If it’s nature you’re after, check into The Wick (as it’s fondly known by locals). Bracing itself against the wild, churning waters of the North Pacific Ocean and fringed by towering western red cedars and Sitka spruce trees, this forest-luxe lodge is the epitome of Canadian laid-back chic, where flip-flops and fine dining go hand in hand.
In communal areas, the outside is brought firmly in, with driftwood furniture and billion-dollar 240º views from The Pointe Restaurant (don’t be surprised to spot a pair of sea otters floating by hand-in-hand as you tuck into fresh scallops). If you’re mooning in summer, head out by boat to see black bears and their cubs foraging for seafood on unspoiled beaches, or watch orcas and Pacific grey whales flip their mighty flukes in the ocean.
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In winter, cosy up in a Hudson’s Bay blanket for the awe-inspiring beauty of storm-watching season with rum-spiked cocoa on your balcony, or strap on the in-room wet-weather gear and brave the elements on a salt-splattered beach walk, where you’ll be joined by wetsuit-clad year-round surfers and eagles overhead. THE LUXE TOUCH Book the romantic turndown service and follow rose petals from the bedroom to the bathroom for a candlelit bubble bath watching the waves. Request an ’09 room for near-panoramic sea views and double soaker tubs.