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 hotel and the setting is beautiful - our room was very spacious and tastefully decorated. The staff were all very friendly but particularly a man named Micheal (who I believe was the maitre d), he went out of his way to ensure we had a memorable stay and organised for us to have a crab cookout on the beach (which I highly recommend if you are staying here).
We have been lucky enough to spend 3 nights at theWickaninnish Inn. In hindsight I wish we had stayed for 5 nights.
The hotel is stunning, blending in beautifully into the coastline. The beach is spectacular in all kinds of weather. The food is excellent and the service is perfect.
There is so much to do to for families. It’s a magical hotel within a stunning island.
The property is just lovely in an excellent location / gorgeous beach and near town. The property is elegant yet understated and we loved the available beach chairs and all the extra touches (beach toys, filtered water, etc). We also ate at the Pointe Restaurant twice which was very nice. Amazing wine list. Only miss was the Driftwood Cafe and lack of outdoor dining options. The cafe offers a burger night and crab night, but both were expensive for the lacking atmosphere. Not actually on the beach but instead tucked into a small cafe. No fun. A miss. And, we wished the inn had an outdoor terrace or bar as you can’t enjoy wine on the beach, but except for the driftwood cafe which is barely ok, the property offers no outdoor dining.