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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort with Kids ~ A Wild Luxury Vacation

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For the traveling family that’s been there and done that, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort presents a new, grand opportunity to do something completely different. Located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, this resort is a place to reconnect with the natural world and to each other. Here you will feel removed from the city and the stress of daily life. This is luxury family travel gone wild.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island

Dawn breaks at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

A stunning location on Vancouver Island

Welcome to the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, just north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. In this coastal temperate rainforest in Bedwell Sound, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort operates for only five months of the year (mid-May to end of September). In the tradition of great safari camps, the luxury guest and amenity tents are assembled and taken down and stored at the beginning and end of each season. This is glamping at its finest and most decadent.

Floatplane is a spectacular way to arrive and depart the Resort. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Floatplane is a spectacular way to arrive and depart the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Transportation to and from the resort is by a 45-minute float plane ride from Vancouver. You can also take a 30-minute boat ride from Tofino. Both methods of transportation are included in package pricing. Guests needing extra time before or after their stay can take advantage of a special arrangement with the Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver.

Clayoquot's tents are connected by boardwalks to preserve the forest floor (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Luxury glamping tents

This isn’t your grandfather’s old camping tent. Glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort reaches a whole new level of comfort. Each canvas white tent is heated with a propane gas stove. You’ll sleep in comfortable queen size beds underneath down comforters and handmade quilts. The tents are uniquely furnished in safari-style antiques that have been sourced from across Canada.

Luxe amenities inside each tent at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, including an outdoor shower!

Luxe amenities inside each tent, including an outdoor shower! (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

There are only 20 luxury guest tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Fifteen are Luxury Ensuite Bathroom Tents that can sleep up to a family of five with smaller children. (Note: Due to the intimate size and nature of the resort, the property accepts children 6 years and older.) The ensuite bathroom contains a wow-factor outdoor shower. You’ll wash your hair underneath centuries-old fir trees in the great outdoors.

Five ‘original’ Deluxe Outpost Tents are roomy, with king bed and two twin beds or a single day bed. Washrooms and showers are located outside each tent.

Raised and lighted cedar boardwalks connect all of the resort's tents. You can hear the Bedwell Estuary waters come in and out with the tide underneath the tents.

The best sleep-away tent, just for kids at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The best sleep-away tent, just for kids (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Special tents for the kids

For a really special camp experience for the kids, request (at the resort’s discretion) one of a limited number of children’s tents. They are smaller in size, with two twin beds or one queen bed. There’s a flush toilet in the private bathroom outside the tent, plus an assigned private shower and sink in a nearby shower house.

Safety first. Every tent has an emergency box with thoughtfully stocked supplies. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Safety first ~ every tent has an emergency box with thoughtfully stocked supplies (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Safety supplies and other amenities

Every tent contains a special box of emergency supplies, including insect repellent, butane lighter for candles, flashlight and air horn. Don’t worry if you forget your toothbrush or another necessity. The resort stocks extras at its retail store. The big rule is: No Food in the Tents! You’re sharing the wilderness with black bears that can sniff out smuggled snacks.

Want to escape technology and get the kids to unplug? Great! There are no in-room telephones or televisions.

Riding a horse for the first time was a thrill at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia!

Riding a horse for the first time was a thrill! (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Incredible wilderness adventures

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a place of firsts. Perhaps this will be the first time your family will see an Orca whale or black bear in the wild. Maybe you'll catch a Chinook salmon or Dungeness crab. Or you might shoot a bow and arrow or a 12-gauge shotgun.

I had many such firsts during my visit, including my first-ever horseback ride. Our guide led us and our horses up to an abandoned gold mine. The resort maintains a stable of more than 30 horses for guests to ride along trails and up mountainsides. You’ll pass spawning salmon streams in the fall on your trail ride. You may even see bears lolling along creek sides in the hot summer months. (Don’t worry, they’re shy.)

Another first experience with some small-caliber target shooting. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Another first experience with some small-caliber target shooting (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Every evening the activities directors will sit with guests and personally design the next day’s adventures. Plans change based upon weather, tidal charts, animal sightings and guest ages and willingness to go wild. The resort can arrange for helicopter yoga on a mountaintop or hiking with a First Nations guide escort, if that's your family’s vacation style.

So proud of my wee rockfish catch, with thanks to guide Joel for helping to reel it in. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

So proud of my wee rockfish catch, with thanks to guide Joel for helping to reel it in (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Adventures at sea or on land

Friendly, fully-certified guides lead all Clayoquot Wilderness Resort adventures. Adventures can be water-based, such as kayaking, salmon fishing, crabbing, and river-rafting. Or, you can book a bear- or whale-watching safari by boat. The resort provides helmets, fishing gear, life jackets, rain gear, riding boots and whale-watching suits for all ages.

Hiking back down a steep incline from Penny Falls. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Hiking back down a steep incline from Penny Falls (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

There's no shortage of activities on land, including archery, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, shooting (sporting clays and targets), and hiking. All of these activities can be made kid-friendly with slight adjustments as necessary. As though that weren't enough, guests can also enjoy the on-site trampoline, ping pong table, gym, yoga studio and games room.

Kids will love this in-ground trampoline and outdoor ping pong table. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Kids will love this in-ground trampoline and outdoor ping pong table. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Exquisite food

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a Relais & Châteaux property, which represents the highest benchmark in hotel accommodations and fine dining worldwide. The resort prides itself on offering the best Coastal Cascadian cuisine of locally raised and grown products. This includes herbs and vegetables from its own kitchen garden.

Dining at its locavore finest. Don't worry, the kids can get their favorites too. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Dining at its locavore finest ~ don't worry, the kids can get their favorites too (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort includes all food and drink, including alcohol. The open kitchen in the cosy Cookhouse allows guests to see the chefs hard at work from morning to night. You shouldn't miss the eight-course tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Justin Witcher. Local seafood, like salmon and shellfish, are prominently featured. There’s delicious meat on every menu too. Every dish is prepared with the highest attention to detail, with emphasis placed on incredible flavors and textures. As an example, the tomato consommé takes three days to prepare and may well be the most outstanding soup you’ll ever taste.

Tomato Consommé that takes three days to make. Even the kids will love it. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Tomato Consommé that takes three days to make (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

The wine menu highlights the excellent vintages coming out of the Okanagan Valley in the interior of British Columbia. Canadian wine? Yes, we can.

The continental breakfast bar opens early at 6:30 am, featuring freshly-baked breads and pastries courtesy of Pastry Chef Merri Schwartz, (including several gluten-free options). Select from cheeses, fruit, muesli and cereals as well. Guests can also order hot menu items such as pancakes, oatmeal and Eggs Benedict.

Self-serve "candy bar" at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Every resort should have a candy bar stocked with fresh-baked cookies and homemade treats (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Kids menu and a candy bar

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort happily accommodates children's tastes. Kids can order chicken fingers or beef sliders at every meal, topped off with dessert of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The resort presents an excellent opportunity to introduce some new flavors and foods to kids too, though. If your family catches a salmon or a basket of prawns during your stay, the Cookhouse chefs will prepare them for your dinner, or pack them up for transport home.

The Cookhouse offers a well-stocked, serve-yourself candy bar that will tempt both kids and adults. Choose from freshly baked goodies in glass jars, or colorful candies and saltwater taffy.

Soak in one of two wooden hot tubs with a view of Bedwell Sound at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Soak in one of two wooden hot tubs with a view of Bedwell Sound at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Relax and rejuvenate at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

This all-inclusive resort includes one massage per guest, including children. The Healing Grounds Spa offers a variety of massage options plus facials, body wraps and mani/pedis.

Massages take place in a private white tent overlooking the Bedwell River. Listen to the sounds of water and birdlife like eagles and herons during your treatment. Before or after your appointment, soak in one of the round wooden hot tubs. You may also enjoy some time in the sauna.

The outdoor deck is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature and the resort. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

The outdoor deck is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort with kids is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I bet it will be among the most incredible and memorable holidays you will ever enjoy. Intrigued? Read more about Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on TripAdvisor.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort with Kids on Beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada

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A Note from The Curious Travel Mama: I was hosted Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. As always, my opinions are honest and my own.

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 18 and 20). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

Comments

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    That is the coolest thing ever! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it before. This would be such a hit with my family. We love to be outdoors.

  2. Dominic Francis says:

    Oh wow, this is an amazing place. I will definitely go there on a vacation with my family. I love fishing and camping in such a beautiful place.

  3. Catherine Sargent says:

    This looks like a beautiful resort. I would love to look at that scenery from that hot tube.

  4. This looks amazing! We went glamping once in Ithica and it was one of our most memorable getaways with the kids. Id love to check this out!

  5. Kita Bryant says:

    Wow, what a neat getaway! I would love to do something like this.

  6. Wow. My son would love to vacation and have this adventure with us! Thanks for the info!!

  7. Now that is what I call a true vacation! This place is absolutely breathtaking, it’s now on my travel wish list.

  8. Now this is the kind Of camping I could get behind. I love that they offer the kids tents.

  9. A stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort looks simply amazing. I’d love to go there for a week, unplug from the rest of the world, and really take in all of the nature and beauty of the area!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      I’m with you. I hope to return again in the near future. It is a very special place.

  10. Our Family World says:

    I really love to visit these amazing place. So many fun and great activities to do and the foods looks so delicious. I also love the whole concept of the rooms, very beautiful.

  11. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    Wow! This is an amazing place to stay and relax close to nature! I love those luxury tents! Awesome!

  12. Janell Poulette says:

    This looks like such a unique experience. We havent gone camping with the kids yet, but i think everyone in the family would have a great time here.

  13. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says:

    Im not the camping type, but sign me up for this. What a beautiful place to spend time with your family. I can’t wait to show this to my husband!

  14. Wow now this is my type of little getaway! I would love to do something like this. Looks so beautiful, and peaceful! Perfect place to get away and just enjoy your family and life.

  15. The cabins are super cute. I wonder if they’d let me order from the kids menu too. 🙂

  16. Wow, it’s so beautiful and peaceful! Totally adding to my list of places I want to visit!

  17. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    WOW THIS IS JUST SIMPLY BREATHTAKING!!!!! It’s like something out of a dream or a magazine!

  18. Sign me up for the hottube please! Also I love the set up of the blanket tents for the lodging thats interesting!

  19. That resort looks amazing! I especially love the sea plane!

  20. Krissy Higgins says:

    This looks absolutely amazing!! I think this would be a great retreat for my family to just unplug for awhile!

  21. Justin Kenp says:

    Really nice article, thanks for sharing such information. I went on dude ranch vacation Before a couple of years with my family. That was really great experience and beautiful memories. Wide range of activities was there we enjoyed horseback riding, rafting, swimming pool plays, fly fishing, cattle work and many more. The food was awesome and accommodation was also great.

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