What’s on your bucket list for 2018? Discover how a stay in British Columbia can make your wildest dreams come true
On the Water
Navigate the meltwater of BC’s iconic glaciers with Compass Heli Tours. Take to the skies from Abbotsford and soar above the breath-taking Coast Mountains before touching down for an adventure of a lifetime. You can explore the meltwater by kayak or paddle-board but to catch the vibrant blue waters of the glacier, make sure to head to BC in June, with trips running through to September. Prices start from £2,917 for a group of four.
Cruise Northern BC’s islands of Haida Gwaii on a nine-day Queen Charlotte Islands cruise, with prices starting from £3,319 per person with Bluewater Adventures or keep your feet on dry land at Haida’s brand new eco-lodge, Ocean House. Owned by the Haida Nation, the lodge is set to open in May 2018 and will offer three, four and seven-night packages from £2,573 per person excluding international flights. Guests can also choose to explore Haida Gwaii with a local Haida Watchmen and while on-board, dine on freshly caught seafood, plus guests can kayak into hidden coves or hike to historical First Nations ruins.
In Coastal Forests
Stay in a luxury eco-lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest – the world’s biggest intact temperate rainforest, home to the elusive Kermode ‘Spirit’ Bear. Knight Inlet Lodge is a premier grizzly bear viewing hideaway with a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Newly refurbished Farewell Harbour Lodge is a West Coast-inspired luxury waterfront retreat in Broughton Archipelago, BC’s largest marine park renowned for its orca population, with four-night packages starting from £1,886 per person. Or stay in BC’s newest bear lodge, Homfray Lodge, located in the remote Toba Inlet offering two, three and four night grizzly bear packages in partnership with the Klahoose First Nation from £872 per person excluding flights and transfers.
In the Mountains
Hike or Ski in BC’s untamed backcountry with CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, which has several far-flung, decadent winter heli-skiing and summer heli-hiking retreats in mountainous south-eastern BC. Four-day Powder Intros are priced from £3,527 per person while summer heli-hiking starts from £1,894 per person.
Bella Coola Heli Sports was named “World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator” at the 2017 World Ski Awards. Their adventurous itineraries give visitors to BC easy-access to sublime heli-skiing terrain, even offering summer Rod & Ski packages allowing guests to carve turns in the morning and reel in a salmon in the afternoon. Three-night heli-ski Pioneer Packages start from £2,263 with reservations now open for 2019 while three-night Rod & Ski packages are priced from £3,899 per person.
On the Rails
Roll through the Rockies in luxury on the Rocky Mountaineer with its glass-ceiling dome cars, local gourmet cuisine, and BC wines a-plenty. The classic five-day ‘First Passage to the West’ itinerary is priced from £1541 per person.