Awards & Recognition

A Word About Online Reviews

In this age of mobile access and ever more prevalent online media, many publications are providing guests with the opportunity to give their feedback and support of properties they’ve visited by posting reviews or submitting votes online. If you have enjoyed your experience at the Inn or at other BC properties, we invite you to join the online conversation through any of the following links:

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Condé Nast TravellerTravel + Leisure Magazine

We aim to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we are today. It's thanks to the feedback from you, our guests, that we have gotten to where we are today. Thank you for all your support!

Relais & Châteaux

Just one-and-a-half short years after opening, the Inn was named as a Relais & Châteaux property. The designation was unusual as it occurred well ahead of the normally required three-year operation period for consideration.

The designation honors the Inn as one of just over 400 hotels and restaurants in 45 countries throughout the world which uphold the Relais & Châteaux quality charter of the "five C's" - character, courtesy, calm, charm and cuisine.

In 2007, Managing Director Charles McDiarmid was recognized with the Passion Trophy, presented to owners of Relais & Châteaux properties who, with exceptional personal commitment and creative vision, have transformed guest stays into cherished memories.

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Condé Nast Traveller (International Edition)

In 2014, the Inn was honoured as the Top Canadian Resort in the Reader's Travel Awards. 

Prior to making an encore appearance as the top Canadian hotel for Leisure Facilities on the Condé Nast Traveller 2012 Reader's Travel Awards World's Top 100, the Wickaninnish Inn was the second Canadian hotel honoured in the Condé Nast Traveller 2009 Reader's Travel Awards for Overseas Leisure Hotels.

Condé Nast Traveller's Reader's Travel Awards are based on comments and feedback received in their annual Reader's Choice Survey. Each hotel is rated by guests and readers in the categories of service, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities and ambience & design. 


Condé Nast Traveler (North America)

Condé Nast Traveler readers recently named the Inn the Best Resort in Canada in their 2014 Reader's Choice Awards. In 2013, we were pleased to be awarded a place in Condé Nast Traveler's Platinum Circlea recognition for making the publication's Gold List (based on the publication's Reader''s Travel Awards survey) over five years in a row. 

In August 2012, we were honoured to be named Best for Leisure Facilities in the Reader's Travel Awards; in June 2011, our Ancient Cedars Spa was ranked #1 year-round resort spa in Canada in the Condé Nast Traveler 2011 Spa Poll.

Published every October, the Reader's Travel Awards list is based on the comments of over 40,000 readers. In 2009, we shared the honour of being voted Best by Design in the Americas with the talented team at BBA Design Consultants Inc. in Vancouver, who helped transform our vision into a relaxing getaway destination for many.


Travel + Leisure

The readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine selected their Worlds Best Award winners and have rated the Wickaninnish Inn as the Top Resort in Western Canada. The Inn was also honoured as one of only six resorts in North America (and the only Canadian Resort) with a Hall of Fame recognition for ranking high on this list for over 12 years running.

Prior to appearing on the T+L 500 in January, and  as the Top Resort in Canada in the World's Best Awards in June 2012, the Ancient Cedars Spa was voted as the #1 Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. and Canada, and Best Hotel Spa Overall (worldwide) in 2008.  For more results, click here.

Travel + Leisure offers its readers the opportunity to vote for their favorite hotels, cruise lines, and other travel service providers, with results announced every summer in the World's Best Awards.

The Wickaninnish Inn has been honoured to appear in the World’s Best Awards since 2002, when it was named the #1 property in North America.

  Forbes Travel Guide Global Star Rating

Forbes Travel Guide announces its Global Star Ratings twice yearly. Only properties that meet their hospitality standards — the most stringent in the industry — achieve a Five Star, Four Star or Recommended rating. Forbes professional inspectors anonymously check into and check out every rated property regularly, evaluating more than 500 criteria to determine a Star Rating that establishes a global benchmark for luxury travel. The Wickaninnish Inn is proud to have been consistently rated a four star property, and Ancient Cedars Spa a four star spa

Condé Nast Johansens

The Condé Nast Johansens Guide, the sole international luxury travel guide from the "most trusted name in travel publishing," Condé Nast Publications Ltd., has awarded the Wickaninnish Inn its award as their Most Excellent Spa Hotel of 2013 in the United States and Canada! 

The 2013 awards also honoured the Inn as a runner up for Most Excellent Eco-Resort, the same award won in 2011 and 2012! The Inn was named Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway of 2010, following up this same distinction in 2008. 

In 2007, the Wickaninnish Inn was named Most Excellent Lodge by Condé Nast Johansens. The Guides, which are celebrating almost 30 years of publication in Europe, have attracted a loyal readership in the United States by guaranteeing that each Recommended property undergoes a rigorous annual inspection process to ensure exceptional quality is maintained year-after-year.

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Andrew Harper's Hideaway

The Inn was one of 24 lodgings worldwide to be named a 1997 Grand Award Winner in this "connoisseurs' worldwide guide to peaceful and unspoiled places". Inns and hotels must be relatively intimate in size and be located in truly peaceful and aesthetically pleasing surroundings.

They are evaluated by means of a quantified checklist during incognito inspections, and recent firsthand experiences of Hideaway Report readers is taken into consideration. Once chosen, previous recipients are not eligible to repeat as award winners; however, the Inn has been consistently recognized in the Harper's Hideaway Reader Survey, most recently being honoured on the Top 20 International Hideaways as the fourth hotel overall, and only internationally recognized Canadian hotel.


Green Key Program

We are pleased to be a member of the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The Inn participated in audits evaluating various areas of sustainable hotel operations in order to achieve the highest five key status as a hotel that exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility throughout all areas of operations. The hotel employs cutting edge technologies, policies, and programs that set the international standard for sustainable hotel operations.


Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

With a menu that is “elegant, comforting, and very much of this place”, “there’s no better place to ride out a storm” than at The Pointe Restaurant, earning its seventh consecutive Gold standing in 2013 in the "Best Vancouver Island" category at the 24th annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. This highly anticipated gala event reflects British Columbia's top ranking as Canada's leading culinary destination.


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