Go to Tofino, Port Mcneill or Pender Island for the Labour Day Weekend

- Melanie Zieba,

If you live in Vancouver chances are you are going to want to head out for the long weekend to get away from city. And as any Vancouverite knows, the city is surrounded by amazing places to visit, especially for those of us who want to ‘get back to nature’.

If you are thinking that the perfect island getaway is what you need for the long weekend, look no further than Pender Island. This island is one of British Columbia’s most spectacular, southern gulf islands and is easily accessible by both airline and ferry.

Poets Cove Resort & Spa:

You’ll find Poets Cove on the less populated South Pender Island, perfect for some alone time. With its rolling farmland, pristine lakes, wilderness and marine parks, it offers endless opportunity for exploration and enjoyment.

Poets Cove is beautifully designed with an elegant sophistication about it. Each room is complete with its own fire place, balcony and stunning view of the ocean. During your weekend stay here, make sure to take advantage of Poets Cove’s Susurrus Spa which offers a full range of spa services using seasonal ingredient treatments in a soothing atmosphere of relaxation and indulgence.

Although best known for its awesome winter rains, Tofino is great in the summer for those who love to surf, kayak, hike or go whale watching. Located on Vancouver Islands west side on the Pacific Ocean, this is another perfect weekend getaway.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort – Bedwell River Outpost:

This premier eco-safari destination is open annually from mid May to the end of September and only offers all inclusive adventures of 3, 4 or 7 night stays. Inspired by late 19th century Great Camps, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort promises a delicious irony of indulgent luxury and remote, untamed wilderness.

Under the canopy of the Rainforest along the water’s edge you’ll find a total of 20 roomy guest tents. They are great white canvas prospector-style quarters built on discreetly-situated raised wooden platforms, connected by cedar boardwalks.

clayoquot-wilderness-resortsThese all inclusive packages include all gourmet meals made with very fresh, whole-food oriented ingredients, drinks, and all guided and unguided activities including some spa treatments. Note: arrivals are available only on Thursday or Sunday.

If you are hoping to stay away from the Pacific on the east side of Vancouver Island another great getaway is Port McNeill. This coastal town supports many species of fish and wild life. And, of course, the mild climate allows for year round outdoor recreational activities, and is enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.

Nimmo Bay Resort:

If you are looking for adventure, Nimmo Bay Resort has tailor made helicopter adventures that will exceed your highest expectations. Best known for its Heli Fishing and wilderness adventures, the Nimmo Bay professionals will work with you to custom design a wilderness outdoor adventure for your group of any size.

Each day is action packed with a variety of coastal adventures in and out of the helicopters. This is truly the best way to experience the beauty of the B.C. coast.

nimmo-bayEach of the nine chalets at the Nimmo Bay Resort are all set in a panorama of pristine wilderness that only British Columbia can provide. Complete with a floating main lodge and bakery where meals are served close by, your stay here will be on that you will never forget.

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