HIGH QUALITY HOTELS | MINDFUL RUNNING | COASTAL BEACHES | FOREST BATHING | BOAT TOUR OF CLAYOQUOT SOUND | DIGITAL DETOX
This 7-day women’s trail running and wellness retreat will take you into our favorite old-growth rainforests on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. You’ll run among 800-year-old Douglas Fir trees dripping with bright-green lichen and feel the soft, loamy soil under your feet. You’ll run expansive beaches in Pacific Rim National Park, in awe of the ocean’s power and beauty.
Each day’s run is an opportunity to practice mindfulness, soak in nature’s beauty and embrace the joy of playing in the great outdoors. This low-mileage retreat features runs of no more than six miles, and includes walking breaks and plenty of photo stops. With the support of your dedicated retreat leader and professional running guide, you’ll feel supported and equipped to safely take your running off the road and onto the trails.
Each afternoon, you’ll have opportunities for self-care, whether you want some solo time to go for a walk, shop Tofino and Ucluelet, do a restorative yoga class for runners and participate in our wellness workshops or add a spa treatment to your experience. You’ll return home invigorated and refreshed.
This Retreat is Level I
This retreat is rated Level I. This means it’s suitable for you if:
- You’re comfortable running/hiking six days in a row for around 1 to 3 hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops)
- Runs are no more than 6 miles
- Good fitness is required, however. Some of the trails have boardwalks and stairs--LOTS of stairs!
- Be comfortable walking up and down several hundred stairs at a time (not running).
- You’re game for potentially running in the rain (we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
- You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes and a hydration system
Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/
Trail Running on Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is largely covered by temperate rainforest, featuring massive trees such as Douglas Fir, Sitka spruce and giant red cedars, some of which can be nearly 1,000 years old. These forests are dense, humid and thick with foliage such as ferns and mosses, lichens and fungi. All of our runs take place on established trails designed for foot traffic and are not open to bikes. Since the forest ground is so fragile and can be easily scarred by hikers, it’s important to always stay on the designated trail and in some cases, the boardwalk and wooden stairs. Since these wooden surfaces can get a bit slippery when wet, we will use caution in wet conditions and walk when its safer to do so.
Some trail sections may be rooty and rocky and present a challenge for new trail runners, in which case, you can walk or modify your running stride to account for this uneven trail surface.
When we are running on the beaches, the ground surface is mostly hard-packed sand, and is ideal for running. We may have to cross some tidal creek (when the tide is out to avoid wading through water).
This time of year, temperatures are starting to cool off and will be mostly in the high 40’s to high 50’s. Rain is highly likely, so it’s important to have a waterproof-breathable running rain jacket (that offers more protection than a wind shell). We will send you a comprehensive packing list so you know what to bring.
The weather is typically milder and warmer in Victoria, and will feel cooler in Tofino and Ucluelet, especially because of this area’s exposure to winds and weather blowing in off the Pacific Ocean. You will appreciate having a warm jacket to wear in the cool evenings and accessories like a hat and light gloves to wear while running.
Restorative Yoga for Runners
Magnolia Hotel + Spa, Victoria
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, located in Victoria’s historic inner harbor, Situated in the heart of downtown Victoria, British Columbia, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is an award-winning small hotel that is big on personalized service. Recognized by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast and Trip Advisor as a top hotel in Canada, the hotel’s timelessly elegant rooms, exquisite spa, fine dining and personalized recommendations create an authentic experience.
Your Superior hotel room features 300 square feet of elegant space and will have two queen beds (Shared room package). Or, you may choose to upgrade to a private room with one bed.
Enhance your retreat experience with a spa treatment by contacting the Magnolia Spa directly.
Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino
This luxurious beachfront resort is perched on the edge of Cox Bay, between the pristine beauty of Pacific Rim National Park and spectacular Clayoquot Sound. This cedar-shingled lodge offers 5-star amenities and casual service in a rustic setting, creating a perfect, serene retreat from everyday responsibilities. The Resort is set among native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean.
If you book a private room package, your room will have a King bed, soaker tub, luxurious bathrobe, in-room coffee, Douglas-fir wood furniture, slate-tiled floor and high-speed internet access.
If you book a shared room package, you will stay in a two-bedroom cottage with two bathrooms, living area, in-room coffee, outdoor hot tub on a semi-private patio, luxurious bathrobes and high-speed internet.
Water's Edge Shoreside Suites
Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites is a peaceful property with access to both the serene Ucluelet Harbour and the Marina. It is situated on a private island joined by a causeway and just minutes from The Wild Pacific Trail. Guests enjoy spacious private suites featuring west coast decor and full kitchens, making it the perfect home base to explore the areas miles of sandy West Coast beaches, ancient rainforests, fantastic kayaking, awesome fishing charters and spectacular panoramic views.
If you book a private room package, your room here will feature a Queen or King-side bed, full kitchen, living area, gas fireplace and private patio with water views and high-speed internet.
If you book a shared room package, your room will feature two bedrooms with a shared bathroom, full kitchen, living area and, gas fireplace, private patio, water views and high-speed internet.
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
Transformational Travel Journal
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Victoria, BC, Canada