By BRITTANY HENDRY
The Wickaninnish Inn (Photo: Russ Heinil)
ABOUT THE HOTEL
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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Surfer in Tofino. Photo by Steve Tannock.
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By Kat Tancock
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Chesterman Beach. Photo by James Wheeler.
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Photo: James Wheeler
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