West Coast Fitness Vacations

5 & 12 Night Custom Adventure Fitness Retreat

Unmatched expertise and personalization! West Coast Fitness Vacations is the perfect first stop, for women who want to live more adventurously but don’t know where to start.

Booked privately for just you (and up to three compatible pace female friends), our unique itinerary takes you on a daily progression of challenge, fun travel experiences in beautiful Vancouver Island. It’s a curated week of personal development that meets you exactly where your skills, confidence and interest is.

Create the trip to match your vision: every day we have amazing hiking tours, then you add the activity of choice. These can include personal training, confidence courses, fear-based learning (at the trampoline park!), outdoor education, lifestyle coaching, wildlife rescue, beach boot camp, climbing your first mountain and more. You can add on extras like flying in by float plane, kayaking on a car-free island, biking around the coast.

Available year-round, we stay at the Courtyard by Marriott on the harbor.




Personalized Journeys

Welcome! Home to extraordinary seascapes and some of Canadas most coveted scenery , there’s just no place like Vancouver Island. Easy to get to, impossible to forget, this incredible adventure week will take you to places off the beaten tourist trail.

Suitable for all healthy, moderately fit individuals you’ll experience the perfect combo of outdoor learning, beginner adventuring and laughter while admiring the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Your trip leader is an adventure guide, fitness trainer and local expert who is with you 5+ hours per day. This allows fully personalized experiences, with opportunity to truly optimize your trip. She organizes and guides you through the day, on the trails, finding the best restaurants, coaching your adventure, with all the support needed.

West Coast Fitness Vacations is available for weekly trips, year round. Join a group or make it private, with just one guest. This is an all-women adventure.

World Famous Vancouver Island!

With the warmest climates in the country, ‘the island’ is known as the Hawaii of Canada. It’s mild enough to even grow olives and lemons. Located about two hours ferry (or 15 minutes float plane) from Vancouver, British Columbia, the city of Nanaimo is a popular stop for cruise ships.

From wild untamed beaches to ancient forests, uncover Vancouver Island at dolce tempo. The mountains across the ocean blend seamlessly with our local smaller summits. You’ll stay on the vibrant harbour with fresh air, friendly people, artistic influence and every urban convenience.

Vancouver Island is a world-class travel destination! Matador Network, who gave us their Destination Award in 2023, writes: “There’s hiking galore with trails through various terrain and paths that end in breathtaking waterfalls.”

Immersive Urban & Nature Travel

Proximity to the ocean is Vancouver Islands biggest draws, with fresh water experiences a close second. We’ve got glacial waterfalls on several of the hikes at West Coast Fitness Vacations, and include epic treks to views you can’t believe are real.

We’ll take a small local boat across to an indigenous car-free island, where you’ll see Totem Poles and experience a part of Canadian history. Not only will you walk in the sweet smelling ancient forest, but you’ll harness up and fly like a bird across them! Sparkling rivers await you as we trek trails and learn about outdoorsy things. Wilderness, adventure, gearing up for solo hiking, trek technique and more.

Spot wildlife with osprey, eagles, seals, humpback whales and orcas! Sustainability efforts have kept our trails beautiful and over tourism is not a thing. The best places to see are fully accessible to our slower pace clientele.

Safe & Caring Trip Design

Our trip leaders are certified fitness professionals with multi-skilled backgrounds in hospitality and outdoor recreation. And of course, your trip is fully supported for your physical comfort and safety. We’ll ensure you get the most from fitness retreat while staying within your physical limitations. The 12-day trip includes one un-staffed weekend: most guests use this time to visit nearby Victoria for the day. Lodging is included at the same hotel for the duration of your trip.

To review itinerary options, download the Trip Guide. Every day includes a guided hike, as the base itinerary, which you build onto with your selection. You’re in complete control of putting together your perfect trip, selecting from our exciting choices.

These range from outdoor education, fear-based learning, personalized fitness program development, multi-faceted trip planning consulting and preparation combined with guided adventure in legendary Nanaimo. Explore a historic, indigenous local island, experience your first mountain summit, challenge fear with a high ropes course, and rekindle the joy of play with a trampoline jump session.

Women’s Multi-Sport Adventure

All bookings are for your party only – you’re not joining a group of pre-registered guests, like in our other trips (unless you choose to). Custom retreats are uniquely created to meet the needs of the attendees – from corporate retreats, girls getaways, bridal parties, family reunions and solo adventures in personal development.

All retreats are facilitated exclusively by Cat, with no additional leaders. For this reason, please be mindful of the pace of the slowest person in your group when rounding up your crew. We go at the slowest participants pace.

Trip Details

Arrive Sunday, Depart Friday

Courtyard by Marriott, Nanaimo

From $2995 USD/week, your own room

Private Guided 5+ Hrs Daily

Build Your Trip: 11 Days Of Itineraries

On-site Pools, Health Club

Self-Catered, Year-Round


Easy going travel, expert trip leaders

Zip-line in an old growth forest

Summit your first mountain at sunrise

Hiking with endless ocean vistas

Personal training with Cat Smiley

Fully supported adventure!

Reserve Trip

Your adventure starts with a call! If you’re ready to join this trip (or have questions), let’s talk! Registration is open up to two years in advance.



West Coast Fitness Vacations is located at Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo. Featuring comfortable rooms & suites, with high-end finishings and thoughtfully designed guest services that includes in-house bistro and lounge, dining area, indoor swimming pool & whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness studio. It’s truly a unique experience for your adventure.

In addition to soundproofed guest-rooms being conveniently located in Downtown area, Courtyard by Marriott Nanaimo is close to fantastic dining options, premium shopping outlet, and incredible entertainment complexes. Guests love the easy access to the paved footpath where they can happily walk for miles, outside of the program.

With fantastic location and modern, innovative design complimented by a wide range of amenities, this beautiful property creates a convenient and comfortable guest experience, while adventuring at Smiley Fitness Retreats!


Hundreds of smiley customers, thousands of happy trails….we’ve built our company on good vibes and feedback one trip at a time.