Glamping on the Wild Side
I’m not the outdoorsy type. I do love active vacations, but when it comes to camping, I often say that if it doesn’t have a boutique or an electrical outlet, forget about it. Thus, I love the term “glamping” — glamorous camping, a term so fondly used these days even Travel Channel is doing a feature on wilderness resorts dedicated to the luxury traveler like me who “wants to rough it but not tough it”.
Clayoqout Wilderness is an oasis on the Bedwell River just off Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia where guests arrive by sea plane and are escorted to their luxury safari-style tent accommodations by horse drawn wagon. Each zip up luxury tent features antique style furniture, thermostat controlled propane wood burning stoves, opulent rugs and even new in-tent bathrooms in 12 of the 20 tents.
John Caton & his wife, Adele are gracious hosts and professional guides take you on daily adventures including hiking, river kayaking, horseback riding and wildside tours where you can see black bears feast on crabs, watch the gray whale migration and see bald eagles swoop down to catch fresh fish.
After a full day of exploring the wildside, take a yoga class, rejuvenate with a massage, then feast on five star cuisine such as Tofino Crab with Garlic Butter and delectable desserts that will energize you for another day on the wildside.
The resort is perfect for families, and you might even spot a famous musician singing songs around the campfire.