The Wickaninnish Inn Tofino
Tofino is the surfing capital of Canada, and also a yearlong hotel town famous for sunny beach days in the summer and storm watching in the winter. It’s famed for the whale and bear watching excursions, First Nations galleries and exceptional regional pubs and restaurants. The Wick is perched among the Western Red Cedars and Sitka Spruce trees of Chesterman Beach at the heart of a Unesco biosphere in the edge of the Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino town center is a 10-minute drive off or away hour-long walk.
Style & personality
The attractiveness of the exterior world is mirrored inside at each turn in the panoramic windows with this billion-dollar perspective, through to custom-designed furniture created out of driftwood or votive candle holders made of smooth pebbles. Divided across the first construction and the fractionally more contemporary Beach construction, natural substances are everywhere from unnaturally hand-adzed (a conventional way of dividing and smoothing wood) red cedar panels into slate tiles. Casual and relaxed, this beach hotel favorite does not mind if you get dressed for supper, but is equally pleased if you turn up in flip-flops — as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to a recent live.
Service & amenities
Guests are enthusiastically greeted by name from the well-briefed, educated staff, that are available to help with planning everything out of bear viewing trips to hot springs ship tours with reliable local operators. All stays include free valet company, bicycles, beach chairs, wet weather gear and rubber boots, binoculars, backpacks, blankets and beach towels — in summary: absolutely everything required for the perfect west shore beach break.
The Beach building homes a well-equipped fitness center, the Lookout Library is packed with puzzles and books, along with the Henry Nolla gallery includes locally generated artwork. The initial Pointe construction is home to the Historical Cedars spa where remedies start from the colour of their Sitka Spruces out facing the crashing waves, using a foot soak in warm water whilst swaddled in a blanket sipping herb tea. The health spa specialises in treatments inspired by local First Nations and uses native ingredients like lavender and sea salt.
The Pointe is among Canada’s best restaurants with a ‘wow’ standing which meets its own floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the sea and mossy islands. It is available for brunch, lunch and dinner. Start looking for snakes, eagles, hummingbirds and other west shore wildlife as you dine on locally sourced, seasonal boat-and-farm-to-plate creations like Clayoquat prawn escabeche with legumes, lemon balm and white chocolate ($26/#15) or Sloping Hills Berkshire pork garnish with toasted walnut and barley hamburger ($42/#25). Pair with wines out of B.C. or round the world. Brunch brings snacks for example rhubarb pancakes ($18/#11) or smoked salmon and cream cheese eggs Benedict ($21/#12). The signature cocktail of neighborhood cedar-infused whisky sour cocktail is excellent.
Even the Driftwood Café, at the Beach construction, is available for breakfast, lunch and light dinner with a self-serve continental buffet from 7.30am to 11am of charcuterie, cheeses, fruits, yoghurt and granola ($24/#14). Make such as the wholesome locals and attempt a green electricity capsule ($8/#5). Lunch requires in piled-high sandwiches, salads, soups and burgers (try the ‘Fully Loaded’ following a morning spent browsing $22/#13). Dinner (from 4pm to 9pm) targets little shared dishes and light bites like walnut miso soba noodles ($22/#13) or neighborhood smoked salmon ($25/#15). Summer time brings three-times per week Dungeness crab cookouts on the shore with lockable s amores for afters ($60/#35).
Food & beverage
Each spacious room has its own balcony with an almost-impossible-to-leave perspective out to the sea and shore below, and a fireplace, soaker tub and tea, hot chocolate and coffee-making facilities. Baths have natural lighting (and blinds), Comfort Zone toiletries, and locally made soap. The indoors-outdoors motif is continued with lots of mild tones to cancel the luminous red cedar timber furniture and does not divert from the stunning view. The beds are spacious and wonderfully comfy and the fluffy white towels large enough to wrap a little family in.
Value for cash
Rooms from #207 ($340) in low season; and out of #303 ($500) at large. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included (continental buffet in #14).
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are three partly accommodated rooms and one having a roll-in bath tub.
Absolutely. On check-in households get a bucket of beach toys, and you will find child-sized robes, bicycles and rain gear accessible. Free babysitting is available for parents dining in The Pointe restaurant, and you will find kids’ film and pizzas nights available.
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