Destination

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is named for Clayoquot Sound, a vast, 62-mile (100km) wide inlet of the Pacific Ocean on which it is located. The sound is made up of a series of remote inlets, private bays and small islands surrounded by pristine, old-growth conifer forest. An ancient landscape carved by the ocean, the west coast of Vancouver Island is richly biodiverse. Untouched by time, the coastal ecosystem has evolved freely and now plays host to thousands of species of flora and fauna. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is set at the doorstep of this precious wilderness, and is rewarded with direct and exclusive access to one of nature’s great amphitheatres. How do I get there?

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is situated on the traditional territory of the Ahousaht First Nation and we operate within the Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht and Hesquiaht territories in Clayoquot Sound. We acknowledge the lands on which we stand and we honour those who have been and remain stewards of this land.

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Clayoquot Sound was designated as a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve in 2000. A diverse range of ecosystems exists within the reserve, ranging from temperate coastal rainforest and old growth conifer forest to oceans and rocky coastal shores. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is located at the very centre of the reserve, at the northeast end of a seven mile-long (11km) deep water fjord at Bedwell Sound – part of Clayoquot Sound – at the mouth of the Bedwell River.

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Unforgettable encounters

Adventures abound in the wildly diverse natural playground at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge with seemingly endless options from exhilarating heli-flights and remote hiking to rewarding wildlife-spotting and yoga. The experiences on offer at Clayoquot promise an unforgettable journey of shared discovery and memory-making with those who matter most.

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Canyoning

A short paddle from the suspension bridge reaches a glacier-fed waterfall channel, with access to some wonderful hidden waterholes. Here, guests have the chance to swim, float and explore the crystal-clear waters and see fish swimming below the surface.

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Sights of the Sound

This half-day adventure is an action-packed marine excursion that tours Clayoquot Sound’s vast ocean expanses and estuary reserves in search of the region’s wildlife superstars: whales and bears.

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Glacial Immersion

Guests are invited to practice mindfulness and stillness in a cold-water immersion in the pristine Bedwell River, flowing through different modalities to realign the spirit, mind and body connection.

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Heli Fly Fishing

Clayoquot’s heli fly fishing adventure takes fly fishing to new heights, reaching remote, secret fishing spots accessible only by helicopter, with tips and tricks shared by expert angler guides.

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Watersports

Clayoquot Sound is a wonderful playground for marine activities where guests can try their hand at a raft of paddling adventures, from canoes and kayaks to stand up paddle boards.

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Hiking

A wide variety of trails for hiking, nature walking and trail running are on offer at Clayoquot, ranging from one hour to full-day excursions complete with a gourmet packed lunch.

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Ursus Return

Explore the heart of Clayoquot Sound taking in the sights of the Ursus Valley trail on foot, then ditch the hiking boots and enjoy the return leg of the journey in style.

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Rock Climbing

A challenging skill and concentration-boosting experience, guided rock climbing is available for adventurers of all ages and stages on a dedicated climbing wall looking out over Bedwell Sound.

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Sip to Sky

Perfect for a special occasion, the decadent Sip to Sky heli experience takes in Clayoquot Sound’s natural highlights whilst enjoying sky-high signature drinks and charcuterie.

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Archery

A four-stall archery range is set up in the meadows in the valley behind the lodge, a perfect spot to hone skills and take in some practise shots before opting for a more competitive game.

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West Coast Fishing

A fun ocean fishing experience, guests take a guided tour around Clayoquot Sound and cast a line to see what's biting, perhaps a Halibut or wild Lingcod. Be sure to keep a look out for prawns and crabs too.

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A cultural
legacy

Clayoquot derives from ‘Tla-o-qui-aht,’ the largest community of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation peoples who have lived around the sound for more than 2000 years. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is located in the First Nations territory of Ahousaht. Since 1995, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge and the Nuu-chah-nulth have fostered a friendship-based partnership built on a mutual desire to honour, celebrate, protect and educate guests about the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

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Prolific wildlife

Prolific wildlife

Clayoquot Sound’s protected ecosystem comprising temperate rainforest, lakes, rivers and alpine peaks provides habitats for a vast array of species, many of which are endangered or rare. Temperate rainforest makes up a majority of the Biosphere Reserve’s land component and is dominated by large trees including the Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar, while around 300 animal species include the American black bear, cougar, American mink and grey wolf. The sound is home to grey whales, orcas, humpback whales and porpoises as well as the California sea lion.

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Local flavors

Clayoquot Sound’s pristine natural environment also produces a bounty of seafood and edible wild and harvested plants, fruits and vegetables. Local produce that appears regularly on the menu at the Clayoquot Cookhouse include fresh fish, crabs and scallops, foraged wild mushrooms, turnips and radishes, cabbage and berries. Local wild and sustainably produced ingredients feature in a dining experience that offers a taste of Vancouver Island’s natural beauty. Read about our Dining Philosophy.

Vancouver Island Seasons

The temperate rainforests that dominate the landscape and ecosystem at Clayoquot Sound also drive the weather systems. While the region generally receives good rains that sustain its forests, in summertime the conditions are warm and quite dry, ideal for marine sports and outdoor activities and making summer and shoulder months an ideal time to visit. The temperate rainforests that dominate the landscape and ecosystem at Clayoquot Sound also drive the weather systems. In summertime, the conditions are warm and dry, ideal for marine sports and outdoor activities and making summer and shoulder months an ideal time to visit.

Winter

Winter

(DECEMBER – FEBRUARY)

The lodge is closed for winter. Winters on 'The Wet Coast' are temperate, and if snow falls it doesn’t stay long. The winds pick up to produce bigger swell with more power and storm watching is one of the top things to do. Fun winter festivals in Tofino keep spirits high and bring everyone together.
Daytime temperatures range from 1-8°C (33-46 F) in Winter.

Spring

Spring

(MARCH – MAY)

As the weather warms up during spring, the lodge opens and summer activities begin in earnest from May onwards. The laziest of the black bears awaken from the winter’s hibernation and can be spotted along the coastline feasting on the first wild berries of the season.
Daytime temperatures range from 7-14°C (44-57 F) in Spring.

Summer

Summer

(JUNE – AUGUST)

Summer is in full swing with warm temperatures during the day and comfortable cooler temperatures overnight. Whale migration is at its peak along the coastline. Summer is driest of all four seasons, making it an ideal time to explore.
Daytime temperatures range from 11-19°C (51-66 F) in Summer.

Fall

Fall

(SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER)

Temperatures gradually begin to fall and surf swell around the coast increases. The salmon begin their run up the Bedwell River and the many black bears find their den for the winter and the lodge winds down in September for winter closure.
Daytime temperatures range from 9-17°C (48-62 F) in Fall.

Getting there

The easiest and quickest way to travel to Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is to fly to Vancouver, British Columbia and connect with a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight directly to the lodge dock on the Bedwell Sound.

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  • Seaplane

    Arrival by scenic seaplane flight is the most popular, conveniently and generally spectacular means of transport to and from Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge. Clayoquot Reservations can assist with both flights and airport transfers.

    Clayoquot works with Richmond Seair Seaplanes as preferred operator, which offers service on 5, 7 or 9-seater single engine planes departing Vancouver Airport’s South River Terminal, 4640 Inglis Dr, Richmond, BC V7B 1W4. Guests are advised to land at Vancouver Airport by 12 noon for the 15-minute self-transfer to the Seair Terminal. Check-in is at 2.00pm for 3.00pm departure on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving at the lodge 45 to 60 minutes from departure.

    Return flights from the lodge are at 4.00pm on your departure date.

    Seaplanes transfers are a shared travel service and you may be joined by other guests. Guests may opt for private charter seaplane flights direct to the lodge dock.

    Recommended baggage limit is 40lb (18kilos) per person.

    2024 season seaplane transfers cost CAD $780 per person, each way.

  • Boat

    Guests can choose to boat in on Clayoquot’s own 12-seater vessel, The Norwester for the 35-minute passage from Tofino, 634 Campbell St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0. Check in is at 2.45pm for a 3.00pm departure on Thursdays and Sundays. Complimentary car parking can be coordinated by our reservations team, who arrange a valet service at Tofino Resort and Marina. Boat transfers cost CAD $280 per person, each way. Boat transfers are a shared travel service and you may be joined by other guests.

    The return journey has guests arriving back at 3.00pm to Tofino, 634 Campbell St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0.

  • Essential information

    Travelling by seaplane

    Standard vehicle transfers operate from Vancouver International Terminal to the Richmond Seair departure lounge at South River Terminal to meet scheduled seaplane departures. Rates for the 15 minute transfer are CAD$20 per person.

    Self-drive directions from Vancouver Airport to South River Terminal (located at 4640 Inglis Dr, Richmond, BC V7B 1W4):

    · Follow the Grant McConachie Highway.
    · Turn right onto Russ Baker Way.
    · Turn right onto Inglis Drive (McDonald’s Restaurant on the left).
    · Important: do not turn right at the first airport road south.
    · Follow the road (river to the left) to the Seair Seaplanes terminal on the water’s edge.

    Travelling by boat from Tofino

    Vehicle – Guest Parking is available at no additional cost. Guests are asked to arrive at the Tofino Resort and Marina (located at 634 Campbell St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0) for a 3pm departure. A valet parking service is available.

    Flight – Guests flying into Tofino Airport are asked to advise Clayoquot Guest Services of their arrival time. Guests are advised to land by 12pm ahead of the 20-minute road transfer to Tofino Resort and Marina for check in at 02.45pm. The lodge team can assist in arranging transportation from the airport to Tofino Resort and Marina. Transfer costs with local providers will depend on the number of guests and luggage.

    Hotel – Guests departing a Tofino hotel prior to their arrival at the lodge are asked to advise Clayoquot reservations team who can assist in arranging transportation from the hotel to the Tofino Resort and Marina. Transfer costs with local providers will depend on the number of guests and luggage.

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Lodge

Wild luxury

Gloriously remote and set in one of Canada’s wildest and most astounding natural settings, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge offers guests an unforgettable experience of Vancouver Island, where the landscape and wildlife combine in an enchanting adventure.

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Dine

Local flavors

Cuisine is fine, luxurious, and comforting - rooted in sustainable ingredients, sourced, foraged, and harvested almost entirely from Clayoquot Sound and Vancouver Island, and delivered daily to the Vancouver Island resort by boat.

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Spa

Heaven sent

The Healing Grounds Spa offers a menu of rejuvenating treatments including hot stone massage and toning facials, yoga, sound healing and forest bathing.

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