5 Lesser-Known Wellness Retreats in British Columbia 

Last updated September 2, 2023

The secret is out. British Columbia (B.C.) is home to mountains, wild open spaces, glacial-fed lakes, rainforests, white-sand beaches and the rugged Pacific coastline. And it’s this backdrop that makes B.C. one of the best spots for wellness travel. 

But the Canadian province’s greatest charm is found in its oftentimes “removed from it all” locations. So step off-the-beaten trail and create your own wellness journey at one of these 5 lesser-known wellness retreats in British Columbia! 

1. Long Beach Lodge Resort — Tofino

What we love: Just steps from the beach, it’s easy to start your day with a dip in the Pacific before morning yoga or a light beach jog. Adventuring to Tofino will set your standards very high for wellness, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to escape from everyday life than at Long Beach Lodge Resort. 

From the moment you arrive, listen to the waves crashing against the shoreline, watch the lighthouse blinking from afar, smell the ocean air. It’s a feeling unlike anything else. This lesser-known wellness retreat in British Columbia offers an abundance of activities that are created exclusively for guests.  

Set out on your own adventure in one of the many guided hiking areas or wildlife hikes. There is so much to do and many ways to enjoy the wondrous paradise of British Columbia. 

Don’t miss: Tofino is well known for its world-class surfing and surfers come from all over to ride huge breakers onto miles of empty beach. The location of the resort makes it easy to get on the water with the convenient on-site rentals and lessons and the waterfront surf guest rooms make for the ultimate surf getaway.

You’ll feel like a pro with the knowledgeable and supportive crew members who will ease you through the rental process and make you feel comfortable on the waves.

2. Reo Rafting, Glamping & Yoga Resort — Boston Bar

What we love: Close to urban life but worlds away, there are no trains or noisy highways here—just the soothing river and canvas tents to glamp the night away. REO offers a private riverfront panorama complete with mountain, forest and canyon views.

Imagine waking up to the sound of rushing rapids followed by a morning walk along REO’s private beach. Your itinerary will be filled with hiking backcountry trails, lounging in a calming hammock garden and practicing your breathing techniques in three outdoor yoga shalas. 

Soothe aching muscles in a perfectly heated hot tub and end the night around a campfire stargazing at the stellar British Columbian sky. When it comes to REO, nature is your playground. So get out there and book your next getaway today to this lesser-known wellness retreat in British Columbia. 

Don’t miss: If one visits Boston Bar in British Columbia, one MUST raft the world-class whitewater Nahatlatch River. Even if rafting is not on your bucket list, REO offers guests an introduction to rafting in a first-timers course.

During your exhilarating rafting experience, you will paddle more rapids than any other day trip rafting in western Canada! 

3. Sonora Resort — Sonora Island

What we love: Located on the spectacular Discovery Islands archipelago, Sonora is accessible only by sea or air and sets the stage for an abundance of wildlife and outdoor adventure tours. This lesser-known wellness retreat in British Columbia is proclaimed as one of Canada’s most alluring environments filled with untouched wilderness terrain begging to be explored. 

Sonora is also a place where guests come for once-in-a-lifetime adventures and unforgettable weekends of romance and relaxation. Adventurous sorts can try heli-fishing, glacier hiking or glacier paddleboarding.

For quieter moments, there are yoga classes, biking, hiking, paddling excursions and an array of treatments and therapies at Island Currents Spa.

Don’t miss: The waters surrounding Sonora Resort are home to an incredible ecosystem infused by strong tidal currents that flow between the Discovery Islands. The waters are teeming with marine wildlife animals such as Orcas, Humpback whales, spunky sea lions, Dall’s porpoises and Pacific white-sided dolphins.

River otters like to make their appearance as well, so be sure to bring fresh food as you adventure out to sea!

4. Nimmo Bay Resort — Great Bear Rainforest

What we love:  Getting to Nimmo Bay is half the fun! You can only arrive via seaplane or helicopter—making this destination one of Vacayou’s lesser-known wellness retreats in British Columbia. Located in the heart of Great Bear Rainforest and on the wild shores of the Pacific Ocean, Nimmo Bay Resort offers guests a serene luxury escape. 

Rediscover the wild within and meet yourself in nature. Smell the scent of cedar in the air. Taste the sea salt on your tongue. Observe local wildlife in their natural habitat. Sink into a soothing massage before paddling out to the floating sauna. And sleep soundly in the grandeur of stillness in a private cabin. Create your own wellness story and book exclusively with Vacayou today. 

Don’t miss: If you can imagine it, Nimmo Bay can deliver. Nimmo Bay invites guests to leave it all behind and to  stretch, learn and grow physically and mentality. Take your wellness retreat to new heights. Explore your wild side by getting down and dirty with fly fishing on uncharted waters, mountain biking along deserted beaches and stand-up paddle boarding on an alpine lake.

5. Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa — Ainsworth Hot Springs

What we love: Nestled in the pristine mountains of the Kootenays, a region of southeastern British Columbia, Mountain Trek’s modern timber frame lodge is the perfect place to reset your wellness. Unwind in the breathtaking backcountry of the Canadian Rockies where the location is so serene it’s actually meant to help slow you down. 

Watch the sunrise over the mountains and lake while you practice your downward dog. Trek in extraordinary natural beauty on a Nordic-style hike while witnessing scenery like never before. The postcard views of British Columbia are waiting for you to explore. Book this lesser-known wellness retreat in British Columbia with Vacayou today. 

Don’t miss:  Indulge in nature’s finest gems. The local mineral hot springs, located right next door to Mountain Trek Fitness Resort & Health Spa. As a guest, you’ll have unlimited access to different pools including one of the few hot spring cave pool formations on Earth. 

We definitely recommend filling up your itinerary with a few adventure tours. Which of these lesser-known wellness retreats in British Columbia is calling your name?

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