Author: clayoquot-wilderness-resort

Recently Executive Chef Ryan and his Senior Sous Chef Kaelhub hosted a gourmet evening with Chef Warren from our neighbouring Relais & Châteaux property, The Wickanninish Inn, at theRelais & Châteaux Maison in New York City. With food from our coastal waters, and wine from our Okanagan valley, the Chefs wined and dined 50 guests and media throughout the evening.

Guests of both resorts were invited to the Maison, located close to Central Park, to celebrate not only their favourite province in Canada but their favourite resorts on the west coast!

The boys

Senior Sous Chef, Kaelhub Cudmore and Executive Chef, Ryan Orr


West Coast delicacies


Chef puts his final touches on some dishes


Bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles!

We are the sum total of our experiences.” Dr. Thomas Gilovich

John always says that memories are made from the experiences that you have. And you know what, he’s right! I watch as guests are awe struck when they get off the wagon on check in day. They wander into the enormous cookhouse and their jaws drop. They taste the sushi, they chat with the chefs and servers and the jaw drops a little more….everyone is so friendly here. Finally, Cowboy John appears and corrals everyone for the welcome orientation. The staff have heard it a million times but this is new for the guests. Listening to it with fresh ears each Thursday and Sunday, it is true what he says, “memories are made from when you challenge yourself.” I watch the guests absorb this statement not fully understanding what their next 3, 4 or 7 nights are really going to look like. What is in store for them.

After booking activities and dinner that first night, the guests no doubt head off in excitement of what the next day holds.

And then there it is. The very next day guests start to come back after their first activity. Hair wind swept from a ride of the valley. Skin sun kissed. Eyes all a twinkle from whatever it was that they were up to and the best part is watching the kids! Kids trying things for the first time, or maybe for the millionth time…it’s still new for them here. It’s also amazing to watch the parents with their kids. Parents playing paintball or rock climbing with their kids. How about the squeal of a grown man or woman as they zip down alongside their kid on the zip line? It’s amazing. Seriously, amazing!

While it’s great to have money, how about having the experiences that you can’t put a dollar sign on? The experiences that will be with you all the time.

This article, “The Science of Why You Should Spend Your Money on Experiences, Not Things” is excellent. Give it a read and then go outside, breathe the fresh air and have an experience.

Kathy MacRae – Director of Marketing

We have really gone “Over the Top” now. NEW for this year, you can spend a night on the mountain high above camp under a beautiful canopy of stars.


With 5 course dinner complete with wine pairings all prepared by your own personal chef on the mountain and your own guide, this activity will sweep you off your feet!


We think that this camping trip is so special that we have decided that in September 2015, spend a 7 night honeymoon with us and this overnight experience is included in your stay!

Contact us for more details and to book your “Over the Top” adventure with us


We had such an incredible Wine, Food, Adventure and Music weekend June 19-22, 2014 for Power To Be Adventure Therapy.

We’ll let the pictures do the talking….

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies

Power To Be with Pino Posteraro of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca

Our amazing Sommelier, Tereza Roux.

Our amazing Sommelier, Tereza Roux.

Lunch on our “Walk The Wildside” day

The cookhouse team; Sous Chef, Kaelhub Cudmore and Executive Chef, Ryan Orr

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo

I said “hey babe, take a walk on the wildside”

The incredible talent that brought the entire weekend together!

A selection of photos from the good ole’ days!




And your favourite tented resort is one of them!

From the Huffington Post Travel, a great article that showcases some of the worlds top places to travel to if luxury is on your mind.

Photo Credit: Michael Poliza Photography

Our guiding staff spent the last 2 days either upgrading their first aid or getting their Wilderness First Aid course.
*WARNING*: some of these images are graphic but please do know that NO ONE was hurt. John Czornobaj a.k.a. Johnny ABC, our guide and Wilderness First Aid Instructor, just has some really good props!
They went all over the resort and practiced their skills with all kinds of scenarios.
Oh, and not to worry, we don’t actually expect any of these things to happen here!



How many of you have been to the resort? What were your first impressions of hopping on the wagon and making your way to your tented Canadian wilderness safari?

Well, seems that some think that it’s pretty unique and interesting too!

Read about some other interesting arrivals from AOL travel here. Click here.


Join us for our 2nd annual Wilderness, Wine and Adventure Weekend! 

Follow all the fun on Twitter with the official hash tag #wildernesswineparty

We would love it if you would take a moment and vote for us in Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence in 2015.


Conde Nast Johansens

Use the hash tag #CNJAwards when tweeting about it!

Thank you


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