What We Love
- Saturday morning nature walks, led by the hotel
- Binoculars provided for guests looking to spot a bald eagle
- Dedicated pet showers after a walk on Chesterman Beach
- The location in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
What To Know
- No need to pack an umbrella: there’s Helly Hansen rain gear in every closet
- Valet parking is included in the price; breakfast is not
- The closest airport (Tofino) is a 20-minute drive away, but arrival by plane usually necessitates a 45-minute flight from Vancouver
- Free WiFi
“The Wick” is a Relais & Châteaux property, with all the thoughtful and luxurious touches that entails. Here, that means details like boot dryers (perfect after a stormy stroll along Chesterman Beach; check the tide table in each room for the best time to go) and Crocs (for walks to the nearby hot spring). Local wood carver Henry Nolla left his mark here – you can spot his exquisite workmanship in the hand-adzed entranceways and exposed wood beams found throughout the hotel and bar.
Bed and Bath
If you can tear yourself away from the panoramic Pacific vistas found outside your guest room’s picture windows, you’ll find the interiors are also up to the mark. There’s gas fireplaces and slate-tiled balconies, heated bathroom floors, and tubs (many big enough for two) with views of their own. Aside from a smattering of local art, cream walls and wood paneling are sedate enough to ensure the outside pine tree and rocky shore views stay front and center. Book one of the Pointe rooms for windows that face the crashing ocean waves.
For a deep dive into the culinary abundance of the Pacific Northwest, from local fish to wine, head to The Point Restaurant, where butter is churned on site and locally caught, wild Pacific salmon is both hot- and cold-smoked in house. (There’s even local Tofino Brewing Company beer on tap.) Wishing to delve even further into Tofino’s natural surroundings? The menu at Ancient Cedars Spa includes daily hatha yoga classes as well as an indigenous-inspired cleansing ceremony based around the four classical elements: earth, water, air, and fire.
In the Area
Year-round surfing (wetsuit definitely required) remains one of the region’s bigger draws. Nearby, there are numerous surf schools where guests can rent boards and take lessons, including the popular Surf Sister. Go bear-watching in the woods, hike on the Reserve’s many trails, or get out on the water in a kayak, a fishing boat, or on a stand-up paddleboard. While the hotel is remote, you’ll find one of Canada’s best restaurants, Norwoods, and the Ucluelet Aquarium (ideal for those traveling with kids) just a half-hour drive away.
How to Get There
The Wick Inn is my new favorite place on earth. It is in a beautiful place, well situated for gorgeous views, wildlife and relaxation. Every part of our experience was polished and well thought out. The rooms are beautiful, the food was delicious and the staff was warm. We cannot wait to return.
My family arrived to the Wickaninnish Inn and was immediately impressed. Everything from their service to amenities have been well thought out and extremely detailed.
Valet took our car upon arrival and our bags were distributed to the rooms accordingly. We had a quick tour of the grounds to familiarize ourselves with the property.
The property is an amazing piece of work from the scenic environment that it sits on to the detailed carvings of the structure.
Turn down and room service were incredible. The smallest details delighted our children.
We had an awesome experience with Danny who worked the valet and shuttle. He provided ideas for a more intimate local experience which we truly enjoyed.
I have nothing but amazing things to say about this place. I am looking forward to our future visits.
Spent two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Super friendly staff, extremely clean facilities. Nice touch with the rubber boots and rain slickers. Surprised the room was a little on the plain side. Excellent washroom. Super view from our room. Only complaint was the paper thin walls. We had to keep the TV on otherwise we could hear the conversation in next room, and they were not speaking loudly.
Exterior walls good as did not hear the pounding surf.