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Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat, Tofino, British Columbia
Horseback riding near Tofino, British Columbia
A horseback outing near Clayoquot (courtesy, Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat)

2. Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat, Tofino, British Columbia
Take one of Abercrombie & Kent's luxurious tented African safaris and plop it down on the northern fringes of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and you start to understand the sumptuous wilderness experience that can be had at Clayoquot. On the shores of the Bedwell River under the canopy of a temperate rainforest, you can spot bear, whales, porpoises, moose, and bald eagles as you choose to sea kayak, hike, or go on horseback. Then it's back to home base for a hot-tub soak or massage at the spa, plus a fabulous dinner that features the bounty of British Columbian goods. There's halibut, tuna, and every type of salmon available, from the pink Coho to the cherry-red smoked sockeye salmon, and loads of fresh fruit like figs, blueberries, gooseberries, and yellow golden berries. Did we forget to mention the resort's own organic garden? Clayoquot's environmental legacy programs include restoring salmon streams, mapping bear habitat, and educating the local First Nations people on the virtues of eco-tourism. Rates start at $4,750 Canadian per person for three nights, including all meals, excursions, spa treatments, and the float plane flight from Vancouver.


Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at farandaway@comcast.net.

Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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