The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. In a day, you can witness grizzlies fishing for salmon, come face to face with a majestic moose and watch a breaching humpback whale off the coast. For wildlife photographers, the dramatic landscapes of Canada provide the ultimate setting whilst nature lovers are bound to be blown away by the diverse flora and fauna that awaits around every corner.
Canada’s landscapes are primed for a hiking adventure and its many thousands of trails are fit for any age and ability. Whether it be heli-hiking in the mountains, or a gentle stroll around one of its many alpine lakes, no matter your fitness or walking preferences, there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
Canada’s formidable scenery is primed for discovery on four wheels. Roads skirt majestic mountain passes, shimmering blue lakes and endless wilderness making for a journey you and your loved ones will never forget. Whether its that of a sparkling ocean, a lush pine forest, a thundering waterfall, a craggy peak or a gurgling stream, there is a postcard perfect view awaiting at every turn in the road.
The soaring mountains and thick forests of inland British Columbia are a thrilling wilderness where hikers roam through flower-filled meadows and grizzly bears fish for salmon, but venturing to the coast provides just as much fun and adventure. Our specialists have handpicked their favourite ways to spend their days in Coastal BC.
A pristine wilderness on a scale difficult to imagine, Canada’s glaciated Rocky Mountains are a true adventure playground with a huge range of activities on offer. From hiking to horse-riding and of course wildlife spotting, there is no end of things to do. Here’s our lowdown on the top ten ways to spend your days in this grand region, which spans the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia...
Long Beach Lodge
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Beach, Hideaway, Spectacular scenery
Long Beach Lodge is a stylish beach lodge magnificently set between rainforest and ocean near Tofino on Vancouver Island. Great for families and couples, friendly Long Beach Lodge is perfect for surfing, beachcombing, adventures and wildlife encounters.
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Just south of the pretty village of Tofino on Vancouver Island’s wild western coast, Long Beach Lodge has a magnificent natural setting on Cox Bay, right on the beach between old-growth rainforest and the pounding Pacific surf. It’s a fantastic spot from which to appreciate the raw wild beauty all around and enjoy superlative nature viewing and surfing. The feel is classy but informal, and the service is friendly and professional. Superb meals featuring seasonal local produce are served in the rather fabulous Great Room, while the SandBar Bistro is Tofino's ultimate outdoor beach bar, where you can get pulled pork sliders, beers and cocktails (do let us know if you come across a better sunset view).
Accommodation is either in one of the 41 rooms and suites in the main lodge, many of which have sensational ocean views, or if you prefer a little more privacy or want to self-cater, you can opt for one of Long Beach Lodge’s twenty huge two-bedroom cottages (fantastic for families) which are set among the forest and a short stroll from the beach and the main lodge. These come with separate living and dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen and hot tub. Both the lodge rooms and the cottages come with handcrafted wooden furniture, incredibly comfortable beds, oversized soaking tubs, all the connectivity you need, and the obligatory waterproof raincoats and umbrellas - it does unfortunately rain a bit here, you know.
If you’re in Tofino for adventure, Long Beach Lodge is the perfect spot to come, and the only resort with its own on-site surf shop and adventure centre. The Surf Club is renowned as the best in the area, and anyone from six years and up can learn to surf with the cheerful, helpful instructors. Alternatively go sea kayaking or on an adventure cruise and explore the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, looking out for grey whales, humpbacks and orcas. The beach walks here are some of the best you’ll ever do, while inland trails lead through the old-growth rainforest of Pacific Rim National Park – keep an eye out for banana slugs and tons and tons of moss. Charming Tofino, with its arts and crafts shops, cafés and restaurants, is just ten minutes’ drive away.
When to go
The winter months in Tofino are mild and very wet, while summers are warm and relatively dry. The location smack on the ocean means temperatures are moderated by the sea and are rarely very hot or very cold. While the late summer months are best for wildlife viewing, coming off-season and watching a Pacific storm come in is certainly very exhilarating.
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Things to do
Coastal Bear Watch
This tour features black bears and explores the fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound. During the winter, local black bears are in semi-hibernation. Please note: departure times are based on daily tides and may vary slightly. The tour lasts 2.5 hours.
Whale Watching in Tofino
This tour takes you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you could encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Great Bear Rainforest, Port Hardy, Vancouver
Experience British Columbia’s iconic wildlife on this magnificent trip which includes world-class whale viewing on Vancouver Island, thrilling floatplane adventures and a stay at the spectacular Great Bear Lodge.