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Wickaninnish Inn: Bucket-List Relais & Chateaux Luxury on Wild Vancouver Island

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What to Expect at Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
Wickaninnish Inn: Bucket-List Relais & Chateaux Luxury on Wild Vancouver Island

Wickaninnish Inn is breathtakingly set on Vancouver Island.

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Wickaninnish Inn is a celebrated luxury hotel in a pristine natural setting in British Columbia. It sits at the end of the road on the scenic coast of Vancouver Island, whose famously dramatic weather draws winter storm-watchers from all over.

Wickaninnish Inn was voted by Travel + Leisure readers as their #1 Canadian resrt in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It is a member of the ultra-prestigious Relais & Châteaux association.

The inn is owned by the visionary hotelier Charles McDiarmid, who built his hotel himself with help from local artisans and his father, a country doctor.

Wickaninnish Inn opened in 1996. The original building, The Pointe, houses a restaurant which affords spectacular views of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The hotel's ultra-modern Beach Annex was added in 2003.

Wickaninnish Inn offers luxury travelers:

  • A variety of packages and promotions
  • 75 stunning rooms and suites in sync with Vancouver Island's natural setting
  • Creative and delicious food arising from local ingredients and traditions
  • Excellent service, from check-in to checkout, from a young, multilingual, international staff
  • The lovely Ancient Cedars Spa
  • A nicely equipped fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Lookout Library, a guest lounge cum movie room
  • A pet-friendly policy and "Ruffing It" program

Location of Wickaninnish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn is located in Tofino, Canada, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. which Travel + Leisure readers voted as North America's Top Island. Tofino's setting, where woods meet roiling surf, is mesmerizingly beautiful. The inn is a picturesque five-hour drive from Victoria, or a short, equally scenic flight from the City of Vancouver.

Wickaninnish Inn guests can walk to:

  • The town of Tofino, which has many good restaurants and boutiques, a brisk-20 minute walk from the property. (The Inn offers complimentary bicycles for guests who don't wish to walk)
  • Chesterman Beach, adjacent to the hotel
  • Several hiking trails that meander around the coast
  • The Carving Shed, where much of the hotel's unique wooden furniture and decorative pieces were created by celebrated wood carver Henry Nolla and his team

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