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
My friend and I take a trip every year together and the wickannish inn has been on our bucket list for several years. We had some issues during the booking process because the reservation team changed our room and then gave us conflicting descriptions of the room we were switched too. I was concerned that we were being mistreated and I was apprehensive about our visit. In fact, I expected to be disappointed and angry. When I saw our room I was a bit upset because we had a tree partially blocking our view of the ocean and the chairs near the deck were crowded against the bed. This room was obviously designed for one bed. However I could not stay upset for long. The place is beautiful. The staff could not be nicer. The bedding, Oh the bedding was so amazing. I now hate my own mattress, pillows, quilt and towels. I fell asleep quickly listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks and I slept soundly. The setting is idyllic and the hotel is beautiful, every detail attended too. I can go on and on but I won’t. I will add that I was disappointed in the Ancient cedars spa. It is a tiny cramped space in the basement of the hotel and there was no soap in the ladies locker room. I have never been to any spa where there was no soap in the bathroom. I was not alone searching for soap to shower after my treatment. I have been to a spa in another Relais and Chateaux hotel and this one does not compare. In fact there are day spas in strip malls near my home that are nicer. If you ever wanted to visit a Relais & Chateau hotel but were concerned about the price this is your opportunity. The exchange rate and the winter rates make this a good value and Vancouver Island is spectacular. Snow capped peaks, quiet endless beaches and friendly people everywhere you go.
We absolutely loved staying at the Wick Inn. Our room was comfortable and cozy with a beautiful view, the beach was wonderful, the staff were exceedingly helpful, including organizing a wonderful trip to HotSprings Cove for us! Can't wait to go back!
A co-worker had mentioned an inn designed for storm-watching and I was smitten immediately. We planned this trip eight months in advance and flew out from the US East Coast just for three nights here and it was worth every minute and every penny / loonie. The property delivered in every area. The staff, the rooms, the restaurants, and of course the view.
We booked a premier room, which offers views of both the ocean and the cove. I would say don't worry too much about getting one of the premier rooms. The view of the cove is a bit obscured by some trees and simply not as dramatic as the view out the two huge windows. Their website does a pretty good job of explaning the different room offerings. I also thought I'd be disappointed if we didn't have a huge storm, but alas, the sunny day we had was just as enjoyable as the rainy / snowy days. Just sitting and watching the view was amazing. We were able to watch a seal regularly feed near the beach, as well as two eagles. It was very special and I've rarely seen a place with such views right from a guest room.
The restaurant did not disappoint either. There was a great menu, including a tasting menu with a wine pairing. And the service was, like everywhere else on the property, great.
We went for the location and view, but this is a great resort overall as well. Definitely worth a special trip.
We stayed here as a couple in early Feb. it is a Relais and Chateaux hotel do you know it will have a certain standard. We’ve stayed here before. We stayed in the Frank Island suite which is in the beach building. 2nd floor. Ocean and forest views in an incredible suite. Large bathroom and very cozy. Make sure you book a massage, we did a couples Hot Stone Massage in the “shed” outside. Looks like a tool shed, until they open the door to heaven. So awesome. We come here about once a year. We will continue to do so. THE place to stay in Tofino.
Loved the hotel, loved the location, loved the beach, loved the food. There's nothing not to like about this place. We were on a 17 day road trip so felt a little under dressed at times, but if you like luxury with a difference, this is the place for you. The beach was foggy which made it mysterious and the life in the rock pools shows just how clean the waters are in this area - starfish, molluscs, anemones and other sea life made for some interesting photography as did the various large pieces of driftwood along the long sandy beach. I took the best photos of my holiday on this beach (apart from the grizzly bears later on in the trip). Would highly recommend the guided walk thy do around the grounds and onto the beach. While we were there the fog stopped us from seeing any views from the restaurant, but I'm sure on a clear day they must be amazing.