Are you in need of a bit of TLC and an escape from being indoors? These BC wellness retreats are just the places to unwind and rest in Canada’s beautiful west.
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My Favourite Wellness Retreats BC, Canada
When planning my move from Toronto to Victoria, BC last year, one of the biggest factors for me was the landscapes and nature of British Columbia. Living on Vancouver Island, I couldn’t help but be in awe each morning of the surrounding green, lakes, mountains and ocean – if I got really lucky, all visible within the same view.
And it’s this same backdrop of nature that makes BC one of the best places in North America for retreats, wellness, yoga and outdoor activities – or simply to get away from it all. There are many parts of British Columbia (even in the more popular areas) where it’s possible to be completely by yourself, with not a soul around. For us Europeans from densely populated countries, that’s quite a luxury all on its own!
In this short guide I’ve put together a list of my favourite retreats in BC, including wellness retreat Vancouver Island options and retreats around mainland British Columbia.
So, when we happened upon wellness travel platform, Vacayou, we were inspired to explore some of their retreats across British Columbia and share some of our favourite wellness retreats British Columbia has to offer with you. Whether you’re looking for a Vancouver retreat, or wellness retreats Vancouver Island has to offer, we’ve got you covered!
Sparkling Hill Resort, Okanagan
Best For: Lakeside Luxury Wellness
Internationally acclaimed and award-winning, Sparkling Hill Resort offers week long immersive luxury wellness and cleansing packages. Arguably one of the best wellness retreats Pacific Northwest has to offer, the resort centre is located on the banks of the Lake near Vernon and has a wealth of facilities, including nature-themed experience showers, hydrotherapy, outdoor heated infinity pool, and 7 steam rooms and saunas. Many of the rooms have stunning views over the lake.
Okanagan is the perfect place to come if you love good food, too, the Okanagan Valley is home to farms that focus on organic and sustainable food production, and there are local wineries a plenty for after your detox – it’s a world top 10 wine region.
Stay a little longer before or after your retreat and experience some of the best adventure activities on offer in this beautiful part of British Columbia, from dinner lake cruises, to hot air balloon rides, horse riding, join a farm-to-table food tour, or simply soak up the sun next to one of the resort’s pools.
Ocean Resort, Campbell River, Vancouver Island
Best For: Views of Desolation Sound and watching island life go by
If you’re looking for Vancouver Island retreats that won’t cost your life’s savings, the Ocean Lodge is well worth a look, and is set in stunning surroundings. Located in Oyster Bay just south of Campbell River, this resort hosts several wellness and health retreats each year, or you can just book a room and come here to relax for a few days.
Grounds around the resort face directly on to the water and there are spectacular ocean views from around the resort onto desolation sound. Bring your binoculars for better chances of orca and whale sightings from the shore – or paddle out onto the waters from the beach using the rental paddle boards or kayaks from the resort. There are plenty of benches lined along the water front to just relax and take in the view.
Other facilities include a fitness centre, steam room, and many of the bedrooms have ocean views. You can book meditation classes, coaching sessions and spa treatments directly with the resort.
Off-Grid 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, The Kootenays
Best For: Wild immersion, off-grid & Yoga teacher training
This 15-day wild immersion in the Kootenays is a Yoga teacher training programme with a difference. This BC retreat is a 200 hour yoga teacher training and one of the most popular yoga retreats in Canada for its unique offering of being able to deepen into your yoga practice while being completely free of the regular pressures of every day life.
This yoga retreat is for you if you love the sound of practising yoga outdoors and natural surroundings, and simply getting away from it all to be at one with nature. Set among the stunning scenery of the Kootenays, expect mountains, creeks and greenery to be the background for your daily practices.
The retreat includes 4 zoom classes before arrival for the 15 day training and includes accommodation in your own tent to foster a closer connection with the earth. Food is simple, delicious and vegetarian, and there are plenty of opportunities for wild swimming, hiking, and enjoying the lush valleys of the Kootenays.
5 Day Purposeful Living Wellness & Yoag Retreat, Boston Bar, Fraser Valley
Best For: Spiritual & personal growth
Next in my wellness retreats in BC list is this offering located in Boston Bar, a popular destination for yoga, rafting and wellness – its run by REO Rafting (same operator as below) who continually get glowing reviews from retreat-goers.
If you’re looking for spiritual retreats, BC, this could be an option to consider, as the programme includes daily meditation and plenty of time to go within. Daily yoga is also included along with hikes, forest bathing, and optional group activities if you want to explore further. Accommodation is in glamping-style tents, and there’s a hot tub on site.
Benefit from 1-on-1 life coaching sessions during your stay or simply relax around the camp fire making new friends.
REO Rafting & Yoga Retreat, Boston Bar, Fraser Valley
Best For: Group Yoga Retreats & Rafting/Hiking
Nestled alongside the emerald green Nahatlatch river in the Fraser Canyon, REO Rafting & Yoga Retreat overlooks river rapids and is the perfect option for those looking for a mix of outdoor adventure and inner reflection. The resort offers glamping (luxurious camping) style accommodation in elegant tents, some with river views.
Packages are available for 4,5 or 7 nights (or on a custom basis) to include yoga, hiking, rafting or any combination that you prefer. Yoga includes some customised sessions subject to availability and depending on which retreat you book, there are different styles of yoga available, from restorative to Hatha yoga. Guided hikes of the Nahatlatch river are included, and all locally sourced, home-cooked meals.
Yoga classes are outdoors to make the most of the beautiful setting, and guests can choose between a river rafting adventure or welcome aromatherapy package on arrival. This is a great setting for group retreats and if you’re looking for a social yoga retreat and the chance to meet some new friends, we highly recommend REO.
The Sentinel Retreat, Kootenay Lake
Best For: Getting away from it all with intention
Described as a place of refuge, The Sentinel retreat is located on Kootenay Lake in a hard-to-believe setting. With incredible lake and mountain vistas, the First Nations landowners themselves said that these shores are home to healing qualities. Located outside remote Kaslo, expect beautiful alpine-themed retreat accommodation – rooms have rain showers, balconies overlooking the lake and are tastefully decorated.
Retreat programs here vary but focus on the themes of transformation and creativity. You can create your own retreat here, or come and join one of the programs that take place throughout the year. Much of the food offered is grown on site or produced locally, and there’s a focus on good, wholesome food that’s sustainably sourced as well as tasting good. This is one of our favourite healing retreats BC has on offer.
Stay longer in the Kootenay Rockies to visit the stunning Kokanee Glacier National Park, take a trip to the First Nations (Ktunaxa Peoples) run Ainsworth Hot Springs, or just spend days kayaking, fishing and being at peace with the surrounding nature.
Clayoquot Wild Resort, Vancouver Island
Best For: Once in a Lifetime Wow Factor
Accessible only by floatplane or boat (there are transfers from Vancouver airport on the mainland or Tofino on Vancouver Island), Clayoquot Wild is a stunning, sustainablity focused resort located on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s one of the best health and wellness retreats Canada has to offer and definitely one of the finest Vancouver Island retreat options.
Staying at Clayoquot Wilderness is a retreat in and of itself – unplugging, being surrounded by nature, forest-bathing, sleeping outdoors (in very luxurious glamping-style tents) are all part of the daily routine. There’s the Healing Grounds Spa on site which offers treatments from energy work to hot stone and Thai massages, and face and body treatements. Daily yoga and meditation classes are offered, and the resort has two saunas, three beautiful hot tubs and a cold plunge with fresh spring water.
The resort offers all inclusive packages which include accommodation, gourmet food and activities. Sustainability initiatives currently in progress include working with First Nations communities and the Canadian government on Salmon habitat restoration and enhancement, and wildlife rehabilitation around Clayoquot Sound.
Solace Organic Spa & Wellness Retreat, Salt Spring Island
Best For: Your Own Private Spa Retreat
Located on Salt Spring Island, one of the best loved Gulf Islands, and nestled in between Vancouver Island and Vancouver City, Solace Organic Spa & Wellness Retreat is a real gem. Set in the forest, the Spa has created its own bespoke range of spa products made from 100% pure botanicals which are used for all spa and wellness treatments.
Visit for just a treatment, or make your own spa retreat by booking the ‘Lotus loft’ – your very own mezzanine bedroom above the spa for your exclusive use for the night – perfect for getting away from it all and enjoying some beautiful spa treatments with your significant other. In addition to the full range of spa treatments, private yoga sessions are also available for booking, either the evening of your arrival or morning of departure.
There’s plenty to do on Salt Spring Island, and it’s a popular destination for Vancouver and Vancouver Island locals so book well ahead! Spend afternoons kayaking around bays and inlets, sample local farm produce, or rent a cottage if you just can’t bring yourself to leave the island!
Nimmo Bay Resort, Great Bear Rainforest
Best For: Wildlife Lovers
Last in my list of BC retreats, for a once in a lifetime retreat, Nimmo Bay is a fly-in only resort within the Great Bear Rainforest, home to the elusive and magical “Spirit Bear”. With the tagline “Wildness, Within”, this family owned resort is the perfect place for those who truly love the wild to discover the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Great Bear Rainforest and take time for rest and reflection, too.
Nimmo Bay is all about the connection with nature in this truly special part of the world. The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the most important coastal rainforests in the world, and its coastal waters are home to humpback whales, orcas, while bear cubs wander the shore lines learning how to fish. Set up in partnership with First Nations communities who depend on the rich biodiversity here for their living, come here to un-learn your current life and learn a new perspective that is more in tune with our environment.
Indulge in a wellness experience that includes the healing powers of the pacific ocean, custom massages, yoga classes, hot tubs, and perhaps most of all immersing yourself in nature. Fully customised wellness packages are available on request.
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