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HOTEL INSIDER: The Wickaninnish Inn — Tofino, British Columbia


Photo: Russ Heinil

The Wickaninnish Inn (Photo: Russ Heinil)

Located on the western flank of Vancouver Island, The Wickaninnish Inn is surrounded by unbridled natural landscape, loaded with sea lions, whales and bears. The hotel’s windows allow visitors to gaze out at breathtaking Chesterman Beach, where the surf-worthy waves roll onto the sand and the ocean goes on for miles. Wickannish is a member of the exclusive network of Relais & Chateaux hotels, which guarantees a high level of luxury and comfort.

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Rooms: 75
Price: $300-$1,500 per night, depending on the season
Styles: 5
Buildings: 2
Restaurant View: 240-degree panorama of the Pacific Ocean
Conference Facilities: 2

Pointe Restaurant offers a memorable experience even before the food reaches the table, thanks to its magnificent views, 20-foot ceilings and handcrafted fireplace. A trio of top-notch chefs—Warren Barr, David Sider, Jamie Wilson—keep the the evening exquisite with a thoroughly Canadian menu of locally sourced seafood, game and poultry. Don’t miss the famous Sunday Champagne brunch, which will start your day with West Coast clam chowder or high-end breakfast poutine. The Wickaninnish bar, On The Rocks, offers a diverse selection of Pacific Northwest wines and one of the largest collections of single malt scotches in British Columbia.

Ancient Cedars Spa offers Hatha yoga, aesthetic services, steam rooms and a wide range of other treatments. The Inn also has a fitness room, library, technology centre, hiking trails and seasonal bike rentals. Adventurous visitors should visit Wickaninnish during  storm-watching season (from November to February), and catch a glimpse of 30-foot waves crashing down on the beach. Guests will also find plenty of off-site activities not far from the Inn, such as whale watching, a hot springs cove, nature tours, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and, of course, the legendary Tofino surfing.

• Wickaninnish Inn, 500 Osprey Ln., Tofino, BC, 250-725-3100, wickinn.com 


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