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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, Great Bear Rainforest 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, …

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet Tofino and Vancouver Island

When the ocean is in a mood, it throws its inestimable power against the rock promontory upon which Black Rock Oceanfront Resort stands. It’s a classic natural scenario of intractable force meeting an immoveable …

Water’s Edge Suites, Vancouver Island Tofino and Vancouver Island

Whether you want to get away from it all, reconnect with nature or fill your days with adventures in the great outdoors, the Water’s Edge will not disappoint. The property sits on a serene …


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