Twenty years ago, resort operators John and Adele Caton dreamed of a wilderness destination that would fuse history with forward-thinking ideals. In simple terms, their plan was a “tents in the bush” concept. Created to emulate the ways fortunate people spent their summers ‘roughing it’ one hundred years ago, they wanted to create a four-season resort with horses, dog-sledding, ice fishing, great food and great comfort.
Neither of them knew anything about the hospitality business, but both were eager to learn.
Before Clayoquot was born, Adele took a nine-month entrepreneurial program at Georgian College in Ontario, created a business plan, and the couple crystallized their vision. John and Adele then applied for jobs at Griffiths Island, a private game reserve, to start their apprenticeship in high-end resort hospitality.
Following this, they moved to British Columbia to scout the perfect location. They found it on the Bedwell River in Clayoquot Sound, about 40 minutes by boat from Tofino. There they created a high-end tent camp inspired by the 19th century great camps of the Adarondaks; a place that celebrates the past when life was simple and nature was pristine.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort continues to generate buzz, attracting visitors to its remote location. Clayoquot elevates the camping experience to make it inviting to those who would otherwise never try it, putting Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the map by promoting the concept of glamourous camping or “glamping.”