I Never Imagined the Enchanting Haven I Would Find in the Wilderness of British Columbia


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My friend John picked me up in Vancouver and we drove to a ferry which took us to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, from there we drove all the way to Egmont to the  West Coast Wilderness Lodge which we found on Vacations-Abroad. Let me tell you, it was well worth the journey! This place is a full on nature experience with stunning views of the bay, many outdoor activities and hiking trails! The staff was warm and friendly from the moment we walked through the door, we also met the owner Paul, he was gregarious and interesting to talk with. Big timber framed lodges remind me of summer camp, I love all of the hard wood, rustic decor and of course a fire place! They know they have the best views here so they have massive decks with chairs where you can relax and have a drink.

40-IMG_4710 West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia 38-IMG_4751Our spacious room was amazing, we had a balcony overlooking the bay and the bathtub even had a big cut out about it so you could take a bath overlooking the bay! Our room came with plush robes, a Keurig coffee maker and a lantern for walking to and from the main lodge at night. West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British ColumbiaWest Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia Keurig West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia bathroom West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia room view1-BCMorningedit West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia room

The most unexpected and best part of staying at the West Coast Wilderness lodge was the bioluminessence! Have you seen the movie Life of Pi? It’s like that, thousands of microrganisms that glow when the water moves. The first night we did a kayak tour in the bay and it was spectacular! We kayaked past all of the lighted houses into the pitch dark and you could see bright glowing trails from the fish darting back and forth under the kayak. John and I were awe-struck. Bioluminessence is very difficult to photograph, I would say impossible from a kayak so we went down to the water on our own the next night and were able to get a couple photos. It was fascinating, I could have played for hours in the sparkly, glowing water. Pure magic.West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia Bioluminescence West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia Bioluminescence West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia Bioluminescence West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia Bioluminescence West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia They have gorgeous outdoor seating for dinner where they serve fresh West Coast Cuisine, a lot of tasty seafood dishes. West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia 04-IMG_4825

Of course, this was our dinner view.West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia Sunshine coast sunset West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia dinnerWe shared a shrimp in garlic butter appetizer, I had honey glazed salmon and John had a steak. The food was perfect.West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia dinner 08-IMG_4842You can count on me to order the most chocolately dessert, you can never go wrong with a chocolate lava cake! MMM!!!07-IMG_4838 West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia There was a hot tub, which was perfect to warm up in after playing in the chilly bay with the bioluminessence. West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia The have a large indoor dining area with huge windows where we choose to have breakfast, John got an omelette and I ordered smoked salmon eggs benedict…wow! This is one of the tastiest meals that I have ever eaten!West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia breakfast view West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia salmon eggs benedict West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia breakfast omlette West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia scenic flightIt was my first time riding in a scenic float plane! It was an amazing way to get a feel for the wilderness and the bay. We flew over hundreds of tiny islands, a 1,500 foot waterfall, countless blue lakes and unending scenery!West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia  Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park  forestWe decided to hike to the Skook rapids where the tides meet, a world renouned kayaking spot. The trail through the lush forest was something out of a fairytale, seriously that’s probably why the film Once Upon a Time in British Columbia.West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia  Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park Skook Rapids West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia  Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park Skook RapidsI’ve never seen so many coloful starfish! I was in heaven!West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia  Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park Skook Rapids purple starfish West Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia  Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park Skook RapidsWest Coast Wilderness Lodge Vacations Abroad Egmont, British Columbia

 

 

I was invited as a guest of WCWL, as always all opinions are my own.

Photo Credit of Photos of me: John Ward

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  1. Allan Trinidad

    November 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Is the lodge budget friendly?

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    • anna

      November 19, 2014 at 2:41 am

      Hi Allan, yes-rates start at $110 a night which for the experience is very reasonable!

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  2. Kate

    November 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Holy crap! It looks absolutely amazing there! Canada is an area I need to explore much more. I always overlook it because it is so close to home!
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  3. Drew Goldberg

    November 12, 2014 at 7:31 am

    WOW thislooks incredible! I really want to visit there so bad!

    I’m going to plan a trip here in the near future, and I can’t wait to experience the nature!

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  5. Phoebe

    November 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    WOW! That looks amazing! Fabulous pictures in a fabulous place!! The starfish, food, hot tub, and the glowing creatures.. love love love! I might be heading to BC in the coming months and I will DEFINITELY need to check it out! Great share!
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  6. Mike

    November 13, 2014 at 2:29 am

    OMG that place is amazing….the views from your room are to die for….and that food looked awesome! but the thing that sold me was the bioluminessence….i have never heard of that outside of an ocean. awesome photos Anna!
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  7. Her Travel Journal

    November 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely time! Your pictures are beautiful, British Columbia is my favourite province in Canada. I'll definitely consider checking this place out when I return to BC.

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  8. Katie Bell

    January 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

    BC is my favourite place in the world, glad you loved it as much as me 🙂

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