Nestled between mountains on the rugged Pacific coast of Vancouver Island lies remote Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, accessible by seaplane from Vancouver or by boat from nearby Tofino. Posh tents emphasize comfort with wood stoves (necessary even on summer nights), heated bathroom floors and private outdoor showers.
Wilderness guides are on hand to show visitors the riches of the Clayoquot Sound with tailored adventures, such as river kayaking, surfing, whale-watching, archery, rapelling, horseback riding and biking. For the truly adventurous, there’s Cloud Day, a helicopter flight to a “remote alpine playground” 4,500 feet above sea level, near the top of Ursus Mountain. There, visitors can pick and choose their activities for the day — be it kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, yoga or just chilling with a glass of wine in an Adirondack chair, taking in sweeping views of the sound and surrounding slopes.