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A Peek Inside The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa: An Urban Resort Getaway

Minutes away from downtown Victoria is The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa: the capital region’s premier golf, spa, and recreation destination. Nestled on the hillside of Mount Finlayson, guests enjoy far-reaching views of the mountain range and exceptional outdoor recreation close at hand, all wrapped in an upscale resort aesthetic. The 1,300-acre property is a natural wonder of rocks, rivers, valleys, forest, and mountain peaks with two courses at its heart.

 

World-Class Golf With West-Coast Views

The resort offers a double-feature of two signature Nicklaus Design courses: the Mountain Course and the Valley Course, each boasting undulating terrain surrounded by rocks, rivers, valleys, forests, and mountain peaks. Its the perfect harmony of manicured course design paired with an authentic, west-coast setting that’s unique to this world-class location.

The Mountain Course

Carved into the natural slope of the hillside, this course features challenging elevation changes and features and is considered to be the more technical of the two. This par 71 course delights with panoramic mountain, city, and ocean views with 18 holes that couldn’t be more true to its name. On the 10th hole, you’ll find a full-service Comfort Station with beautiful waterfall tucked in the background. On clear days, you can even see all the way to Mount Baker in Washington State.

The Valley Course

Added in 2009, the Valley Course is slightly more forgiving. Also a par 71, this course meanders through forests, borders lakes, and traverses creeks as it winds through its tranquil, valley setting.

Bear Mountain is part of Pacific Links International program which includes upwards of 390 clubs from across the globe.

Other Golf Amenities

  • Driving range
  • PGA certified instructors
  • GPS powered carts
  • Club valet/cleaning/storage
  • Day lockers

Having two courses to play on the same property makes Bear Mountain a popular choice among golfers, but there is so much more to love about this unique resort.

 

Exceptional Tennis Facilities

New to Bear Mountain in 2018 is Canada’s largest, state-of-the-art red clay tennis centre for year-round use. In the summer, play from dawn ‘til dusk and take advantage of concierge service while resting between rounds. From late-September through April, an outdoor bubble is installed to offer heated shelter and illuminated gameplay on four courts with the same attention to detail and concierge service.

Tennis at Bear Mountain

 

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Thanks to its mountainside location, Bear Mountain offers easy access to some of the best and challenging hiking trails that Victoria has to offer. Head straight up the mountain for a quick heart-pumping hike or weave through the forest trails at an easygoing pace.

Bear Mountain is home to some of Victoria’s best mountain biking with something for every level of rider. Explore the 6-kilometre Canada Cup course, where Canada’s Olympic team trains, or hit the Flow Trail for bumps, berms, and smooth terrain.

Didn’t bring your own bike? No problem! The North Langford Recreation Centre, conveniently located at the heart of-of the Bear Mountain community, has a fleet of Norco all-mountain bikes available for rent on an hourly and daily basis. The community centre also features a large outdoor pool and hot tub with lounge chairs and bar service during the summer months, and a DJ on the weekends.

Bear Mountain hiking

 

Relax & Rejuvenate At The Sante Spa

After a day filled with golfing, tennis, and biking, slow things down relax at the award-winning Santa Spa. Relax by the fireplace of the Forest Lounge with a calming beverage before your treatment. Renew your mind, body, and spirit with a soak in the mineral spa, then try something unique to the spa: their Elements Mountain Massage is a full-sensory experience that ties in indigenous-inspired rituals and essential oils, followed by a full-body massage.

Bear Mountain Spa

 

Fine & Casual Dining

Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or something more elevated, The Westin has both options covered. The Masters Lounge offers pub favourites like juicy Bacon Cheddar Burgers, but also lighter fare like Prawn Tacos and Superfood Salads.

Bella, on the other hand, has a mouthwatering selection of west-coast inspired dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Try their Seafood Risotto, Panfried Mediterranean Seabass, or keep it classic with a AAA steak.

Both restaurants offer a great selection of gluten-free options (including pizza) and all seafood served is part of the Ocean Wise Program.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying on a Friday night, visit The Cellar for their weekly Friday Night Flights Their own sommelier will take you on a wine tasting journey for that week’s wine region of choice, complete with canapes and cheeses.

 

Luxurious Accommodations

After filling your day enjoying the many resort activities and exploring the South Island region, head back to The Westin Bear Mountain Resort for a comfortable stay in their stylish and comfortable suites. The resort offers a quaint, rustic charm reminiscent of a mountain lodge with the luxurious benefits of Heavenly® Beds, deep soaker tubs, patios, and more!

Find out more or book your visit now by visiting https://bearmountain.ca.