NEAR HALFMOON BAY, B.C.
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Wake up to: The falling scale of bald eagles calling to one another as gentle waves break against this ragged stretch of the Sunshine Coast, accessible only by air or water.
The digs: A clutch of roomy canvas tent-house suites replete with king-size duvets and bathrooms with hydrotherapy tubs for two. You can book a "bliss massage" ($106 U.S. for one hour) on the rocky bluff at the outdoor Spa Without Walls and ― get this ― order room service.
The dirt: 13 adults-only tent-house suites from $252 U.S.; hikes, horseback rides ($66 U.S. for four hours), and sea kayaking ($46 U.S. for four hours) available on-site; 877/296-4593. -Deana Lancaster
RENDEZVOUS ISLAND, B.C.
Wake up to: Views of the deep inlets and rangy peaks rising from mainland British Columbia. Steps from your tent, you'll see giant purple sea stars clearly through emerald water, clusters of mussels and barnacles, plus small schooling fish, dolphins, and seals.
The digs: Island-style, of course, as Rendezvous Island is part of Discovery Islands, the jigsaw puzzle of land masses scattered between Vancouver Island and B.C.'s mainland. Queen-size beds on driftwood frames ? perfect for sinking into after a day of paddling or fishing ― are tucked into four cozy tent cabins. Lounge on Adirondack chairs over Drew Passage, or warm up by the woodstove in the Bluff Cabin with a book or magazine from its library.
The dirt: $280 U.S. (two-night minimum), including meals; hikes, sea kayaking, fishing, and bear tours all arranged on-site; 250/203-4433. -D.L.
NEAR TOFINO, B.C.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Wake up to: Thousand-year-old cedars towering overhead and a vast expanse of rain forest and coastline beckoning you from the comfort of your duvet-covered bed. After breakfast ― served on china and silver in the ranch-style log house, with its ceiling-high fieldstone fireplace ― choose your activity of the day: a guided hike or horseback ride, whale- or bear-watching, river or ocean kayaking, prime salmon fishing, or basking in a cedar hot tub overlooking an estuary.
The digs: Imagine the most elegant penthouse suite, covered in canvas and plunked down in the middle of a lush green wonderland. Think opulent rugs, lots of candles, remote-control propane fireplaces, and antique dressers, plus cedar outbuildings with eco toilets and all the amenities, so you can look your best.
The dirt: This place isn't easy to get to (you've got to hop a float plane from Vancouver, B.C.) or cheap (nearly $4,700 for a three-night stay), but if anything is worth a splurge, this is it. From $4,678 U.S. per person for three nights, including meals, activities, and float-plane arrival/departure; 888/333-5405. -A.W.