Tofino and Ucluelet
Wickaninnish Inn

If you like your hotels set amidst nature at its most beautiful and wild while you relax in utter luxury the Wickaninnish Inn is truly an experience not to be missed.

Perched on rocks overlooking the spectacular Pacific Ocean in the heart of a national park this Relais and Chateaux historic inn is one of Vancouver Island’s luxury gems. In the summer, the stunning Chesterman Beach is just steps away whilst it’s also the perfect spot for winter storm-watching. Wonderful Pacific northwest cuisine, a huge range of nature tours and a stunning spa overlooking the ocean are the finishing touches to an unforgettable stay.

Facilities & Activities

Just walking the beach here is an experience.  On Saturdays guests can join the complimentary morning nature hike, a leisurely and informative trek by a local naturalist through the rainforest to Chesterman Beach. Other outdoor pursuits nearby include whale watching, black bear watching (in season), sea kayaking, fishing and birding.

Back at the hotel there’s the option to view the hotel’s inspiring local art collection or to take part in daily yoga classes at the fully equipped fitness centre overlooking the beach. The Ancient Cedars Spa has a vast treatment list and a wonderful couples room overlooking the ocean.

If you’re simply looking to kickback the Lookout Library is home to historic artifacts, business centre, and dramatic Chesterman Beach views. This space was designed for storm watching, with high-powered binoculars allowing guests to watch surfers braving winter storm waves while enjoying a glass of wine.  Storm watching here is such a wonderful experience it is now officially one of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s ‘Canadian Signature Experiences’.  Should you wish to brave the elements yourself full rain gear is provided in every room!

 

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Dining

The onsite Pointe Restaurant is one of Torino’s top dining locations with spectacular 240 degree views over the Pacific Ocean.  The chef uses farm-fresh, organic Vancouver Island ingredients. On Sundays guests can also enjoy an extensive Champagne Brunch.

The hotel’s more informal option is the Driftwood Café, named for its enormous driftwood bar.  During the day, enjoy a latte, cappuccino, or other signature blends along with delightful fruit smoothies, brunch or sandwich selections.  For guests who would prefer to take their meal to the beach, the Driftwood Café’s Beach Walk menu offers on-the-go choices. Guests can end their day on Chesterman Beach with a glass of wine, beer or cider on the Café’s beachfront patio, cosy up inside by the fireplace, or at the bar. The café’s evening menu focuses on lighter fare, offering tasty bites of fresh Tofino seafood and Vancouver Island seasonal produce – perfect for sharing.

Residents also have the option of the On the Rocks Bar and Lounge, the perfect spot for a drink with the option of snacks, cheese and desserts.

Rooms

The 75 guest rooms and suites are situated in 2 buildings – At-the-Pointe and On-the-Beach, both of which were designed to complement the natural beauty of their surroundings. All showcase fireplaces, king sized beds (or 2x queens), deep tubs and floor to ceiling windows plus balconies to view the inspiring ocean views. Mini bars, a book library, large screen TV plus beautiful toiletries also come as standard.

The Premier Rooms have two-directional ocean views with 4 large windows looking West and South.  The Pointe West Deluxe Rooms face Secret Cove whilst The Pointe South Deluxe Rooms overlook the Pacific Ocean or Chesterman Beach.

Thinking of spoiling yourself?  Try one of the speciality suites perhaps. The Canopy Suite features a king-size bed with canopy, living room area, fireplace, balcony and a bathroom complete with multi-jet shower big enough for 2, whilst the Chesterman Beach Loft Suites are split-level.  The main floor comprises a gourmet kitchen, dining area and living room with Queen sofa bed and half bathroom. The Frank Island one bedroom suites and Beachcomber Suites also offer a similar level of luxury and space, go for it!

 

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Family

Children are made extremely welcome at the Wickaninnish Inn with extras including bicycles, board games and buckets and spades for the beach. Babysitting is also available and is free if parents are dining at The Pointe Restaurant.

A children’s menu is available and if you are looking for more space than a room with 2x Queen beds afford, many of the suites have separate lounge areas with sofa beds – very useful for families looking for space to stretch out. Some also have kitchens that offer the great flexibility of self-catering.

Sustainability

The Wickaninnish Inn has a green committee that meet once a month to discuss how to further their work on improving environmental and community sustainability.  These meetings have led to new practices such as:

  • All produce is sourced locally from Vancouver Island.
  • All soaps, shower gels, shampoos etc are made from plant based materials in a natural way, they are also a ‘Soap for Hope’ Canada hotel partner, meaning unused soaps and body products are repurposed.
  • Most food & vegetable waste is composted on site.
  • High efficient boilers that reduce carbon emissions.
  • Exchange of ideas about conservation and protection of Clayaquot Sound.

Location

The Wickaninnish Inn is just outside Tofino on the Westernmost point of Chesterman Beach, on the unspoilt and rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island. In the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, it is also surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides.

The hotel can by reached by a 10-hour direct flight from the UK to Vancouver International Airport, followed by a 45 minute flight to Tofino and a 20 minute road transfer.

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