A few weeks ago, I hopped on a ferry with my friend Amelia for a few relaxing days in a geodome at Backeddy Resort and Marina. I've been eyeing these domes for over a year now, so finally seeing them in person was a dream come true! As we set off in the moody weather from Horseshoe Bay, the anticipation grew for our off-the-grid experience awaiting us at the other end.
We loved settling into our new little home. The space is perfect for a weekend getaway. The washrooms are a short walk away, and there are even outdoor sitting areas at each dome, as well as little living room nooks. Because of the cooler weather, we were happy to utilize our little space heater provided in the dome. It was perfectly cozy!
Before the sun set, we took a quick trip down the road to Ruby Lake for a peaceful evening paddle. We even spotted a big ol' black bear on the highway on the route there. He sadly hid before we could catch any images of him.
The next morning we woke early with eager eyes for the adventures ahead. First, we planned to hike up Pender Hill, one of my favorite hikes on the sunshine coast. This hike, though quite steep, is about 30 minutes to the top and has the most breathtaking views. The top of this hike sports bald eagles, arbutus trees, and many beautiful wild flowers. It's the perfect spot to hang a hammock and soak in the views of Pender Harbour and Hotel Lake. While we were there, we were lucky enough to discover the vast amounts of pine pollen on the trees. Amelia is a naturopath student, and was quick to show me the magical pollen by shaking the branches and showering the pollen all over. It was mesmerizing to watch!
After our time exploring Pender Hill, we set off for the Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park. We hiked the trail in to the view point overlooking the turbulent tidal rapids. We managed to go at the highest point that day, and it was incredible to watch the tides fighting each other. We sat for a long while watching the water battle back and forth without end. Sometimes, brave and experienced kayakers even take these rapids on (but you wouldn't catch me near them in a boat!). The hike in was just as scenic as the rapids themselves. The forest is thick with ferns and old growth trees. Even though it was lightly raining, it only made the forest air more refreshing and invigorating.
Next up, we came back to the Backeddy and were welcomed into another geodome for a magical menu tasting by the delicious Gastropub on site. It truly is glamping when food like this is just steps away from your dome! A highlight for me was the delicious espresso Crème brûlée. I still am dreaming of that dessert!
After dinner, we explored the marina and docks around the resort. We met a lovely man named Lee who had just boated in with his wife from Seattle. He promised me he'd be looking for this blog post, so, Hi Lee!
The next morning we packed up our things and prepared for the journey home. After spending the night listening to the rain fall on the dome roof (an experience everyone should have!) we were a little reluctant to head home. This magical place will remain in our hearts for a long time to come! One of my favourite things about the Egmont area is the beautiful windy, tree lined roads. I had to stop and document them from the air before we left.
We drove these beautiful stretches of road all the way to Gibsons where we hopped on our short ferry ride home. We were treated to more misty, magical weather as we arrived back in Vancouver. It was the perfect end to a wonderful staycation!