Where crashing sea meets rain forest; BC’s luxury Wickaninnish Inn

With crashing surf to lull you to sleep, and sweeping ocean views to dazzle your in the daytime, BC’s Wickaninnish Inn is like noplace else.

Clinging to the rocks on Canada’s west coast, The Wickaninnish Inn is one of the most beautiful and exclusive resorts in the country.
Located in stormy Tofino BC, the inn has just 75 rooms, and each one has a stunning ocean view.  Though it can be stormy in winter, that’s precisely the lure for some; storm watching from the comfort of your room — or even your soaker tub — is mesmerizing.
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The beach is the other draw; whether for surfing, strolling, or beach combing, Chesterman Beach features a wide sandy space, towering rocks and even glimpses of marine life.

The Wickaninnish’s restaurant  The Pointe is oriented to take advantage of the views. With seating for 75, the room boasts a panorama of windows and the view over the water with the waves rolling in is breathtaking. There’s also a small bar and lounge area for relaxing after a long day. The service is excellent and the food is all top notch, so if you want to stay on the property you won’t be disappointed.

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The Wickaninnish or the “Wick” as it’s known locally,  is a family-run hotel that opened its doors in 1996. In 2003 the hotel was expanded, with a second building called “on the beach” added at the edge of the Pacific coastal rain forest.

The hotel takes advantage of the views, making nature a priority, though there are modern amenities like TVs that slide from hidden panels in the furniture, and Wi-Fi — if you want them.
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The rooms are cozy and well appointed.  The rustic decor isn’t too kitschy, the beds and linens are supremely comfortable and since every room has a fireplace, it’s a treat to throw open the sliding glass doors at night and drift off to sleep to the sound of the surf.

It’s not cheap to stay here and not easy to get to, but it’s definitely worth it. Flying in by chartered plane is popular, or you can take a winding three hour rain forest drive from the BC ferry port at Nanaimo. Even if staying here might be out of reach, it’s worth it to come for lunch, and take a walk on the beach.

For more info including current rates check out the hotel’s website.