After leaving The Wickaninnish Inn at Chesterman Beach in Tofino, we made our way to Long Beach Lodge Resort, located along Cox Bay. While our surf lesson (from their in-house team) was canceled due to the extremley stormy seas, we relaxed in the Great Room and in the hot tub out behind our cottage.
The biggest take-away I have from Long Beach Lodge is that the cottages are the perfect accommodation for a family or a group of friends. With a full kitchen, two bedrooms (with 3 beds), two bathrooms, a fireplace, hot tub, it lends itself to a longer stay as well. Rain gear and flashlights are provided for beach walks and the shelves are stocked with board games for indoor entertainment. There was a complimentary continental breakfast in the Great Room and a kids menu (available from your room or cottage, and the main dining room).
Of course the best entertainment around can always be found near the breaking waves.
The south end of Cox Bay borders Pacific Rim National Park and it’s a playground for young and old. Bike tire marks mix with animal tracks and footprints. The sand, littered with bull kelp and mussel shells, leads out to the water’s edge where you can find eager surfers and body boarders getting the most out of every ripple in the tide.
We were only at Long Beach Lodge Resort for about 24 hours but in that time we continued our relaxation in the rain. Our car covered in moss and light debris from the strong winds winding through the treetops, we left the region on Sunday morning and headed back to the Eastern shore of Vancouver Island to take the ferry home. We’re already talking of booking a cottage for a future trip with friends and hopefully we’ll get our surf lesson in then.
All photos are by Rebecca or John Bollwitt for Miss604.com