Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

At a Glance

  • In a dramatic location right on the rocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean

  • Superb Relais et Chateau restaurant with panoramic ocean views

  • 10 minutes drive from Tofino with abundant day tour, restaurant and shopping options

  • Stunning spa with couples treatment room overlooking the ocean

  • Directly on glorious Chesterman Beach

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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.

Tofino tends not to experience snowfall, however, is susceptible to impressive Pacific storms that are fascinating to watch from January 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 on the coast typically in the low to mid 20's with hotter temperatures inland surpassing 30°C at times in July and August.

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Insider's View

Henry Nolla's Carving Shed borders the beach and old-growth forest, carrying on the traditional First Nations techniques used by the late master throughout the Inn - if you see the "Open" sign, come in and see what wood carvers Lyne Des Rosiers and "Feather" George Yearsley are creating!

Walk down Chesterton Beach at sunset and enjoy the wonderful seascape unfold around you

In the summer families can choose to eat on the beach with their amazing crab BBQ

The rainforest trails nearby in the Pacific Rim park are a great way to spend a day and you can even take a picnic from Driftwood café for your day out

Make use of the complimentary bikes to enjoy one of the shorter trails in the park

Take an hour to go up to the library which has awesome ocean views and a huge amount of history about the area

The Pointe restaurant has established a tradition of celebrating the best of locally fished, farmed and foraged ingredients, prepared with passion and finesse... And how could anyone forget those views!

 

Head down to the carving shed to chat to the artisans at work, and meet Tuktoyaktuk the Husky-Labrador-German Shepherd-cross, a regular four-legged visitor to the Inn.

Sunrise yoga on the beach is a fabulous way to start the day in Tofino, followed by The Wick's famous brunch.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Wickaninnish Inn or take a look at our itineraries to British Columbia

Description

Balanced on rocks at one end of stunning Chesterman beach in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, the Wickaninnish Inn offers one of the most dramatic outlooks across the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking in the summer sunshine or in winter storms.

Come and wrap yourself up in the warmth of the Wickaninnish Inn. Be your visit in mid summer when the days are warm and balmy or in the midst of winter when you can simply snuggle by a log fire and watch the ocean storms, The Wickaninnish offers something for everyone in every season.

Getting to the inn is easy, either by flight from Vancouver or as part of a longer self drive itinerary. In the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, nestled into forest, the inn is hidden away to ensure guest privacy.

Spending a few days here can be as active or relaxed as guests choose. There are an abundance of walking trails, opportunities for surfing, wildlife viewing, whale watching, fishing or simply wandering along the stunning Chesterman beach for a spot of beachcombing.

If the weather becomes a little more dramatic, curl up by the fire and watch the storm from the comfort of your own room, the snug library or one of the lounges which afford wonderful views. Take a yoga class or relax in the spa with a vast array of treatments or treat yourself to a wonderful gourmet experience at The Pointe restaurant. With 240 degree views, a collaboration with the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild, ensuring local grown organic ingredients and Executive Chef Warren Barr's flair, guests are spoiled for choice. If your stay is during a weekend, the Champagne Sunday Brunch is a must. Also, for those with a sweet tooth, their delectable chocolate dessert is created by Chef Pâtissier with the purest chocolate and hand-selected fruit. Decadent bliss!

All guest rooms and suite take in the beautiful ocean views, with the higher the floor, the better the view. The suites are all on the top floor and offer the ultimate in special accommodations. The loft suites are perfect for families with split level accommodations and their own kitchens.

So whether you head to the Wickanninish Inn for a weekend away from the big city or part of a longer vacation, you will be taken away from the world with this amazing experience and leave having been part of somewhere very special.

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Accommodation

The inn offers 75 deluxe guest rooms and suites, each with fireplace, deep soaker tub and individual balcony for those amazing views of Chesterman Beach and the ocean.

Each room features floor to ceiling windows, mini bar, individual book selection, choice of CD's and large screen TV as well as cosy down duvets and little touches like aromatherapy bath salts for your oversized soaker tub.

Childcare

The inn welcomes children and offers the "Wick Kids" package for children under 12 which includes kids basket and bathrobes in room, babysitting services (additional charge) and complimentary babysitting whilst parents enjoy dinner in The Pointe restaurant. Kids activities and extras such as kid size bicycles, board games and all important bucket and spades

Services

Complimentary valet parking, complimentary bike rentals throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Complimentary WiFi, Clef D'Or Concierge service

Facilities

There are 2 lounges to relax and reflect in as well as a library with a DVD collection to choose from and a computer. The Ancient Cedars Spa offers luxurious treatments and a wonderful couples room with the sound of the ocean in your ears. There is also a fitness room. There are 2 restaurants, The Pointe restaurant for fine dining and inspiring views of the ocean and the more relaxed "Driftwood Cafe" perfect for breakfast, leisurely brunches and lunch during the day. There is also complimentary WiFi in guest rooms

Activities

Daily yoga classes, nature trails including guided walks on Saturday mornings, self guided art tour, Stave puzzles in the library. Storm watching, spa, gourmet and dual lodge packages

Activities available nearby include surfing, whale watching, black bear watching (seasonal), sea kayaking, Hot Springs Cove, fishing and birding

Reviews

4

Camilla Swift (Staff)

From the moment I stepped into The Wick, I could tell it was a very special place. Their tagline 'rustic elegance at nature's edge' sums it up perfectly; The stylish cosy rooms make you feel instantly relaxed, the beautiful interiors combine interesting and modern design features with local art and natural rustic materials, the attentive hospitality and talented chefs are something to be celebrated, and the spectacular scenery, jagged rocks, and mesmerising rolling waves on Chesterman Beach could never get old.

The star of the show has got to be The Pointe restaurant. The combination of its amazing views, excellent service from waiting staff who evidently love their job, and the very talented culinary team make any meal here one to remember. The town of Tofino is committed to eating and serving sustainable, island-grown produce, and The Wick follows suit... Executive Chef Barr and his team make absolutely everything in house, from delicious fresh bread and house churned butter to sauces, sausages, ginger beer and artistically crafted cocktails!

5

Charlotte Austin (Staff)

The Wick is one of my firm favorites in Canada, it is truly a hunker down experience in the autumn and winter with the fantastic storm surges and it is just a great place to watch a storm from! Even the massage room has a view out onto the water and everything is orientated around the beautiful quiet Chesterman Beach. Of course, in the summer months it goes without saying that the hotel is also fantastic with all of the rooms having a view of the water and the only thing you will need to decide that morning is whether to go surfing, cycling or walking. If you are lucky enough to have a stormy day, then just enjoy it from the cosiness of your room and balcony. The Wick is just a 5 minute drive from the surfing town of Tofino, with its multitude of surf shops and souvenir shops to while a way an afternoon. The history that surrounds this whole area with the explorers that founded the island is all poured into the property and if you do see Charles and his wife around the resort then he would be more than happy to tell you more, I'm sure.

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Jules Maury (Staff)

Overlooking a magnificent seascape and the wonderful Chesterman Beach The 'Wick' as it is fondly called is one of the most lovely hotels in this part of Vancouver Island. Delicious food, sweeping views, The Point Restaurant's 180 degree views make you feel as if you are on a ship looking over the ocean. Sleeping to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore was magical and the service and staff are great - all the reflection of a family owned hotel. Charles and his team ensure you will have the most amazing experience here.

Experiences

  • Coastal Bear Watch from Tofino

    Travel by Zodiac along the calm and tranquil waters of Clayoquot Sound in search of coastal black bears who wander down to the water's edge to forage for food. Viewing from the water ensures an up close encounter with these fascinating creatures.

  • First Nations Canoe with T'ashii Paddle

    Canoe in traditional cedar canoes to Meares Island and learn about First Nations history, knowledge and stories with Tsimka, the co-owner of the school and a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who grew up in her traditional territory, Tofino.

  • Hot Springs Explorer

    This full day tour takes you by boat to the top of Clayoquat Sound where you travel through a series of thermal rock pools before a 2km hike brings you to hot sulphur springs. Head out to sea in search of whales on the return journey (weather permitting).

  • Meares Island Sea Kayaking

    Paddle across from Tofino harbor and explore the quiet inlets and ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquat Sound. Land the kayaks at Meares Island and take a short hike into the rainforest and explore the native village of Opitsaht. Duration 4 hours

  • Walking trails in the Pacific Rim National Park

    Close to Tofino and Ucluelet , the Pacific Rim National Park has some excellent designated walking trails in spectacular forest and beach settings.

  • Whale Watching in Tofino

    This tour takes you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you could encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.

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Location & directions

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

The Wickaninnish Inn is located on Vancouver Island, off of Canada's West Coast. Right on Chesterman Beach just outside the boundary to Pacific Rim National Park and close to the township of Tofino.

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