Are you ready to find Your Savage?
There are many types of “wild” but there is one perfect spot in the South Okanagan between Cawston and Osoyoos that can help you know exactly where you fit on this scale. This is Similkameen Wild Resort Hotel & Vineyard Retreatwhere a new era has begun.
“Your savage could go hiking in the mountains, which are all around us, or your savage could get on a tourist bus and go visit all the vineyards, including ours,” says general manager Tristan Boisvert. “We are right on the Similkameen River and have 2,000 feet of shoreline. On the other side is the Chopaka reserve of the Syilx nation, and everything is pristine. The people of Similkameen are incredible stewards of their land – it really is wild. So there are deer. We have the black bear. We have a wetland that attracts muskrats and tons of unique bird species, but we’re only fifteen minutes from Osoyoos.
Locally owned and operated, Similkameen Wild Resort Hotel & Retreat has had many identities over the years, but Boisvert, who grew up in the Lower Similkameen, became general manager last August and has already put his mark on the beautiful resort. a few kilometers from the Canada-US border.
It’s essentially a boutique resort, as there are four king and queen suites and a five-bedroom Homestead Suite on the property. They can be rented individually or the entire domain can be rented for up to 22 people. There are also two seasonal teepees on the property; the Raised teepee has an en-suite bathroom, a king-size bed and a romantic open-plan bath, while the Grounded Teepee Queen is for those looking for a more rustic, back-to-nature experience.
There’s also a heated outdoor saltwater pool, an eight-person hot tub, all surrounded by a lush lawn, sagebrush and century-old trees that provide shade on hot summer days. summer.
“It’s like this little hidden oasis, but only three minutes from Highway 3,” says Boisvert. “So people can kind of choose how wild they want to be, whether it’s hiking, floating down the river, or maybe just lounging by the pool with a glass of our wine and being surrounded by nature.
“It’s about getting that kind of wilderness experience without sacrificing the amenities of a high-end resort, but without any pretension. We’re also a working farm and winery, so we’re all pretty salty off the ground here.
Similkameen Wild will be more than just a beautiful place to get away from it all, however, as Boisvert has big plans to make it one of the most attractive eco-friendly destinations in the Okanagan. Wellness retreats emphasizing the defense of biodiversity and the interaction between food producers, meditation, yoga and general well-being are on the program. The resort also has a yoga studio, which can be booked for individual or group classes. Yoga and meditation classes will also take place weekly, starting in May.
Boisvert also has a vacation idea that is personal to him and that will give back to the surrounding communities. They grew up in the Okanagan as a queer artist but felt the need to leave the area to find their way. Its aim is to create a space for local artists, but especially young artists from BIPOC and marginalized communities, the opportunity to exhibit creations at Similkameen Wild, sell prints and generate a small income for themselves. .
Similkameen Wild is also one of more than 50 British Columbia companies registered with the United Nations Sustainable Development Program.
“I want people to know that a memorable vacation that doesn’t have to have a huge carbon footprint, that their vacation can be just an hour away, that it can be sustainable,” says Boisvert. “And in the end, customers can walk away feeling like their hard-earned money has done some good: supporting a local economy, helping local people, and protecting all the biodiversity that makes our region truly unique.”
Similkameen Wild is offering up to 25% off March stays. You can make a reservation for “Find Your Savage” here.
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