Sonora is located in an amazingly beautiful and pristine corner of the world - a secluded island in the middle of the Vancouver gulf Islands. We accessed the Island via a water taxi - which proved to be a great ride. On our return trip we were treated to a napping whale and 2 other humpbacks breaching in the ocean, a very short distance from us. You can also reach the island via helicopter from Vancouver.
The resort grounds are beautiful, with numerous short walks, longer hikes and bike trails. There are smaller ponds stocked with fish on the property and a beautiful fresh water lake an hours' hike inland. (You can also take a shuttle there and back if you wish). There are many available tours out of the resort, including salmon fishing and whale watching - we chose the 2 hour Eco tour which I would highly recommend. On the tour we saw stellar sea lions, a pod of over 20 dolphins playing in the strait and 3 humpback whales. It was amazing. Others in our group hiked to the lake and enjoyed the paddle wheelers and canoes up there. There's sporty activities for everyone - golf putting greens, tennis court, ping pong, fly fishing in the ponds, yoga, biking, shuffle board, pool, golf simulators as well as a swimming pool and several hot tubs. We also enjoyed booking the cinema and watching movies, complete with popcorn and the kids enjoyed the large video game stations. You can do as much or as little as you like.
We stayed in the Yuculta lodge and our accommodation was excellent. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the beds are great and the view was amazing. The bar is always fully stocked and the room cleaned or tidied twice a day.
One must really comment about the food at the lodge. It is really quite outstanding! I would compare it to any of the high end, fine dining restaurants in Vancouver. Some of our favourite dishes were the halibut, the bison tartare, the seafood pappardelle, and the scallops. Even the Sonora burger and the daily pizza (made in an outdoor stone oven) were outstanding. And of course, the wonderful service contributed to the enjoyable eating experience.
Finally, I want to comment on the overall friendliness of almost every staff member we encountered. It seemed that everyone greeted us with a smile that actually seemed genuine. I felt this really added to the overall special nature of this experience.
Sonora is not a cheap vacation, but if you are looking for a really special getaway, where virtually everything (except the tours) is included, in a remarkably beautiful setting - this is definitely the place to go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This B.C. Wilderness resort is an absolute jewel amid one of Canada's most alluring, pristine environments. Sonora Resort is where uncompromising eco-adventure travel meets luxurious accommodations, unparalleled service and five star facilities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sonora Hotel Sonora Island
- Sonora Island Hotel
- Sonora Island Resort