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Luxurious Aboriginal Destinations Across BC

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Childhood Dream

This is the stuff childhood dreams are made of: sleeping in teepees and log cabins during starry nights, and hiking, backpacking, rafting and canoeing under the towering peaks of the Kootenay Mountains when the sun is shining. But CrossRiver Wilderness Centre is also a great opportunity to delve deeper into the land and its people, with sweat-lodge experiences and guided interpretive walks while learning about the ancestral ways of life in the B.C. interior.

crossriver.ca | 403-271-3296

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Fantasy Island

Quadra Island’s Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge (pronounced “saw-kwa-loo-tan”) is a mystical escape to a land of legend, salmon, eagles, orcas, soaring, shrouded mountain peaks and swirling tidal waters. The luxurious lodge is big on privacy and seclusion, nestled within an 1,100-acre forest on the southern tip of Quadra Island, just a 10-minute ferry from downtown Campbell River.

Room types vary between soaring beach lofts and cosy (but equally luxurious) beachfront cottages, each with an oceanfront location serving up spectacular views of historic Discovery Passage and the upper reaches of the Beaufort mountain range, with some of the best wildlife-viewing opportunities in Canada. The lauded on-site spa offers a staggering array of post-adventure relaxation options: therapeutic bodywork, seniors relaxation therapy and reflexology to name just a few.

capemudgeresort.com | 250-285-2042

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The Swing of Things

Luxury, life-affirming golf halfway between Vancouver and Calgary? Absolutely. Welcome to Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf Course, the pride of the Little Shuswap Indian Band, on the shimmering north shore of Little Shuswap Lake. A 45-minute drive from Kamloops, the lodge boasts 70 beautifully decorated guest rooms, a conference centre and Talking Rock’s 18 holes. The new Le7ke Spa offers specialty treatments for women and men in a serene space you’ll want to linger in for hours afterwards.

quaaoutlodge.com | 250-679-3090

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Luxury on the Edge

Finally! Haida Gwaii has the accommodation that does the primordial, other-worldly environs justice. The new Haida House at Tllaal used to serve as a seasonal bear-hunting lodge until the Haida Nation succeeded in retiring the last remaining bear-hunting licence and purchased the lodge. Today, the luxury resort offers multiple bucket-list experiences daily – think immersive rainforest hikes amongst old-growth giants, lessons from aboriginal artisans, ancient culinary classes, island heli-tours and archaeological exploration. Despite its front-row seat to an undiscovered natural world, the lodge is conveniently located on the east coast of Graham Island near the village of Tlell, halfway between Masset in the north and Queen Charlotte in the south.

haidahouse.com | 250-557-4600

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