees of the enchanted rainforest, 30km north of Parksville. The spheres, are self-contained, holistic structures that inspire healing, meditation, creativity and imagination. One of the spheres features a galley kitchen with a sink, microwave and a small refrigerator. Each sphere is wired for power and features built in speakers for true surround sound. The facility is open to guests over the age of 16, and rates begin at $125 CAD per night.
If you are visiting Vancouver Island, Horne Lake is a picturesque lake, with crystal clear waters, located 25km north of Parksville. At Horne Lake Adventure Camp, the family can enjoy a fun-filled stay in a tipi or geo-dome. Activities include adventure races, canoeing and cave exploration. They host four family camps each summer, with rates starting at $324 CAN per child and $359 CAD per adult for 4 days and 3 nights, all inclusive.
The Riverbend Resort is located on the banks of the Englishman River, in Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island. This resort features fully equipped cabins, cottages, yurts and a campground. The rentals offer indoor fireplaces, outdoor firepits, full kitchens, three-piece bathrooms and even WiFi. There are plenty of activities nearby, from fishing and golfing, to tubing, kayaking and even scuba diving. This is an ideal family glamping destination. Yurt rentals are available year-round, and start at $109 CAD per night.
Seaview Game Farm is located in the tiny town of Miracle Beach on Vancouver Island. It is a fully functioning fallow deer farm with an oceanfront location. The rental yurts are located just footsteps away from the beach, and feature full kitchen, jacuzzi tubs loft sleeping areas and large wraparound decks. The yurts are fully furnished, and sleep up to six people. Activities at the farm include hiking, walking, beach-combing and farm tours. Rates start at $200 CAD per night.
Located on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island is Soule Creek Lodge. This picturesque lodge features cabins and yurt rentals, and is located in the small town of Port Renfrew, overlooking the world famous West Coast Trail. Newly renovated lodge suites, cabins and yurts have outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean and include a delicious home cooked breakfast. The owners are chefs and proudly serve organic produce from their garden and local seafood. There are plenty of activities, from hiking and kayaking, to beach-combing and biking. Rates start at $100 CAD per night.
T’ai Li Lodge is located on Cortes Island, in a completely non-commercial setting. Oceanfront accommodations include platform tents, cabins and a campground. Guests at the lodge share a common space made up of a unique cedar building with a living green moss roof. Outdoor and indoor dining and catering options are available and full linen service is provided to all guests. Activities include yoga and spa services, kayaking, nature walks, hiking, biking and much more. Rates begin at $65 CAD per night.
GLAMPING IN THE VANCOUVER, COAST AND MOUNTAINS REGION
Fraser Canyon River Ranch is an eco-friendly resort located along the banks of the mighty Fraser River, near Lillooet, BC. Just 3.5 hours away from Vancouver and 2 hours away from Whistler, enjoy stunning scenery and world class fishing in this green resort. Accommodations are available in private, fully furnished yurts or tent cabins. Activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, eco and adventure tours. Rates start at $99 CAN per night.
The GAK Resort at Treasure Mountain is one of BC’s best kept secrets. Nestled between the Cascade and Coastal Mountain ranges, just a 2.5 hour drive from Vancouver. This luxury eco-destination offers all inclusive eco-getaway packages for up to 5 days, with self-drive, private SUV and private helicopter charter options. Set on over 180 acres, accommodations consist of luxurious yurts designed for sleeping, dining and gathering. With a strong commitment to sustainability, each yurt generates electricity via solar and individual generators, along with composting toilets, and the collection and use of rainwater. Rates start at $695 CAD per couple for an all-inclusive, two night, self driving package.
Kumsheen Rafting Resort is located just past Lytton, in the scenic Fraser Canyon, a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver. In addition to all of the whitewater rafting, there are plenty of adventures awaiting, from rock climbing and rappelling, to disc golf and beach volleyball. Stay in fully furnished white canvas tent cabins or in Anishinabe-style teepees. Rates start at $99 CAD per night for tent cabins.
REO Rafting Resort is located 17 km away from the town of Boston Bar, which is a 2.5 hour drive from the city of Vancouver. This adventure and rafting resort sits on over 25 acres and overlooks the jade green waters of the Nahatlatch River. Accommodation options rage from basic tent cabins, to luxury Moroccan themed tents, a campground and log cabins. The resort features a 15 person hot tub, beach volleyball, a campfire entertainment area, rafting and kayaking trips, hiking, rock rappelling, climbing and an adventure spa. Prices start at $30 CAD per person, per night.
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort is located in Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast, less than a two hour drive from Vancouver. This seaside romantic getaway features luxury oceanfront tenthouse suites with deluxe furnishings, fine linens, rainforest showers and hydro-therapy tubs. Activities include sailing, hiking, GPS treasure hunting, fishing, kayaking and relaxing spa treatments. Rates vary by season.
Ruby Lake Resort & Rainforest Spa is also located on the Sunshine Coast, a short ferry ride and drive away from Vancouver. Located amongst the old growth trees of a west coast rain forest, the resort features deluxe safari tents and cottages. The tents have wireless internet, cedar four post beds and fireplaces. The restaurant at the resort serves world class Italian cuisine, prepared with local ingredients. The spa offers a variety of relaxation and wellness treatments overlooking the lagoon and forest. Located on the shores of a clear, warm water lake, activities like swimming, canoeing, fishing and bird watching are sure to entertain the whole family. Rates start at $99.99 CAD per night.
Sakinaw Lake Lodge is a rustic, lakeside retreat on Vancouver’s Sunshine Coast. Accessible only by boat, the intimate property features accommodations in suites and luxury safari tents. The tents feature queen size beds with down duvets, a large washroom with a double headed shower and a private deck with panoramic lake and mountain views. The property features an abundance of docks and decks for lounging and sunbathing, and Sakinaw Lake boasts warm, clear waters, perfect for a refreshing dip. Enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub under the stars or cozy up in front of the fire pit. Rates start at $149 CAD per night and include a hot breakfast.
GLAMPING IN THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN REGION
The Lazy Bear B&B is located in the South Cariboo, just 5km east of Bridge Lake on Highway 24. There are over 300 lakes in the region, and plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Accommodations at the Lazy Bear B&B include a suite, a travel trailer and a tipi. Activities include fishing, ATV rental, boating, snowmobiling, canoeing horseback riding and much more. Tipi rates start from $25 CAD per person per night and include a sleeping bag and firewood.
GLAMPING IN THE THOMPSON OKANAGAN REGION
The Blue River Campground is located halfway between Jasper and Kamloops, in an area surrounded my mountains, lakes and rivers. This campground features accommodations in cozy cabins and tipis. Activities include swimming, fishing and canoeing. Tipi rentals start at $20 CAN per night.
Douglas Lake Ranch is located 320km outside of Vancouver and is Canada’s largest cattle ranch. Known for world-class fly fishing, there are plenty of other activities for the family to enjoy year round – swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Accommodations range from cottages and cabins to yurts. The yurts are fully furnished with kitchens and outdoor showers, and are all located along the shores of great fishing lakes. Yurt rentals start at $195 CAD per night.
Ellison Provincial Park is nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, amidst 200 hectares of forest, rocky shorelines and sheltered coves. Activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, climbing, scuba diving, mountain biking and more. There are 71 campsites and 2 yurts. The yurts include a top single/bottom double bunk bed, fire pit and picnic table. They are available April through September, for $65 CAN per night.
Fintry Provincial Park is located on the northwestern shores of Okanagan Lake, about halfway between Kelowna and Vernon. There is over 2km of waterfront, with surrounding mountains, canyons, waterfalls and deep pools. There are many activities for the family including hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing and scuba diving. There are 100 campsites and 1 yurt with a single top/bottom double bunk bed, fire pit and picnic table. The yurt must be reserved in advance, and the rate is $65 CAD per night.
GLAMPING IN THE KOOTENAY ROCKIES
Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat is located a short drive from Kaslo, near Nelson, BC. The retreat sits on 20 acres of land covered with water, orchards, gardens, forest and fields. There are six amazing golf courses withing a short drive, and three hot springs near by. Other activities include hiking and swimming. The accommodations at the retreat are in large a yurt, complete with a queen bed with a down duvet, private washrooms with a shower and a complete kitchenette. The French doors open to the private deck, overlooking Kootenay Lake. Rates start at $145 CAD per night.
The Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch also offers accommodations in yurts. Located 5km south of Golden, the ranch is at the foot of Mount 7, a renowned para gliding and hang gliding site and mountain biker’s dream. The yurts are equipped with double beds and double futons, picnic tables and fire pits. Rates are $75 CAD per night.
Goldenwood Lodge is located in Golden, BC and features cottage, lodge and tipi accommodations. The tipis sleep up to 4 guests, and the camp features a day lodge with full cooking facilities including a pizza oven, food lockers and a fridge; a grill area; free firewood and much more. All of the tipis come with one double and two single mattresses, pillows, mosquito netting, a picnic table and a fire pit. Rates start at $42 CAD per night for single occupancy.
Outa-the-Woods is a unique rental treehouse located in 37km east of Cranbrook, BC. The tree house is built on a large platform, 15 ft. high, and features a spacious 2-sided front deck with a BBQ; a main floor with a dining area, kitchen bathroom and lounge; a loft bedroom with a walk out balcony and a double hammock; a fully equipped propane powered kitchen and fireplace; a 3 piece bathroom; running water and solar lights and outlets. Enjoy wildlife viewing, great swimming and fishing, horseback riding, golfing, whitewater rafting and more. Rates start at $150 CAD per night.
Quantum Leaps Lodge is a unique and peaceful sanctuary located 15km northwest of Golden. Year round accommodation includes the main lodge, cottages, and tipis. The tipis are available April through October and are located right at the river’s edge. They are beautifully decorated and have 2 double and 2 single beds in each. There is also a fire pit at the centre of each tipi and a shared cooking area with sinks and a propane stove. Activities include hiking, rafting, horseback riding, massages and much more. Tipi rentals start at $55 CAD per night.
Rock Island Resort is located 21km south of Nakusp, on the shores of the Arrow Lakes. This small resort feature 2 housekeeping cabins and a yurt for rent. The yurt has a full kitchen, a queen size bed, a queen size futon and a deck overlooking the lake with a propane BBQ and patio furniture. There is plenty of fishing, swimming, sunbathing and boating activities on the lake, along with hiking and nearby hot springs. Rates start at $85 CAD per night.
Nestled on a bay in a remote part of Pilot Peninsula, Tipi Camp looks down Kootenay Lake for 40 miles. Tents and tipis provide accommodations that are close to nature, with a low impact on the environment. The camp features 4 tipis and a large outdoor kitchen. Explore the shoreline in a traditional wooden boat, hike through the forest, swim in a secluded bay or relax by the campfire, there is something for everyone here. Rates vary and the camp is only accessible by water taxi.