Adventure Summary:This family adventure itinerary combines Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, two beautiful locations guaranteed to soothe the soul and two stunning luxury wilderness lodges in British Columbia. Neither lodge can be accessed by road - only by sea or air. Transfers between the resorts are organised and arranged by floatplane. Both lodges are intimate, unique and very, very special. Start and end your adventure in Vancouver.
Type of Adventure:
8 nights / 9 days
You slide off your shoes and dip your feet in, burying your skin beneath the cool sand. The water surrounds, welcomes: you let yourself sink deeper, as if rooted. There is no sound like this one, the gentle lapping of the Pacific, soothing the innermost recess of your spirit. The road less traveled… it’s not even there. There is no road to these remote locations, only sea and sky access. Enjoy this moment: spread your toes and dig deep. This itinerary combines Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, two beautiful locations guaranteed to soothe the soul.
Where is it?
This Luxury Clayoquot & Great Bear Adventure combines Vancouver Island's Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort which is deep in Great Bear Rainforest. Both properties are isolated and there is no road access - only sea and air. The adventure begins and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia.
June, July, August, September
Days 1, 2, 3 & 4: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort The resort offers 20 luxury tents, located in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Propane- fired replicas of wood stoves, antique dressers, opulent rugs, oil lamps and bamboo sheets adorn each tent. John and Adele have created the ultimate eco-playground, enchanting all who set foot within its boundaries. Chef Orr will ensure the cuisine rivals that of Michelin tables! Days 5, 6, 7 & 8: Nimmo Bay Resort The resort offers nine spacious-yet-cozy cabins: six intertidal and three stream-side. Set amongst breathtaking views of the surrounding bay, all nine of the solid wood cabins were carefully constructed with sustainability and the comfort of our guests in mind. A fitness room, hot tub, massage area and even an old-fashioned rope swing are all on site! Nimmo Bay is proud to invite guests into the culinary experience of West Coast sustainable cuisine. True stewards of the Earth, the Murray family has created a visionary utopia unlike any other.
- 8 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
- All excursions/activities
- All transportation from starting point (Vancouver) to drop off (Vancouver). This includes seaplane transfers between Vancouver and the lodges.
DAYS 1, 2, 3 & 4 The Unique World of the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve Board a float plane in Vancouver and head into the blue. An hour later, you’ll settle into remote extravagance. John and Adele extend the warmest of welcomes while introducing you to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. The ultimate destination for eco-tourism, this luxury-tented camp is the perfect base for both relaxation and adventure. At Clayoquot, you will be able to choose your activities ‘a la carte’: whale watching excursions, kayaking, hiking, horse riding, fishing, archery, shooting… even zip lining and rock climbing! All activities offer expert guidance and instruction. Seize the opportunity for an unforgettable day-trip to Flores Island! Depart in the morning for Cow Bay, home to resident grey whales. Hike the world-renowned “Wild Side” First Nation Interpretive Trail. The 12-kilometre hike can be broken down into sections of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty and includes remarkable breakers, volcanic shoreline, old-growth forest trails and a cedar boardwalk. The trail’s moderate section allows for a gourmet seaside picnic lunch. Visit Nuu-Chah-Nulth Village – site of the Ahousaht First Nations tribe; return to the resort in time for late afternoon hors d’oeuvres. At Clayoquot, all ages and skill levels are catered to. Explore the beauty of the seascape, and finish off your days with a rejuvenating spa treatment or a soak in the hot tub. Meals are enjoyed in the authentic cookhouse, where locally sourced cuisine completes this extraordinary seaside experience. DAYS 5, 6, 7 & 8 Find Yourself at Nimmo In the next few days, explore the ultimate wilderness playground: the Great Bear Rainforest. Weave the waters of the Broughton Archipelago; discover its hidden mysteries. Based on the unique desires of every group, this adventure is a fluid, ever-changing journey. Our guests enjoy a wide variety of activities, all focused on highlighting this glorious region. Adventurous guests have the chance to go paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking in remote locations, surrounded by wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery. Or kick back in the comfort of our fully enclosed boat, sip a glass of wine, and listen to your guide’s entertaining stories and knowledge of the area. You’ll be surprised at the multitude of cultural experiences available on this wilderness retreat, offering the opportunity to delve into the rich history of the area and its deeply spiritual people. Lunch is always a gourmet picnic, served in a spectacular location: an isolated beach, near a waterfall, or on board our vessel, watching breaching whales and jumping dolphins. A truly exceptional part of the day! For dinner, indulge in a four-course meal back at the lodge. Nimmo Bay features local, fresh coastal cuisine, tailored to your needs by our creative culinary team. From our floating bakery and lodge kitchen right to your plate, we take pride in preparing all aspects of your meal in house (including all breads, ice cream and smoked salmon)! Finish your evenings wrapped up in warm blankets, listening to the snap and crackle of the fire. Star gaze as you share in music and stories on our floating fire dock. Take a deep breath; be humbled by your sublime adventure safari in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. DAY 9 Vancouver Bound You hear the hum of your float plane off in the distance; soon, the scenic flight back to Vancouver. It will take all your strength to leave With renewed spirit, you linger a few more moments on the dock. One last look, and your soul will be fully charged; you are forever changed.
Stuff for Kids
Both Clayoquot & Nimmo Bay are family-friendly and welcome children.