I stayed here with my sister in July 2011 (date discrepancy from review site as I couldn't go this far back when writing the review - NOTE TO TRIP ADVISOR: don't limit date choices). I usually stay at hotels instead of B&B's - and had just had a rather unpleasant B&B experience in Kelowna, so was not looking forward to this one. This is without a doubt a perfect place. It's an "A" frame style building, with two smaller units on the top floor that share a balcony and a larger accommodation on the main level for larger groups. Our balcony looked out over a garden filled with hummingbirds with a view to the ocean. We could hear a bald eagle in the trees beside the chalet - took a while to find him, but what a sight when we did. After my journey there from Victoria, to sit on the balcony with a lovely glass of wine and watch the sun set over the water - I felt like I was in heaven.
Gabrielle, the proprietor, was lovely. Pleasant and friendly, but not intrusive. She made sure we had what we needed, asked what we wanted for breakfast and what time we'd like it served. It was brought to our room, piping hot and we were able to eat it on the balcony, again enjoying the view. She provided us with extra coffee and invited us to take a cup of it down to Tonquin Beach which is a 3-4 minute walk from the B&B. It's a lovely quiet beach and each morning I walked there and saw maybe 5 people. Most people visiting Tofino go to the bigger beaches as this is a lesser known one - what a treasure it is. Live starfish, sand dollars, eagles flying overhead, and the sound of the surf coming in. Take a beach chair down and just relax if you can.
The Blue Bear is just on the outskirts of Tofino - a 5 minute drive or a 15 minute walk.
The room itself is lovely - a large queen (king?) bed that's so comfy - and a pull out couch that is just as much so. There's a microwave and mini fridge for guest's convenience and a lovely fireplace. The bathroom is to die for - a wonderful large soaking tub, shower stall and double sink with lots of room for 2 guests - even sisters! Bathrobes are also provided.
Thanks Gabrielle for the wonderful experience. I will be back!
- Also Known As:
- Blue Bear Bed And Breakfast Tofino, Canada - Vancouver Island