Vancouver already boasts some of Canada’s most visited attractions. Countless tourists visit the city each year to trek through Stanley Park or get lost in the aisles of Granville Island Public Market. Vancouver residents, though, also have the enviable distinction of being a car ride (or a short plane trip) away from several more top-tier destinations, including Whistler and the Okanagan Valley. For the luxury-minded traveler, both areas offer high-end resort accommodations. Whether you are hitting the slopes on Whistler Mountain or savouring wines across the Okanagan Valley, you are sure to find a resort that exceeds your expectations.
Okanagan Valley: Know Before You Go
The Okanagan Valley is Canada’s second-largest wine region, with over 200 vineyards. For Vancouver residents, the Okanagan Valley is about four hours away by car or a brief 50-minute plane ride (flying into either Kelowna International Airport or Penticton Airport).
This diverse region offers countless experiences, encouraging Vancouverites to revisit often. For example, on the southern end of the Okanagan Valley lies Canada’s only living desert. This gives the nearby town of Osoyoos the perfect climate in which to produce world-renowned red wines. Farther north in Kelowna, you can appreciate the oldest operating vineyard in the region (Calona Vineyards) plus explore many more of the most exciting wineries, including Summerhill Pyramid Winery.
Resorts in the Okanagan Valley
High on the list of the most luxurious resorts in the Okanagan Valley is the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort. You will find this retreat right along the Okanagan Lake, providing visitors with some of the most breathtaking views this region has to offer. Both indoor and outdoor pools are available by reservation.
This resort is also right in the heart of downtown Kelowna. Calona Vineyards, one of the area’s most historically significant attractions, is only a 12-minute walk from the resort. Flanking Calona Vineyards are many well-regarded craft breweries, including Jackknife Brewing and Welton Arms Craft Beer and Restaurant. Nature lovers will also appreciate the Grand Okanagan Resort’s close proximity to Kelowna City Park and several beaches.
Travel less than an hour north to find the next highlighted resort, Predator Ridge. This luxurious hideaway is well-regarded for its golfing, with two 18-hole championship courses on offer. Trace the Okanagan Lake as you play the Ridge Course and, afterward, appreciate the challenge of the Predator Course’s diverse terrain.
The list of amenities at Predator Ridge is seemingly endless. Whether you are staying in the centrally-located lodge or prefer a cottage, you will have access to an outdoor pool and hot tub in the summer months. Tennis courts, yoga platforms, and bike rentals are all available for the athletic traveler.
Wine enthusiasts need not worry; Predator Ridge is also nearby plenty of wineries along the Scenic Sip Trail in Lake Country. Highlights include the boutique Arrowleaf Cellars and one of British Columbia’s oldest and most well-regarded wineries, Gray Monk. Predator Ridge guests can even book a wine tour through the resort with door-to-door service.
Whistler: Know Before You Go
A group of Vancouver businessmen built the infrastructure around Whistler Mountain in the 1960s with hopes of hosting the Winter Olympics. It would take until 2010 for that dream to come true when Whistler hosted several events as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Now, around two million tourists each year enjoy the infrastructure built up over the decades around Whistler Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb. While the area is most well-known for its winter activities, there is also plenty to do in the summer. That includes fishing along Lost Lake, mountain biking, ziplining, and hiking.
Whistler is a convenient destination for Vancouverites, just 125 kilometers north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Travelers looking for a different and luxurious way to make the trek can board the Rocky Mountaineer train in Vancouver. Enjoy the stunning views on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route as you journey towards Whistler.
Resorts in Whistler
Travelers who enjoy upscale accommodations right in the middle of the action can stay at the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This resort is as close as you can get to the gondolas reaching up to Whistler Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb. When you are done for the day on the slopes, relax in the resort’s heated outdoor saltwater pool, along with two hot tubs. Pan Pacific’s eucalyptus steam room is another option to relax your muscles after a full day of winter sports. Meanwhile, if you forgot to pack some gear, the Salomon store is available on site for your equipment needs.
Others prefer a more quiet, remote environment with which to take in Whistler’s beauty. Such travelers will appreciate the tranquil and high-end offerings at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. Use the Four Seasons’ shuttles to get around your favorite destinations. Then, when it is time to relax, return to see everything this resort has to offer. Deluxe rooms come with a fully furnished balcony and a mountain view. Meanwhile, the townhouse option includes a private outdoor whirlpool.
Amenities are also extensive at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. Bike and ski rentals are both available on the first floor. And, like the Pan Pacific, you can appreciate the mountain views from an outdoor heated pool.
Both Whistler and towns across the Okanagan Valley offer numerous resorts for the discerning traveler. Being within driving distance of both these destinations and many more boosts Vancouverites’ quality of life. At faithwilson, we are committed to helping homebuyers invest wisely in Vancouver real estate. Our brokerage also helps buyers find properties near the recreation options that matter to them most.