Category: Activities

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


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 theme “Life at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort“. For the week of Sept 23-29, 2013.

We have been cordially invited to be Andrew Harper’s first ever guest piner on Pinterest.

From the wildlife in Clayoquot Sound to the 5 star gourmet Canadian Cascadian Cuisine to the luxurious tented accomodations, it will all be there!



Look forward to seeing you all on Pinterest! And don’t forget, you can follow our Pinterest boards as well!








One of the greatest things about living out at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in the off season is being able to look after our 30+ horses. The beautiful team that we have has been with us for a while and some of you may be familiar with a few of them yourselves!

From our different activities that we offer here at the resort, you as a guest, have the ability to take these amazing creatures out for a ride or maybe even a horse 101. Yup, that’s right! We are taking you back to school, horse school that is! In a 101, you will learn basic grooming techniques and are able to get closer to our amazing team of horses!

So, whether it’s taking them for a ride or just watching them in the field doing their horse thing, there really is nothing quite like the vision of the horses letting loose!



Our latest and greatest video is now here!

Have you ever wondered what you might see during your stay here? Lions and tigers and bears?? No way! Eagles and whales and bears?? Absolutely!

Your lift to another world

We have teamed up with Atleo River Air Service to bring you this amazing activity here in the wilderness. Imagine lifting off from the resort for a scenic tour of Clayoquot Sound or landing on a remote glacier to hike under the summer sun!

The possibilities are endless!

How about some heli-fishing?


You will take off right from the resort and land at one of our surrounding lakes or rivers for a day of fly fishing for Steelhead or Rainbow Trout. The day will be spent with one of our knowledgeable guides that will either assist you in learning more about fishing or just be there to fish with you!


The view from the top of the Urses Valley to the Pacific Ocean!

Ask your Activities Director about this unique and amazing activity and take full advantage of our beautiful wilderness that surrounds us.


As the sun comes through the mountain peaks, and you hear the birds chirping you know it’s time for a stretch, have a yawn and get out of bed because the day awaits you.

First order of the day is visiting and feeding the gorgeous animals that we are fortunate enough to call ours here at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. 30 horses in total will need feeding before you can lumber up to the kitchen to grab your own grub.  Toss down a few bales of hay to scatter around for them, all the while trying to have them not eat out of your arms!  Hungry little buggers in the morning they are!

After finding out what the day will entail – maybe a ride up the Urses River on a full day outing? Maybe a morning ride to Guppy’s Cabin? All is told from the Cowboy himself, John Caton, at the morning guide meeting. As the morning progresses, the guests are met and briefed.  Time to suit up!

On the hook of the coral are the trusty well-worn chaps that have been around the trail a few times. A good worn in blanket for the horse and a beautiful comfortable leather saddle are put into place and it’s time to ride.

We set off through the camp and head on up the trail.  As the sun cascades through the trees, the horses are at peace.  The thighs start to burn, but it’s that good kind of burn; that kind that feels like you have been in a saddle all day.

The horses want to run so we open ‘er up and let ‘er go!  The wind is in the hair, the cheeks go rosy with the sun, the hooves pound the earth and the smile could light up a room! Everyone is out of breath and it’s time for a watering hole stop. When done, the journey home begins.  The afternoon has worn on, and it’s time to get the guests home cause you know that the stomachs are itching for some of Chef Orr’s culinary delights and maybe a cool drink prepared by Sommelier, Tereza!

As camp draws closer and the trail dips into the distance, you breathe a sigh and smile and hope that maybe you will get to do it all again tomorrow!


For those of you that have been to the west coast before will understand this term.  For those that haven’t, let me explain a little.

Growing up in Ontario we had the Muskoka area filled with lakes and beautiful trees.  I grew up skiing at Blue Mountain and the Beaches in downtown Toronto were my safe haven.

After moving to British Columbia 6 years ago, I quickly realised that although Muskoka will always be beautiful and will always have a place in my heart, Vancouver Island has some of the same scenery if not more. Blue Mountain has turned into a mole hill compared to the beauties we have out here and well, the Beaches…besides being a great place to live in Toronto and a beautiful community; nothing could ever beat Long Beach or Chesterman Beach here in Tofino.

‘Wildside’ is a meaning that can truly be used only for the west coast of Canada and even more so, the west coast of Vancouver Island.  It is here where you get the dramatic landscapes, the driftwood rolling up on beaches, sand stretching for miles with waves hitting the shores.  Surfers taking the plunge in world class surf. Jagged snow-capped mountain peaks, adventure trails in your own back yard and whales as your neighbours.

Just one of your amazing vistas that you will see on the private beaches at Flores Island.

The term ‘Wildside’ doesn’t just explain the amazing adventures that you will encounter here on Vancouver Island, it also defines a trailthat has been used by the Ahousaht people for thousands of years here in Clayoquot Sound. This 11km trail is an escape into the remote wilderness through a trail that will take you deep into the rainforest and out onto beaches alongside the Pacific Ocean and is one of our amazing activities.


Your lap of luxury in the wild!

When you join us at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort this wild landscape is all around you.  When you wake up in one of our tents with nature calling just outside (the birds, not the other nature calling) you know that you are in a true camping if not “glamping” experience.

With all the hard work, come fun as well and our guides know how to do it. One of our guides, swift water kayaking the Bedwell River for log jams and water levels means getting out there and checking it out first hand


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