Top 10 Unique Places to Stay in British Columbia

Top 10 Unique Places to Stay in British Columbia
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Ocean coastline, lush rainforest, snowy mountaintops, bustling cities, British Columbia has a bit of everything. This gorgeous province has some of the most breathtaking vistas in the world, drawing tourists from around the globe to enjoy the scenic landscapes. Hotel and property owners do their best to provide accommodations as beautiful as the space around them but some really go above and beyond, with rooms and rentals that are a little different than the rest. For something a bit more interesting than your typical old hotel room, check out these unique places you can rent and spend an unforgettable night.

Free Spirit Spheres - Quallicum Beach

Free Spirits Spheres Quallicum Beach

The Free Spirit Spheres can be found in Quallicum Beach on Vancouver Island. You’ll have your choice between three different spheres, Eryn, Melody, and Luna. These spherical treehouses are suspended within the trees with bridges and stairs that provide you access to the sphere. Rates are between $300-350 per night, with a bit of a discount if you’re staying multiple nights. The spheres feature small windows and all the comforts you could need to be at one with nature while still enjoying the luxuries of glamping. Private composting toilet outhouses are located close to each sphere with private bathrooms and running water in the central bath house facility.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - Tofino

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is an all-inclusive luxury resort designed to offer a true wilderness getaway experience. Inaccessible by car, the resort can be reached via a 45 minute float plane ride from Vancouver or a 40 minute boat ride from Tofino. Rates start at $4,680 per person with your choice of 3, 4, or 7 night packages. The resort features 25 guest tents and a full complement of staff, such as wilderness guides and culinary artisans. Guests are invited to visit the Healing Grounds Spa for sanctuary, yoga, wellness, and restorative treatments.

God’s Mountain Estate - Penticton

God's Mountain Estate Penticton

God’s Mountain Estate is a Mediterranean style villa that sits on 115 acres, offering breathtaking views of the lake and vineyards. Rates start at $225 per night and guests can choose between a regular room, lakeview room, roofless room, or penthouse. Within the roofless room you’ll be sleeping under the stars while enjoying every comfort you’d expect from an indoor suite. The roofless room features a private tub situated in front of an open fire, a four poster bed, and a sitting area. The God’s Mountain Estate easily sets the stage for the most romantic getaway you’ve ever been on.

Adventure Domes - New Denver

Adventure Domes New Denver

The Adventure Domes in New Denver are surrounded by three different provincial parks, putting you in the very heart of some of the most beautiful landscapes in British Columbia. Recently updated, every cabin is outfitted with brand new mattresses, sofas, linens, and kitchenware. You’ll have your choice of 4 different domes, each of which can sleep a maximum of 3-6 people, depending on the dome you choose. Rates vary by season, ranging from $115-$150 per night.

Cabana Desolation Eco Resort - Desolation Sound

Cabana Desolation Eco Resort Desolation Sound

Cabana Desolation Eco Resort is located on a remote island in the middle of Desolation Sound, near the Northern end of the Strait of Georgia. Every part of your stay will be a unique experience, including the 8 nautical mile kayak or boat ride required to get to your destination. The design of the comfortable cabanas are inspired by the eco-resort accommodations in Costa Rica and are all handcrafted from locally milled western red cedar and douglas fir. The packages are all-inclusive, providing you with meals, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and genuine service. Packages are available for 2, 3, 4, and 7 nights, guided or non-guided, and peak season or off-peak, ranging from $975 to $2575.

Mineral Spring Resort - Salt Spring Island

Mineral Springs Resort Salt Spring Island

Mineral Spring Resort sits within 29 acres of subtropical rainforest, offering exclusive access to the Salt Spring Mineral Waters. The unique oceanfront cabins are available with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms and each chalet features an oversized mineral water Jacuzzi, galley kitchen, wood-burning stove, BBQ, and sunroof. The Mineral Spring Resort is the place to go if you need to unwind and relax while your stress and worries simply melt away. Rates range from $220 to $289 depending on the chalet you choose.

Soule Creek Lodge - Port Renfrew

Soule Creek Lodge Port Renfrew

At Soule Creek Lodge you can choose between 3 different types of accommodation: a room in the lodge, one of the unique yurts, or the one-of-a-kind Tanglewood Cabin. All accommodations have their own private bathrooms with shower, toilet, and sink, and are equipped with a mini fridge. The yurts have a sky dome for stargazing in bed and they are all heated and insulated. Rates range from $125-$245 and vary between high or low season, unit type, and day of the week. A hot, homemade breakfast is included with all stays. 

Wya Point Resort - Ucluelet

Wya Point Resort Ucluelet

Wya Point Resort offers their guest the choice of luxury lodges, waterfront yurts, beachfront campsites, and unserviced RV sites. The resort sits on a private beach and is surrounded by 600 acres of old-growth forest. The lodges and yurts all feature gas fireplaces and BBQs. The lodges also come with a fully equipped kitchen, and the yurts boast gorgeous wrap around cedar decks. Yurt and lodge rates vary by accommodation type and by high or low season.

The Float House Inn - Bella Coola

The Float House Inn Bella Coola

Many of these other accommodations offer waterfront views but the Float House Inn puts you right on the water. When you rent a room at the Float House Inn, you’re renting the entire boat. This unique accommodation has an exclusive end-of-dock location featuring panoramic views of the estuary and the surrounding mountains. The boat is equipped with a full kitchen, stove, oven, microwave, fridge, and fully stocked bathroom. The covered deck offers a 360º view of the beautiful landscape that surrounds the boat. Rates start at $195 per night or $1180 per week based on double occupancy, with additional charges for 1-2 extra guests.

Twin Anchors - Shuswap Lake

Twin Anchors Houseboats Shuswap Lake

Twin Anchors offers houseboat rentals so you can stay right on the waters of Shuswap Lake. Their cruisecrafts sleep anywhere from 6-24 people, making these houseboats perfect for large family vacations or a fun getaway for a big group of friends. With 7 different boats to choose from, and packages for 3, 4, or 7 nights, the rates range from $1,260 to $15,225.

British Columbia is utterly filled with gorgeous scenery and landscapes of sheer natural perfection. You can stay at any of the thousands of campsites, resorts, hotels, and other property rentals but try one of these unique places to stay if you want your accommodations to be as unique as the majestic environment around you. For a truly unforgettable experience, these eco resorts, cabins, yurts, and floating accommodations will make you feel even closer to nature yet superbly comfortable and cozy.

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Nikki Bertrand

Nikki Bertrand

Nikki is a British Columbia native who was born in the Vancouver area. When she’s not busy being a tourist in her own city, you can find her exploring her passion for SFX makeup at Mixx SFX or reviewing subscription boxes at Unboxing Rocks.