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Hidden gem: This award-winning resort and spa is located just over 2 hours from Vancouver

Featuring spacious waterfront villas, extraordinary scenery, and an award-winning spa, Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina is the best place to connect with nature during the fall months in beautiful B.C.
Photo via Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina

Summer may be coming to a close, but the best time of year to travel in B.C. is officially upon us.

While it seems counterintuitive, fall offers the opportunity to experience the province’s most stunning attractions without the summer crowds. There’s also the benefit of gorgeous fall weather, technicolor leaves, and sometimes even reduced offseason rates.

Best of all, you don’t have to go far, to make the most of these conditions.

Located just over 2 hours from Vancouver on the scenic Sunshine Coast, Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina offers fall travelers an upscale experience rooted in nature, complete with sweeping water views, fantastic food, contemporary accommodations, and ultra-relaxing spa treatments unlike anything else the coast has to offer.

Situated in the small village of Madeira Park in Pender Harbour, Painted Boat is also just steps away from hiking, paddleboarding, boating, and artists tours, but if you’re like us, you’re probably getting away just to unwind.

Photo via Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina

Designed to help you relax and experience wellness, while surrounded by nature, the Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina, is home to The SPA, which offers face, body, and massage treatments, and the Spa Serenity Garden; a lush, meditative spa garden, complete with cascading waterfall, surrounded by towering ancient conifers.

Spa treatments at Painted Boat Resort utilize products infused with mineral-rich seaweed and salts, harvested straight from the ocean, which are designed to elevate your mood and strengthen your immune system. There’s literally no other spa like it on the Sunshine Coast, so be sure to book your treatment ahead of time.

Rest, relaxation, and… restaurants? Of course, nothing pairs better with spa treatments than fresh food. Reserve a table at Painted Boat’s Lagoon Restaurant and prepare to experience seasonal west coast cuisine, complemented with local ingredients. Menu highlights include Duck Confit Spring Rolls, Local Spot Prawn Linguini and Organic Dark Chocolate Brownie S’mores. Savor your meal while you watch the sun go down—and if you’re arriving by boat, complimentary moorage is available for vessels up to 30ft, perfect for those wanting to ‘dock n’ dine’. Reservations are recommended as spots fill up fast.

Photo via Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina

Painted Boat Resort offers each guest the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best with spacious waterfront villas that offer plenty of natural daylight thanks to the windows that boast scenic views. The resort offers 31 villas ranging from 1200-1,800 sq ft, each fully equipped with gourmet kitchens, patios or decks complete with barbeques and outdoor furniture, and add-ons like generous soaker tubs in the master ensuite. Most importantly, every single villa has stunning waterfront views, so you can truly make the most of your place on the Sunshine Coast.

Nestled amongst five acres of serene beauty, Painted Boat Resort, Spa & Marina is the destination for those looking to relax, rejuvenate, and revel in B.C.’s most spectacular season. 

To learn more or book your room today, visit, Painted Boat is also a proud partner of Wellness Travel BC, as an award-winning resort spa destination with extraordinary accommodations.