Located in the West Kootenays, Bear Spring Eco Retreat offers novel canvas glamping accommodations and a three bedroom guest suite. Nestled in the mountains with stunning river views, our property includes an event venue (NEW) perfect for intimate concerts or weddings, an outdoor shower and edible food gardens. Our 300 acre property is perfect for urbanites seeking an outdoor experience immersed in nature without foregoing any of the comforts of home. Located just 12 minutes from the artist city of Nelson, we're close enough to town to order take-out yet, just far enough to gaze at the Milky Way. Our mostly off-grid, eco-friendly retreat offers modern luxuries including queen size beds and linens, solar lighting and a communal outdoor cooking area complete with dishes and utensils. All you need to bring is food. Enjoy nature walks, foraging, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, snowshoeing and wild life viewing at or near our sustainable retreat.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live, gather and farm on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sinixt Peoples and many diverse indigenous persons, and we honour their ongoing presence on the Land.
$295 Per Night (6 guests)
Open year round. Our guest suite, with private entrance, features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living area with kitchenette, private deck and BBQ. Beautifully appointed rooms furnished with queen beds, organic cotton linens, and vintage decor. (prices subject to change).
$165 Per Night (2 guests)
Glamping tents feature romantic skylights for stargazing. Each includes 1 queen bed, linens, solar lights, a flashlight, picnic table, private garden space and access to a communal cooking area, fire pit, hot shower and flushing toilets. Sleeping mats for kids available. (prices subject to change).
We're located in the heart of the West Kootenays. Explore heritage towns, hike alpine mountain peaks, bike rail trails, swim in fresh water lakes and rivers, attend a concert, book a tour or take a workshop.
The possibilities are endless.
Visit Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism for more ideas.
Book a walking adventure guided by Rob Macrae, a local lichen and fungi expert, on the lush forest trails at our retreat. Next workshop is happening Saturday, September 23rd.
On this last tour of the season, we will also be offering an oyster log inoculation workshop following the tour. This workshop is included in your ticket price. (Click on the image for details and to book).
We have lifted the two night minimum stay in our stargazer glamping tents until end of season and are offering 50% off your stay upon check-in.
Book a tour and make it a glamping getaway!
Finally, an event that is FREE! All you have to do is bring some food to share. We’ve always wanted to do this. So we are! RSVP to our email (address below). Only 50 seats available. This is also your chance to check out our retreat. If the weather is sunny we'll set up a long table outside. If rainy, we'll set up in our beautiful event venue.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST RSVP TO RESERVE A SPOT AS SEATING IS LIMITED. AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU. YOU MUST RECEIVE THIS CONFIRMATION TO ATTEND. Otherwise, you will be put on the waiting list and will be notified if a seat becomes available.
“When you have extra, build longer tables not higher fences.”
This is our large guard dog that we also affectionately nicknamed GM (Guest Minder). She is a friendly giant with people, even small children, but, does a fantastic job at frightening the bears away. We don’t have the word “bear” in our name for nothing. She is very loyal and instinctively works to protect us and our guests from predators. This means that sometimes she barks. It’s a signal to large animals that they are getting too close to our property. If the animals come closer or don’t leave, she may escalate to louder barking or even go chase the perpetrator away. Most of our guests rest easy knowing that Bella is keeping them safe. For others it is a sleep disruption and we apologize for that. We never know what other animals or bears are moving through the area so, some nights, Bella is silent and others she barks a lot. If you know this might be a problem for you please try ear plugs or perhaps our accommodations just aren’t right for you. We want everyone to enjoy their stay.
Visitings dogs are generally not welcome on farm operations, including ours, due to bio security. In addition to this, our dog Bella can be very territorial. She is not always friendly with visiting pets making it a very uncomfortable situation for everyone. There are no exceptions, no pets allowed.
Starting at $750 Per Day
Perfect for weddings, workshops, private functions or concerts. This furnished venue features a stage, dance floor, bar, outdoor cooking area, water, fridge, flushing toilets, patio and professionally landscaped grounds.
Visit our rural, on-site gift shop, Reworks Upcycle Shop, find one-of-a-kind gifts made from all kinds of stuff! Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Convenience store items will be available soon. Let us know what you would like us to offer?
Or shop online and pick-up.
Our property is also home to a thriving peony farm. The peonies are in full bloom now, visit the flower farm and check out all the potted peonies, purchase fresh cut flowers, go on a tour or book one of four flower arranging workshops available this summer season.
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Our glamping retreat is the perfect venue for your wedding. Booking for 2024. Contact us to arrange a tour of our facilities. Book the barn with or without accommodations.
5248 Queen Victoria Road, Beasley, BC V0G 2G2, Canada