British Columbia is dotted with private islands -- for fisher- men. But Sonora Resort has a bit more than a cabin and a fish-cleaning station. This all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux luxury outpost includes guest rooms in 12 rustic-yet- modern lodges on the otherwise undeveloped and road- free Sonora Island. Across its 64 square miles, the pure beauty of the Canadian wilderness is everywhere. Bald eagles and black bears live among the red and yellow cedars while orcas and porpoises cavort offshore. The wildlife gets its own privacy when the resort closes from November through April. But in the summer, guests can respectfully observe the animals. An eco-adventure boat tour goes to a nearby river where families of grizzly bears catch salmon. No need to fish yourself if you don't want to; chef Matthew Stowe will be happy to serve you his fresh catch. See photos.
Here's further info from the managers of Sonora Resort:
Is Sonora Resort the only development on the island? Yes! Sonora Resort is the only resort on the island; however, there are few private residences spread throughout. Sonora Island is located within the Discovery Islands within the mouth of Bute inlet, one of the deepest inlets in North America.
What do travelers enjoy most about your resort?
Our guests love Sonora Island's abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat including: orcas, bald eagles, black bears, grizzly bears, sea lions, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and it's all within the comforts of a luxurious living.
Which of your offerings best celebrates the authentic island culture?
What makes Sonora Resort unique among all the world's private-island resorts?
Do you have any new amenities, accommodations, travel specials or other features planned for 2009?
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