Vancouver Island residential weight loss camp (biggest loser style) – 1-4 months

Residential weight loss camp in Vancouver Island Especially for women

Body positive residential weight loss camp in Vancouver Island – 1-3 months Specially designed program for women with 100 pounds or more to get in shape.

Body positive residential weight loss camp in Vancouver Island – designed for women with 100 pounds or more to lose. Join for 1-3 months and focus 100% on getting into shape, with personal training, healthy meals and full-time coaching support.


Sweat, move & learn with one month full-time focus, oceanside right here in B.C., Canada.

Affordable weight loss camps, monthly from Sept 2020 to May 2021 (year-round soon!)

This weight loss camp is a full-time fitness weight loss boot camp for women with 50-200 lbs to lose. Priced from $12,775/CAD per month for solo-occupancy.

  • Max 4 guests per month
  • Outdoor workouts only
  • All COVID procedures
  • Hiking several days a week

Join a team of 3 fabulous women like you (who start-and-finish their session at the same time) in beautiful Parksville, B.C. NOTE: registration is currently open for travellers from within Canada.

Learn the right way to stay fit, without gym membership

Our new Vancouver Island location offers Cat Smiley hosted intensive fitness retreats for beginner fitness levels. It’s similar to The Biggest Loser in many ways, but without the drama and extremity. You’ll boot camp throughout the day with a minimum of 3 hours fitness, carefully designed with your safety as top priority. Hiking is on the schedule nearly every day at beautiful nearby trails.

Lodging is in upscale oceanside resort, Sunrise Ridge Resort steps from the beach with your own full kitchen. There’s no fee for your non-participating guest sharing your room. Your room is private, suitable for remote working. All sessions are steered towards major weight loss, beginner fitness levels.


All workouts – flexibility, strength, cardio, agility, conditioning – and activity is outside. We take shelter for workouts when needed in the forests and beachside gazebos, throughout winter. We will not be using public gyms, pools or community areas. Group classes are a combination restorative, high intensity fitness sessions in the forest, field and beach. You’ll be outdoors throughout the day, even in the middle of winter! Almost every day we’ll be hiking (at an aerobic pace) in forest and beach trails.

Social distancing is easy

Stay at our weight loss camp for 1-4 months and focus 100% on getting into shape. You’ll experience personal training, healthy meals and loads of coaching support.

Accommodation is included, with each guest their own gorgeous private vacation rental steps from the beach. Complete with your own full kitchen, guests cook their own meals each day with provided ingredients from The Planet Friendly Diet. Your room is private, suitable for remote working.

All sessions are steered towards major weight loss and mobility. Led by Cat Smiley, WFV’s Fitness Director, your activity schedule and training uses evidence based strategies for sustainable, permanent change.

Invest in results!

This package is right for you if you’re ready to rebuild your health from the ground up. It’s especially great for post weight loss surgery (or as a bariatric weight loss alternative). You’ll learn how to rebuild healthy habits, holistically.

Review WFV’s safety update for upcoming wellness retreats in B.C.  

Booking update (September 17)

Rates shown are in Canadian dollars including tax, per month. They are per person, per program including lodging, food and program fees 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Multiple months are not discounted further than the rate shown. Conditions apply in consideration of special pricing, including full payment by wire within 7 days of deposit.

  • Sept 7- Oct 7 | In session
  • Oct 4 – Nov 3 SOLD OUT.
  • Nov 1- Dec 1 | 1 space open, registration closes Oct 1. 
  • Nov 29 – Dec 29 | 3 spaces open.(condensed to finish WFV Dec 23)  
  • Jan 3 – Feb 2 | 3 spaces open.  
  • Jan 31 – March 2  4 spaces open.  
  • Feb 28 – March 30 | Standby list open.   
  • April 4 – May 4 4 spaces open.  

$12,775 Special Rate or $14,995 Regular Rate (choose your preferred price after reviewing terms).  

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Beyond dramatic weight loss and increased fitness, you’ll peel back the layers of various dialogues in your head that may be holding you back. You’ll gain confidence and clarity to put together your own food, fitness and lifestyle plan. You’ll also know exactly how to progress your workouts safely and effectively, plus meet wonderful women like you also doing the program.

With clearly defined and achievable targets that meet you at your level, the combination of support and work book makes it easy to take things one day at a time, and SMASH your goals!

Beautiful, upscale lodging

We’re excited to partner with Sunrise Ridge Resort & Spa in Parksville, B.C.

Eat, Move, Learn

We don’t just get you back into shape – we teach you how to make this a way of life. Throughout the day between workouts and weather windows, there’ll be learning opportunities through small group workshops and personal coaching. You’ll become educated, inspired and motivated to get into the best shape of your life – and most importantly – maintain it.

  • Personalized, integrative platform that guides, motivates and educates women of beginner fitness level. It’s a great starting point towards embarking upon a major weight loss journey, 100 pounds or more.
  • Help you find peace with food, while ditching the ‘all or nothing’ mentality surrounding intensive fitness programs.
  • Normalize your relationship with exercise consistency and emotional eating.
  • Get through the annoying and uncomfortable beginner exercise phase with humor, support and tough love.
    Learn to love moving your body, in a way that doesn’t overwhelm.
  • Learn to balance (and organize) life’s priorities.
  • Have soulful discovery of athletic programming that meets you at your level.
  • Get coached like a contestant on The Biggest Loser, except with more kindness (and definitely less drama)! Cat will personally balance your training threshold with results focused intensity. Every day you’ll feel empowered and successful.
  • Love, nurture and lift you through permanent life change while slimming towards healthy weight.

Together, we’ll work through the same program as Whistler Fitness Vacations. It will unlock your potential and achieve incredible change – in every area of your life, with the customization you need.

Inclusive weight loss camp

We package everything together so you don’t get hit with extra bills. Want some personal training? You got it. No extra charge. Whatever you need within the scheduled activity, based on the groups customized schedule. In a nutshell, your program fees include lodging, ingredients for your food during the program, taxes, transportation during program hours, and 5 hours activity per day, Monday to Friday.

It doesn’t include getting to Parksville, food during the complimentary days of lodging at the end of your trip, things that you’ll need to bring. Your packing list includes a few higher priced items, like blender, heart rate monitor, outdoor athletic clothing and of course, getting to the island. It’s best if you’re driving here, but if you’re flying, we can lend you a blender.

All sessions are steered towards major weight loss and mobility. Led by Cat Smiley, WFV’s Fitness Director, your activity schedule and training uses evidence based strategies for sustainable, permanent change.

What’s included

Lodging at the Sunrise Ridge Resort & Spa
Lodging at the Sunrise Ridge Resort & Spa for the duration of your program. We’ve also added 3 complimentary days to your stay in case you’d like to take your time after the wellness retreat to explore.
Team grocery shop each week with ingredients
Team grocery shop each week with ingredients paid by WFV for the duration of your program. You cook your own meals, in your private room, just like at home. Can adapt to your tastes and preferences.
Amazing body transformation
Amazing body transformation – lighter, stronger and fitter. You’ll feel better physically, mentally, spiritually.Motivation, clarity, education and peaceful realizations to make this whole weight loss thing DOABLE. Not only that, it will be enjoyable and empowering.
Daily weight loss retreat schedule from 9am to 2pm
Daily weight loss retreat schedule from 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. This includes activity, nature walks, boot camp on the beach, or restorative workouts, personal training and coaching, guided nutrition and much more.
New friends!
You’ll sweat, eat, meal plan, workout, cry, laugh and transform with the same 4 women for one full month. Even though you have your own private residence, there’s social opportunity as much as you’d like.
21 day plant-based meal plan
21 day meal plan, gluten, wheat, dairy, soy and meat free that includes 2 smoothies and one delicious meal. You’ll learn to menu plan with your own tastes and preferences.
Personal development & coaching
Personal development to get unstuck and upgrade your actions and behavioural changes towards healthy living. You’ll gain confidence and build healthier self esteem, fitness and body image.Daily reflections, questions, and task lists to empower and inspire. Personalized fitness, nutrition or motivational support to keep accountable and on track.


Hey there, this is Cat – certified Master Trainer and licensed fitness therapist with 20 years experience. I think it’s important that you learn more about me before deciding on this trip. I specialize in beginner fitness levels and coaching major weight loss transformation.

Health is so much more than fitness, and there’s often a pretty good reason why my clients have come to be overweight.

I work with these reasons, not against them… helping them to navigate their physical activity through whatever storm they’re going through (or have been through). This could be cancer, chronic illness, or learning to walk again with an athletic gait. Together, we find the best workout in a way that makes them feel empowered, optimistic and strong. This restores their ability to enjoy movement, so that daily living is easier.

Your LAST shape-up plan!

If you’re serious about pushing your body transformation to the peak of where it can go within the medical boundaries of safety, WFV weight loss camp is for you. I say ‘within the medical boundaries’ because 1200 calories is pretty darn low unless extremely carefully and knowledgeably designed. And exercising to higher intensity heart rate often requires me to coach you out of the enjoyable zone.

It takes courage for me to make unpopular choices with guests sometimes, but I am paid to push you and this is something I take very seriously. For this reason, I became a master trainer and this extra training gave me the coaching skills to take our guests to new heights.

I’m also a certified sports nutritionist and the food plan has been approved by both doctors and dieticians. It’s suitable for diabetics and those who’ve had gastric bypass or weight loss surgery. Think of our program as ‘getting in shape one last time’.

Vancouver Island weight loss camp will not only slim you down to healthy weight, it’ll get you through the awkward beginner stages of exercising that feel uncomfortable and often boring. Together, it’ll walk with you towards moving into intermediate workout programming, which frankly is a heck of a lot more fun, and more social for most folks.

Food Plan

My nutrition philosophy is about getting back to basics with the natural foods of the soil. The Planet Friendly Diet includes two smoothies per day and one meal of 400-500 calories that is gluten, wheat, dairy, meat and (option to be) soy free. It’s moderately low carbohydrate but is not keto.

The plan is 1200 healthy calories per day that are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Yes – coffee is welcomed – up to 300mg per day of caffeine, but it’s an alcohol detox. You’ll receive detailed shopping lists with ingredients for one portion meals and no left overs. It’s 100% zero waste to alleviate binge triggers or grazing after dinner!

We focus on alkaline foods that will rebalance your body and maintain pH levels, while including chlorophyll-rich foods every day, which will help purify your blood and boost your immune system.

Workout Plan

The exercise plan includes three hours of daily, guided personal training and group classes. We try to cover all the components of fitness each day including balance, strength, agility, power and aerobic conditioning. Activities are doable, safe and results focused – outside. Training targets are clearly defined and progress with you.

Typical Day

Every day, you’ll work from 9am to 2pm with your assigned fitness leader and group. The weight loss camp activity schedule includes 3 hours daily physical activity, with one hour in each training zone.

Low intensity might be stretching on the beach, using props as needed to adjust traditional yoga poses. Or it could be a weight training workshop, using bodyweight and dumbbells to build strength without the gym.

Medium intensity might be a fast paced nature walk by the ocean for an hour, as you work towards achieving your daily step quota. This step count is tracked with exertion and intensity guided by your trainer, to ensure you’re pushing to the right level.

High intensity could be an agility workshop, using conditioning ladders and medicine balls. We could try gentle running, even if for 20 seconds. Then do guided squats using a park bench for modification. Those with higher fitness levels will be doing the more advanced version of the same exercises.

We all train together, at different paces but towards the same common goal. There’s team accountability which requires everyone to give their best each workout, within their abilities. We’ve got 5 hours to complete 3 hours of workouts within everyone in the groups training zones.

Designed for you

West Coast Fitness Vacations has our fitness director, Cat Smiley leading all of the Vancouver Island wellness retreats this season, which means our very best structure, organization and time efficiency. If we finish ahead of schedule, workshops and group talks are added. We’ve got a life coaching and educational curriculum to get through in the week, and take every opportunity to do that between workouts.

Monday is a team grocery shop – everyone follows the set meal plan of The Planet Friendly Diet. This is a plant-powered, zero waste nutrition plan that is medically approved to fuel your workouts on a calorie reduction diet. Your daily caloric intake is 1200 calories. The food plan is in the process of change, moving towards a guest-designed vegetarian meal plan. This plan will be individualized with every guest, with recipe creation and batch cooking as part of the days group activity.

After 2pm, you’re free for the rest of the day. Perhaps you’ll catch up with family or work, wander into town, enjoy the nearby spa, go for a swim. The time goes by quickly, and you’ll have the camaraderie of your team members to share this life changing experience with you.

At 5pm, you’ll make your own dinner. The recipes are easy to follow, without binge triggers using West Coast style of cooking. It’s fresh, healthy and delicious.

We recommend that guests go to bed early, so they can wake up energized to do it all again tomorrow!

Dates & Rates

Registration is open for September to May sessions. Summer weight loss camps are in development, estimated to be priced around $18,000 CAD inclusive per month. We’re creating multi-sport adventure programming just like Whistler Fitness Vacations.

As part of our COVID-19 safety plan, West Coast Fitness Vacations is limiting registration to 4 guests per session throughout the 2021 season.

hiking wellness spa retreatBook your stay in 3 simple steps!

1 – Choose your start date.
2 – Choose your rate (one bedroom suite)
  • $12,775 Special or $14,995 Regular Rate per month.
  • Conditions apply for Special Rate – review them here. 
3 – Schedule a registration call

Get in touch, to have a detailed conversation with the fitness director. As we only have room for 4 guests per session, it’s necessary to place guests in compatible groups based on their starting points.

Is this wellness retreat package right for you?
  1. You’re working towards 50 to 200 lb weight loss.
  2. Being lighter would improve your overall quality of life.
  3. Your flat treadmill mile at fastest walk, jog or run is between 13 and 25 minutes.
  4. Walking for up to two hours is enjoyable and pain free.
  5. You’ve had at least 35 birthdays and are female.
  6. Being active everyday in a small group of like-minded women excites you. You’re cool with group paces being based on the lowest ability level in our group of 4. You are ready to give your best effort and not hold back, even if it’s hard sometimes.
  7. No smoking, alcohol or food outside of our plan is a challenge you’re ready to take on!

Get in touch here to take the first step towards registration.

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