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Long Beach Lodge in Tofino

Long Beach Lodge in Tofino
Long Beach Lodge in Tofino

On our trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island We discovered a lodge that fulfilled all the wishes you could ask for a stay at the Pacific Rim. The Long Beach Lodge in Tofino. From the Pacific Rim Highway, there is not much to suggest except for a sign with the name of the hotel, which is only a few hundred yards away in the rainforest. A few miles from the entrance to Tofino, this luxury hotel lies between the rainforest and the Pacific.

Luxury hotel between the rainforest and the Pacific

We turn into the forest and first pass a few buildings that serve to maintain the resort. Then several cottages appear. These are more like apartment buildings than simple family accommodation. As it turns out later, they offer space for large families. But first we continue to the hotel reception, which is located in the main building of the complex. This building blocks our view of what lies behind. But we can already hear it - the surf of the Pacific Ocean. The sea can therefore no longer be far.

Cottage of Long Beach Lodge in Tofino

We booked several nights at this hotel, but arrived in Tofino earlier than expected. I had expected a longer journey. But it's only 317 kilometers from Victoria to Tofino. We need about five and a half hours to get there. Our room is not yet available. The lady at the reception kindly gives us one of the “cottages” for the first night instead. So we can enjoy our stay right away.

"Cottage"! Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! This is a real palace! Hidden in the rainforest, we move to our accommodation. A house with all the amenities you could want. And there is also room for a family of six. With two luxuriously appointed bathrooms and three bedrooms with comfortable beds, the house is very large. There is an outdoor jacuzzi in the small garden at the back. I can imagine that it is fun to relax there in the summer after a hard day full of great experiences. But since we are here in March, I prefer to forego this pleasure.

The lodge is located on the beach of Cox Bay near Tofino

We use the afternoon to explore the surroundings of Long Beach Lodge in Tofino. The weather is right! In bright sunshine and mild spring temperatures, we decide to follow the sound of the surf. And indeed! At the back of the hotel opens up from the terrace a fantastic view of a wide sandy beach, where kids are great.

Women in sporty shorts jog past. Couples are leading their dogs and a number of surfers are plunging into the high waves that run all over the Pacific Ocean and land on Cox Bay. As Perry Schmunck, the director of the Long Beach Lodge tells us later, the surfers come here all year round. Even in winter, it barely snows at sea level, and the waves are excellent, especially in winter. No wonder Tofino 2010 has been voted the best surfer site in North America by Outside Magazine.

On the beach of Tofino

Anyway, it's great fun to watch the surfers surfing the waves. On our beach walk we find a lot of flotsam washed ashore by the wild waves of the Pacific Ocean: torn off kelp plants lying like broken rubber hoses on the ribbed sand; bleached logs whose white color gives them a ghostly appearance; countless shells, transported by the flood; and even a huge boulder that lies like a foreign body in the middle of the sandy beach.

Actually, we traveled to Tofino in March to do stormwatching here. In other words, we wanted to experience one of the infamous storms that stir up the surf and make the waves thunder over the ledges and peninsulas. But as the weather god wants it, the sun and warm spring weather did not give way during our stay in Tofino. Nevertheless, the waves of the surfers gave an impression of what it must look like during these Pacific storms. Impressive!

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Dining with a dream view of the Pacific

Tired from the many impressions during our beach walk, we come back to the hotel and meet in the "Great Room" with Perry jewelry to have dinner with him. This room is literally great! Surrounded on two sides by glass walls, guests have a panoramic view of the edge of the rainforest, the miles of sandy beach and, above all, the surf thundering across the Pacific.

You can experience the whole thing particularly well from a comfortable seat in the large lounge of the "Great Room". There you can drink your cocktail at a happy hour in front of a wood fire by the fireplace. However, many guests prefer to enjoy their drink on the terrace in front of the restaurant with a view of the sunset. Shortly before the sun disappears behind the horizon, a green lightning flashes along the horizon. The guests of the restaurant clap enthusiastically. Perry tells us that this phenomenon is very rare and that we saw something very special here.

Our conclusion: The Long Beach Lodge in Tofino is a hotel to enjoy

We like to believe him. As always the stay at the Long Beach Lodge exceeds all our expectations. The double room with a view of the Pacific Ocean that we move into the next morning is also breathtaking. From the private balcony we look directly at what is happening on the beach and listen to the thunder of the surf, which finally - despite its roar - makes us sink into deep sleep. The fresh air and the experiences of our days in Tofino ensure that we sink tired into our comfortable beds every evening.

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Long Beach Lodge in Tofino
1441 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, BC
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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