The West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Egmont, Rural British Columbia

The hotel

Giving you all the adventures and solitude of Canada’s wilderness, with all the bliss of a super-luxury retreat, West Coast Wilderness Lodge nestles along the waterfront in the little fishing village of Egmont. Easily accessible, it is the perfect spot to appreciate all the Sunshine Coast has to offer. The waters promise calm kayaking after you’ve experienced the thrill of Skookumchuck Rapids a few miles away — just one of the water and wildlife focused experiences in store here. To really enjoy the lakes, fjords, islands, and cedar and fir forests, the lodge has everything from fishing gear to mountain bikes for rent, as well as guided treks and trips, and picnics. When you return, you can head onto the deck of Inlets Restaurant to survey the surroundings you’ve been exploring, before entering its timber-framed dining room to gaze out at the lake through a wall of windows while dining on authentic BC fare.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Hot tub
  • Families
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking

Where is it

Located at the northern tip of the glorious Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, hidden amongst the trees on the shores of Sechelt Inlet. Transfer time from Vancouver Airport: 3 hours by car or 45 minutes by float plane.

Hotel information

26 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, private balcony, sitting area, TV, in-room tea and coffee, mini-fridge and private en-suite tiled bathrooms. Forest Suites feature either 1 king-size bed or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Ocean Suites feature either 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed or 1 queen-size bed and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Inlets Restaurant, waterfront dining. Fireplace lounge. Eco Spa*. Cliff-side hot tub and towel service. Excursions*, tours* and adventures* organised by experienced guides, ranging from helicopter adventures to diving and float plane tours to hiking. Water sports including kayaking*, canoeing* and fishing*. Bike rental*. Complimentary car parking.

Minimum 2-night stay in July and August.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful location

Oct 28, 2018 bonnifido London, United Kingdom

A warm welcome by the owner. Lovely setting among the trees with boardwalks connecting different lodges. Our room was very comfortable with amazing views over the Sechelt Inlet. The restaurant was large, food was generally good although availability was patchy. The restaurant is frequented by locals, so you need to book. The staff were friendly… Read more
A warm welcome by the owner. Lovely setting among the trees with boardwalks connecting different lodges. Our room was very comfortable with amazing views over the Sechelt Inlet. The restaurant was large, food was generally good although availability was patchy. The restaurant is frequented by locals, so you need to book. The staff were friendly and helpful. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Okay Stay

Oct 23, 2018 nicolestoc Vancouver, Canada

The rooms were very nice and bed was comfortable. I felt that we were kind of held hostage as there was really no places to eat very close and unfortunately the food in their restaurant was terrible and over priced. I would not recommend this to anyone as I was expecting so much more. My husband bought this as a gift for me at the beginning of… Read more
The rooms were very nice and bed was comfortable. I felt that we were kind of held hostage as there was really no places to eat very close and unfortunately the food in their restaurant was terrible and over priced. I would not recommend this to anyone as I was expecting so much more. My husband bought this as a gift for me at the beginning of 2017 and we were not able to book until Sept of 2018. Very poor to be offering specials and not able to fulfil them in a decent amount of time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not A Luxury Resort

Oct 7, 2018 LeftCoastGirl Oregon

This place is not at all the five-star luxury lodge pictured in its glossy website. We left early. 
•The whole place is past its prime and wasn’t that fancy to begin with. 

•Egmont is not really in the wilderness; it's just a slightly scraggly little community halfway up the Sunshine Coast.
 •The amenties booklet in our room… Read more
This place is not at all the five-star luxury lodge pictured in its glossy website. We left early. 
•The whole place is past its prime and wasn’t that fancy to begin with. 

•Egmont is not really in the wilderness; it's just a slightly scraggly little community halfway up the Sunshine Coast.
 •The amenties booklet in our room touted a hotel “spa” — what kind of "spa" wasn't specified, but I think it was the run-down old hot tub. •Amenities also included an "archery range." LOL. I just wish I had photos. Sagging, overgrown, weedy, not even a target anywhere. It looks like it hasn't been tended to for many years.

 •Be warned that there is no Internet, and WiFi works only intermittently and in certain places. In our rooms it was basically useless. 

•One afternoon, the electricity went out completely, for about 6 hours. We were told this happens not infrequently. Most guests had to drive an hour south to find a restaurant for dinner. We just ate trail bars in our room. 

•The registration desk area is so spare that I thought at first it was a makeshift room that they had built while they were renovating the real one. (It wasn't.)

 •The dining room is just kind of plain and unadorned, with no particular flair to the furnishings or decor. (Those photos on their website have been seriously photo-shopped to create colors that aren't there.) Wasps and flies flew around our tables and congregated at the windows. 

 •Ditto the rooms. Very plain, with spare furnishings and rather tasteless, spare decor. The view from our oceanfront room was beautiful but marred by dirty windows and dirty patio chairs.

 •We tried out two rooms. Our first one was on the middle floor, but we were constantly assailed by the noise from upstairs. The walls and ceiling were SO THIN that footsteps sounded like great clacking clomps, and we could even make out individual words in what people above us were saying. When we moved to the top floor, it was better but we could still hear the people below us. 

•The showers were different in each room we stayed in, and both showers were totally inadequate and bizarre. The first one had a pathetic "rain" head mounted near the ceiling, with such bad water pressure that you could hardly rinse the soap off. The second one was this strange contraption where you got sprays from three different levels, none of which really washed you. And the shower stalls were designed such that you could not prevent over-spray outside the stall; our floors were a soppy-toweled mess most of the time. 

•The dining room menu choices were limited and the food was pretty inconsistent, closer to three-star than five-star dining. The “evening special” was ALWAYS tagliatelle — they just changed out the meat in it (one night, beef tagliatelle; the next night, shrimp tagliatelle; then back to beef, etc.) 

•At every single meal (AM and PM), the server would first clarify very firmly what the rules were: you could have THREE items off the menu with your paid package; ANYTHING else (including drinks and gratuities) you paid for yourself. After we heard this speech day after day, we felt like we were in a retirement home. 

 •The same small staff took care of every job. On a given day, we’d see our kayak guide doing maintenance, the front-desk clerk hostessing at the restaurant, the owner helping in the kitchen. This isn’t bad in and of itself, but everyone seemed to be trying to pretend that this place was bigger than it was and that you hadn’t just seen them doing two other jobs. I mentioned it once to a staff member rather lightheartedly (“hello again! didn’t I just see you serving drinks on the patio?”), and she literally didn’t even respond! It was like Fawlty Towers. 

•Most of the staff seemed like they were dialing it in. They were chilly but with fake smiles. The one big exception was the housekeeper, who was genuinely warm and helpful.) Other than her, though, we both got the distinct impression that the staff were burned out on tourists. I think our boatman on our Princess Louisa Inlet tour was very skilled, but he was so unfriendly that I was intimidated and didn't ask many questions.

 •The sad, down-at-the-heels place had us disenchanted, and when thick wildfire smoke settled in, we just decided to cut our losses and leave two days early. When I told the front desk clerk this -- very nicely, I have to say -- she seemed apathetic at best and made a point of reminding me that I had paid in full in advance and it was nonrefundable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful location not quite matched by staff

Sep 30, 2018 MaungeTout Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom

Isolated location with no cell coverage (just perfect!) making for a very relaxing stay. Lodge is well fitted and spacious but not with the promised view I was hoping - there was no view to speak of. Staff unable to resolve wi-fi issues, this was not fixed during stay, which was frustrating when trying to plan areas to visit but found own… Read more
Isolated location with no cell coverage (just perfect!) making for a very relaxing stay. Lodge is well fitted and spacious but not with the promised view I was hoping - there was no view to speak of. Staff unable to resolve wi-fi issues, this was not fixed during stay, which was frustrating when trying to plan areas to visit but found own workaround. Was suggested to book dinner as nearest restaurant was 30-40 minutes away, following day it was found no more than 10 minutes away(!), dinner was understaffed and meal was overpriced so ventured elsewhere on the second evening. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mixed feelings about WCWL

Sep 23, 2018 245ronl

It is with mixed feelings that we are submitting this review on a recent stay at WCWL. Last we visited this place was in 2008 when our group haphazardly passed by the hotel after an afternoon hike at the nearby Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park. With an amazing view looking out from the WCWL open deck, it was love at first sight. Ten years… Read more
It is with mixed feelings that we are submitting this review on a recent stay at WCWL. Last we visited this place was in 2008 when our group haphazardly passed by the hotel after an afternoon hike at the nearby Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park. With an amazing view looking out from the WCWL open deck, it was love at first sight. Ten years later, we made a point to return with much anticipation to experience it in a more upclose and personal fashion, only to bring home lasting memories of its downside. Despite of the premium room charges we didn't mind paying (everywhere else would have jacked up the price for a long weekend at Sunshine Coast), the facility itself looked a bit worn out and boarding was similar to rustic lodges in a national park. Obviously the place was understaffed - greeters we met at the front desk would be found working at the Inlets restaurant right behind; rooms were not made available at their set 3:30 pm check-in time, and little to none was done by housekeeping to refresh those rooms from one guest's stay to another. All in all, it is unfortunate that the operator did not try harder to invest in the upkeep of this beautiful lodge and its people. We'd all want to come back here for its unbeatable location. Read less