We could not bare to say goodbye to summer yet, so we figured that we should end summer in beautiful British Columbia with a great outdoor family adventure. The Sunshine Coast is only a short 40 minute ferry ride from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver. It is so accessible and such a slice of Pacific Northwest paradise.
Our Glamping Dome
We are always up for unique accommodation and these Geodesic Domes in Egmont, BC for simple ‘Glamping’ really seemed like they would be a cool experience and they sure did not disappoint. As soon as we opened the door and saw the view out the bay window that faced the water, we knew we were in for a special experience. The Dome was quite spacious inside with a queen bed, side tables and a little sitting area.
We had fold out mattresses for the floor for the kids and they sure loved it. They loved the idea of ‘glamorous camping’, and the fact that the little space heater provided also kept them nice and toasty warm all night. As you can see in some of the photos below, the kids made themselves right at home and had a blast.
There were even washrooms and a couple showers right near the Domes, it just took a minute to walk there. Flushing toilets and a public shower that would be exactly like what you would expect when you’re camping and have that option. It was great to have that luxury, especially with a potty training two-year-old toddler.
The first day was overcast and the view didn’t even disappoint then, but there was nothing like seeing the sight out the bay window when the sky cleared half way through our stay and the blue sky and sunshine excentuated the beauty in “our own backyard.” It was one of those moments where we once again realized how blessed we are to call beautiful British Columbia home.
Take a look inside:
A Kayaking Adventure
There are so many natural wonders to experience close by the Backeddy Resort. There’s a boat launch at the Resort and a kayaking and eco experiences company, Metta Eco Experiences, that runs from the Resort grounds. I had a great opportunity to go on a kayak tour and felt amazing after getting to have such a connection with nature. It’s incredible how nature can energize you. The tour guide and Metta owner, Greg, was a wonderful guide. He is so knowledgeable about the world around him and our conversation was very enlightening.
Take a look below at exactly how close these glamping domes are to the waters edge. How neat is that?
Read more about this kayaking adventure in Kayaking In The Picturesque Sechelt Inlet
Hiking Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park
A few minute drive from the Resort in Edgmont is Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park. The park was established in 1957 and is home to one of the coolest phenomenon you’ll find anywhere in British Columbia; the mighty Sechelt Rapids. The word ‘Skookumchuck’ comes from the Chinook language and means ‘strong water’. Once you see the phenomenon, you’ll think that the word is an understatement. Twice each day as the tide changes, an incredible torrent of water pours through the narrows between the Georgia Strait and the Jervis Inlet. Speeds can exceed 30km/h and the rapids are known for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater.
This trip was the first where we tried hiking with the kids without a stroller and we were amazed at how well they did at ages 4 and 2. We did get a great workout too, because their little legs needed a break once in a while, so we ended up taking turns carrying them on our shoulders, as well as wearing Jacob in the baby carrier. It was a pretty easy hike with a well-defined path almost the whole way. It is not stroller or wheelchair accessible if you plan on seeing the Sechelt Rapids.
We touch more on this hiking experience in this post: Photo Essay: One Of The Coolest Phenomenon You’ll Find In BC
On the road coming down to the Backeddy Resort, we were lucky to see these guys hanging around. We love seeing any wildlife as we explore. These Black-Tailed Deer kept a close eye on us, but stayed around long enough for a few photos. The chance of seeing wildlife is one of the most exciting things about getting out into nature.
The Backeddy Pub
There isn’t much nearby the Resort for food options without doing the drive towards Sechelt (other than resort restuarants), but we didn’t mind because one taste of the food at the Backeddy Pub and we were hooked. The girls had Grill Cheese and Hamburgers with fries and Darcy and I shared Backeddy Nachos, Baked BC Dungeness Crab Rotini, a Louisa Burger and Beer Battered Fish and Chips. The first meal was so delicious that we had to go back for a second meal the next night. They have a separate family area and we loved that there were actual options our kids would willingly devour. We just wish we weren’t so full each night and had room to try some dessert. Next time!
Seriously, how delicious does this food look? I bet it will make you hungry:
We genuinely enjoyed our time at the Backeddy Resort and loved all the outdoor options we could take part in. It was a great family getaway and would also be fabulous for a romantic adventure. We loved that we were out of cell phone range and while there was a little wi-fi, we felt that was a sign that we just needed to disconnect and spend time as a family without screens in our faces. It was glorious.
Even if you don’t want to stay in a Geodesic Dome, there are other cabin options available that looked cozy as well.
BC Ferries Tip: The fare is only applicable when boarding from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver. You do not have to pay for the return ride. The ferry is considered to be an essential service, since it is the only way to transfer a vehicle off the peninsula.
Where did you have a cool ‘glamping’ experience?
Disclaimer: Our visit was sponsored by The Backeddy Resort, but as always, our opinions are our own.