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West Coast Fitness Vacations is a weight loss resort with locations in Vancouver Island and Whistler. Wellness retreat programs run year round, offering stays varying in duration from 1 day to up to 6 months. 

Some people say that the pandemic has made them realize that their home can be anywhere, now they they work remotely. And with travel out of the picture, wellness retreats in Canada such as West Coast Fitness Vacations hit all the checkboxes.

Some people dream about retiring and seeing the world. And some people actually get on a ship and do it. Who better to spend long days at sea or leisurely nights at the buffet than retirees who don’t have to be at work on Monday? One third of the 28.5 million people who took a cruise in 2018 were 60 or older. But what everyone may not know is that people can turn their retirement into a constant voyage. – Washington Post 

British Columbia is truly a beautiful province! With hiking, biking, kayaking and other outdoor adventures that are so rewarding, you’ll be with other women who’ll keep you motivated. There’s a huge benefit to working out outside and pushing yourself in natural terrain.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t count on being able to get to the gym as our only means of exercise. One of the best reasons to get away to a health retreat is to learn how to workout independently. Having a few basics down will help you follow streamed classes better.

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Hi, I’m Cat Smiley, the owner of West Coast Fitness Vacations plus size wellness retreats in B.C., Canada. We strive to be the best weight loss retreat for women of beginner fitness level, who want a live-in fitness experience. Even though we’ve been running our weekly/monthly wellness retreat in Canada since 2008, we’re certainly not the first to specialize in wellness getaways.

“Ten years ago, you wouldn’t have even known what someone was talking about if they said ‘wellness travel.’ Now, it’s everywhere.” —Beth McGroarty, of the Global Wellness Institute, when asked about weight loss resorts.

In this article, I’ll share some things about our signature wellness retreat. What makes Whistler Fitness Vacations stand out from the crowd is our commitment to the often overlooked elements of getting back into shape. Workouts have to be convenient and comfortable from a logistics standpoint because people who are new to exercise often feel that working out is a hassle. They’re working hard in their physical activity while at our program, so we do everything possible to make it logistically easy to focus on those workouts.

Additionally, we take the guess work out of making the health improvements that they achieve with us, sustainable into their home life.

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Maybe you think that you’re not a hiker….

Lots of people who sign up for our weight loss resort aren’t necessarily big hikers. Whether it’s walking uphill, getting dirty or peeing behind a rock isn’t worth it, even if theres the promise of spectacular views at the top. Finding the power to walk until the end can take a bit of mental digging.

“Having just spent 3 weeks hiking to Everest base camp I forced myself to become a hiker over the course of those 21 days. There were times I hated every single second but there was no other way to go but forward. Only once my lazy ass got into hiking shape after the first week did I really start to enjoy it (after 7 days of hell). Also I found I hate going downhill 20x more than I hate going uphill. And I REALLY hate going uphill.” – Emily, travel blogger.

Some people find that the more they do it, the fitter they get and the more enjoyable it becomes. Perhaps short walks are more your thing, or possibly sticking to day hikes. All of our Whistler guided hiking tours are day trips). Even if you enjoy working out, going for long hikes might be incredibly boring for you – treadmill runs get the sweat going and keep you motivated. Then a hot shower to follow – bliss!

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Ways to make hiking more enjoyable

If you’re really out of shape, walking is a smart starting point to start being more active. Thats why weight loss resorts and health retreat programs so often have nature walking, hiking as their key focus. Everyone can put one foot in front of the other, but it’s important to not over-face yourself with a trail. Doing too much can turn you off the activity all together. Our hiking vacation in Canada makes the experience a positive one, as we plan the trip routes around your fitness and ability level.

The longest we walk for is 4-5 hours in a day, and that’s only programmed if the group is advanced – and interested. For plus size fitness guests who are better on flat terrain, we try to find routes that are flat. Although Whistler is a mountain town so nothing here is completely flat. But some routes are flatter than others.

Beginner exercisers often find that climbing uphill can hurt their calves, and going downhill hurts their knees. That’s why joining a fitness and weight loss retreat that has professionals to guide your hikes is truly beneficial.


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Summer hiking in the mountains

While it’s normal to think that going trekking vacations are better in shoulder season (Fall and Spring), summer is really nice in Whistler. There’s a reason why millions of people from all over the world visit our beautiful town in summer.

Beyond being globally famous for it is lift accessed mountain biking terrain, the stunning glacial lakes all within walking distance from town and hundreds of fun activities make Whistler truly a ‘must see’ destination.

This time of the year is gorgeous for weight loss retreats in Canada. You’ll see wild flowers scattered across alpine fields of panoramic snow-capped peaks! The benefits of coming in summer include non-stop festivals, sporting events and music concerts throughout your stay. Summer starts late June and averages 9°C to 27°C (48°F to 80°F).

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Why I love late summer and fall the most

Our last session is usually before the fall weather starts. The sun is still shining brightly with warm, glorious days! Temperatures remain between 9°C to 27°C (48°F to 80°F).

Running an outdoor fitness camp in the mountains makes it different each day. We’re prepared for the elements of weather, it can be sunny, windy, rainy and even throw hail at us all on the same day. Fall especially is more temperamental when it comes to the weather, September especially.

That’s why we move to Vancouver Island residential weight loss camps in September. Logistics such as having our support vehicle ready with snow tires (for those freak snow days mid September)… and things getting slippery underfoot as we head into rainy month.

Beautiful mountains are paradise for health vacations

Imagine an all-day schedule in beautiful mountains at a pace that both challenges you but doesn’t overwhelm you. Somewhere that you can work like a professional athlete, even though you’re a total beginner.

Imagine losing weight everyday but having so much fun that you never want it to end. Our daily schedule runs from 8.30am to 2pm. It only sounds overwhelming but you’ll quickly discover how doable it really is! And then you’ll come back every day wanting more. With guides that never go too fast or too slow, trainer-led fitness classes (that are carefully assigned) and up to 4 paces of ability for every adventure tour.

Whistler Fitness Vacations might unleash your inner athlete faster than you can say “smoothie!”


Even if it rains, be ready to give your 100%

Many of our guests have been to the best weight loss camps in the world, from Thailand get in shape camp programs, through to affordable wellness retreats in Mexico. Weight loss weekend retreat programs are also popping up in many local yoga studios and gyms.

You’ll work hard at our weight loss resort, theres no question. With activities that include walking, running, trekking, boot camp, biking, and even aqua fitness – the schedule is designed for beginners. Many weight loss resort push too hard, or too little but Whistler Fitness Vacations knows that you’re ‘starting where you are.’ We’ll take you from there, giving you everything you hope to get from your outdoor fitness vacation.

This is one of the reasons why we’re often regarded one of the best wellness retreats in Canada.

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Where you are in your starting point is exactly where you should be.

We start and finish all of our wellness retreat monthly guests on the same day so that the pace will increase as you do. This creates an unparalleled camaraderie with incredible fitness improvement as a team. Each day you will feel lighter and happier while slimming down to healthy weight safely and effectively.

Kathy – in the testimonial – lost 50 pounds with us in her 8 week stay. You can watch her video below. She not only made positive changes in her life, she also continued them for years. There’s no question that our trekking vacations and weight loss resort programs are challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. But if you’re serious about improving your life, and willing to trust Whistler Fitness Vacations – it can (and will) be life changing.

If you’re ready to enjoy life, travel and adventures in a way that you never thought possible, give us a call.

CLICK HERE to start your success story the way that we did for Kathy.

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