Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino, Vancouver Island

The hotel

Suspended on a rugged bluff, Wickaninnish Inn is hugged by the dramatic Pacific, old-growth forests, and Chesterman Beach. It makes for show stopping views – with every room looking out over the wild ocean or wind-sculpted sands. They even give you binoculars for surfer-spotting as you cosy up around your room’s fireplace, with its carved mantelpiece by local artist Henry Nolla. Natural driftwood, cedar, fir, and stone feature throughout the inn – from the lobby, with its gripping views of Chesterman Beach through 20 foot high windows, to The Pointe Restaurant, where the 240 degree views of the pounding Pacific surf, Pacific Northwest menu, and renowned wine collection all vie for top billing. Returning from whale watching, beach walks, or sea kayaking, you can relax over hot chocolate at Driftwood Café, cocktails at On the Rocks, or yoga at Ancient Cedars Spa.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Set beside Chesterman Beach, with direct access on to the sands, this inn sits on the wild and rugged west of Vancouver Island, 2.5 miles from Tofino.

Hotel information

75 rooms and suites. All with ocean or beach view, balcony, gas fireplace, 40ˈˈ Samsung flatscreen TV, DVD player, WiFi*, radio with iPod docking station, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, binoculars, iron and board. Blankets provided in winter, and backpack, beach blanket, and towels provided in summer. Pointe South Deluxe Rooms have ocean views over the spa’s patio and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

 

 

Pointe West Deluxe Rooms face Secret Cove with 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Beach Deluxe Rooms have rainforest framed views of the ocean and Chesterman Beach with 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

The Pointe Restaurant (Pacific Northwest menu with locally sourced ingredients, open for brunch and dinner, reservations before arrival recommended), Driftwood Café (snack and small plates menu, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and On the Rocks Lounge (international menu, with one of BC’s largest selections of single malt scotches, open for lunch and dinner). Room service* (7:30am-9:00pm). Sandy beach. Ancient Cedars Spa* (with steam room and treatments* including esthetics, Hatha Yoga, and Thalassotherapy, reservations before arrival recommended). Fitness room. Bicycles (adult and children’s, seasonal and subject to availability). Hiking trail. Lookout Library (with books, puzzles, and binoculars). Henry Nolla Art Gallery. Carving Shed (showcasing local artisans’ work). WickKids games and activities (with scavenger hunt, in-room movie night set-up, beach toys, board games, books, and puzzles). WiFi. Concierge. Gift Gallery. Airport shuttle service (on request). Babysitting* (complimentary while dining at The Pointe Restaurant; subject to availability). Valet parking* (payable locally and subject to change).

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ataraxia…..

Jan 5, 2020 956MikeH956 London, United Kingdom

…..is the paradigm at the Wickaninnish Inn. This is partially caused by the difficulty in getting there – nothing is worth having if it comes too easily. It is also caused by the location and the weather, so if you like remoteness it is greatly helpful and if, in the winter, you like it wet, that helps as well. The wet comes as mist, fog, drizzle,… Read more
…..is the paradigm at the Wickaninnish Inn. This is partially caused by the difficulty in getting there – nothing is worth having if it comes too easily. It is also caused by the location and the weather, so if you like remoteness it is greatly helpful and if, in the winter, you like it wet, that helps as well. The wet comes as mist, fog, drizzle, light rain, rain, heavy rain, torrential rain and everything in between and beyond. The staff are the best kind, friendly but unobtrusive, thoughtful and discreet. The café and restaurant are well-staffed and well-stocked and though the décor has been described as rustic, it is hardly unsophisticated, merely appropriate use of local materials that are weathering well and fondly cared for. I’m struggling here to find any note of criticism, helpful or otherwise, so I had better just leave it at that……thank you so much for yet another wonderfully wet visit. Read less
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Dec 31, 2019 DUMBASS1957

we stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and it was awesome. the food in the restaurant was incredible. views at the hotel also incredible. well worth the time/cost to drive to tofino while on vancouver island. went whale watching. went bear watching. overall experience was great. highly recommend.
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Dec 30, 2019 westcoastwoodworker

Our family has been to Tofino almost very year. The “Wick” is the best of the best. In November (2019) I needed some time to myself, and took my cocker spaniel to the “Wick” for 3 days. The weather was better than I expected (although I was prepared for storms) and I (with my dog) spent 6 - 8 hours each day on the SPECTACULAR beach. The rooms… Read more
Our family has been to Tofino almost very year. The “Wick” is the best of the best. In November (2019) I needed some time to myself, and took my cocker spaniel to the “Wick” for 3 days. The weather was better than I expected (although I was prepared for storms) and I (with my dog) spent 6 - 8 hours each day on the SPECTACULAR beach. The rooms are sublime and the dining room is EXCEPTIONAL. If you want the “best of the best” in Tofino, stay at the Wickaninnish Inn. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The BEST in so many ways

Dec 26, 2019 Patti4709 Port Townsend, Washington

We planned this trip in August, sitting in a room at Seattle Cancer Care, deciding that after such an insane year we would need a respite and a friend told me about the Christmas package at the Wickaninnish Inn. We booked it then and are just experiencing it now. Wonderful hotel; excellent food; and amazing views. We have not explored the area at… Read more
We planned this trip in August, sitting in a room at Seattle Cancer Care, deciding that after such an insane year we would need a respite and a friend told me about the Christmas package at the Wickaninnish Inn. We booked it then and are just experiencing it now. Wonderful hotel; excellent food; and amazing views. We have not explored the area at all because we spend most of our day sitting in big chairs looking out at the ocean. We do take long walks too even in the rain and the spa is lovely for a massage. But it is the hotel and its staff that shine. The package came with a live tree and ornaments to decorate it with and a stocking filled with gifts and brunch every day and special drinks and a very delicious dinner. We will try to come again maybe in a different season. If you have the chance put this on a bucket list and plan on relaxing Read less
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Dec 20, 2019 Edkateman

Overall very good, but disappointed with children and babies in the dining room in the evening. A hotel at this level, and cost, should not expect diners to have to put up with crying babies and kids running around at 9 pm