Wildlife at Clayoquot
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
At a Glance
Exclusive wilderness resort in a stunning location
All meals, drinks and activities are included
Fly in directly from Vancouver by seaplane
Luxurious tented suites with en-suite bathrooms
Fantastic local guides
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The resort is open from May to September.
BC’s varied climate is influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity but it’s generally warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Winters are mild in Vancouver and Victoria, with only brief snowfalls, while other regions – especially the north and the interior – are subject to freezing temperatures and heavy snow from November to March.
Spring and fall are often warm and pleasant but rainfall can be heavy, particularly on the coast. Summers (June to September) are mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures, but the interior is hot in July and August, with temperatures surpassing 30°C
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Only accessible by floatplane, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is set in a breathtaking location in the heart of the forest within a stone's throw of spectacular wildlife viewing, superb walking and a host of unforgettable adventure experiences.
Even arriving at Clayoquot is an adventure. The 45-minute floatplane ride from Vancouver takes in spectacular scenery from snow capped mountains to pristine forest and meandering rivers. The plane lands on the lake that surrounds the resort and guests are transported by horse and cart to the heart of the resort.
The main lodge houses comfortable sofas, a roaring open fire and a cosy dining room. For those who prefer private dining, individual tents allow a more intimate experience. This is certainly not camping though, fine linens, silver service and a sumptuous menu of modern natural cuisine is presented for guests enjoyment by long time chef, Timothy May and his highly skilled team.
As dinner winds down, guests can retire to their own luxurious private tent. Nestled into the forest or down on the lake they offer every comfort with king size beds and plush down duvets, ensuring a toasty nights sleep.
As day breaks, the Clayoquot experience really begins. Choose your activity and get started or simply pick a chair, take in the view and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this little oasis. From fishing to wildlife viewing, from horse riding to mountain biking, it is all here for you to enjoy. Even if you prefer to be more relaxed, guests can paint, stroll, soak up the atmosphere from the hot tub or indulge in a treatment in the spa. With walking trails aplenty, guests can find waterfalls, rope bridges, rivers and even an old mine to explore.
Take to the water in one of the resorts Zodiac boats which will whisk you through crystal clear rivers for intimate wildlife encounters. Watch the magnificent eagles perch, the sea lions bask and perhaps enjoy a glimpse of black bears, sometimes seen with their cubs if you are really lucky. Head a little further for whale watching away from the crowds and go ashore to explore deserted islands of Clayoquot Sound.
Fishing is why many guests flock to Clayoquot. Ocean and fresh water fishing are available and every person's stay includes at least one half day of fishing.
Children are well looked after at Clayoquot and love the freedom this intimate resort affords them. They can explore at leisure or take part in one of the activity programmes specially designed for young enquiring minds.
A stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is an assault on the senses. A breathtaking location, up close and personal experiences and every detail looked after. An unforgettable few days will surely be had by all who come.
All stays are fully inclusive and are based on either 3, 4 or 7 nights. All meals, beverages and an array of guided activities are included. For 3 or 4 night stays, a 1 hour massage and half day fishing is included per person. For 7 night stays, 2 x 1 hour massages and either a full day or two half days of fishing is included.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has eight Deluxe Outpost Tents and twelve Luxury en-suite Tents
All eight Deluxe tents offer a choice of one queen or two single Adirondak-style beds with lush down duvets or the Deluxe Family Tents offer 1 Queen Sized bed, plus a Queen Sized Day Bed. Private Composting Environmental toilets are located just outside of each tent and a private shower in the nearby shower house is dedicated for each Deluxe Tent's personal use.
The 12 new Luxury Tents are furnished with King Sized bed, Queen Sized Day Bed, Full luxury en-suite bathroom with in floor heating, flush toilet and a beautiful large indoor/outdoor shower with double shower heads. En-suite tents will sleep up to a family of five with smaller children sharing with their parents.
All tents offer thermostat controlled propane wood stoves, antique dressers and tea tables, opulent rugs, oil lamps, heirloom china and silver accessories, and an abundance of candles!
Children are welcome to come and stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and can share the luxury tents with their parents. Activities can be adapted to suit younger guests and their families. There is also a designated children's activity area, games and programmes
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has a library tent, games tent, Healing Grounds Spa offers customised treatments. Daily yoga classes, exercise and weight room, wood fired hot tubs and saunas, mountain bikes and helmets.
Guided activities include horseback riding adventures, ocean or fresh water fishing, bear, whale and marine wildlife viewing, Flores Island Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail Trek, hiking, sailing, lake fishing, rock climbing, archery, swimming, mountain biking, remote beach surfing, painting, wilderness survival skills workshops and cooking classes.
The lodge provides high quality equipment for the activities on offer. This includes:
Rain gear - slickers, overalls, boots - for all ages
Western style riding boots, chaps and helmets for all ages
Whale watching suits (survival-rated) for all ages
State-of-the-art fresh and salt water fishing gear and vessels
Flotation devices and life jackets for all ages
Full fleet of power and paddle vessels
Jules Maury (Staff)
There are very few places in the world that truly astound one with their outstanding beauty, wonderful service, experiences that involve bears, eagles, whales, windswept glorious beaches, fantastic service, wonderful food and simply a dream that John, Adele and their family have created that eclipses all expectations of the ultimate escape to Paradise - Clayoquot achieves all this and more. Stunning location and a stunning experience.
Clayoquot Cloud Camp
If Clayoquot itself isn't quite remote enough for your liking or you want some real bragging rights, spend a night in the spectacular Cloud Camp at 4,500ft above sea level. Accessed by helicopter, this is the ultimate adventure.
River and Ocean Kayaking
Whether you're a novice kayaker or are well versed, Clayoquot has something to offer you. Explore the Bedwell river, or out at sea in Warren Bay or Bedwell Sound. It's also possible to combine kayaking and hiking for an adventurous day out.
Wildlife watching at Clayoquot
Clayoquot is home to a thrilling array of wildlife, from orcas to bears and plenty in between. Golden eagles are found here in good numbers and at a smaller level, look out for otters in the rivers when out on a kayak or hike.
Location & directions
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Located in Bedwell River near Tofino, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is only accessible by seaplane
How to get there
10-hour direct flight to Vancouver International Airport, followed by a 45-minute flight by seaplane to the resort.
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