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What We Love

  • Trip includes all meals, drinks (alcohol too) and guided adventures
  • One-hour seaplane transfer from Vancouver included in the rate
  • One massage treatment included
  • Lavishly outfitted tents
  • Located in UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
  • WiFi available
  • Forest canopy viewing platform and zipline
  • Comprehensive environmental program

What To Know

  • A 10% gratuity fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • Choice of three- and four-night stays
  • Arrivals and departures by seaplane on Thursdays and Sundays only
  • 3% sustainability fee not included
  • Not all Deluxe Tents can accommodate children
  • The resort is open from May to September
  • Popular with families in the summer months
  • Only 12 en suite tents have flush toilets and private showers
  • Cell phones don’t work at the reserve
  • No TVs
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Overview

The Review

Under the rain forest canopy of the Pacific Rim National Park is Clayoquot Wilderness Reserve, an enclave of 20 prospector-style white canvas tents connected by raised cedar boardwalks. This is a truly unique, flashlight-free camping experience, with Adirondack-style beds dressed with plush down duvets and a gracious staff that serves sumptuous meals in a separate dining tent lit by heirloom oil lamps.

The original Deluxe Tents are across a timber bridge, on a hillside overlooking the estuary. The furnishings are full of personality and include a convertible Chesterfield and a large lounge area with a small games table. There is an air of romance that couples will love, and enough space for families, but not everyone will be a fan of the separate, shared showers and compost toilets.

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Views from the tents encompass lush fern gardens, alpine valleys, beachscapes and thousands of pristine acres of national park perfect for myriad activities including hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, whale watching and much more. In this untouched wilderness, it’s hard to believe Vancouver is just an hour away.

One early morning I joined other guests on a naturalist-led walk around the campground, and to my delight spotted black bears feasting on berries. Once we returned to the camp, everyone spread out in comfortable sitting areas and private decks with a cocktail in hand.

Though it is difficult to feel anything but relaxed here, spa treatments are available in the eco-safari-style massage tents. Here, expert hands administer deep tissue or hot stone massages as well as facials and body wraps — a magical way to finish a day of exploring the raw wilderness.

How to Get There

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
PO Box 130
Tofino, V0R 2Z0 Canada

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 143 Reviews
Stunning wilderness escape with extensive outdoor activities
Reviewed 6 days ago

Clayoquot is arguably one of the most remote and beautiful wilderness retreats in the world. Access is primarily by floatplane from Vancouver (a forty minute flight over the mountains), although it is possible to access via boat from Tofino. There are no roads into Clayoquot, which sits in the middle of 600 acres of private forest surrounded by thousands of acres of Crown land. Accommodations consist of "tents", but do not confuse this with your image of Boy Scout tents. Clayoqout's are the epitome of camping luxury with king-sized beds, fireplaces, en suite bathrooms with in-floor heating and an attached outdoor shower.The furnishings are very tasteful with antiques combined with a rustic feel and our accomodation had a deck with deckchairs overlooking the Bedwell River and the snow-capped peaks.The choice of outdoor activities is extensive and all-inclusive, with the exception of several "a la carte" options which are primarily accessed via helicopter. Inclusive activities range from hiking, kayaking, paddleboadrig, fly and ocean fishing, surfing, rock wall and tree climbing, archery, to horseback riding.. Each activity is guided by one or more highly professional and enthusiastic young guides. Since it was just the two of us, we has our own guide for each activity except when a boat was involved ( in which case we also had a captain) .In addition to the beautiful forests, snow-capped peaks, moss-covered trails amongst huge, first growth trees and wild berry bushes galore, wildlife abounds with bald eagles, black bears, seals, etc. My only caveat is that the food is a bit too "fancy" or "fussy" for my taste, given that Clayoqout is a wilderness retreat,I surmise that many guests are not satisfied with excellent ingredients simply prepared and presented because they are paying so much for the experience. My motto is "less is more", but many people apparently disagree.

Excellent isn't a high enough rating for Clayoquot Wlderness Resort!
Reviewed 10 months ago

It's difficult to put in writing how much of an outstanding time we had . Everything was top drawer, best of the best, over the top, superb, set the bar at a level that would be difficult to exceed! Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and wanting to make sure our time visiting was the best we could ever hope for, and it was! Food is described as Contemporary Coastal, but also comfortable, I would have to agree, the kitchen having earned high distinction by Relais & Chateaux! Our accommodations were along the waterfront, furnished with antique and very comfortable furniture, full bathroom facilities, as well as all amenities needed to ensure our stay was perfect. Activities we participated in were wildlife watching from a Zodiac allowing us to get up close to gray whales, sea otters, and bears, but maintaining a non threatening distance. Horseback riding and then hiking got us into the rainforest for up close and personal viewing of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere. Our fishing adventure was successful, and our catch of Coho Salmon is being processed to be sent home. All guides were young, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Transportation to and from the camp was via seaplane out of Vancouver airport and is weather dependent. The saying you can't do anything about the weather is true because our trip into camp was delayed a day because of foggy weather. We were there to relax and enjoy so we enjoyed the overnight accommodations provided at a luxury airport hotel at no additional cost. I see us returning in the future, most likely with the rest of our family so they too can enjoy this wonderful experience!

Breathtaking
Reviewed 11 months ago

Could talk for ages about the wonders of this place, everything from the food to the staff is exceptional. Nothing is too much to ask here and the tailored experience is what makes it so special. It really is an escape and left us feeling quite emotional to be leaving and returning to 'reality'. Each day they arrange an adventure-packed schedule based on what it is you've asked to do and the guides that take you on the various activities are all fantastic and so passionate about what it is they're doing. After days out it was so nice to come back to such exceptional food and lovely waiting staff who were keen to here about our day. It may be an investment staying here but one you definitely won't regret!

Still a gem
Reviewed 12 months ago

We just returned from our third visit to Clayoquot. We were curious whether we'd like it as well as we have in the past, given the change in management. I am pleased to say that it is as wonderful as we remembered from our first two trips. Where Clayoquot really shines is with their service. Two examples. First, our daughter was disappointed when she was unable to find a backgammon set in the games tent. No problem, they sent to Torino for one and the next day she was playing backgammon. On our last evening the manager asked if there were any activities we wished we had been able to do during our visit. My other daughter suggested a cooking class with the chef would be fun. No problem -- while we waited for our seaplane flight out the next afternoon she and I learned to make ravioli under the direction of one of the assistant chefs. This place is truly remarkable. It is pricey, but worth every penny. If you can afford the price, go. You won't regret it.

Shaky start but a great finish
Reviewed 1 year ago

This trip had been a long time in the planning and a surprise 50th for my friend and myself. This amazing getaway just exceeded all expectations for us all. Our accommodation was incredible, from the cosy, comfy bed to an fantastic outdoor shower. The food was great and the staff could not do enough to please. Manager Grant was so passionate and it shows through his staff as well. He went out of his way to make sure we had every thing that we needed. The activities were personalized and very enjoyable. You can do as little or much as you like. Our guides were fabulous, a big shout out to Stephe and Joel. Jamie cooked a fabulous dinner on the beach and the wonderful restaurant manager was incredible. We will be back but I highly recommend the suggestion given about travel insurance. We lost a day due to poor weather and this is quite a lot of money to lose, as this resort is pricey. To finish, we have stayed at many luxury resorts around the world and would rate this up there with some of the best. Especially service, they should be very proud of the fabulous staff.