find yourself at luxury wilderness resort nimmo bay
posted: August 28, 2014
The middle of nowhere, it turns out, is the perfect place to log off, chill out, and be completely present. Some 500 kilometres from Vancouver, the middle of nowhere is also stunningly beautiful. There are no roads to get there, no electrical wires running overhead, and if you have a sudden craving for a Starbucks Frappuccino, you’re definitely out of luck. No, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is definitely not on the beaten path, and that’s just one of the reasons to go there.
Nimmo was originally a heli-fishing destination that attracted celebrities, prominent politicians and North America’s captains of industry. These days, however, the family-owned and run resort has even more to offer. And since WiFi access is restricted to its main lodge, you won’t be distracted experiencing any of it.
Anyone who has been agrees: though with the right coordinates and a float plane you can find Nimmo, the magic of this place is that once you get there you also find yourself.
While it certainly adds to the fun (and the views of the temperate rainforest meeting the Pacific Ocean, shown above, are jaw-dropping), a private helicopter that whisks you to a 10,000-year-old glacier for a hike and picnic actually isn’t a prerequisite for a fantastic time. From The Dance, the resort’s heated boat with covered vestibule, see everything from bears, orcas and whales to First Nations’ petroglyphs. Take a kayak or paddleboard out on your own, or go for a hike with one of the resort dogs, and you can get even closer to the wilderness around you. Or just sink into a comfortable chair on your cabin’s private patio or cozy living room and pull out a book.
“We ended each day with the most amazing, nourishing meals, all beautifully presented in the most idyllic setting,” remembers lululemon legacy ambassador Maria Filippone.
Indeed, breakfast and dinner are a family affair in Nimmo’s floating dining room. Every delicious dish (there is no way to over-emphasize the ‘delicious’ part) is homemade on-site using the best local ingredients that the ocean and Vancouver Island have to offer. Chef Sandi’s legendary Nimmo Bay Granola and daily smoothie are the perfect set-up for a day of activity in the fresh air. Two custom-hewn wooden tables are set with impeccable attention for nightly three-course dinners—after hors d’oeuvres, of course—and come with local wines and beers or your favourite cocktails.
Lunch is served wherever you are—on a glacier, at the foot of a waterfall, or on a remote beach. Even from the side of a riverbed swollen with salmon, the pilot of your personal chopper watching to ensure the resident grizzly bears and their adorable cubs, which also fish there, keep a safe distance.
The award for the most spectacular hot tub in North America must go to Nimmo Bay Resort; two tubs, deep, made of slotted cedar wood, and overlooking the pool at the base of the waterfall that topples down Mt. Stephen to sustainably power the entire resort (not to mention provide the resort with its sparkling drinking water). A nearby outdoor rainfall shower is the ultimate pièce de resistance.
Practicing yoga on a helicopter pad or on a dock around a roaring fire are firsts for most people. Maria describes the experience of finding such calm amongst such wild scenery as “magical.” Thanks to the rainforest, the air is oxygen-rich and fresh, a veritable gift in every inhalation. A moment in meditation turns quickly to half an hour, while Savasana pose almost assuredly becomes sleep.
One night’s sleep beneath the luxurious sheets and fluffy duvet at Nimmo Bay is equal to a week’s sleep at home. Overnight the ocean will arrive and then retreat soundlessly beneath your private, inter-tidal cabin, while the sound of the waterfall—the kind of pristine white noise people download and play in their apartments to block out the city—keep you happily captive in sweet dreams.
A luxury wilderness resort of this nature is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, but considering you leave more intact than you arrived, it’s beyond worthwhile to find Nimmo.
Photography by Jeremy Koreski for Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
Kate is a writer, editor and fast-talker (literally), who thinks that life is profoundly better when she’s outside, especially when there’s a board beneath her feet. She travelled to Nimmo Bay as a guest of its incredible owners, husband-and-wife team Fraser Murray and Becky Eert (you can see Becky and Kate practicing together with some amazing lululemon legacy ambassadors in the yoga pictures above!). Join Kate for the ride on Twitter and Instagram.