Unplug and Connect to Nature
Once, luxury vacations were considered the ultimate holiday and R&R experience, with the focus being on ultra-refined décor, a fleeting feeling of prestige and accommodations featuring all the latest high-tech conveniences and gadgets. But today, eco-tourism has begun to overtake that upscale and iconic hotel market, offering authentic and back-to-nature experiences that are more about filling the soul than emptying your pocketbook.
In British Columbia, many First Nations are at the forefront of this new trend, pairing their ancient culture and time-honoured traditions with a modern tourism slant. One such enterprise is the Wya Point Resort on Vancouver Island. Located a few kilometres outside Ucluelet and within minutes of world-famous Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort sits amongst 600 acres of old growth forest at the site of an old Aboriginal village.
Although the resort does indeed offer luxurious lodge accommodations, as well as rustic eco yurts and a family-friendly campground, Wya Resort Point puts the focus on unplugging from a stressful high-tech modern world… and connecting with nature. Here, you won’t find any televisions or pay-per-view movie channels, but rather the opportunity to explore Vancouver Island’s dramatic scenery and beaches, while discovering how the area’s First Nation cultures used to live, and continue to thrive.
The pristine and stunning site is 100 per cent owned and operated by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation (also known as the Ucluelet First Nation). The Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ are part of the Nuu-chah-nulth cultural and language family, based on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.
When development of the site first began, elders from the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Nation supported the creation of the resort, however they stipulated that no trees could be cut down to make room for Wya Point Resort. And as the area is famously home to a range of wildlife, such as eagles, bears and the reclusive cougar, the elders also expressed the desire for the development to not disturb sensitive habitat or displace any animals. So, Wya Point Resort was built in pristine harmony with its surroundings. Not a single ancient tree was removed from the site, nor were any of the bear dens destroyed or sacred animals disturbed from their natural way of life.
Today, from one of the resort’s 650 to 2,000-square-foot post and beam private lodges, each with its own hand-carved house post (similar to a totem pole), you can gaze out to the stunning ocean, surrounded by 1,000-year-old forests, and watch seals sunning on rocks or orcas frolicking in the surf.
No video game or big screen TV even comes close to comparing to that kind of once-in-a-lifetime, real experience.
It’s the ideal spot for a romantic retreat or for a family to reconnect with their kids by getting them to finally unplug from all the tech … and find their way back to a sense of wonder.
If you are heading to the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island, don’t miss the opportunity stay at Wya Point Resort and try your hand at glamping in an eco yurt, or relaxing in one of their LEED certified lodges.