Brand: baillie-lodges
Star Rating: five-star
location: vancouver-island

Some 30 minutes by boat from Tofino, or 20 miles as the eagle flies, rests a premier eco-safari destination called Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. The resort is open annually from mid May to the end of September only and offers all inclusive adventures of 3, 4 or 7 nights.

Inspired by the late 19th century Great Camps, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort promises the perfect pairing of soft adventure and soft beds – a delicious blend of childhood wishes and grown-up dreams.

Situated at the mouth of the Bedwell River, where it spills into a nine-mile-long fjord, an enclave of 20 great white canvas tents, massage and treatment tents, dining tents, lounge tents and a massive timber cookhouse peek out shyly from the dense bush. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers a discreet paradox of individual pampering and remote, untamed wilderness.

While it is hard to imagine a more intimate destination than the intensely romantic Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, the resort has become a recurring favourite for families.

Resort accommodations, food and beverage programmes, activities and adventures and conservancy programmes offer something for all ages and inclinations. Couples, grandparents, school-age children, teens – regardless of experience – find their ideal programme of custom-designed fun and adventure at the resort.

The months of May and September are perfect for couples, while the summer months might better suit high-energy family gatherings.

Location and Transfers

Situated at the mouth of the Bedwell River on the west coast of Vancouver Island, 1 hour from Vancouver International Airport by seaplane. (Baggage Restrictions Apply)


Deluxe Outpost Tents (8) – the “original” Outpost deluxe guest tents are roomy, great white canvas prospector-style quarters built on discreetly-situated raised wooden platforms. Tents are connected by cedar boardwalks, and are hidden under a canopy of the rainforest along the water’s edge or perched “Swiss Family Robinson style” amongst the hillside trees.
All 8 Deluxe tents offer a choice of one queen or two single Adirondak-style beds with lush down duvets or the Deluxe Family Tents offer 1 Queen Sized bed, plus a Queen Sized Day Bed. Private Composting Environmental toilets are located just outside of each tent and a private shower in the nearby shower house is dedicated for each Deluxe Tent’s personal use. Thermostat controlled propane wood stoves, antique dressers and tea tables, opulent rugs, oil lamps, heirloom china and silver accessories, and an abundance of candles complete the offering

Luxury Ensuite Bathroom Tents (12) – Great white canvas prospector-style tents furnished with King Sized bed, Queen Sized Day Bed, Full luxury Ensuite Bathroom with in-floor heating, flush toilet and a beautiful large indoor/outdoor shower with double showerheads. Ensuite Tents will sleep up to a family of 5 with smaller children sharing with Mum and Dad or other guardian.
Thermostat controlled propane wood stoves, antique dressers and tea tables, opulent rugs, oil lamps, heirloom china and silver accessories, and an abundance of candles complete the offering


Clayoquot Wilderness Resort’s opening and long time Chef, Timothy May set about creating a unique identity for the Resort’s cuisine. As the Resort started out on a floating barge, with a kitchen the size of a pantry station, he knew he needed a unique vision to help it grow.

Tim May and the current Executive Chef, Ryan Orr say the standards set by Vancouver Island farmers can easily compare to the best produce Europe has to offer. Thus, “Modern Natural Cuisine” pays tribute to their skills, and the incredible array of local ingredients at their fingertips.

Facilities and Activities

Games Tent – a plush turn-of-the-century collection of dark polished woods, beautiful fabrics and burnished leather, reference the iconic Gentlemen’s Clubs of old. Here, guests lose themselves in the arts of conversation and low-tech competition
Library Tent – belying its presentation as an overstuffed country house reading room, the library lounge is in fact an ultra-modern satellite-internet café

In-Room Amenities:

Deserving Thyme skin and body care products
Plush terry cotton robes
Exercise sandals/slippers
Plush cotton towels
Earthenware spring water cooler
Clothes hangers & luggage rack
Facial tissue
Electrical outlets
Insect repellent
Air horn (for emergencies)
Butane lighter (for candles & lamps)
Flashlight (in case of generator failure)
Classic books
Stationery, postcards, resort guide
Wildlife directory
Hair Dryers are available for guest use in the shower building areas

Resort Amenities:

Rain gear – slickers, overalls, boots – for all ages
Western style riding boots, chaps and helmets for all ages
Whale watching suits (survival-rated) for all ages
State-of-the-art fresh and salt water fishing gear and vessels
Mountain bikes and helmets for all ages
Adventure gear
Flotation devices and life jackets for all ages
Full fleet of power and paddle vessels
Designated children’s activity area, games, programmes
Experienced, first-aid-trained wilderness guides
Other Facilities:
A certain number of complimentary massages
Daily complimentary yoga classes
Complimentary sauna and hot tub use

Daily wilderness activities are highly personalized and customized based on each guest’s experience level, willingness and desires. This means no “signing up” for particular activities in advance and the ability to choose what you want to do each day.
Every evening the Activities Directors will sit with you personally and design your adventures for the next day depending on weather, tidal charts, animal sightings and your willingness to go wild!

As Clayoquot specializes in remote experiences, guests may choose to be taken to a pristine and secluded beach to learn how to surf, have a First Nations guide escort them on a day long hike to the “Wild Side” interpretive trail and Flores Island, take on a mountain fed rushing river in a kayak, or experience a gentler ocean kayak cruise to private inlets and hidden coves.

Please call for further information and options.

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