5.0
Excellent 150 Reviews
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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 150 Reviews
Still Amazing but a few let downs
Saronbell

Please don’t let my review discourage any one, this is one of the most amazing places in the world to stay at. The GM’s are lovely, walking around and reacting with guests, the staff are so knowledgeable, kind and caring. The guides are amazing as are the wait staff. Accommodation is beautiful with nice attention to comfort. Unfortunately since being taken over by an umbrella group, things are a little different. The food was a bit disappointing, we received cold meals on more than one occasion & they ran out of items on the menu 2 days in a row. If you don’t eat fish you might struggle. We had a large group in, maybe a conference. They took over on many occasions & the last night in the lovely bar they put on their music , sang & danced very loudly. We left....On our check out day we had a time but house keeping came so much earlier which was very intrusive, made us feel we were being pushed out. Also please let your guests know what they order may not be on the inclusive list. We got a bill without being told what we were drinking was not included. We still had a wonderful, relaxed & fun time away but a few little issues stayed with us.

Rescheduled visit
G3471PYjoannaw

This was a 1 week trip rescheduled post the new management (we visited in July 2017, there's no option to choose this far back in the review,so full disclosure)

It's an incredible place but the best bits for us were
1) Seamless and professional organization from arrival to departure and in-between
2) Excellent food with skilled chefs who can create amazing things which cater to probably any dietary restriction (e.g. egg-free baking)
3) You can do whatever you want at whatever pace - we went on a pretty demanding hike, spent another day hanging out on a boat
4) They have the "communal but private" balance right. We traveled as a couple and didn't necessarily want to be surrounded by other people's kids at mealtimes or on activities.They get this, even if some parents do not :-)
5) Accommodation was luxurious, outdoor showers were lovely but don't hang around out there if you're attractive to mosquitoes

All the guides were fun and highly trained.

Cell is non-existent and wifi was spotty, it didn't bother me but may be an issue if you're expecting to stay "plugged in" (to work) whilst here.

Heaven on Earth
kaymurrant

The most amazing place - truly remote and peaceful but with the most luxurious surroundings and gourmet food - amazing guides and staff encouraging you to do as little or as much as you desire/ the spa alone was worth the trip - truly unique