Sonora Resort


Spot grizzlies in their natural setting at this stylish and secluded island retreat.

Although just a short helicopter or seaplane transfer from Vancouver, the pristine wilderness of Sonora Resort feels a world away. At this luxury island refuge, you can immerse yourself in Canada’s great outdoors without compromising on comfort.

Journey by boat to the mouth of the Oxford River, where you can see grizzly bears playing with their cubs from the waterside viewing platforms. If you visit in September and October, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them gorging on fresh salmon during the spawning season. Marine wildlife is just as plentiful, with whale watching tours to spot orcas, humpback whales and dolphins also on offer.

The activities don’t stop there. Enjoy first class fly-fishing, trek through the surrounding ancient rainforest or kayak the calm waters of the Outer Discovery Islands with seasoned guides. For an experience which is truly out of this world, the resort will take you by helicopter to a remote mountain glacier for a gourmet picnic on what feels like the top of the world.

There are plenty of ways to relax too. Take a swim in the heated outdoor pool while basking in the beautiful surroundings. Head to the spa for a revitalizing body scrub. You can even enjoy a film in the resort’s own movie theatre.

At the superb restaurant, you’ll dine on only the finest and freshest local ingredients. Delicious dishes like pan-seared salmon and speciality wild boar are paired with fine wines from around the world. Panoramic views of the sea and wilderness beyond ensure a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.

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Sonora Resort is reached by a 50-minute helicopter or seaplane transfer from Vancouver, or a 75-minute water-taxi boat ride from Campbell River.

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