West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
At a Glance
Stunning wilderness location less than 3 hours' drive from Vancouver
One of the most accessible wilderness lodges in Canada
Located on calm and tranquil waters perfect for zodiac and kayaking trips
Perfect for active guests who like to hike, kayak and be with nature
Just 26 guest rooms makes for an intimate experience
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BC’s varied climate is influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity but it’s generally warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Winters are mild in Vancouver and Victoria, with only brief snowfalls, while other regions – especially the north and the interior – are subject to freezing temperatures and heavy snow from November to March.
Spring and fall are often warm and pleasant but rainfall can be heavy, particularly on the coast. Summers (June to September) are mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures, but the interior is hot in July and August, with temperatures surpassing 30°C
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On the edge of the wilderness yet within 3 hours' drive of Vancouver or a scenic sea plane ride away, West Coast Wilderness Lodge is in an idyllic location with luxury accommodation, fine food and plenty of water activities and wildlife viewing to enjoy.
West Coast Wilderness Lodge remains one of the most easily accessible of the wilderness lodges in Western Canada which is one of its biggest draws. Located on the edge of the village of Egmont on British Columbia's pretty Sunshine Coast, it offers an away from it all experience, yet within easy reach of the city.
The lodge offers just 26 guest rooms making it the perfect intimate getaway for couples and also older families who want to get out and about and enjoy the crisp clean air. There is so much to do here from a walk to the exhilarating Shookumchuck rapids through to a trek to Pender Hill for glorious views of the inlets and forests. Go with a guide or guide yourselves, the choice is yours.
For adrenaline seekers take a zodiac tour out to discover the inlets at speed or actually head into the Shookumchuck rapids and watch some of the world's best kayakers taking them on. This area is also wonderful for wildlife and tours can take you in to some beautiful areas in search of seals, sea lions, eagles and ospreys. In the Autumn, it's not unusual to see a grizzly bear or two in this area as they feed along the shore.
Kayaking is also popular with guided tours or just kayak rental should you wish to explore at your own pace. For the more adventurous, there are overnight tours that find you camping away from the lodge, in a beautiful and peaceful location in comfortable tents and a campfire cookout under a blanket of stars.
In the evenings, retreat back to the lodge where fresh cuisine and spectacular views await you at the Inlet restaurant. Guests can choose to take an accommodation only package and dine as you go or include all meals and some activities, the choice is yours.
The lodge offers just 26 nature inspired guest rooms and suites, each with a private deck looking back toward the forest or out to the calm inlet waters.
Each of the guest rooms have private en suite bathrooms, king or queen beds with cosy down duvets and thick fluffy pillows. The rooms also have satellite TV, bar fridge and coffee service. The suites also feature a large sitting area, many with an additional pull out sofa bed for younger children. None of the rooms or suites connect.
Children are very welcome at West Coast Wilderness Lodge, however, there are no specific facilities for children and none of the rooms connect together. The lodge is best suited for guests with slightly older children where they can all get out and experience the activities together.
The lodge offers a comfortable guest lounge and reading area, as well as a large terrace for guests to enjoy some quiet time and those magnificent water and forest views. There is a cliff top hot tub, perfect for relaxing in after a day's activities and there is a cosy fireplace lounge with internet access.
The Inlet Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on fresh West Coast cuisine and BC wines amongst others.
Being at the lodge is all about being outdoors and making the most of this beautiful area. Hikes for most standards of fitness are available and guests can self hike or take one of the guided hikes on offer where you will learn all about the area, flora and fauna. There are also mountain biking trails, although guests do have to bring their own bikes to enjoy these.
There's a choice of exciting Zodiac boat adventures, take a tour in to Jervis Inlet, explore the village of Egmont or watch the kayakers attempt the Shookumchuck Rapids. For something a little more leisurely, the boat tour up to Princess Louisa Inlet is one of the most scenic journeys on the coast.
The lodge offers a choice of kayaking tours from one hour through to evening phosphorescence trips and overnight camping. With over 350kms of waterways, it's a wonderful place to explore by boat.
The lodge also offers exciting float plane and helicopter trips. Take a plane out to soar across the coastal inlets or take a helicopter high over Freil Falls or Shookumchuck Rapids or head off to a remote alpine mountain ridge and land by an alpine lake. Go for a hike or simply sit back and enjoy the view.
This area of the Sunshine coast is also famous for it's incredible diving. Certified divers will love the outstanding visibility and diversity of the marine life. Egmont sits at a crossroads of 4 waterways making it a fascinating and challenging diving destination.
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Perched up in the cliffs on the Sunshine Coast, this wilderness lodge offers ocean views that are simply stunning. It is well worth paying for the ocean view suites to make the most of the surrounding scenery, although you can enjoy the views from the main lodge and restaurant also. There are also a range of great activities on offer to make the most of your beautiful surroundings.
Day 1 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Your wilderness adventure begins today with a dramatic float plane ride from Vancouver, passing by stunning scenery to reach the Lodge on the Sunshine Coast. Look out for orcas, sea lions and dolphins below as you fly over beautiful Howe Sound.
Day 2 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Taking in towering cliffs, impressive waterfalls and historical First Nations Petroglyphs, embark on a Zodiac tour of the beautiful Jervis Inlet and the protected fjord of Princess Louisa, passing over the thrilling Malibu Rapids.
Day 3 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Today you have a choice of included activities or to simply relax at the lodge and enjoy the facilities and the beautiful natural surroundings. Enjoy a guided kayaking excursion, a 3-course dinner at the lodge or a Zodiac Cruise on the hunt for wildlife.
Day 4 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Today you will again have the option to select from the activities menu. Explore the surrounding island and inlets by Zodiac, Kayak up close to seal colonies or relax throughout the day and tuck into a delicious three-course dinner in the evening.
Day 5 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Enjoy your final morning to relax and explore the surrounding wilderness at leisure before departing by float plane to Vancouver.
Guided Ocean Kayaking at West Coast Wilderness Lodge
Make the most of West Coast Wilderness Lodge's stunning surroundings on this 2-hour kayaking trip around the Sutton Islands chain which sits in front of the property and is rich with attractions, both natural and historical.
Princess Louisa Zodiac Tour - 4 hours
Princess Louisa is considered the jewel of the Sunshine Coast, with glacier-fed Chatterbox Falls at its head. Travel by zodiac, then after an easy hike along the cedar boardwalks of this unique rainforest, stop for lunch at the foot of the falls.
Location & directions
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
West Coast Wilderness Lodge sits on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast in the village of Egmont.
How to get there
9-hour direct flight from London to Vancouver followed by a 3-hour drive (including ferry crossing) or a 45-minute sea plane flight up to the Sunshine Coast.
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