From Our Editors
At the heart of Vancouver Island lies Strathcona Provincial Park, a landscape of basalt peaks, towering waterfalls, and jagged glaciers. Along the park's eastern border, the 1,590-metre Mt. Washington allows year-round alpine adventure, and the Washington Way Chalets lie within walking distance of both scenic ski lifts and backpacking trails. All of the condos here boast mountain views, and many include flickering gas fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, and burning effigies of the abominable snowman to chase away high-altitude chills. Among the property's buildings, Blueberry Hill includes a sauna, and Paradise Ridge comes with an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Local ski season runs approximately from December to April, thanks to some of the deepest annual snowfall in all of Canada. By late June, Mt. Washington and other nearby slopes are open to hikers and mountain bikers, who may glimpse the highly endangered Vancouver Island marmot, a roly-poly type of squirrel with a high-pitched chirp. The inn also lies within 40 kilometres of the Comox Valley, home to a natural-history museum and a long list of festivals.