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

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We are so happy to announce that we are now a member of the Relais & Châteaux family. Totalling 5 properties in British Columbia and 11 nation wide, we are so thrilled to be a part of this esteemed group and look forward to welcoming all of our guests in our 2015 operating season.

John is quoted in saying “For us, Relais & Châteaux was an association that we felt would further establish Clayoquot Wilderness Resort as a outstanding option for guests with a sense of adventure and a discerning eye for the highest levels of service and experience.”

Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living. Today, there are more than 520 members that are a part of Relais & Châteaux.



We are so thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the very esteemed “Awards of Excellence” by Condé Nast Johansens for 2015. This year we have been awarded Best Sustainable Hospitality and Corporate Responsibility (ECO Property) which we are over the moon about!

We work very hard here at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to uphold a high standard to protecting the environment. From building a waste treatment centre so that no grey water is expelled into our delicate industry to putting in a multi-million dollar spawning channel so that our wild salmon have a protected place each autumn to spawn, the environment always plays a large part of our corporate responsibility.


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