Wildlife at Clayoquot

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

At a Glance

  • Marvel over the spectacular landscape as you take to the skies and arrive at the lodge by seaplane

  • All gourmet meals are included, as well as a selection of wine, beer and spirits

  • As you sip on handcrafted cocktails at The Ivanhoe Lounge, keep a look out for seals, otters and bears as they make their way along the foreshore of the sound
  • The Hillside Family Tent features two adjoining bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms - ideal for a family or friends traveling together

  • Relax and unwind with a hot stone massage or a sea spirit facial at the Healing Grounds Spa

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Best time to Visit

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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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Insider's View

Clayoquot even has its own zip wire called "Flightline" where guests can experience near flight whilst gliding through the forest canopy

Make sure you do the Walk on the Wild Side - 8 joyous hours of boat, walks along beaches, picnic lunch, whales, bears, eagles and fishing - heaven!

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Description

Part of the Baillie Lodges collection, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge 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 outdoor experiences.

Even arriving at Clayoquot is an adventure. The 45-minute seaplane 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, The Cookhouse, where there's a daily-changing menu of locally sourced sustainable produce. The Ivanhoe Lounge is perfectly situated for guests looking to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or chilled glass of rosé, paired with spectacular views across the sound. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, herons and bears! In the evenings, settle in by the fire with s’mores and stories of the day's adventures.

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 soak up the atmosphere from the hot tub or indulge in a treatment in the Healing Grounds 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 also why many guests flock to Clayoquot, with both ocean and fresh water fishing available.

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.

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Accommodation

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge features 25 well-appointed luxury canvas tents, each furnished with locally commissioned pieces.

Rainforest Deluxe Tents are located in the forest and feature king beds and a double convertible sofa bed. Situated just steps outside the tent lies a separate private bathroom with a shower and heated floors. Each of tents also feature a veranda with from which to enjoy the views with a glass of wine in hand. With the same design and layout, the Waterfront Deluxe Tents instead line the banks of the sound and offer sweeping views of the ocean and Bedwell River.

Rainforest Ensuite tents are set amongst the rainforest and feature a king bed, convertible double sofa bed, and an ensuite bathroom with heated floors, double sinks and a private outdoor cedar shower. Each tent features a cast iron heated stove and a private outdoor veranda. With the same design and layout, the Waterfront Ensuite Tents are instead located on both sides of the Bedwell Bridge and line the banks of Clayoquot Sound offering direct views to the water.

The Hillside Family Tent is made up of two adjoining tents with ensuite bathrooms, making it ideal for families. The master bedroom features a king bed and lounge area with double sofa bed while the second bedroom offers two twin beds and a sofa bed. Adjoining each bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with heated floors, double vanity and private outdoor cedar-clad shower, while a deep bathtub is ideal for a post-hike.

Rainforest Deluxe Tent
Waterfront Deluxe Tent
Rainforest Ensuite Tent
Waterfront Ensuite Tent
Hillside Family Tent

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge and can share the luxury tents with their parents. The Hillside Family Tent is our preferred choice for families given its two adjoining ensuite bedrooms. Activities at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge can be adapted to suit younger guests and their families.

Facilities

Once an appetite has been built up during the day's adventures, The Cookhouse is where guests can indulge in freshly prepared meals, using locally-sourced produce. The Ivanhoe Lodge is a new addition to the property and is best placed sundowners and handmade canapes.

Elsewhere, guests can unwind and relax at Healing Grounds Spa features two indoor treatment rooms, a waterfront tent, wood-fired sauna and a series of relaxing hot tubs set in the decks, with spectacular views out to the sound and surrounding forest. A yoga studio offers daily morning classes along with guided meditation sessions. The property also boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Activities

Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve offers extraordinary nature-based adventures, with experiences spanning across equestrian, marine-based, land-based, helicopter and fishing adventures. Signature experiences include canyoning, hiking, horseback riding, and watersports, such as standup paddle boarding and kayaking. Other experiences available include archery, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing and helicopter adventures.

Reviews

5

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.

Experiences

  • 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

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is located in Bedwell River near Tofino, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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