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
A Tofino visit has been on our bucket list for a long time. We decided that it would it would be ideal for a weekend getaway/celebration.
We were not disappointed! I booked a room at the Wickaninnish Inn with dinner reservations at The Point Restaurant. Our meal, the service, the entire experience was over the top.
The kitchen outdid itself with our tasting menu and wine pairings. The staff was professional, smart about all aspects of our meal and delightful to talk to about Tofino.
Special kudos to Darren our bartender! Wow was he good. A complete professional who made some the best cocktails we’ve had.
A visit to town, a walk on the beach and a glass of wine in front of a fire were highlights.
We recommend the Wickaninnish Inn as an amazing getaway!
Tofino is remote. The Wickannish Inn is delightful. We left only for dinner one night. Otherwise all we wanted was in our beautiful and comfortable room, on the fab beach, and at the inn's common areas. The spa was wonderful; very professional and my treatment of a scrub and massage was great. Food is quite good at the Pointe. And, it may seem pricey at first glance, but it is such high quality and creative. Well worth the cost. We also were provided waterproof boots, and slickers and rain pants are in each room. This seems to be standard. Everything was thoughtful of the guests. I do recommend staying minimum 2 nights, 3 or 4 would be ideal, due to time needed for the twisty drive from Nanaimo.
Booked this as a treat for my spouse on a 75th Birthday occasion. Have been here before and for the third time booked a storm room in season. Staff, room, services and location were all stellar. Even the pet dog liked it.
Many efforts were made to acknowledge my partners Birthday. Cards, special dessert, small gift of home made raspberry jam, port in the room and more.
I stayed at the Wickaninnish Inn Resort 3 weeks ago. My room was so charming with the combination of rustic elegant furniture and the stunning ocean view. I went to the Ancient Cedars Spa located in the hotel main pavilion to experience a moment of deep relaxation in the steam room. Moreover, I had breakfast and dinner at the Pointe Restaurant, which serves a delicious vegan menu!! I definitely recommend this hotel if you plan to stay in Tofino. For more pictures and video please visit my Instagram (IG: kelledstyle) ;-)
The Wickannish Inn at the Pointe was fabulous, the staff was excellent, the service over and beyond. The room was perfect, they thought of everything that you would need. From heated tile floors in the bathroom, a beautiful view when you're soaking in your deep tub, the tv that has a remote that lowers the tv into the dresser and out of the way. They turn down your bed, gives you a card showing what the weather will be like the next day. A wonderful experience that i will remember for a long time.