Travel Diaries

Tofino, BC

Picture this: world-class surfing, scenic golden-sand beaches and a come-as-you-are attitude. If a tropical destination comes to mind, it’s time to redefine your idea of an island getaway. A remote nature-lover's paradise, Tofino is quietly nestled on Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Rich with wildlife (think black bears, orcas, and deer), temperate rainforests, mountainous vistas and natural hot springs, Tofino’s ecological splendor will render you speechless. If catching a wave on Cox Bay isn’t your speed, don’t fear, this coastal hideaway is also home to serene spas and top-rated restaurants. Read on to plan your next getaway, plus, all the chic essentials to pack.

The Wickaninnish Inn

Perched between the enchanting wilderness and stunning Chesterman Beach, the Wickaninnish Inn masterfully captures that one-with-nature feeling without sacrificing luxury. Inside, natural wood paneling and panoramic glass windows that reveal crashing waves below imbue the inn with rugged elegance. Luxe guest room amenities like fireplaces, heated floors, ocean-view balconies and rain gear are plentiful, ensuring you feel at home the moment you arrive. From an outstanding spa to a cozy library to an on-site carving shed where local artisans craft display-worthy pieces, the Wickaninnish’s distinct comforts are as lavish as they are charming.

Wolf in the Fog

Consistently heralded as one of the top restaurants in Canada, Wolf in the Fog harnesses the wild essence of Tofino. Sumptuous banquettes, driftwood décor and a turntable spinning oldies and blues create a space that’s both laid-back and unique. Chef Nicholas Nutting pays homage to the proximity of forest and sea, employing seasonal and local ingredients in stunning dishes like trout crumpets, duck au jus and Salt Spring Island mussels with white wine and fennel.

Whale Watching

Visiting Tofino is a choose-your-own-adventure of land and sea activities. Between towering old-growth forests that offer unparalleled hiking and a wealth of eclectic boutiques, there are plenty of mainland pursuits to occupy your time. Vancouver Island’s true specialty, however, is its renowned marine activities. Look to Ocean Outfitter’s fleet of luxury boats to guide you through Clayoquot Sound. With an ethical approach to wildlife viewing and a zero-carbon footprint, this expert tour company will help you see humpbacks, killer whales, sea lions, otters and more in their natural habitat.