Although a week spent in St. Barths or a nostalgic getaway in Hampshire’s treehouses has its benefits, the vastness of Canada is hiding lesser-known boutique hotels, lodges, and ranches with unique offerings in breathtakingly wild settings.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: What is it about an oyster that incites such passion? At any gathering where oysters are served raw and glistening on a bed of crushed ice, a crowd forms quickly, and onlookers lean in to watch the shucker unhinge each bivalve and slice loose the flesh while preserving the prized liquor.
Visitors to Tofino are often hooked on the town’s coastal charms from their first lungful of fresh, conifer-scented air. And yet, even though any who wander as far as the westernmost point of Vancouver Island have already traversed land and sea to reach the highway’s end, it’s finding comfortable beachfront accommodations that truly is the final frontier—especially for those travelling in a group.
Sometimes it’s the journey. Sometimes it’s the destination. Sometimes it’s both. Tofino is a natural paradise in itself but it’s worth a visit simply for the drive.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Some of us like nothing better than the rain and the pounding surf. We’re here, savouring rustic elegance on the edge of the world—at the Wickaninnish Inn.
Set on 41 marvelous acres along Cox Bay in Tofino, Pacific Sands Beach Resort is fixed in a prime location. Quite frankly, this could be one of the most hauntingly spectacular settings on earth.
Tofino is, for Canada, the end of the line—all roads come to a dead-end here. This is the far west of the West Coast and known, in some parts, as “Hawaii of the North”. Tofino is where Kim and Cam Shaw, originally from Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan (a border city), now call home.