R&C Spotlight: Routes Du Bonheur

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Newsletters20 January 2023

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For an immersive trip in British Columbia that spans the vibrant city life of Vancouver to the rugged beauty of Vancouver Island, draw inspiration from this curated itinerary by none other than Tim Zagat, the founder of the Zagat Survey.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

Wedgewood
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa - Vancouver

Begin your trip in Vancouver with a stay at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa. An oasis in the heart of metropolitan downtown Vancouver, the Wedgewood is steeped in European elegance and understated luxury, with stylish furnishing and old-fashioned fireplaces. Its suites and guestrooms offer modern comforts complimented by original artworks and antiques. Dine at the award-winning Bacchus restaurant, where exquisite European-inspired cuisine meets fresh, local ingredients and sustainably-sourced seafood. For the ultimate pampering experience, head upstairs to The Spa at Wedgewood, which features a relaxation lounge and energizing eucalyptus steam room.

Hastings House Country House Hotel

Hastings House
Hastings House Country House Hotel - Salt Spring Island

Travel onwards to Salt Spring Island, where a stay at the Hastings House Country House Hotel awaits. This charming oceanfront property with 18 well-appointed suites and cottages is situated on 22 acres of abundant gardens and grounds, overlooking the calm waters of the Salish Sea. A beautiful Sussex-style manor house and seaside terrace sets the perfect scene for cocktails and dinner, with gourmet cuisine highlighting fresh produce from the estate’s gardens. Explore the unique ecology of the Gulf Islands and the natural beauty of Salt Spring Island, a hotspot for artists and artisans.

Wickaninnish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn
Wickaninnish Inn - Tofino

Your final stop on this journey brings you to Tofino, where the giant evergreens meet the Pacific Ocean. Perched on a rocky outcrop at the edge of Chesterman Beach is the Wickaninnish Inn, offering exceptional access to the oceanfront and surrounding nature of Vancouver Island’s west coast. Set off on a day of sea kayaking, or to see whales, sea lions, and the other abundant wildlife that calls Clayoquot Sound home. Return to a rejuvenating spa treatment after your day's adventures at the Ancient Cedars Spa. For those visiting through the winter and early spring months, you can admire the mighty Pacific storms, watching from the comfort of your guest room as waves crash against the shore a stone’s throw from your window.

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