The Wickaninnish Inn is located in Tofino on Vancouver Island, off of Canada's west coast, west of the city of Vancouver and northwest of Seattle. As we are in a remote location, we highly recommend purchasing travel interruption insurance for any unanticipated changes or cancellations you might encounter.
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If you are arriving from an international destination, you would book your flight to the Vancouver International Airport, Victoria International Airport, or Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Connections are available to the Comox Valley and Nanaimo Airports for selected flights from the U.S. and within Canada, and regular flights to Tofino Long Beach Airport are available from Vancouver year-round, and Victoria (seasonally), and by charter flight from Seattle.
Tofino by Car
Travel Alert for Drivers: Please see the Government of BC website or the Kennedy Hill Project Facebook page for updates and advisories regarding construction delays and road closures on Highway 4 until end of Summer 2020. Please note there is a 24hr road closure scheduled between 11am on February 22nd until 11am on February 23rd.
Car ferries to Victoria from Seattle and Vancouver depart from Washington State and Tsawwassen (South of Vancouver), and to Nanaimo from Horseshoe Bay (North of Vancouver). Please note advance ferry reservations are highly reccommended on all routes during weekends, US and Canadian holiday weekends and summer months.
The Horseshoe Bay terminal is north of Vancouver and this ferry route takes just under two hours to the Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo. The Tsawwassen terminal is south of the city, and takes just a little over two hours arriving at the Duke Point terminal just about 15 minutes south of Nanaimo.
Whether driving or taking a bus, the road from Nanaimo is one of the most spectacular in the world. You will pass through the towering old-growth forests of Cathedral Grove, the township of Port Alberni, majestic Sutton Pass, and through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Please note Route 4/Pacific Rim Highway is a designated Winter Tire & Chain-up Route, making M&S-rated tires mandatory for all vehicles, and chains mandatory for commercial vehicles from October 1 until March 31. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Transportation's website.
Tofino by Air
Air travel options include scheduled service and charters (floatplane or fixed wing options) from Vancouver and Victoria via Pacific Coastal, Tofino Air, and Harbour Air, and Seattle via Kenmore Air. Flights from Vancouver take approximately 45 minutes and depart from the South Terminal of Vancouver International Airport.
Round-trip shuttle services to the Wickaninnish Inn are available from the Tofino Long Beach Airport through most airlines, but as taxi services within the Tofino area can be limited, we highly recommend renting a vehicle at the airport through Budget Car and Truck Rental. Inn shuttle services are not available between the Tofino Long Beach Airport and the Wickaninnish Inn; this service is provided by Pacific Rim Navigators.
For an aspirational travel experience, heli-charters are available through Tofino-based Atleo Air or Vancouver-based SKY Helicopters. If you've flown to Tofino and are not renting a car, please see Tofino Transportation Options for ways to get around once on-site.
Once you have driven across Vancouver Island to the Tofino/Ucluelet junction, you are 28km (17 miles) away from the Inn. While driving straight through the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, do not turn left at the sign for Wickaninnish Beach or Wick Road, but continue driving towards Tofino. The Inn is 4.8km or 2.5mi before the town of Tofino. Once you pass Chesterman Beach Road on your left, take your next left turn at the Wickaninnish Inn sign onto Lynn Road. Approximately 250 yards down Lynn Road, take the right fork onto Osprey Lane and continue for 300 yards until you reach the Inn and Chesterman Beach.