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Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is surrounded entirely by the untouched beauty of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Vancouver Island’s west coast. The lodge skirts the banks of its namesake ocean inlet, offering spectacular views of the water and the mountains. The lodge is set among magnificent conifer forests, home to bears, wolves, cougars and eagles. The lodge features 25 canvas tents styled in the spirit of turn-of-the-century prospectors, each with a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom, wood stove and antique furnishings. The tents are studded along the banks of Clayoquot Sound and among the valley’s towering forests, offering an arm’s length glimpse of the wilderness beyond. The main lodge houses a cozy lounge, a library, a games room and a dining room, where guests can enjoy gourmet meals prepared with local and sustainable ingredients. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is more than just a place to sleep, it’s a place to experience. Guests can choose from a range of signature guided experiences, including horse-riding, hiking, kayaking, fishing, wildlife viewing and marine adventures. Guests can also indulge in a relaxing massage at the waterfront spa tent, soak in the cedar hot tubs or sauna, or enjoy a yoga session on the deck.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is committed to preserving and protecting the environment and the culture of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that encompasses a range of habitats and wildlife. The lodge operates on renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and hydro generators, and uses eco-friendly products and practices, such as composting toilets, organic linens and biodegradable toiletries. The lodge also supports local communities and businesses, by sourcing food and supplies from nearby farms and artisans, hiring local staff and guides, and donating to social and environmental causes. The lodge also participates in conservation and research projects, such as restoring salmon habitats, monitoring wildlife populations, and collaborating with indigenous groups and scientists. The lodge also educates guests about the history and ecology of the region and encourages them to respect and appreciate its beauty. As part of its sustainability efforts, the lodge adds a 3% surcharge to all bookings to help fund its local conservation initiatives.
The 25 tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge are divided into three categories: Rainforest Deluxe (sleeps 2), Rainforest Ensuite (sleeps 4) and Hillside Classic (sleeps 5). All tents feature king-size beds with organic linens, ensuite bathrooms with heated floors and outdoor showers, wood stoves, antique furnishings and lanterns. The tents also have private decks with Adirondack chairs and binoculars for wildlife spotting. The Rainforest Deluxe tents are located along the river’s edge, offering views of the water and the forest. The Rainforest Ensuite tents are nestled among the trees on a hillside overlooking the sound. The Hillside Classic tents are perched on a ridge above the lodge, offering panoramic views of the mountains and the inlet.
Food and drink
The dining experience at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is inspired by Vancouver Island’s wild bounty. The chef uses locally sourced, sustainable and foraged ingredients to create dishes that reflect the landscape and the season. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room or on the deck overlooking the sound. The menu changes daily and features dishes such as smoked salmon benedict, wild mushroom risotto, grilled halibut with roasted vegetables and berry crumble with vanilla ice cream. The lodge also offers a selection of premium wines, beers and spirits from British Columbia and beyond.
Things to do
Horse-riding: Explore the trails and meadows on horseback with experienced wranglers who will match you with the perfect steed. You can also learn how to groom and saddle your horse, or join a cowboy cookout for a rustic meal by the fire.
Hiking: Discover the beauty and diversity of Clayoquot Sound on foot with guided hikes that range from easy to challenging. You can hike to waterfalls, lakes, viewpoints and ancient forests, or join a heli-hiking adventure for a bird’s eye view of the landscape.
Kayaking: Paddle along the calm waters of Clayoquot Sound and get up close to the marine life and the shoreline. You can kayak solo or with a guide who will show you the best spots to see wildlife and scenery. You can also join a sunset kayak tour for a romantic experience.
Fishing: Cast your line in the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound and catch some of the finest fish in the world. You can fish for salmon, halibut, cod, trout and more with expert guides who will provide you with all the equipment and tips you need. You can also enjoy your catch cooked by the chef at the lodge.
Wildlife viewing: Experience the thrill of seeing some of Canada’s most iconic animals in their natural habitat. You can join a whale watching tour and see orcas, humpbacks, gray whales and more. You can also join a bear watching tour and see black bears foraging along the shore. Or you can join a wildlife safari and see a variety of animals such as seals, sea lions, otters, eagles and more.
Marine adventures: Explore the wonders of Clayoquot Sound by boat or by plane with exciting marine adventures. You can join a zodiac tour and zip along the waves and inlets. You can join a sailing tour and glide along the breeze and enjoy a picnic on a secluded beach. Or you can join a seaplane tour and fly over the sound and land on remote lakes or glaciers.
Clayoquot Sound is one of the most diverse and spectacular ecosystems in Canada. It encompasses a range of habitats, from rocky shores and sandy beaches to temperate rainforests and alpine meadows. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, otters, bears, wolves, cougars, eagles and more. It is also rich in cultural heritage, as it has been inhabited by the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations for thousands of years. Guests can explore Clayoquot Sound by boat or by plane with expert guides who will share their knowledge and passion for this remarkable place.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge welcomes children of all ages and offers them a fun and educational experience. Kids can join the Young Naturalists program and learn about the wildlife and ecology of Clayoquot Sound through games, crafts and activities. They can also join their parents on some of the guided experiences or enjoy some indoor fun at the games room.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is accessible only by seaplane or boat from Vancouver or Tofino. The lodge provides complimentary transfers from either location. The flight from Vancouver takes about an hour and offers stunning views of the coast and the mountains. The boat ride from Tofino takes about 45 minutes and offers a chance to see wildlife along the way.
- Ecosystem preservation
- Wildlife protection or rescue
- Solar powered or renewable energy
- Employs local people
- Funds projects
- Local or organic food
- Jungle or forest
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