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Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

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1 Clayoquot, British Columbia V0R 2Z0 Canada
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#11 of 18 hotels in Clayoquot Sound
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Vancouver Island’s celebrated luxury outpost Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge skirts the banks of its namesake ocean inlet, Clayoquot Sound and offers an escape to the still, tranquil beauty of Canada’s remote wilderness. Set among magnificent conifer forests, the lodge offers guests an unforgettable experience of the landscape and its wildlife. Adventure-filled days are bolstered by local produce-driven, sustainable dining, fine wines and the chance to unwind in generously appointed guest quarters. Twenty-five canvas tents designed with contemporary interiors complement local artisan-designed pieces to offer a decadent retreat.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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1 Clayoquot, British Columbia V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Vanessa K wrote a review Aug 2021
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Traveled here in August with a combo of commercial seaplane and resort boat transfer from Vancouver > Tofino > Resort. Upfront, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is EXPENSIVE. Possibly the most costly in Canada. On the days we visited, due to Covid restrictions, the guests were mostly Canadians. As Canadians, far-flung holidays once every year are comparative in price as visiting the resort. Given this is our travel style, and we hadn't been away for almost two years, we had the cash saved to afford it. It is worth it to spend the money abroad on something local instead; if local is Clayoquot. Now what do you get for the cost of "moderately-priced sedan"? Everything is included and delivered by staff who are devotees to their craft; be it from the culinary team, to the guides, to the captains (boating experience in the Arctic). Even housekeeping adds touches to the experience; like coming back from a locally-inspired forage-fresh 5 star dinner and the fireplace is lit and there are hot water bottles in the beds for a nice and toasty night in. Beds are heavenly, which we greatly appreciated for a reason. The resort loves to pack in active itineraries and will absolutely run people into the ground with their extensive and custom offerings. The heli experiences weren't available at the time, and there was no lack of wanting for it. The view, the sumptuous food, fabulous mixology, the restorative spa... this was still an active holiday. The cost value is ultimately based on their included activities: fishing, hiking, horse back riding, the sight seeing boat trips, and the exhilarating experience they call "canyoning" (which is an insane activity of paddle boarding, rocking climbing, and swimming up rapids, followed by floating down a glacially-fed river in a cozy wet suit). There are plenty more (archery, shooting, rappelling, paintball, etc) , and it's a case of asking the coordinator what fits best. With the exception of the sight seeing experiences out in the Sound, all activities are personally curtailed and include an assigned guide for your party only. Equipment is provided for every activity variant, including if you'd like a private picnic on your hike, which was one of the experiences we requested and was readily and enthusiastically accommodated for. The resort itself is a fantastic operation, relatively self-sufficient with an emphasis on respecting the Bedwell River Valley and restoring it following the mining and logging that was done to it prior to being proclaimed a protected biosphere. Their personal goal is revitalizing the salmon grounds, emphasis on nurturing salmon fry and protecting the ecosystem meant to sustain them. Many of the wood structures within the resort are crafted and sourced locally from deadwood (natural tree fall); included on property is a mill. While attempting to be as self-sufficient as possible with a mill, water-treatment facility, forage food + local gardens, the tents are opulent and they even have wi-fi (5mb) when the nearest town/city is a 35-minute boat ride away. It's glamping without the sacrifices, unless one desires cell service and TV. Wouldn't recommend the resort for individuals looking for a chill vacation. The pampering is amazing, and every amenity is modern. However, if you're afraid of bugs (don't get the tents with outdoor showers if you're terrified of spiders like me. Lots of shrieking later...), don't enjoy nature, or are adverse to moving, it's a lot of money to spend on a spectacular view which other resorts in the area do provide. Still would come back for the food, and just the food alone, though looking forward to when the restrictions lift to do the beach combing experience.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Lowest and highest numbered water view tents have the best views
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Responded Sep 19, 2021
Dear Vanessa, Thank you for your incredibly comprehensive review. Your kind appraisal of our staff, setting, dining and spa offerings is very generous, and it’s a pleasure to hear we hit the mark for what we’re sure was a much longed-for vacation. It sounds like you also enjoyed our extensive range of personally guided experiences – a flop and drop destination Clayoquot is not! Such a beautiful natural location needs the absolute lightest footprint, and we’re glad our passion for sustainability shines through to the guest experience. As you say, a stay at Clayoquot is ‘glamping without the sacrifices’, and we appreciate your sharing such a genuine and thoughtful summary of your visit (bugs and all!). Best wishes, and we hope to welcome you again! Team Clayoquot
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Dr_MarcTorontoCanada wrote a review Jul 2021
Toronto Canada6 contributions3 helpful votes
After the toll this pandemic had on all of us, we searched for a Canadian destination where we could reenergize with ultimate peace and beautiful nature. We found Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge. Our first time "glamping". But not the last. We flew there from Vancouver, a quick 1 hour flight from the Vancouver airport. We were welcomed by Manager Extraordinaire Sarah, along with her equestrians and 2 magnificent horses and carriage. A very pleasant 10-min ride to the resort. And after a short distance on the road, you then face the estuary/delta of the Bedwell river, a magnificent view backed by snow-topped mountains. Perfect postal card picture. We stayed 4 days. The tented accommodations were impeccably clean as one see in those fancy "desert glamping". Full glamping inside; elegant, peaceful, private. Large bedroom with enough seating for 4; a private section with 2 sinks and an enclosed toilet, and a separate outdoor private shower. They have various tented areas, ours were the last too up one of the few long narrow bays (stream-like) that would fill up and empty down with the tides, twice a day. SUPER private and calm. For us to be close to the water was important, and so was quietness and privacy. But we had a 10-12-min super pleasant walk to do to reach the main lodge, over an elevated and lit beautiful wooden path, within the rainforest. Some rooms were along a quiet bay of the estuary like ours, some in the middle of the rainforest, some had a view on the wider and vast bay of the Bedwell sound. This place is mostly "off-the-grid". We did have Wifi in the rooms, although slow. We knew about this and our goal was to really disconnect from my busy plastic surgical practice. No wifi in the main eating space - a very good thing too. We were not distracted by the internet, texting, etc. A true intimate experience. We were there last week, early July and the nights were fresh. We had a gas-heater looking like a fireplace - quite romantic, that worked on a thermostat through the night. No A/C but it was not required at all during our stay. Outdoor yet private shower. Such a beautiful way to wake up in the morning, with the luscious rainforest cedar tree scent around you. A wonderful experience for me. No safety box in the room but they do offer this service at the main lodge. We had no issue leaving all our stuff in the tents. I was prepared with bugs spray - and it is offered in the rooms too - but did not have to use once. Tons of activities, for adults and children. The horseback-riding was truly a wonderful surprise. First time for my young daughter who now adores this activity - so much she is asking for a horse now (you were right Paula). hahaha! parents, be warned! The horseback-riding sessions took us through streams, valleys, and the wonderful rainforest. Multiple hiking trails are offered, some close, some needing the lodge's transportation by car/truck. Most hikes (one can be done safely alone but with a bear "noise-maker honking device") are with one of the many wonderful and knowledgeable guides as the forest does have cougars and black bears; we were fortunate to see 3 gentle black bears (at a distance) in our 4-day trip as this was the berry season in this part of the world. The guides can be quiet if you prefer and can teach you tons of stuff if interested. The canoeing and kayaking were wonderful too. You could chose the many "branches" of the estuary for an intimate promenade, including all the way to the last tents at high tides, or in the wider bay of the Bedwell sound. Exquisite, peaceful and spiritual, along eagles and a variety of ducks. Very "Canadian"! We did the boat trip that took us all the way to the Pacific Ocean and Tofino. The wonderful guides know of the locations where it is most likely to see wildlife. We were fortunate to see a mother Grey Whale and her juvenile swimming 2-3 meters from us - what an experience for all off us, kids and parents. We saw also countless seals and otters, and over 25 American Bald eagles too. I adore hiking and did 3 beautiful hikes, one was easy enough to bring my daughter with us to a wonderful fall, seeing valleys, small plains, numerous streams, and luscious rainforest. There is a fun but somewhat difficult/challenging cable-climbing to the top of a magnificent sitka tree - not for the faint of us I must say - yet my young daughter did it with zero fear, putting her papa to shame hahaha. The food was excellent with a great selection every day; fresh fish, seafood, and all kinds of meats. Breakfasts were very varied too and fresh. The chef is super fun and very present during the stay, and dynamic and welcomes culinary requests from guests. The chef made a special dinner/menu for my family as one of us was celebrating a birthday. They offer exquisite BC wines but also have a good selection of international wines, chosen by wine expert Paula. The restaurant staff is truly wonderful and friendly and from many cultural backgrounds. Food, beverages and most activities are included in the pricing, including a visit to their spa, so there is no need to carry money with you on your daily activities. It is stress-free. What I will remember the most is still the genuinety, friendliness and passion everyone at Clayaquot shares about Nature and Nature Protection... and about your experience with them at Clayoquot. The staff is quite wonderful with young children and the team is always teaching us, children and adults. After 4 days, we felt we got to know most staff/guides and that they got to know us too. I've learned so much about trees, ferns, culturally-modified cedars, nursing logs, logging, First Nations customs, all kinds of salmons, what is being done to help restoring the salmon population, etc. In concluding, there was even a slight melancholy in us when we left as we truly felt welcomed and "home" for 4 days, yet we know we will be back. As we were departing in the float plane for our next destination up the coast, as a last goodbye, a black bear was seen not too far, looking at us from a safe distance. Magical. Highly recommended. Dr Marc DuPéré, Toronto
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Baillie Lodges, Owner at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge
Responded Jul 14, 2021
Dear Marc and family, Thank you for taking the time to write such a superbly detailed review of your stay. It captures the Clayoquot experience perfectly! We love hearing that you enjoyed the comforts of your tented sleeping quarters complete with a private, cedar-scented outdoor shower (such an evocative description!) and that we’ve found the right balance between seclusion and luxury. Likewise your praise of our decision not to provide wifi service in the restaurant ensuring the focus is very much in the moment. As a result, everything is amplified - the flavors of Chef Asher’s exceptional cuisine, the ever-changing conditions on the Sound and most importantly the conversation happening around the dining table. There is always a lot to talk about when at the lodge! The lodge was founded to showcase the wilderness surrounds in a manner that really engages with all ages and interests. How lovely it is to hear from a passionate hiker that you enjoyed the quality and diversity of our trails and that you could share the activity with your daughter. Our team is adept at choreographing an itinerary to our guests’ interests, and it sounds you were certainly kept busy with the hiking, Zodiac wildlife watching tour, kayaking, tree climb, horse riding and more. We couldn’t agree more – it’s our people that really elevate the guest experience and it’s not an accident that we’re blessed with nature, sustainability, and outdoor enthusiasts across all departments. We’re thrilled to hear their genuine love for Clayoquot Sound was felt by you and your family. It’s kind words like yours that make all of the effort worth it Marc and the team are greatly humbled by your testimony. As to your daughter’s wish to now have a horse, we’re sorry about that! Please rest assured there will always be one saddled here waiting for her return! Sincerely, Team Clayoquot
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Haley T wrote a review Jul 2021
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Forget Disneyland, It’s quite possible this is the most magical place on earth. We just returned from our 4 night stay in Clayoquot Sound and we have never been more sad to come home. From start to finish everything was out of this world. We have been fortunate to travel to many places, but CWL is the most special. To the person below who commented on the price (without actually even being there) I can assure you it was worth every penny and then some. We were able to experience paddle boarding down estuaries, hiking to glacial waterfalls, paintball, heli hiking to a beautiful alpine lake for cliff jumping and a picnic, horse back riding, the spa, biking, whale watching and fishing. Every experience was 10/10 for both the kids and adults! The food was another highlight of the trip! Asher is an incredible chef. As someone with many food allergies, I often find dining out difficult. Not only was Asher totally accommodating, but he made me delicious alternatives. Sarah, you have put together an incredible team. The staff were somehow able to make this trip even better. Every single person we encountered were so friendly and kind, and so great with the kids. Everyone there is bonded by their love of nature, and you can feel how much they love this special place. We can’t wait to return. Thank you for the trip of a life time!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jul 20, 2021
Dear Haley, Wow! Your opening comment is one of the best ever - thank you! Many hands are involved in delivering the Clayoquot experience and to read your heart-warming review about your 'trip of a lifetime' is the ultimate reward for us. We will be sure to keep the magic alive for you and your family until we see you again. Best wishes, Team Clayoquot
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Karen S wrote a review Jun 2021
Campbell River, Canada6 contributions4 helpful votes
This was a most unique, fun splurge, taking us to a serene, pristine wilderness and putting us in touch with fantastic people who kept us safe during thrilling adventures and taught us so much about the land. Spectacular food by chef Asher Blackford. Epic!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Baillie Lodges, Owner at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge
Responded Jun 23, 2021
Dear Karen, Thank you for your wonderful review. As one of our first guests in the 2021 season it means the world to us to receive such praise, amplified by your being a fellow Vancouver Island resident. We're incredibly humbled share our home here in the Bedwell with our neighbors and to create unforgettable memories in your own 'backyard'! Chef Asher and his culinary team have elevated the dining experience to a whole new level this season with their delicious dishes championing local and regional produce. They make sure you don't go hungry! Thank you also for highlighting the warmth and knowledge of our our talented guides. We agree, they are pretty fantastic! We hope to see you again one day - for now, welcome to the Baillie Lodges family! Best wishes, Team Clayoquot
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Debra G wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions3 helpful votes
We recently stayed at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and had an amazing vacation. We can’t say enough about the staff and Management of this resort. From the enthusiastic guides, to the excellent restaurant staff, housekeeping (yes they do your laundry daily), organizational staff and management, they exemplify 5 star service. While other high end hotels boast great service, this property’s employees are genuine and accommodating beyond expectations. The location is beautiful and serene. One can really check out of reality and decompress (no tv, newspapers, keys, money needed). Wifi is available in your tent which is handy but don’t use it if you really want to disconnect. There are so many activities and ways to relax you could easily stay a week without getting bored. Bradley was a wonderful host and the dogs on property enhanced the home-like feel. We highly recommend this property and look forward to returning!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Bradley G, General Manager at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge
Responded Oct 9, 2019
Dear Debra G, It was such a joy to read your review! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We're so happy to hear you had an amazing vacation and that the staff (and dogs!) exceeded your expectations and made you feel right at home. And we're glad to hear you were able to unplug and decompress. It is one of the most beautiful environments in the world to do so! Again, thank you so much for this wonderful feedback and cheers to a blissful winter season! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Sincerely, Bradley and Antonella, General Managers
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, a fireplace, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and a sauna during their stay.
Does Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.