We stayed at the Sonora resort for 2 days in September. We arrived by water taxi from Campbell River which was 75 minutes of stunning scenery. We were met by a ‘welcoming committee ‘ on the quay and taken to the lounge for light refreshments. At this point, before access to our rooms, we were given a ½ hour run down on the various activities available. (you need to be prepared for this as it is easy to spend a lot of money in this ½ hr). Float plane and helicopter transfers are also available.
We stayed in Arbutus Lodge, which had a great view over the quay and surrounding water and islands. The room was adequate, but maybe a little functional when compared with other 5 star rooms. Adjacent to our room there was a hot tub and smoking space with fire place.
The venue is all inclusive which worked well, as nothing was overlooked, a very well stocked room fridge and even international telephone calls and a packed lunch on our departure (without asking). Some wines and spirits if selected outside of the lists were chargeable. The activities can be expensive. We paid 600 dollars for a mornings Salmon fishing. But we did catch, and during our visit a 37lb Salmon was landed. But timing is everything if Salmon fishing is on your list as much of what is caught in September are Coho which cannot be taken. If your stay is short, pre booking fishing trips seems advisable.
The ‘blind channel’ trip on a zodiac was amazing. Our guide knew the area extremely well. He managed to find us Orca’s, many performing Dolphins plus some wonderful bird life. Seals and sea lions lounge about around the quay.
All in all we had a wonderful time at Sonora. The food and service were excellent, and the location was breath taking. The gardens were beautifully laid out and there were many indoor activities for wet weather.
We would certainly go back and based upon our experience 3 days is the minimum stay to take full advantage of what is on offer.
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- Also Known As:
- Sonora Hotel Sonora Island
- Sonora Island Hotel
- Sonora Island Resort