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Tofino and Vancouver Island

Nature that goes down a storm

The awesome power of the Pacific. Trees that reach up to scrape the sky. An ultimately challenging surf beach. Tofino and Clayoquot Sound. Wild bears, bald eagles, humpback whales. This is nature at its most impressive. Standing on a beach near Tofino, watching the mighty Pacific Ocean rear up from the horizon and crash repeatedly onto the shore could well be the defining moment of your holiday. The raw power of the sea is unleashed in a stunning display of uncontrollable energy, noise and furious movement – small wonder storm-watching is one of the major attractions for visitors to Tofino, and the waves on Long Beach are fabled amongst the world’s surfers. But storms are not the only moments of natural wonder to be experienced along Vancouver Island’s west coast. You’re hardly likely to forget watching black bears foraging along the fjords of Clayoquot Sound. Or sitting in an open, rigid-hulled Zodiac boat whilst a great grey or humpback whale bursts through the surface of the sea. You can also watch orcas and sea lions, see grizzlies, visit hot springs and walk a 2 km boardwalk trail through beautiful rainforest.

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Nimmo Bay Resort, Port McNeill Tofino and Vancouver Island

Watching grizzly bears playing in a sunlit meadow? Going salmon fishing by helicopter? Seeing your first whale? What will be your most abiding memory of Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort?

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Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Tofino Tofino and Vancouver Island

The wilderness of Vancouver Island is spread out beneath you. Vast blue lakes sparkle, contrasting with the dense green of boundless pine forests. The snow-capped peaks of great mountains reach up towards …

Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino Tofino and Vancouver Island

First opened in 1996, Wickaninnish Inn has a well-earned reputation for its warm hospitality, elegant accommodation and enticing menu of outdoor experiences. Guests are perfectly positioned for exploring the Pacific Rim National Park and Clayoquot Sound, …

Glen Lyon Inn, Vancouver Island Tofino and Vancouver Island

When you talk about the great outdoors on Vancouver Island, the emphasis is on great. Make the Glenn Lyon Inn – one of the most revered on the entire island – the place to stay on your …

Knight Inlet Lodge, Campbell River Tofino and Vancouver Island

British Columbia is one of the prime spots in the world for seeing wild bears, and at Knight Inlet, you’ll be able to observe them up close as they feed along the Glendale River. …


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