The best of spa pampering meets stunning wilderness settings at Vancouver Island’s award-winning spas. Enjoy a hot stone massage, a sea salt scrub, a Hawaiian-inspired body treatment, or at a seaside destination spa on a remote beach. Count on natural products drawn from local forests, waters and gardens for a truly relaxing experience.
Whether you’re sipping Earl Grey beneath a chandelier, or sampling herbal blends in a corner café, Victoria is the place to enjoy a proper cup of tea. Book a formal afternoon tea, complete with freshly baked treats including scones, in the tea lobby at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, or head to Chinatown’s Silk Road Tea to learn about tea from a Chinese-trained tea master. For a British Columbian spin on the tea tradition, try the West Coast Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Grand Pacific, where single estate brews and curated blends are served with house-baked croissants and Dungeness crab cakes.
Step into the Rainforest Haven or the Cedar Sanctuary – the names of two of the spa rooms - at the Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn near Tofino. Gaze out on the ocean and listen to the pounding surf while enjoying a treatment in one of the country’s top destination spas. Savour a massage for two in an oceanside cedar hut, join a beachside yoga class, or indulge in one of the seasonal spa treatments that utilize traditional First Nations techniques. Afterward, stroll the driftwood-strewn beach or hop on a boat to Hot Springs Cove – a remote natural hot spring on the ocean’s edge.
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Spend a serene day at Hot Springs Cove. These rustic geothermal springs, about 80 minutes by sea from Tofino in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, are accessible year-round by boat or floatplane. Several water taxis and tour operators offer trips to the park. After gliding past forested islands, spotting marine mammals and birdlife on the way, you stroll along a forested boardwalk to the springs. Here, a steaming waterfall cascades into a series of pools carved into the shoreline and cooled by ocean swells, making it an idyllic setting for a relaxing soak.
The Fairmont Empress’s Willow Stream Spa, with its gentle waterfall and Greco-Roman decor, is one of Victoria’s top pampering spots. The spa menu doesn’t just list treatments: it offers experiences, like the Island Senses experience— a two-hour immersion in the scents and sensations of Vancouver Island, from the sea salt body scrub to the lavender massage. Guests are encouraged to linger, so make a day of it. Sit by the fire, soak in the thermal mineral bath, or relax in the eucalyptus steam room and sauna. Post-spa, indulge in the ultimate Victorian ritual: afternoon tea at the Empress.
Scenery by land, air and sea: getting to Vancouver Island really is half the fun! BC... Read more Ferries has three routes that offer regular service between the mainland and Vancouver Island. These comfortable ferries also serve the Gulf Islands. Travelling car-free? Pacific Coach Lines offers downtown to downtown service. From Washington State, Black Ball Ferries, Washington State Ferries, and the Victoria Clipper all sail to Victoria. Prefer to fly? Daily flights connect Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria, while frequent floatplane service links all three cities. You can even go by helicopter, with Helijet’s Vancouver to Victoria service.
BC Ferries sail every few hours from Horseshoe Bay, just north of Vancouver, to Nanaimo on... Read more Vancouver Island. From there, it’s a three to four hour drive through Vancouver Island’s mountain scenery to the coast. Travelling car-free? Tofino Bus Island Express runs daily service from Nanaimo to Tofino and Ucluelet. Orca Airways fly to Tofino from Vancouver International Airport.
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