When people think of resorts, they usually imagine a place on the outskirts of a city, or in the countryside— a place that is self-contained, and gives the impression of being removed from civilization. Bear Mountain Golf Resort is unique in that it somehow manages to feel separate from the outside while being situated within an urban environment. Although it is self-contained, with entertainment, restaurants, various services, and even its own village, Bear Mountain also draws upon the surrounding area to provide additional attractions for its residents and visitors.
Highlights of Bear Mountain Golf Resort
- Two 18 hole golf courses
- Short-term and long term stays possible
- Bear Mountain Bike Park
- Access to North Langford Recreation Center
- On-site spa, restaurants, and market
- Close to shopping, hiking, and family entertainment
Recently named as the host of the 2016 Pacific Links Championship, what Bear Mountain is most known for is golf. With 2 distinct Nicklaus Design golf courses, the Mountain Course and the Valley Course, there are a total of 36 holes to challenge any level of experience. The Mountain Course is set in the foothills of beautiful Mount Finlayson, offering stunning vistas to enjoy while you play a round with your friends. The Valley Course winds its way through forests, around lakes, and over creeks, offering those playing this course a taste of the kind of landscape southern Vancouver Island is known for. This option, with its elevated tee boxes and wider fairways is definitely the easier of the two, making it more suitable for those just getting into the sport.
Family Fun at Bear Mountain Golf Resort
If golf is not your thing, Bear Mountain still has plenty to offer for those who prefer to stay off the fairways. For mountain biking enthusiasts, there is the brand new Bear Mountain Bike Park, which is home to Canada’s National Mountain Bike Team. The Bike Park is designed to accommodate beginners to competitors, and features a dirt jumping area and 3 different trails that range from family-friendly to intermediate.
At Bear Mountain, you will also have access to North Langford Recreation Centre, which offers various fitness classes, a hot tub and heated outdoor pool for year-round enjoyment, and ladies-only and co-ed gyms. Drop-in rates make this a great fitness option for those who are only staying at the resort for a short while. Monthly memberships can also be purchased. If you wish to top off your workout with a little relaxing self-indulgence, a few hours at the spa may be just what the doctor ordered.
For those travelling with children, Bear Mountain is family-friendly. Your kids can choose to join you on the fairways or at the bike park, or there are plenty of nearby activities that the whole family can enjoy, such as hiking, shopping, a day at the beach, bowling, or a visit to All Fun (which includes the Western Speedway, go karting, mini-golf, and batting cages). Although golf is what Bear Mountain Golf Resort is most known for, visitors are definitely not limited to that when it comes to enjoying their stay.