Canada is famed for its stunning, rugged wilderness and breathtaking parks, but just because you're in the great Canadian outdoors doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice the luxuries of city life. At least, not if you stay at British Columbia's Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Inspired by the camps, resorts and retreats of the 19th century Adriondack Mountains, the retreat's luxurious antique vibe really does make you feel like you've stepped back in time.
There are two kinds of tents you can stay in: the deluxe outpost tents and the luxury ensuite bathroom tents. They're virtually the same, with prospector-style white canvas tents on top of discreet, heated wooden floors, top-of-the-line mattresses, oil lamps, lush rugs, vintage furniture, candles, heirloom china and silver, and even thermostat-controlled wood propane stoves. The only difference is that the luxury comes come with attached bathrooms, with all the appropriate plumbing, while the deluxe ones have toilets in a private bathhouse outside, and their own shower in the nearby shower house. Basically, it's the definition of perfection.
All the tents are connected by cedar plank walkways, so you don't have to worry about getting accidentally muddy whie heading to get a complimentary massage, take in a spa treatment, or attend one of their daily yoga classes. They also have several communal spaces: the games tent features a beautiful old billards table, and the lounge tent, styled like a vintage gentleman's club, has plush seating, chess boards, and other activities-- it's all meant to encourage you to mingle with the other guests and take you back to a time when people connected in person rather than behind a laptop screen.
The resort also features onsite archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and ziplining, and they can also have a guide sit down with you and plan all kinds of wild excursions. They're experts at what to do and when to do it, so take advantage and plan out a fun day with their help. Oh, and their restaurant is pretty fantastic, too. And if you find the whole thing suspiciously opulent, you can rest easy knowing that the resort is deeply committed to sustainability and has spent time and money restoring salmon spawning grounds. It doesn't get more perfect than that!
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