Insider TipsTips from our guests and Tofino locals alike
“Ride a bike into town - it's flat and takes about 20 minutes. When you come back, order a bottle of Cannubi Barolo or one of the BC red wines and relax in the bar of the Pointe Restaurant. A great way to relax before dinner!”
The views are breath-taking, the service outstanding , the spa relaxing and the location idyllic. Definitely sleep with the door open to awaken to the crashing of the waves.
“We couldn't believe what we saw within 200m of the coffee lounge! Walks (or hikes) are our thing, so we were delighted to find that our stay included a complimentary nature walk on the beach. Within a few steps, at low tide, we were overwhelmed with an abundance of wildlife! Starfish are so often confined to what you see dried up in shops or seaside-inspired interior schemes, but here were real ones - full of colourful, voluptuous life. Despite having a seaside upbringing myself, I have never seen as many in such a small area. We even saw a Bald Eagles' nest! This was only one of many special memories of our stay. We'll be back...”
Berkshire, United Kingdom
If anything at all is not to your satisfaction, don't hesitate to let the staff know about it. When we returned from a disastrous kayak excursion and told the staff, we were amazed at the response. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Sign up for the Inn’s complimentary nature walk [with Long Beach Nature Tours] on Saturday mornings. It’s informative, and a great way to learn about the area.
Fill up your soaker tub, order Cognac from room service, and let your glass float in the bath... The warm Cognac tastes even better with a great ocean view!
Save some energy for an evening surf on Chesterman Beach. The wind calms down, there are fewer people in the water, and the sun setting behind the trees will only make that last wave more epic.
Qualicum Beach, BC
We love Schooner Trail at low tide (check the Tide Guide in your room!) This beautiful walk in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve winds through the rainforest on the boardwalk, and opens up to the beach for some great beachcombing.
Take a 10 minute water taxi across the Tofino Inlet to Meares Island and stroll through the old growth rainforest. Commune with some of the largest and oldest trees in the world - you'll see why it’s named the Big Tree Trail!
Tofino is a lot more than just good food at the Wick [The Wickaninnish Inn]. It’s about being one with nature, and your soul. Tofino lets you get away from the fast-paced city life, and allows you to relax, sea kayak, whale, bear, eagle or bird watch in general. It allows you to learn how to surf with some of Canada’s best teachers. You can take your family and build sand castles on the beach, and have romantic moments when the sun turns the sky red, purple, white and vibrant yellow. Even on a rainy day, it’s a pleasure to explore the rainforest trails, or squat down and check out a starfish. The restaurant at the Wick is amazing, the views (especially during a storm) are breathtaking. It’s hard to travel anywhere else once you have been here.
I have been on many beautiful drives including The Cabot Trail and the one on Pacific Highway One in California but nothing beats the drive to Tofino. Last month my wife and I drove from Comox to Tofino and were rendered speechless by Nature in her raw majesty. Something incredible. If there is only one drive you do in your life, this is the one.