Vancouver Island Getaway is a Luxurious, Five-Star Experience
Golf and fishing. The two go together like peas and carrots, Martin and Lewis, and Tiger and Phil—always savory, frequently funny and sometimes humbling. The perfect-pair pastimes are especially irresistible when mentioned in the same breath as Sonora Resort Canada, the all-inclusive island paradise just northwest of Vancouver.
Here, golfers utilize their personally appointed concierge for preferred tee times at nearby Storey Creek, in Whistler (Nicklaus North, Big Sky, Chateau Whistler) and in Victoria (Bear Mountain, Olympic View, Arbutus Ridge). On the island, the resort’s five-star recreation expands to lighted tennis and swimming; hiking, kayaking and high-speed Zodiac excursions to view grizzlies, killer whales, sea lions, dolphins and eagles; and guided freshwater fly-fishing for trout, char and migrating salmon on the Phillips River.
Don’t miss the deep-sea angling on the tidal waters of Desolation Sound, where the wild salmon are strong, spirited and stubborn and make an indelible, edible memory that can be savored and enjoyed back home.
Sonora Resort is not just another testosterone-infused fishing camp. The top-rated property appeals equally to women thanks to luxe-appointed lodging (satiny linens, elegant bathrooms with heated slate flooring, picture-windowed walls and super-sized decks overlooking the Yukulta Rapids), a stand-alone spa (body treatments, massage, outdoor mineral pools, hydrotherapy), expansive fitness studio and a million-dollar art collection.
Capping this phenomenal experience is the resort’s delectable and locally sourced French cuisine, headed by Chef Terry Pichor. Dig heartily into the poached Queen Charlotte halibut, chicken truffle pressé or aged Cache Creek beef tenderloin—protein and calories you’ll need to do it all again the following day.
Nestled amid a mountainous private island on Canada’s Inside Passage, guests access secluded Sonora Resort via helicopter, seaplane or water taxi. 888-576-6672 or sonoraresort.com
Durango resident Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.