Looking for remote wilderness retreats for a honeymoon? Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, is the perfect escape for couples looking to discover adventure during the first days of their new lives together.
Nestled in Tofino, Vancouver Island on the UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve of its namesake Clayoquot Sound, Clayoquot Wilderness lodge allows newlyweds to leave all hecticness surrounding wedding planning far behind and reconnect with the still, tranquil beauty of Canada’s wilderness. Set among magnificent and towering conifer forests, the lodge’s 25 luxury canvas tents offer guests an arm’s length of the wilderness beyond. Some activities and experiences that couples can enjoy at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on their honeymoon include:
- Canyon through the Valleys and Waterways of Clayoquot Sound: For adventure and thrill-seeking couples, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge offers one of their most popular adventures, canyoning, as a fun way for guests to discover the water banks that run to Clayoquot Sound. Adventurers will jump on a paddleboard from the top of Bedwell Sound and paddle up the glacier fed Bedwell River to a waterfall channel and several hidden waterholes. There, in the deep still waters, they can see hundreds of salmon gather, creating a stunning spectacle for snorkelers and swimmers.
- Get Up and Close with Wildlife during Sight of the Sound: The half-day Sights of the Sound wildlife-spotting adventure is a wonderful way to animal-loving couples to encounter the lodge’s ‘wow’ wildlife in a short space of time. This tour is perfect for those who cannot get enough of Clayoquot’s magical wildlife. Bear and whale watching actually go hand in hand, as black bears can almost always be seen along the remote foreshores looking for tasty crabs or other crustaceans during low tide. The tour then continues further out to sea where whales, porpoise, seals and sea lions can be spotted close up as they dive the depth of the sound and surface to surf the waves.
- Lift Off with the Sip to Sky Heli-Experience: Perfect for celebrating a special occasion, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge’s resident Bell Jet Ranger helicopter ascends for a 15-minute “sea to sky” scenic flight to the top of the Ursus Mountain. An exhilarating 30 minutes of flight time is accompanied by the lodge’s signature drinks and canapes atop the mountain. Passengers can take in the breath-taking views of Clayoquot Sound and Strathcona Provincial Park – all at 4000ft above sea level – and toast to the magnificent wilderness of Vancouver Island.
- Unwind with a Waterfront Massage at Healing Grounds Spa: Healing Grounds Spa promises newlyweds a physical and spiritual sanctuary to truly unplug from the outside world. Newlyweds looking for a little R&R can enjoy a variety of the spa’s massage offerings, including signature relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone treatments, all in front of a waterfront tent view. After their massage, couples can relax in the spa’s cedar hot tubs overlooking the tranquil Bedwell River.