About Us

Welcome to W Fit Vacations!

Established in 2001 by Fitness Director and founder, Cat Smiley, West Coast Fitness Vacations is a wellness retreat company offering residential fitness boot camps for obesity recovery. We’re based in Parksville, B.C. with our residential weight loss camp being led solely by Cat Smiley with a maximum of 4 guests. Post pandemic, we’ll be operating international plus size hiking retreats and weight loss fitness camps using the same programming with her fitness team and local tour operator partnerships.

Our weight loss boot camp is exclusively for women age 35 and over, who are working towards 50-200lb weight loss.

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Your Coach

Cat has been named Canadian Trainer of the Year three times by the International Sports Science Association and is a Master Trainer, Life Coach, Sports Nutritionist & Certified Hiking Guide. She was recognized in the top 10 boot camp instructors worldwide in 2012, founder of The Original Boot Camp 2003-2013. This operated as a popular franchise in multiple towns, with a best-selling book and DVD series, even making the cover feature of Readers Digest! We retain this boot camp spirit in our beginner weight loss camps using doable and achievable back-to-basics programming.

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Cat has post-graduate training in fitness therapy, exercise programming for the senior population, as well as high-performance sports conditioning coach certifications. She is certified as a Sports Nutritionist (ISSA), originally graduating from Massey University in New Zealand. Cat is a former professional athlete, retiring in 2009 from international competition after 12 years of skiing full-time.

Your Weight Loss Camp

Vancouver Island weight loss camp outdoor-focused throughout winter, using minimal equipment.

If you can workout in the West Coast weather during winter, you can workout anywhere!

We teach our guests to feel confident in their fitness, without the use of gym membership or complicated exercises. The goal is to teach each participant how to be their own coach as they move into the next chapter of their lives. To support them in building strength on the outside, while they build strength on the inside – to be the person that they want to be.

Our meal plan is plant-based, wholesome nutrition with the addition of sustainably sourced fish. Guests cook their own meals, in their own private kitchen.

Women join us for a month or more, with the aim of rebooting healthier and happier lifestyles.

Packages start at $12,775/month

UPCOMING WELLNESS RETREATS

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$12,775 inc/month

Details:

Monthly, Sept - May

Location:

Parksville, B.C.

Licensed, insured and experienced.

  • Canada’s top trainer three times by the International Sports Science Association.
  • Highlighted by IDEA in 2012 as the leading female boot camp instructor worldwide.
  • Founder of The Original Boot Camp – Canada’s first fitness boot camp (2001 – 2013).
  • Published 2 books (and 3-DVD series).
  • Weekly fitness column, syndicated to 300+ Canadian newspapers for almost 10 years.
  • Former national ski team member, several World Cups.
  • Master Trainer, Executive Coach, Life Coach, Sports Nutritionist, Fitness Therapist and Wilderness Guide. All licenses are up-to-date, with Cat Smiley services holding liability insurance to 5 million.
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Wonderful support staff

Before COVID, we operated Whistler Fitness Vacations wellness retreat programs with a team of fabulous fitness guides. Here are some featured staff. We hope to have rehire fitness guides for 2021 season in Parksville, B.C. to lead and inspire our guests, depending on government guidelines.

UPCOMING WELLNESS RETREATS

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From

$12,775 inc/month

Details:

Monthly, Sept - May

Location:

Parksville, B.C.

Top 7 things to know

  • We offer month long residential wellness retreats Vancouver Island, year round. These are boot camp ‘Biggest Loser’ style of fitness retreat, especially for obesity recovery. No crybabies! This is a serious fitness weight loss camp for overweight women age 35 and over.
  • From 2008 to 2019 we operated over 430 luxury wellness retreats in Whistler.
  • Weight loss camps that motivate, inspire and teach you to be happier and healthier at home
  • Let’s hike to beautiful places – we do hiking, fitness & outdoor adventure
  • Bring your family; non-participating guests stay free in your private lodging
  • Plant-based, seasonal ingredients with West Coast cuisine
  • Founder is Cat Smiley, award winning coach specializing in 100lb weight loss
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Our Story (written by Cat)

I started West Coast Fitness Vacations back in 2008 under the name, Whistler Fitness Vacations. I’d already been in business for 7 years as a boot camp and personal training company (Cat Smiley Unlimited). ‘Unlimited’ as there are no limits when it comes to ambition and dedication to the goal. I had a ton of drive to live my best life, and wanted to inspire others to do the same. I still feel that way!

I envisioned my dream life as a fitness trainer being out of the gym, and in nature. After a successful audition as a trainer on The Biggest Loser (NBC) getting down to the final 10, a light bulb went off. It wasn’t the TV Show job that I wanted – it was the opportunity to be part of major weight loss transformations. So I got to work getting all the different qualifications and setting up a company that achieves dramatic change.

Twelve years on, we’ve operated over 400 weeks of incredible wellness retreats. It’s a lot of fun! My team and I love helping my clients build trust of themselves. We believe in our ability to make anyone achieve more than they thought they could. Together with our clients, we break through barriers – while having fun being active in nature. 

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