Experience

Located at the heart of Vancouver Island’s natural wild-west playground, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge sits in the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve and offers a full itinerary of extraordinary nature-based adventures. Guests have direct access to 600-acres of gloriously wild nature reserve where opportunities for adventure, education, natural enrichment and personal connection abound. Experiences span equestrian, marine-based, land-based, helicopter and fishing adventures and are orchestrated professional guides utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. View and download our experiences fact sheet here.

 

Sample itineraries

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary experience of Vancouver Island’s grand wilderness and guests are presented with a personalised itinerary on arrival which may be tailored to preference. Daily adventures include the lodge’s Signature Experiences, most of which are offered on a private basis with a personal guide.

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary experience of Vancouver Island’s grand wilderness, revealing pristine nature, offering unforgettable wildlife encounters and delivering exceptional dining to create an enriching connection with this remote outpost. Guests are presented with a personalised itinerary on arrival which may be tailored to preference

  • Three Night Bedwell Explorer

    This sample itinerary represents an indicative experience over three nights. Many factors influence the activities experience, including length of stay, pre-booked activities and weather conditions. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be choreographed by our team and your itinerary customised to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island.

    Day 1 - Welcome 1

    Day 1 Welcome

    Arrive at Clayoquot in a horse-drawn wagon. Let the incredible location and beautiful landscape inspire your first impression of your new home in the wild, followed by a glass of champagne and a tour of the facilities.

    CWR Waterfront Deluxe Exterior

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Explore your new home by foot or bike, and familiarise yourself with the Outpost and facilities. Soak up the twilight views of the ocean, crystal clear river and glacier carved valley.

    Day 1 Night

    Day 1 Night

    Dine tonight in The Cookhouse, styled as a gold rush era general store and drink in mesmerising views of Clayoquot Sound through floor to ceiling glass windows as Chef Asher and his team prepare contemporary coastal cuisine.

    Day 2 Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    After breakfast, embark on a sights of the sound adventure for unforgettable whale and bear watching experience. Catch a glimpse of orcas, otters, seals and even coastal wolves if you’re lucky!

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    After a day of adventures in the wilderness, unwind with a treatment at the Healing Grounds Spa. Take time out in the wood-fired sauna or red cedar hot tubs on the over-water deck.

    Day 2 Night

    Day 2 Night

    After a dinner of premium local produce, venture outdoors to enjoy fine company and s’mores around the fire, reflecting on the day under a glittering canopy of stars in the inky night sky.

    Day 3 Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    Early risers can opt for sunrise yoga or soothing river-side meditation session, while those seeking a adrenalin-fix can race against the guides on a trail run. Be sure to save some energy for a guided ocean kayak, canoe, or paddle board before lunch.

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    After a delicious lunch in The Cookhouse, grab a hat and a pack and take to the many hiking trails. The popular hike to Penny Falls waterfall includes a swim in the cool crystal clear pools if you dare.

    Day 3 Evening

    Day 3 Evening

    Enjoy sunset drinks by the outdoor fire, before moving to a charming candlelit private dining tent. Choose your poison in the Ivanhoe lounge post-dinner, and let the lodge bartender shake or stir your final evening to your taste.

    Day 4 Morning

    Day 4 Morning

    This morning, get fitted out and match with a horse from the stables. Set out on one of the many horseback riding trails for an unforgettable experience of Clayoquot Sound in the spirit in which it was intended.

    Day 4 Farewell

    Day 4 Farewell

    Savour a farewell lunch prepared by Chef Asher and his team as you drink in the panoramic views. The horse drawn carriage awaits for transport to the dock and bid you farewell, until next time.

     

  • Four Night West Coast Escape

    This sample itinerary represents an indicative experience over four nights. Many factors influence the activities experience, including length of stay, pre-booked activities and weather conditions. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be choreographed by our team and your itinerary customised to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island.

    Day 1 Welcome

    Day 1 Welcome

    Arrive at Clayoquot in a horse-drawn wagon. Let the incredible location and beautiful landscape inspire your first impression of your new home in the wild, followed by a glass of champagne and a tour of the facilities.

    Day 1 Night

    Day 1 Night

    Dine tonight in The Cookhouse, styled as a gold rush era general store and drink in mesmerising views of Clayoquot Sound through floor to ceiling glass windows as Chef Asher and his team prepare contemporary coastal cuisine.

    Day 2 Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    This morning take a leisurely cruise around Clayoquot Sound in a fishing boat, exploring hidden bays and encountering marine wildlife along the way. Try your hand at trawling for prawns and jigging for Rock Cod.

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    After lunch, treat your party to a bespoke heli-adventure, choosing from the many special interest offers. Perhaps a Sip to Sky, with a Champagne toast to incredible days spent together at Clayoquot on high.

    Day 2 Night

    Day 2 Night

    After a dinner of premium local produce, venture outdoors to enjoy fine company and s’mores around the fire, reflecting on the day under a glittering canopy of stars in the inky night sky.

    Day 3 Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    Early risers can opt for a sunrise yoga or soothing river-side meditation session, while those seeking a adrenalin-fix can race against the guides on a trail run, or take a mountain bike for a guided forest ride.

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    After a day of adventures in the wilderness, unwind with a treatment at the Healing Grounds Spa. Take time out in the wood-fired sauna or red cedar hot tubs on the over-water deck.

    Day 3 Evening

    Day 3 Evening

    This evening enjoy twilight on the water from the comfort of the lounge. Pick your poison in the Ivanhoe lounge post-dinner, and let our specialty bartenders shake or stir up a few stories as you reminisce on your daily adventures.

    Day 4 Morning

    Day 4 Morning

    After breakfast, embark on the full-day signature Walk the Wild Side adventure for unforgettable whale and bear watching, a wilderness hike and lunch in the wild. Catch a glimpse of orcas, otters and seals along the way.

    Day 4 Afternoon

    Day 4 Afternoon

    Take a kayak or canoe for a late afternoon paddle up the estuary just in time to see the sun set. Or dive in to our fan-favourite canyoning!

    Day 4 Night

    Day 4 Night

    Pull up a stool at the bar where everyone knows your name and explore a menu of premium wines, local beers and small-batch spirits crafted into cocktails. Enjoy dinner at the coalface with all the theatre of an open kitchen as Chef Asher and his team wrangle local produce to unforgettable cuisine.

    Day 5 Morning

    Day 5 Morning

    After breakfast and optional morning yoga, grab a hat and a pack and take to the many hiking trails. The popular hike to Penny Falls waterfall includes a swim in the cool crystal clear pools if you dare.

    Day 5 Farewell

    Day 5 Farewell

    Savour a farewell lunch prepared by Chef Asher and his team as you drink in the panoramic views. The horse drawn carriage awaits for transport to the dock and bid you farewell, until next time.

     

  • Seven Night Clayoquot Classic

    This sample itinerary represents an indicative experience over seven nights. Many factors influence the activities experience, including length of stay, pre-booked activities and weather conditions. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be choreographed by our team and your itinerary customised to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island.

    Day 1 Welcome

    Day 1 - Welcome

    Arrive at Clayoquot in a horse-drawn wagon. Let the incredible location and beautiful landscape inspire your first impression of your new home in the wild, followed by a glass of champagne and a tour of the facilities.

    Day 1 Night

    Day 1 Night

    Dine tonight in The Cookhouse, styled as a gold rush era general store and drink in mesmerising views of Clayoquot Sound through floor to ceiling glass windows as Chef Asher and his team prepare contemporary coastal cuisine.

    Day 2 Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    After breakfast, embark on the full-day signature Walk the Wild Side adventure for unforgettable whale and bear watching, a wilderness hike and lunch in the wild. Catch a glimpse of orcas, otters and seals along the way.

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    After a day of adventures in the wilderness, unwind with a treatment at the Healing Grounds Spa. Take time out in the wood-fired sauna or red cedar hot tubs on the over-water deck.

    Day 2 Evening

    Day 2 Evening

    This evening enjoy twilight on the water from the comfort of the lounge. Pick your poison in the Ivanhoe lounge post-dinner, and let our specialty bartenders shake or stir up a few stories as you reminisce on your daily adventures.

    1 Rock Climbing

    Day 3 Morning

    The choice is yours, will it be a hiking or biking adventure, or why not try rock climbing closer to the ground at the resort’s open air climbing wall.

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    After lunch, get fitted out and match with a horse from the stables. Set out on one of the many horseback riding trails for an unforgettable experience of Clayoquot Sound in the spirit in which it was intended.

    Day 3 Night

    Day 3 Night

    After a dinner of premium local produce, venture outdoors to enjoy fine company and s’mores around the fire, reflecting on the day under a glittering canopy of stars in the inky night sky.

    Day 4 Morning

    Day 4 Morning

    Enjoy a delicious lunch in The Cookhouse, then grab a hat and a pack and take to the many hiking trails. The popular hike to Penny Falls waterfall includes a swim in the cool crystal clear pools if you dare.

    Day 4 Afternoon

    Day 4 Afternoon

    Challenge yourself or your loved ones at the archery facility with traditional recurve bows. Or for the not so sharp shooter, play a game of Disc Golf on Clayoquot’s newly added course ‘The Backcountry 9’.

    1-Sip'n Scenic

    Day 4 Evening

    Enjoy a sunset drink with a view and a quiet reflection on the day before dining on a decadent menu of local produce, from just-caught seafood to free range chicken, duck an beef. Save room for dessert!

    Day 5 Morning

    Day 5 Morning

    Following early morning yoga or a trail run, try your skill at fly-fishing Clayoquot’s lakes. This meditative practice embraces the still spirit of the sound.

    Day 5 Afternoon

    Day 5 Afternoon

    For a challenge of a different kind, Clayoquot’s 250 year old Sitka fir tree sports a canopy-level viewing platform, allowing guests a climb to the top for panoramic views through the canopy to the sound beyond. Have fun rappelling back down to earth!

    Day 5 Night

    Day 5 Night

    Choose a private dining tent for this evening’s dinner, welcoming in the sounds of the night-time ocean and valley – with its resident wildlife. After dinner, try a dip in a hot tub, with a glittering tapestry of stars above.

    Day 6 Morning

    Day 6 Morning

    Early risers can opt for a sunrise yoga or soothing river-side meditation session, while those seeking a adrenalin-fix can race against the guides on a trail run. Be sure to save some energy for a guided ocean kayak, canoe, or paddle board before lunch.

    Day 6 Afternoon

    Day 6 Afternoon

    Take a bike, a helmet and a sense of adventure and head out on one of Clayoquot’s many bike trails – some through forests or along the riverside – with varying skill levels required. For thrill-seekers, take the single downhill mountain trails.

    Day 6 Evening

    Day 6 Evening

    Tonight, opt for Chef Asher’s decadent degustation dinner, a celebration of the fresh, sustainable produce of Clayoquot brought to the plate by the deft hands and imagination of the kitchen team. Enjoy matched wines from Canada and overseas.

    Day 7 Morning

    Day 7 Morning

    This morning take a leisurely cruise around Clayoquot Sounds inlet and out onto the deep blue, exploring hidden bays and encountering marine wildlife along the way. Try your hand at fishing if you’re feeling lucky!

    Day 7 Afternoon

    Day 7 Afternoon

    After a day of adventures in the wilderness, unwind with a treatment at the Healing Grounds Spa. Take time out in the wood-fired sauna or red cedar hot tubs on the over-water deck.

    Day 7 Night

    Day 7 Night

    Pull up a stool at the bar where everyone knows your name and explore a menu of premium wines, local beers and small-batch spirits crafted into cocktails. Enjoy dinner at the coalface with all the theatre of an open kitchen as Chef Asher and his team sculpt local produce to unforgettable cuisine.

    Day 8 Morning

    Day 8 Morning

    For your last morning at Clayoquot, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and drink in views of the sound. It’s a morning best spent doing favourite activities: canyoning, rock climbing, river paddling or horseback riding.

    Day 8 Farewell

    Day 8 Farewell

    Savour a farewell lunch prepared by Chef Asher and his team as you drink in the panoramic views. The horse drawn carriage awaits for transport to the dock and bid you farewell, until next time.

     

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Destination

Vancouver Island Seasons

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.

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Lodge

Our committment to the environment

A dynamic environmental management plan featuring cutting edge technologies steers lodge operations and ultimately enhances each guest's experience.

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Destination

How do I get there?

The easiest and quickest way to travel to the lodge is to fly to Vancouver, British Columbia followed by a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight directly to the lodge dock.

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