Just seven kilometres south of downtown Tofino lies the Long Beach Lodge Resort. Backed by three hectares of rainforest, the lodge perches right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean on Cox Bay Beach.
This is a warm, welcoming resort to enjoy Vancouver Island’s wild West Coast. Choose a guestroom inside the lodge, some with views of the ocean, or a self-contained forest cottage with a private hot tub. Staff are friendly, and the ambience is cosy rather than flashy. Overstuffed armchairs and fireplaces invite you to snuggle up in a blanket and watch the sunset over the crashing surf.
Of course, it’s well worth getting outside and into the waves. The nearby Surf Club offers expert tuition as well as surf and paddleboard rental. Afterwards, rest weary muscles in the outdoor hot tub and sauna, or stretch limbs in a yoga class on the beach. There are other ways to immerse oneself in nature: from March to November, head out on a whale-watching boat trip or take a bear tour through the forest.
When stomachs start rumbling, the lodge’s restaurant serves up award-winning cuisine. Inspired by the West Coast, meals make use of local, sustainable ingredients including locally caught seafood and mushrooms foraged from the forest. In-room dining is available, and picnic lunches can be ordered and taken down to the beach.