If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway this Labour Day, we’ve got a few of British Columbia’s most luxurious spots on our hot list of places to visit. The short travel distance means more time to hit the spa, lounge, and dine.

Sonora Resort

Accessible via helicopter or seaplane from Vancouver, or a water taxi from Campbell River, Sonora Resort’s secluded nature ensures a true “getaway from it all” atmosphere. From the welcome drink upon arrival to the luxurious spa and accommodations, the only rival to this beauty is the breathtaking, pristine nature of the surroundings that awaits you. Feeling adventurous? Guided salmon fishing, grizzly bear and helicopter glacier tours are available.

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa

Just a few hours northeast of Vancouver in Jesmond, BC lies Echo Valley Ranch. 160 acres of ranchland offers up horseback riding, hiking, biking and fishing before a night’s rest in one of their well-appointed rooms or private cabins. Serving up luxury dining, family style from their own organic garden and farm game, Echo Valley’s dining experience is one-of-a-kind.

Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat

Miles away from civilization, the Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat on Vancouver Island is grown-up camping at its best. Their luxury tents feature full ensuite bathrooms with heated floors and opulent decor. Choose from hot springs, a day at the spa, or various wilderness adventures and finish off with 5-star dining to complete this “camping” excursion like no other.

Poets Cove Resort and Spa

Tucked in the southern end of Pender Island, Poets Cove Resort and Spa is the quintessential west coast accommodation, featuring a private marina and unique spa treatments. Relax in either their private villas, cottages, or lodge rooms and spend your afternoons being pampered at the spa or out on the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

There’s nothing like the Sea to Sky drive to Whistler on a beautiful, BC day. It may not be slope season, but Whistler is still a divine spot for some R+R. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is what you’d come to expect from the luxe Fairmont family of hotels. Expect world-class service, plush rooms, and high tea.

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Photo: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort


Vancouver Point Grey mansion

Whether we admit it or not, we love looking into everyone else's beautiful homes. So, here for your viewing pleasure is a list of some of Canada’s most spectacular mansions from Coast to Coast!

Vancouver Point Grey Mansion inside

1. The highest priced mansion on the list is in Vancouver’s own Point Grey neighbourhood. This 25,000 sq.-ft. property is so beautiful, we almost understand the price tag. On three lots with a movie theatre, tennis courts, and a 10 car garage, it sold for more than $51 million in December 2014.

Priddis home mansion

2. We’d brave the Calgary cold for Kettle Lake Ranch, which went on the market for $38 million in February of 2014. The house itself is a modest 5,000 square feet with a beautiful rustic-chic appeal. The real value is the 240 acres of land on which it sits and includes two private lakes and a number of creeks. The property was once owned by the Ford Motor Family, and only adds to its historic charm.

Saskatchewan mansion

3 Saskatchewan may not be the first place that comes to mind when imagining where one might find the most expensive homes in Canada, but this incredible 35,000 square foot home is most notable for its movie theatre and grand architecture. Owner Jeffrey Smith, CEO of First Impressions Theme Theatres, Inc., had it designed in the most opulent style available; reminiscent of grand Opera Houses and Ballrooms from colonial era Europe.

Manitoba mansion

4. Compared to its fellow mansions in Vancouver and Toronto markets, a Manitoba listing this year went for a mere $11 million dollars. The 27,000 square foot estate is comprised of 28 rooms and promises impressive luxury (just look at that indoor pool) in modern minimalism.

68 The Bridle Path mansion

5. Listed at $25 million dollars, 68 The Bridle Path is simply palatial. Not every home purchase also affords you a golf cart included in the price to transport owners and guests around the vast property. Along with a forty car garage, this classic mansion reminiscent of its European forebearers is impressive to say the least. The gardens alone make us feel like we’re in high society.

Quebec mansion

6. It is no great surprise that Quebec would not only have dozens of magnificent mansions, but castles indulgent of its French heritage. Sitting on 12.36 acres of waterfront property just outside Montreal and listed at $11.4 million, this exquisite 20,000 square foot mansion lives up to exactly what one would expect from one of Canada’s oldest cities.

Did we miss any mansions on our list? Please share in the comments, we'd love to see them!
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