Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are setting roots in Canada, the paparazzi have found them, generating warnings from the BC government and the Sussex’s lawyers. If the former royals need a bit of away time this spring, here are 3 exclusive getaways where they could explore their current Vancouver Island home and leave the long lenses far behind.
Island Expedition Cruise by Yacht Cascadia
Leaving roads far behind, Maple Leaf Adventures expedition yacht Cascadia is tough enough to sail the wildest bays and coves around this 300-mile-long island and its archipelagos. Set sail for Desolation Sound, the Gulf Islands or the rugged northwest coast, viewing wildlife with local guides, exploring indigenous culture, and dining on local cuisine. Plus the 360-degree view from the top-deck hot tub is the perfect place to watch stars. MapleLeafAdventures.com
Rainforest Lodge Adventure at Nimmo Bay
Tucked away in a rainforest cove below Mount Stephen, this exclusive, family-run resort offers a secret hideaway just off Vancouver Island. Award-winning cuisine, nature adventures, a rainforest spa and luxe cabins along the waterfront are just the beginning. Customized day trips range from private beach picnics to supping in glacier lakes or helicopter fishing. NimmoBay.com
West Coast Glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
The original glamping retreat, Clayoquot offers luxurious eco-safari tents on the Island’s wave-swept west coast. Activities explore beautiful Clayoquot Sound and its surrounding rainforest by boat, horse and foot. The resort includes a games tent, spa and waterfront lounge, as well as 5-star cuisine. WildRetreat.com
In keeping with the values of ecotourism, which the Sussexes would appreciate, each of these retreats work with the region’s indigenous people, each has been involved in stopping the trophy hunt of bears, and each offers an unplugged environment far from roads, the 24-hour news cycle and the long lenses of the paparazzi.