Wilderness Lodges
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

The remote wilds of British Columbia are given a luxurious spin at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, which is surrounded by spectacular nature. Located on Clayoquot Sound, on Vancouver Island’s west coast, this high-end summer camp is only accessible by seaplane or boat, offering exclusive wildlife viewing, walking and unforgettable outdoor experiences.

The 25 canvas tents are a nod to the prospectors who flocked here during the British Columbia gold rushes but feature contemporary comforts to make your stay opulent. A tranquil spa and fantastic dining scene complete the experience.

Facilities & Activities

Nature and relaxation are at your fingertips from the minute you arrive at the lodge. Guests are greeted with a personalised itinerary, which can then be tailored even more to their interests. There are hiking trails on your doorstep and a wide range of included guided activities.

Water-based experiences include whale and bear watching, river, fly, and offshore fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, sea kayaking, canyoning, and eco safari tours. Land-based activities include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling, horseback riding, archery, and yoga or meditation classes. Bespoke Heli Experiences are available for an additional cost.

Prefer to chill? The Healing Grounds Spa has a sublime setting overlooking the water, so you can listen to rainforest and river sounds as you sink into cedar hot tubs. The spa also features a wood-fired sauna, two treatment rooms and a waterfront massage tent. Treatments are top-notch, featuring ingredients hand harvested in British Columbia. Highlights include a “Sea to Soul” treatment, where warm kelp water, green tea seaweed salt and seaweed body butter are used to exfoliate, massage and rejuvenate.

The Outpost is the resort’s central hub for dining, chilling out and activities. As well as having squishy sofas, long tables and a lovely open fireplace, this is the pick-up point for water sports equipment including kayaks and canoes and the meeting point for guided tours. Other facilities include a fitness centre, and there is a forest canopy viewing platform nearby for panoramic vistas across Clayoquot Sound.

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Dining

With an open kitchen, large windows overlooking the Sound and seating that spills outside onto the deck, The Cookhouse is the central hub for dining, drinking and lounging. Upstairs, The Ivanhoe is the place to go for an evening drink with a view – it has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a rooftop lounge with firepits.

The daily-changing menu features locally sourced, sustainable produce. Breakfast could be buttermilk pancakes served with local maple syrup or a foraged mushroom omelette. Lunch highlights include fresh fish ceviche and burgers made using organic local beef. Dinner often has a seafood slant – think scallops, prawns and octopus fished locally – with dishes that are beautifully presented and paired with wines from the Pacific Northwest. The bar stocks spirits from more than 20 British Columbia distillers, perfect for sampling in handcrafted cocktails.

Rooms

Scattered through the forest and on the banks of the Clayoquot Sound, the 25 canopied tents are in the style of turn-of-the-century prospectors with modern comforts sprinkled in. Expect a luxurious, pared-back feel, with king-size beds dressed in organic linen, open-plan living areas, cast iron stoves and locally-crafted furniture.

Each tent has a private bathroom, either ensuite or located separately just steps away, featuring wood cladding, heated floors and outdoor cedar showers with views up into the lush rainforest canopy. Outside, verandahs feature traditional Adirondack chairs for drinking in the views or curling up with a book.

The five tent categories range from deluxe (with either rainforest or waterfront views) to larger ensuites (either rainforest or waterfront views). The maximum occupancy in all ensuite and deluxe tents is four people. There is also a Hillside Family tent, sleeping up to eight people in two adjoining tents (see more in our Family tab).

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Family

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge welcomes children aged six years and over. There are age restrictions for some activities – for instance, you must be aged 12 or older for horse riding. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Hillside Family tent is a great option for families, sleeping up to eight guests in two adjoining tents (with a minimum occupancy of two adults and two children). Set high on the hillside with views of the Sound, it has ample space – each tent has its own open-plan living area that leads out to a shared deck.

The master bedroom features a king bed and lounge area with a double sofa bed; the second bedroom offers two twin beds (converting to a king bed as required) and a double sofa bed. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with heated floors, a double sink and a private outdoor shower. There is also a bath, ideal for a post-hike soak.

Sustainability

Located in the pristine UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, the lodge is committed to sustainable luxury travel. Its environmental management plan includes avoiding single-use plastics and straws in the resort and using locally produced organic ingredients (including those from a kitchen garden) as much as possible in the restaurant.

Guides help raise awareness of environmental protection and ecological impact mitigation and there is active engagement with the local community, from commissioning Indigenous artists to supporting local charities. Other sustainable initiatives include a project to help regenerate the salmon population by creating a new spawning habitat on the property.

Location

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is located on Clayoquot Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The traditional territory of the Ahousaht First Nation, it is now a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve, home to a diverse range of ecosystems and wildlife including the American black bear, grey wolf, humpback whales and orcas.

The easiest and quickest way to reach the lodge is by seaplane; fly to Vancouver and connect with a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight directly to the lodge dock on the Bedwell Sound. Another option is to arrive by boat; guests board Clayoquot’s own 12-seater vessel for the 35-minute journey from Tofino.

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