Tofino and Ucluelet
Long Beach Lodge Resort, Vancouver Island

Outdoor activity lovers seeking a touch of luxury shouldn’t miss Long Beach Lodge Resort, on Vancouver Island’s wildly beautiful West Coast.

With a prime location on Cox Bay Beach and its own surf school, it’s an ideal base for guests looking to catch a wave and then retreat to the comfort of the boutique lodge. Those keen to stay dry can curl up by the fire and simply watch the surfers from the cosy Great Room. There is a good range of accommodation options, including lodge rooms and standalone cottages, which work well for families.

Facilities & Activities

Surfing is the main draw here. The resort has its own Surf Club on the beach, offering tailored surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons (private and group classes), surf camps and equipment rentals. Club facilities include changing rooms, lockers, a gym, a hot pool, seaside showers for rinsing off post-surf and a cedar sauna. There’s even a coffee bar and pool table in the clubhouse for après-surf relaxation. Photo packages are available for those looking to capture themselves in action.

As well as a business centre and function room, the lodge has fire pits and lounge chairs, a gift shop selling sustainable products and electric vehicle charging stations. Other facilities include laundry services, complimentary waterproofs to borrow, pop and ice machines and a barbecue gazebo.

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Dining

There’s West Coast flair in every dish at Long Beach Lodge Resort, which places an emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. Think seafood bought daily from local fishermen and mushrooms foraged from nearby forests. Executive Chef Shaun Snelling has worked with some of Canada’s top chefs and successfully pairs fine dining with seasonal products.

The main place to eat is in the Great Room. It has a smart yet relaxed feel, with wooden floors, contemporary furnishings, a granite fireplace and large windows overlooking the beach. Brunch (served from 8am-1pm) is a highlight – the menu includes mushroom hash, smoked beet rancheros, waffles and smoked salmon bagels, with drip coffee and mimosas to quench your thirst. Dinner (served from 5pm-8pm) has gourmet options, such as scallops with charred corn risotto, beef tenderloin with truffle potato pave and a seafood platter for two.

For something more casual, the Surf Club also serves food (from 8am-9pm). Hit the waves, then tuck into house-made pastries, paninis, hot dogs or vegetable and bean chilli. The SandBar Bistro (open from 12pm until sunset) has a beachside patio and is just the spot for a relaxed lunch or a sundowner. The menu includes burrito bowls, pulled pork sandwiches, Tofino beers and lime margaritas.

Rooms

Choose from 2 types of accommodation – Luxury Rooms in the Beachfront Lodge and self-contained, Two-bedroom Rainforest Cottages that are ideal for 2 couples sharing or families. There are even dog-friendly options in both the lodge and cottages.

The Lodge has 41 rooms, including more deluxe options and 2 Penthouse Suites. Some overlook the surf, while others have forest views. The decor is natural, with earthy colour schemes, local artwork and handcrafted furniture. En-suite bathrooms feature slate floors, baths and separate showers.

Hidden amongst the trees, the 20 Rainforest Cottages are ideal for families or 2 couples wanting a more private setting. They also offer self-catering flexibility. Spread over 2 floors, they comprise 2 bedrooms (a master and a second room that can be made up either as a king or 2 doubles), 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a living area, complete with a fireplace and TV. Outside, there’s a patio with a hot tub – perfect for easing tired muscles after a day in the surf.

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Family

The Rainforest Cottages are the most family-friendly accommodation option, with 2 bedrooms and the added bonus of having a kitchen, offering self-catering flexibility.

Children’s menus are available, with healthy options that include steamed fish and oatmeal served with fresh fruit. Families can book a surf lesson together – a private 2.5-hour lesson costs $199 and an extra $89 per person for a maximum of 5people. Pricing subject to change.

 

Sustainability

Due to its stunning location within the wilderness of British Columbia, the lodge makes a conscious effort to ensure the surrounding nature remains unspoilt; they have implemented a number of environmentally friendly policies such as making the switch to solely electric maintenance vehicles, eliminating the use of single use plastic products such as straws, bags and bottles and conserving as much rainwater as possible for use around the property. The lodge also participates in conservation efforts within the community, for example the ‘love your beach clean campaign’ , in which guests are given free tote bags in the hope they will be inspired to spend 5 minutes cleaning up rubbish on the beach the preserve the areas natural beauty.

Location

Set right on the shores of Cox Bay – a world-class surf spot – this is a surfer’s paradise. The resort is spread over 8 acres, with its Pacific views and beach-meets-forest setting making it feel a world away from downtown Tofino. Yet the town is less than 5 miles North of the resort, an easy 10-minute drive away.

The lodge is the ideal base for exploring other Tofino highlights, such as Long Beach (the longest beach on the island, spanning 10 miles) and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

You can fly direct to Tofino from Vancouver (a 45-minute flight). From Victoria International Airport, it takes around 5 hours to drive to Tofino.

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