Long Beach Lodge Resort
1441 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, B.C.
The Pitch Just 15 minutes outside of the town of Tofino, Long Beach Lodge has a high-end casual vibe — you won’t look out of place in your Gore-Tex and hiking boots, but you can still expect fine food, a plush duvet to snuggle under at night, and an ocean view that you won’t easily forget. For accommodations, there are 21 two-bedroom rainforest cottages on site. Although set back from the beach, they are perfect for families or large groups: All have full kitchens, hot tubs, gas fireplace and patios. Alternatively, you can stay in one of the property’s 41 lodge rooms, which range from standard to deluxe beachfront, as well as two penthouse suites— most of which have full or partial ocean views.
At the heart of this post-and-beam inn is its Great Room. Part lounge, part restaurant, its massive floor-to-ceiling windows draw you into the majestic beauty of Cox Bay. You can sink into a leather armchair by the large stone fireplace, or reserve a window seat for dinner with only a pane of glass to separate you from the mysteries of water and sky. The Lodge’s menu focuses on local and sustainable food. Fish and seafood are the big draw here: When I visited, pan-seared tuna, locally caught salmon, B.C. beach oysters and herb butter poached prawns were on the menu.
Outdoor activities are plentiful here. The Lodge offers marine adventure tours, which can involve whale or bear watching, or viewings of sea otters, sea lions, puffins and other wildlife. And of course, Tofino’s incredible waves are a surfer’s paradise. Long Beach Lodge’s onsite surf school makes it easy to grab a coffee and granola in the morning before donning a wet suit and heading into the water. Instructors offer 2.5-hour private or group surfing classes that end with a soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub and sauna. You can also take a stand-up paddleboarding lesson or simply rent equipment to tackle the waves on your own.
What We Love Tofino is about being in the wild west, and with massive windows in the aptly named Great Room, guests become one with nature. Indoors, much of the furniture is made from Douglas Fir. And guests are encouraged to appreciate the sometimes darkening skies. Storm tourism is a big attraction in Tofino, and all rooms are stocked with umbrellas and raincoats in the closets.
Don’t Miss Ah, cocktails. Whether you’re staying at Long Beach Lodge or simply passing through Tofino, stop by the Great Room between 3 and 6 p.m. for the hotel’s $6 ginger beer and Champagne cocktails. With names like Don’t Turn Your Back on the Sea (gin, Aperol, Pacific Ocean, cucumber and lime cordial, soda) and Where Eagles Dare (bourbon, macadamia nut liqueur, pineapple, cream of coconut, black Hawaiian salt), these concoctions are as playful as they are delicious.
Rooms from $169 in low season and $299 in high season