Tofino’s Chesterman Beach Ranks as one of the World’s top beaches by Lonely Planet

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Shawna Gardham
By Shawna Gardham, Public & Media Relations Manager
Press Releases5 February 2024


February 5th, 2024 (Tofino, B.C.) – Chesterman Beach, located steps from the doors of the Wickaninnish Inn in the breathtaking coastal town of Tofino, has proudly secured its spot as the 6th best beach globally in Lonely Planet's esteemed ranking. As the only temperate beach in the top 10, this prestigious recognition underscores the unparalleled beauty and allure of Chesterman Beach, renowned for its pristine sands, majestic Pacific Ocean views, and vibrant natural surroundings.

Set against a backdrop of ancient forest on the northern shore of Chesterman Beach, the Wickaninnish Inn stands as the sole resort gracing this magnificent 2.7 km (1.7 mi) stretch of coastline. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, seamlessly integrates the natural beauty, colours, and textures of Chesterman Beach and its surrounding forest into its design ethos.

Each guestroom at the Wickaninnish Inn offers a vista of the Pacific Ocean or a serene overlook of Chesterman Beach, ensuring that every moment of a guest’s stay is infused with the tranquil rhythms of coastal life. Whether one is captivated by the mesmerizing dance of the waves or enchanted by the verdant hues of the forest canopy, the scenery from your window is sure to leave an indelible impression.

Chesterman Beach, with its temperate climate and magical waters, offers an array of outdoor activities. From exhilarating year-round surfing adventures and stand-up paddle boarding excursions to watching the rhythm of migratory shorebirds, exploring tidal pools or leisurely strolling along the shoreline and potentially catching a low tide to cross the tombolo to Frank Island, guests can immerse themselves in the natural splendour of Chesterman Beach.

Henry Nolla’s Carving Shed, steps south of the Inn, offers wanderers a window into art and culture – and a throwback in time – as woodcarvers Feather George and Christen Dokk Smith welcome visitors in to watch them carve, join in a lively chat, or simply allow time to slow down as they breathe in scents of cedar and history.

"As the only resort on Chesterman Beach, the Wickaninnish Inn is honoured to be part of this extraordinary destination," said Charles McDiarmid, Maître de Maison at the Wickaninnish Inn. "Having grown up in the area, our family’s commitment to preserving and celebrating the beauty of Chesterman Beach has been paramount since we opened the Inn in 1996, and its surroundings are reflected in every aspect of our resort experience."

To continue its dedication to environmental stewardship, the Wickaninnish Inn has proudly pledged to support the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, an organization committed to promoting sustainability and conservation in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Through various initiatives and collaborations, the Wickaninnish Inn continues to strive to contribute positively to the preservation of this unique and biodiverse ecosystem. As proof, the Inn was recently awarded the Sustainability Trophy for 2024 by Relais & Chateaux.

For those seeking an unparalleled coastal retreat that harmonizes elegance with nature, the Wickaninnish Inn offers an unforgettable escape on the shores of Chesterman Beach.

For more information or to book your stay, contact or call 1-800-333-4604.


About the Wickaninnish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property since 1997, overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a rocky point on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, near the eclectic town of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Two contemporary cedar buildings, set against a backdrop of ancient rainforest, boast an extensive local art collection (complemented by the neighbouring wood carving shed), and guest rooms and suites offer ocean or beach views, gas fireplaces, soaker tubs and spacious showers. Uncompromising service, including a Clefs d’Or Concierge team, is a standard. The sole resort on Chesterman Beach, Tofino’s longest at 2.7 km/1.7 mi, the Inn is home to refined West Coast cuisine at The Pointe Restaurant and naturally inspired treatments at its intimate Ancient Cedars Spa.

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