British Columbia’s secluded Farewell Harbour Lodge is partly built on land and partially afloat, offering guests privileged access to the planet’s largest intact temperate rainforest. Run by two local families, the property boasts some of the most passionate and experienced guides on Canada’s wild west coast. Expect expert-guided daily excursions into the unspoilt Broughton Island archipelago with activity options including boat trips for close encounters with killer whales and seals, as well as hikes in search of grizzly bears and birdlife.
There are just 12 private ocean-facing suites to choose from, each featuring ensuite bathrooms and a woodstove. All are linked together by beautiful wooden ramps, which also connect guests to a central lounge, dining and bar area. These shared spaces are warmed by a large brick fireplace, and have access to a huge wraparound deck with breathtaking sunset views.
When you aren’t out exploring nature, enjoy sumptuous meals as well as fascinating presentations about the environment and First Nations culture. With 10 acres of private forest right behind the lodge and pure waters at its doorstep, wildlife sightings are certainly very possible even from your seat in Farewell Harbour Lodge’s comfortable communal areas.