Last Updated on May 26, 2024

Vancouver is one of my favorite cities. Ringed by forested mountains and glimmering waterways with suspension bridges over waterfalls, the fascinating Canadian destination offers miles of sandy beaches and a stunningly beautiful waterfront where cruise ships arrive and depart daily and float planes zip in and out of the harbor. Vancouver exemplifies the very best of the Pacific Northwest.

Though Vancouver is sophisticated, modern and hip, the locals are laid-back in a neighborly way. Urban paths and forest trails have been drawing cyclists to Vancouver for years, and many of its residents choose to bike to work.

The city’s not only clean, it’s green, and according to one of my tour guides when I visited, “Vancouver’s goal is to be the cleanest and greenest city in the world.”

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge Luxury Tent.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge Luxury Tent. Photo courtesy of Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Vancouver Island’s celebrated luxury outpost, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, skirts the banks of its namesake ocean inlet, Clayoquot Sound, offering an escape to the tranquil beauty of Canada’s wilderness. Accessible only by seaplane and boat, the journey to Clayoquot is symbolic of a departure from the everyday.

Set among magnificent conifer forests, the lodge offers guests an unforgettable experience of the landscape and its wildlife. Adventure-filled days are complimented by local produce-driven, sustainable dining, fine wines, and the perfect opportunity to unwind in generously appointed campaign-style guest tents.

Baillie Lodges’ Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Vancouver Island officially reopened for the 2024 season on May 23. New in 2024, the luxury eco-safari lodge welcomes guests with a brand-new, refined, farm-to-table menu from newly appointed Executive Chef Ben Godin.

Chef Godin is using his fresh approach to create a sensational menu featuring local produce. Drawing inspiration from the awe-inspiring wilderness of Vancouver Island, the chef delivers a heartfelt interpretation of the sights, scents and tastes of the region to each guest’s table. A keen forager, Chef Godin brings some of the region’s rarely sampled, hyper-local ingredients to the menu comprised of Foie Gras, Hakurei Turnip, Spruce Tip, Wombok, Fire Morel Mushrooms and more, offering guests a taste of the surrounding wild and pristine nature.

The Cookhouse restaurant has been redesigned with a stylish new look and feel and artwork sourced from a local Tofino art gallery, House of Himwitsa, paying homage to Clayoquot’s ties with the local First Nations community. With mesmerizing views of the Clayoquot Sound and surrounding wilderness, the new and improved Cookhouse invites guests to enjoy extravagant, fresh meals from other locally sourced ingredients such as Prairie Rancher Beef, Sable Fish and Spot Prawns and eclectic beverages from a wide selection of local British Columbia distillers.

The Cookhouse restaurant at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge.
The Cookhouse restaurant at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge. Photo courtesy of Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Sustainability Efforts

To further enhance the lodge’s conservation efforts, a new twist on sustainability has arrived this season. In partnership with Hakai Energy Solutions, the team has outfitted the entire property with seamless solar energy by installing a state-of-the-art solar and battery microgrid system at the remote lodge. The technology will reduce the lodge’s diesel fuel consumption by around 80% each year, while the annual equivalent carbon offset is some 480,000 kilograms.

In addition, the property is excited to offer e-bikes available for guests to utilize during their stay. 

Guests who visit Clayoquot are poised to enjoy an abundance of pristine nature activities including hiking through old-growth forests, horseback riding through scenic trails, submerging in glacial-fed rivers to practice mindfulness and healing, and so much more. Guests also have the opportunity to discover renowned local flavors that reflect the natural surroundings of Vancouver Island and then unwind in the Healing Grounds Spa.

“Every summer we look forward to reopening our doors for discerning travelers, adventure seekers, and wellness fanatics,” General Manager Sarah Cruse said. “Clayoquot enables guests to experience exclusive luxury while enjoying natural, pristine surroundings. We are elated to welcome guests back for another memorable season.”

Get to Know Baillie Lodges

This intimate portfolio of luxury lodges located in Australia, New Zealand and Canada founded in 2003 sets new benchmarks for premium experiential travel. Set in exclusive locations of unique natural or cultural significance, the boutique properties appeal to the discerning global traveler seeking a unique and remarkable travel experience.

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