Long Beach Lodge Resort
(877-844-7873) is a deluxe vacation resort, located in front of the sandy beach at Cox Bay. The lodge has units in its main building, or visitors can choose self-contained 2-bedroom cottages with hot tubs. The resort operates an on-site surf school and has surfing equipment rentals. A complimentary continental breakfast is served. Dining in the Great Room is quite an adventure, with fantastic views of Cox Bay and nearby mountains. The Great Room is a large combination dining room, bar, and living room. Other amenities include a fitness center, laundry, and covered outside BBQ area ($$ to $$$).
The Wickaninnish Inn
(250-725-3100 or 800-333-4604) is a popular hotel on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a deluxe resort with fine dining, easy access to a practically private beach, and great service – a Relais & Chateaux property located on Chesterman Beach, just south of Tofino. It’s open year-round except for the month of January. The Point Restaurant is noted for its West Coast cuisine, and their Ancient Cedars Spa is the place for relaxation and tuning up. The hotel has 75 rooms and suites with fireplaces, soaker tubs, and private balconies ($$$).
Other suggested places to stay in Tofino include the Pacific Sands Beach Resort (250-725-3322) at 1421 Pacific Rim Highway. Here you’ll find housekeeping cottages and motel units near Pacific Rim Park, with a 9-hole golf course nearby ($$).
Orca Lodge, on the highway 4 km south of town near the park (250-725-3344) has rooms with private bath, restaurant and lounge, and fishing packages ($$).
Crystal Cove Beach Resort, 3 km south of town (250-725-4213), has self-contained log cottages ($$) and a campground with hookups, showers, shaded and open sites on and away from the beach. Mackenzie Beach Resort (250-725-3439), 2 km from town at 1101 Pacific Rim Highway on Mackenzie Beach, features one- & two-bedroom log housekeeping cottages, indoor pool ($$), and 16 campsites.
Duffin Cove Resort Motel, in town on the water (250-725-3448 or 888-629-2903) has standard motel units and cabins with laundry, near stores and restaurants ($$). Maquinna Lodge, 120 First St. in the town center (250-725-3261), is an older hotel that has a dining room and lounge, cold beer & wine store; fishing charters can be arranged ($).
The West Coast Motel (250-726-7732), on the main street overlooking the harbor has sleeping and housekeeping rooms and suites with one or two bedrooms, some rooms with whirlpool, indoor pool, sauna, squash court, restaurant ($ to $$).
Canadian Princess Resort (250-598-3366 or 1-800-663-7090) is a docked ship with staterooms plus on-shore units, dining room and lounge. Fishing charters can be arranged in advance. The resort opens for the summer season on June 11, 2011 ($$ to $$$).
Pacific Rim Bed and Breakfast and Cabins (2465 Pacific Rim Highway, 250-726-2112) has three guest rooms in the B&B home and also offers private, well-equipped one-bedroom cabins. Two beaches are close by ($$ to $$$).
Clayoquot Retreat B&B, at 120 Arnet Road, Ucluelet (250-725-3305) has three guest rooms, one with a hot tub; two have garden access. This is a very scenic spot right on the water. All rooms have private baths, and the B&B provides a full breakfast. There’s a seaside whirlpool hot tub for soaking and sightseeing ($$).
Camping Outside the Park
Go to the Long Beach Camping page for campground information.
In Tofino: Bella Pacifica Campground on Mackenzie Beach (250- 725-3400) has RV hookups, tent sites, three washroom buildings with flush toilets and showers, and laundry. Open for the season on February 13, 2011.
Crystal Cove Beach Resort, five miles from Tofino, includes an RV Park (250-725-4213) with serviced sites in the woods close to MacKenzie Beach. Amenities include free hot coffee in the mornings, free showers, free firewood, free WiFi, a book exchange and video library. The RV park is set beside lawns and flower gardens. There’s a minimum of three nights in peak season (summer).