The Outpost is located in one of the most densely wildlife-populated natural environments in the world, where species of plants and animals unique to the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere, present Outpost guests and visiting researchers an opportunity to observe the web of life – in balance.
Guests need not venture far to experience the Biosphere’s virtual zoo. The resorts’ $3 million, five-year Environmental Legacy Program operates year-round, and during Outpost season, everyone chips in to help.
For more information on the Environmental Legacy Program and its five Stewardships, visit the Conservancy pages.
During the spring and early summer, when the bears are feasting on berries, an early morning or dinner time ride or walk around the compound will most-often lead to sightings of black bear in the undergrowth, or at water’s edge, upturning rocks along the shore. But in late summer and early autumn, the bears put on a show of their own. Often, in the early morning and sometimes again around dinner time, a half-dozen or so bear first visit the hay field up-river by the barn – where they snack on tender young hay shoots before making their way down river to the estuary for a main course of spawning salmon. Whale Watching
Virtually every whale watching expedition produces sightings of grey, humpback or killer (orca) whales. And always, guests return grinning from ear-to-ear from the sheer joy of riding aboard the resorts’ dual Merc-powered pontoon boat. The combination whale and bear watch includes a visit to Cow Bay, a summer feeding ground of so-called resident grey whales, a trip to ‘seal rock’ to view hundreds of stellar seals and a neighbouring colony of majestic, and very vocal sea lions. En-route, marine guides will stop at eagle nests and monitor the airwaves and on-board hyrdophone for signs of orca and humpback pods. And always, the resort mandates a strict hands-off approach to wildlife viewing – maintaining a non-threatening distance and ensuring that guests do not feed or otherwise disturb the animals.
Luxury camping in the wilderness - "glamping" at Siwash Lake Ranch. This package is for those seeking a first-class experience in the wilds of western Canada without having to 'rough it in the bush'. Our all-inclusive program gives you the freedom to participate in a wide array of authentic wilderness and ranch activities under the care of a professional guide, while enjoying all the comforts of home and then some!
There's a favourite on the activities menu for everyone — plenty of action, learning and fun to satisfy and inspire all generations.
Highly sought after since its inception in 2001, this is a special package for those of you who value your privacy and freedom and who would absolutely love to ride the trails all day, every day, with a strong and willing horse beneath you—a horse that's specially matched for your attributes, to call your own for duration of stay.
While every guest ranch offers the opportunity to ride horses, Siwash does not follow the practices of most dude operations. We have a different philosophy and a highly personalized, fun-filled approach that focuses on the natural bond between horses and humans.
Following a special introduction to your mount and a thorough orientation where you’ll learn important skills to enhance your equine experience at the ranch, you’ll head out with a guide to explore miles and miles of wilderness trails. Roam a paradise that’s rich with wildlife, rolling grasslands, and forests bejeweled with lakes. Beyond daily ground work, hands-on horse care, grooming, tacking up, and trail riding, this package also offers arena riding, horse whispering demonstrations, and all-day safari rides to coveted places on the open range where we’ll stop at mid-day for a gourmet saddle-bag lunch and to enjoy exquisite views atop a high bluff, or a swim in a wilderness river. Ride on your own without a guide at Siwash After a few introductory rides with a guide to get the lay of the land, those with the desire to do so may be given the privilege of riding unescorted without a guide or other guests, provided riding and navigational skills are adequate. We'll give you a map, a hand-held radio—and then off you go together, on your trusty mounts!
This B.C. wilderness resort is a jewel amid one of Canada's most alluring, pristine environments. Sonora Resort is where uncompromising eco-adventure travel meets luxurious accommodations, unparalleled service and five star facilities. Explore the mouthwatering menus and a wine cellar filled with the best of B.C. and abroad. Discover Sonora's plentiful indoor and outdoor amenities including a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, tennis court, putting green, 12-seat movie theatre, fly fishing ponds and more. Need to stay connected? Wi-Fi, international phone calls and the use of our business centre are complimentary as well. There is even a supply of digital cameras to borrow for wildlife outings, because photo-worthy moments are abound here.
Want to access Sonora fishing waters that are teeming with salmon? Or, indulge in our sumptuous spa facilities guaranteed to kindle pure relaxation and bliss? Whatever your lifestyle or pace, Sonora Resort offers something unique for everyone.
Sonora's welcoming accommodations will leave you rested and rejuvenated for another day of exciting adventure that awaits you. Each of our 12 themed B.C. lodges offer spacious rooms with incredibly comfortable Queen or King sized beds, luxurious linens, goose down duvets and L’Occitane amenities.
Spoil Yourself in an Unspoiled Environment. As the ocean currents move around this secluded island—cleansing, renewing and purifying the waters—the treatments and specialty therapies at Island Currents Spa will likewise revitalize you.