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Princess Royal Island, BC: Condé Nast Traveler's 'best resort spas'

© By Michelle Pentz Glave
  King Pacific Lodge They're in the limelight so often, it's almost getting tedious-almost. Once again, two stunning British Columbia properties have scored big in the current issue of glossy US travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler's survey of the Americas' top 240 spas.
     In first place for "Resort Spas-Canada" is luxurious King Pacific Lodge, a fly-in floating lodge on Princess Royal Island, BC. Overall, the lodge scored 97 out of 100. No. 2 in the category: Tofino, BC's cliffside Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island, came in overall at 94.
     Three other Canadian resort spas made the list: Alberta's castle-like Fairmont Banff Springs at No. 3 (92.8 overall score), just nudging out the tony Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, BC (92 overall score); rounding off the top five was another Vancouver Island highlight: Victoria, BC's classic Fairmont Empress (88 overall score), a favourite spot for not only the spa, but a lavish afternoon tea.
     Princess Royal Island is located amongst the isolated inlets and islands of Canada's forgotten coast, in the heart of the world famous Great Bear Rainforest. This is an extremely remote area of British Columbia, 520 kilometers north of Vancouver and 200 kilometers south of Prince Rupert, accessible only by boat or air. Aside from the Tsimshiam, who once inhabited a coastal village on the island but now no longer live here, almost no people have entered the inland rainforest of Princess Royal Island.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Michelle Pentz Glave is the CTC News editor and manages the commission's online media centre. For 16 years prior to joining CTC, she worked in the US and Germany as a writer, editor and reporter for newspapers and magazines-including stints with The Wall Street Journal Europe, Gruner+Jahr (Bertelsman) publishing house, the Albuqerque Journal and The Santa Fe New Mexican. Glave's work has appeared in magazines such as Outside, Wired, Travel + Leisure, Sunset and Fortune. She has a Master's in journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale. Click for Bonilla Island, British Columbia Forecast

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