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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Clayoquot Sound
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 13, 2012

This is a beautiful and remote village that is all about you, and what you want to do. There are so many great activities and also great staff and great food. One on one and personalized service make this retreat amazing. When you get back from your activity you can relax in one of your beautiful tent rooms and listen to the river. Really an amazing resort.

Room Tip: Go for the deluxe tents, or any of the ones with bathrooms. They are well worth it versus leaving yo...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed our trip so much 2 years ago that we are going again next summer! The setting was spectacular, food and wine was delicious, activities were varied and so much fun, and the service was terrific. I would highly recommend Clayoquot.

Room Tip: They now have en suite rooms. Look forward to experiencing that this June.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Imagine, arriving in a float plane “Fantasy Island” style, reminiscent of the 70’s TV show with Ricardo Montalbon greeting you with the famous line; “Welcome to Fantasy Island!” But instead of a suave Spaniard, you are greeted by a down to earth, attractive, couple in their 50’s dressed in stylish blue jeans and cowboy hats. John and Adel Caton, meet your plane at a deserted dock in a remote part of Clayoquot Sound, with a warm smile and firm hand shake. Accompanied by the their staff, you are then loaded onto a horse drawn rig, where you follow a gravel road along the islands shore to a beautiful waterside campsite, with camp dogs running in tow, barking to announce your arrival. You are quickly deposited at an outdoor living room, complete with red velvet couches, chairs and blazing majestic rock fireplace, where champagne cocktails and fresh sushi appetizers await. John then gives his welcome speech and gives you the lay of the land (including copious warnings about bears and not keeping food in your tents). Yes, you are in a very remote part of BC Canada, and wild animals are abound.

The camp is expertly designed with beautiful canvas tents joined by cedar wood walkways intertwined through a big cedar forest opening to the lovely Clayoquot Sound. It’s like an upscale camping safari – but western style. Our tent was complete with unimaginable creature comforts including a big 4-poster king size bed, soft bamboo sheets with down feather pillows, a leather couch, wood flooring, antique rungs, antique armour, as well as electricity and a gas lit stove. We also had an attached bathroom with ambient lighting, heated floors and outdoor shower with high-end Grohe rain shower fixtures. Our nephews stayed in a double tent just as lovely, but smaller and no attached bath. Their facilities although unattached, also every nice, are free standing and within short walking distance to their tent.

This experience actually has a name, it’s called “Glamping” short for glamour camping. I discovered this new trend, after meeting an upscale travel agent on a trip to Utah a few years ago. The idea is, you get a very authentic outdoor camping experience in one of the world’s most beautiful and remote areas, while still having a most exceptional luxury experience. I’ve stayed at many 5-star hotels (Mandarin, Aman, Four Seasons), and this place is right up there! Important to note, it’s not stuffy or snooty. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about everything from hiking, kayaking, fishing, shooting, boating, horse riding, mountain biking and more. This is the ultimate outdoor experience! They also have an exquisite spa area with outdoor cedar soaking tubs (overlooking the Clayoquot sound), and beautiful cedar spa cabins with excellent massage therapists. And more importantly, massages offered until 10PM, so you have time for dinner and a massage before bed. The staff makes it easy to get treatments, makes sure to schedule around any excursions may have planned during the day.

John and Adel have thought of everything to make you feel special. The meals are prepared by a gourmet chef, accompanied by attentive table service, as well as an experienced wine Sommelier. But be prepared, most of wines are Canadian (Canada is not friendly to wine imports). As experienced Canada travelers, we brought our own stash of wine to be served with our dinners and the staff were more than happy un cork the bottles. After dinner arrive home to your tent, to find turn down service with candles and oil lamps warmly lit to greet your arrival.

In the morning, you’ll awake to find a small cooler outside your door, filled with a freshly brewed coffee craft, cream sugar and coffee cups. At breakfast in the shore side dining room, you can order any array of gourmet breakfast choices from omelets, bacon, sausage, crapes, oatmeal, or have them pack a quick breakfast burrito for you to go. For your back pack, they have an abundance of candy, cookies and snack bars self serve. All excursions include pre packed lunches.

The excursions are very varied and your allowed to decide the night before what you want to do for the next day. John comes to your table during dinner, with clip board in hand, to schedule your next day’s activities. This is great, because if you change your mind, you can adjust your schedule as you go. We stayed for 5 days, and had every day packed full of adventures. The first morning we had an exciting whale watching boat ride into the pacific ocean. We then went to a nearby island where we took a “walk on the wild side” – accompanied by our knowledgeable guide (with a degree in environmental science) and his guide dogs Annie and Rango (a 4 month black lab in training). The days followed with riffle shooting, skeet shooting, paintball, whitewater kayaking and mountain biking. The excursions can be mild or very challenging, depending on your level of experience. We are very experienced hikers, and found some of the hikes are very challenging. But the whitewater kayaking was the most challenging and exhilarating excursion (yes its very cold and you will overturn in your kayak).

The camp is populated with over 19 dogs, all trained to guard the camp from bears and other critters, as well as accompany you on hikes and trail rides. If you’re lucky, you’ll actually witness the dogs chasing a bear through camp. We had the pleasure of hiking with 3 awesome dogs during our trip, as the guides are allowed to bring their dogs, if they are well trained and can get along with other camp dogs. These are the best of the best dogs (all different breeds), the Dog Whisperer would be proud!

Last year we had our first “glamping” experience at PawsUP near Missoula Montana. While we enjoyed that experience, Clayoquot is a far superior. PawsUp also has very nice accommodations (including first rate tents, beds, sheets etc.), in comparison lacks the warmth and special service touch of Clayoquot. PawsUp is run by a corporation, and thus feels a bit cold and undetached (we also encountered some disgruntled employees), while Clayoquot has proprietors who own and operate their camp, so they touch and feel the operation daily. All the employees we encountered at Clayoquot were professional, highly trained and happy to be there (many returning multiple seasons). Important to note, Clayoquot is much more expensive in comparison to PawsUP, but worth every penny!

Room Tip: I highly recomend the tent with attached bathroom, its expensive, but worth every penny!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

This is my first review, but was my fourth trip! Bedwell is sort of one of this magical places you almost don't want to tell anyone about for fear of it getting crowded and thus as a visitor having less of an experience. With the four year break between visit three and four, I found the place even more exceptional. The attentiveness and true caring of an awesome staff is one of those things you wish all resorts did, but don't. This trip I brought 4 teenagers and my friend who didn't think she could participate due to a health issue. They absolutely bent over backward for her..helping into a boat to go salmon fishing was the ultimate! The kids were everywhere doing all different things, together sometimes,part other times. As usual I had to qualms about their safety as guides look after everyone very very well. I felt the same security I did when mt son was ten and we first went there. One of our teenagers caught four salmon on two trips out..last one a 25 pounder! A whale beached right next to their boat! It always expecting the unexpected that adds to the adventure that is CWR! The new tents are perfect...I admit to not being excited about not having indoor plumbing...the new tents are aren't just that..it's a cedar bathroom w/heated floors, a door that opens to an "outdoor" private shower with 2 different shower heads...looking up at the stars through the rain forest. It simply doesn't get better than that! While some may be "put off" by the price...just add up all the adventures, top notch gourmet meals, drinks, 24/7 available snacks, top guide costs, boat rentals, equipment rentals, time to find all that stuff, horse rental..the list goes on....add it up and it actually would be more frustration and cost than the wilderness resort!!
I can go on, but you get the idea. Book early, as they are getting popular....yet, when it's full, with all the various activities it never ever seems crowded in any way.
One caveat. Although don't allow smoking in the tents or building, they did allow a group of German tourist to smoke in the common area, which means if you are a nonsmoker can't stand cigar smoke, the common area..where you sit around a wonderful outdoor fire and compare adventure stories with the other guest....was not available. To make things worse, the smoke would drift into the the lodge so we had to go to the very back to get away from it. The staff didn't look to happy about it, but of course, would necessary say anything.
Overall, on a scale of 10. This, despite the smoking policy that should be changed, is a 12+!

Room Tip: Kids love the older tents w/outdoor compost toilettes..but pay the extra for the new tents for the a...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

I hope the title got your attention, because this place really deserves it. The restaurant is indeed superb, particularly given the fact that it is 18 miles from the nearest paved road. And yes, some of the older tents have chemical toilets outside, but they are immaculate, and apparently good enough for Scarlett Johannsen who was married at Clayoquot in 2008. (It's not Clayoquot's fault that it didn't work out) If the restaurant were located in a metropolis, it would definitely be among the very best, and worth a special trip. The ingredients are mostly locally sourced, and expertly prepared. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about introducing diners to Clayoquot's collection of eye-opening British Columbia wines.

And the culinary experience is only a sideshow to the real heart of Clayoquot, the stunning Vancouver Island environment. Trees, trails, rivers, bays, mountains. Whales, seals, eagles, bears. You can ride a horse, hike, kayak, cruise the bay and the Pacific looking for whales or fishing in a Zodiac. Zipline, paintball, skeet shooting, mountain biking. And the spa is first-rate.

There was so much to do that it felt like we were there for more than four days, but at the same time, at the end of our last day we didn't want to leave.

John and Adele Caton have, along with their very special staff, created a wonderful place in a spectacular wilderness. It's pricey, but more than worth every cent you spend.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kathy M, Social Media and Marketing at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Hello Harrydog44 and what an enticing title you have there. Certainly got our attention! You have nailed Chef Orr's delectable dinning experience to a tee, well done! We strive to make everyone's experience here the best the will have and it sounds like we accomplished that here.
We hope that we will stay in your memories and that we will see you again in the future!

Until next time,

Kathy MacRae

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Reviewed September 27, 2011

The early morning sunshine is creating shadow patterns of the surrounding rainforest on the walls of our Prospector tent. We are snuggled in a king sized bed under a cozy down comforter. One of the neighbourhood black bears can be heard on the tidal flat below our porch turning over rocks looking for his morning breakfast.

This is no ordinary Prospector tent and this is no ordinary holiday.

My wife and I are nearing the end of 4 incredible days here at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. This special place is an enclave of remarkable luxury and outdoor adventure. Our time here has been a memorable blend of self-selected outdoor activities and quiet reflective moments. We have enjoyed the breathtaking scenery and the glass-flat water of the inside channels and the fiord that stretches toward the Pacific. We have fished for salmon and watched grey whales in the rolling waves at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. We have kayaked in the Bedwell River Estuary and around the Resort in the mist of a quiet early morning. We have experienced the silence, the mystic, cathedral-peace and the rugged beauty of the area’s old growth forest. We have been inspired by the passion and the commitment that the Resort staff have to their environment, the animal habitat they share and its sustainability. And in the midst of all this wilderness, we have been fueled by astounding 5 course meals of fresh, local seafood, meat and organic vegetables, creatively paired with an infinite variety of some of BC’s very remarkable wines. And, we’ve had meals “to go” that defy the traditional definition and contents of a “boxed lunch”.

The staff of the Resort has done so much to enhance our experience here. Personable and quietly attentive, nothing has been too much trouble and everything has been possible.

For my wife and I these wonderful days here at the Resort have been all about new experiences, a dramatic and refreshing change of pace, sharing some “alone time”, renewing our connection with the natural environment we enjoy and balancing some energetic outdoor activities with precious, reflective moments. The sum total of our memories will be as much emotional as they will be physical and as much about how we felt, as what we did.

Others have defined the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort with a three-word phrase “remote, refined, remarkable”. In that simplicity is the truth. This is a special place, we have had a very special experience and we are taking home a very unique collection of memories. To all of you who have made this possible and so uniquely special, THANK YOU! ……. beyond that we are speechless.

R and B "on the road"

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

If you have children, this is the vacation you all will enjoy! The thrills, memories and amazing photos will elicit conversations for years I'm sure. We all participated in activities together and individually, it was our choice. The salmon fishing was my sons’ favorite; catching a 32-pound trophy fish helps! My daughter loved the horseback riding through the old growth forests. The staff was organized, worked well together, and were more than accommodating to ensure this was an amazing adventure for our family. Thank you all at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Address: PO Box 130, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
#4 Romantic Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Clayoquot Wilderness Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Safari Style Tent Camp and adventure Resort located in the Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere. Rates are all inclusive including seaplane transfers to/from the Resort and Vancouver BC, accommodations in luxury tents, gourmet meals, all beverages including bar, and all personally guided adventure activities including Bear and Whale Watching, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, kayaking and much more. ... more   less 
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