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Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

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Romantically remote, this tented safari camp feels as far-flung as you can get – but remote doesn’t have to mean rustic. In fact, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is so luxurious it’s been added to the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection, thanks to touches like the sustainable fine dining, waterfront cocktail lounge, and Healing Grounds Spa. Arriving by horse-drawn wagon (after a scenic boat journey), you’ll witness a timeless scene that transports you to the turn-of-the-century, with the white canvas of its luxury prospector-style tents dotted around the untamed wilderness, and featuring antique furnishings and cast-iron woodstoves. Working with the Ahousaht First Nation, the bespoke eco-safari adventures include kayaking, horse riding, surfing, yoga, and unforgettable wildlife-watching safaris.

Itinerary

LOCATION:

Located on Canada's Pacific Coast on Vancouver Island. The lodge can be accessed by Seair Seaplane from Vancouver, boat transfers to Tofino or a combination of both.

FACILITIES:

  • The Cookhouse with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Ivanhoe Glass Lounge with rooftop lounge, overlooking the Bedwell River
  • Healing Grounds Spa
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Games tent
  • Activity and billiards tent
  • Two outdoor lounges

ROOMS:

25 luxury tents, each with ensuite bathroom, heated floors, private outdoor shower and 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofa bed. Deluxe Tents have a bathroom in a seperate outdoor unit, 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofa bed.

Day 1: Arrive Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Upon arrival by boat, enjoy a Champagne welcome reception and orientation. After touring the resort and settling in to your tented accommodation, meet with the Activities Coordinator to plan your adventures for the following days. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail in the Ivanhoe Glass Lounge, followed by a delicious dinner prepared with fresh, local ingredients. After dinner, roast s’mores on the campfire and watch millions of stars appear in the ink-black sky. Retreat back to your warm and cosy tent for a beautiful night’s rest. Overnight at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in a Deluxe En-suite Tent. (D)

Days 2–3/4:

Begin your day with a guided meditation or slow flow yoga class to indulge the mind, body and soul. Enjoy a hearty breakfast featuring favourite dishes like the Clayoquot salmon benedict, blueberry buckwheat pancakes and famous huevos rancheros tortizza. After breakfast, meet with your wilderness guide and head out for the day’s adventures. Regardless of how long you're staying, you'll enjoy a fascinating selection of activities using the most sophisticated, modern equipment. Choose from hiking, trail running, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, surfing, archery, stand up paddle boarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, yoga and meditation. A highlight is the “Walk the Wildside” tour, which includes wildlife viewing via Zodiac and an interpretive hike on neighboring Flores island. Enjoy lunch in the Cookhouse or take a packed gourmet lunch for the trail. Close out your day of adventure with a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Healing Grounds Spa, and a tasty dinner in one of the private dining tents. (B/L/D)

Day 4/5: Depart Clayoquot Wildnerness Resort

After breakfast, partake in your final selected half-day adventure or spa treatment before enjoying one last lunch in the Cookhouse. The horse drawn wagon will transport you to the resort dock for your boat transfer. (B/L)

Meals:
B- breakfast
L- lunch
D- dinner

Please note: this is a set tour itinerary. If you have booked any pre/post or optional arrangements, please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents. Pre/post stay accommodation can be arranged in Vancouver or Tofino.

Please note: legal waivers must be signed upon arrival.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

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Tour information

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For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.

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