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West Coast Wilderness Lodge
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

While planning a trip to the Sunshine coast of Western Canada, we found this great place by searching for hotels at Google maps. We stayed for only one night and enjoyed it fully. Being 3 adults, we got a large room (no 402) with a king bed and a pull out queen bed as well as good seating arrangements in the room and on the balcony. We had chosen a room with ocean view and balcony and were happy to have decided on the extra cost for an unhindered view to the fjord below the hotel. I am aware from other contributions that not all rooms are the same in size, location and lay out.

Two charming details from the room deserve mentioning: The lower part of the railing at the balcony was made of glass so that you could watch the fjord even when sitting in the balcony chairs. The shower cabin which was made of brick and tiles had a cut out so that you could watch the view while taking a bath.

At the reception we were welcomed by a young lady as if we were long awaited guests, and the same was the case in the magnificent restaurant by another young charming and smiling lady waiting the tables. The view from the restaurant was impressive, and the dinner food was absolutely high class in taste as well as in presentation. So was the breakfast the next morning, which was not included in the room rate. It was a bit disappointing, though, that the dinner time closed at 7 pm, although there was a bit of flexibility so that guests had time to go to see the Skookumchuk Narrows. I am not sure whether dinner times are later when the high season sets in.

It goes without saying that visitors to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge should time their visit so that they can make the 1 hour walk (each way) through the easy path to see the Skookumchuk Narrows, preferably at the high tide. The timing is published at the hotel and on various web sites.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank BentCopenhagen
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I really can't add much to what other reviewers have said. My husband and I stayed here as part of our mutual birthday celebration. We purchased their package of 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and a zodiac day-trip up the fjord to Princess Louisa Inlet. The price was definitely worth the value. This corner of British Columbia is unique and extremely beautiful. West Coast Wilderness Lodge is the icing on the cake, adding comfort and a feeling of luxury to a stay in this isolated location on the water. Beautiful! It's very special sitting on the balcony watching the scenery, eagles and hummingbirds flying by, boats on the water in and out of the marina, sunsets, sunrises (well OK, I didn't wake up in time for those!). The restaurant is lodge-style, very friendly, and serves delicious, excellently-prepared meals. Our bed was extremely comfortable, which is important to us as seniors. I liked the design of the bathroom, which lets you look at the view as you relax in the bath.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean-view room with balcony. We had a corner suite; very quiet and private-feeling. (Cabin #6 in lodge #6; there are 4 rooms in each lodge.)
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kate B
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed for two nights enjoying the sunshine and rain, tidal flows, and wildlife viewing from our lovely deck. The king bedroom felt very new and comfortable with a soft love seat to sink into and a high bed with nice pillows and comforter to snuggle under. We did block the east window with an extra pillow so we could sleep in a bit later on our second night. We did a package with tour up Princess Louisa Inlet and had breakfast and dinner coupons. We highly recommend the boat launch for the magical scenery. You can ask the kitchen to prepare a lunch then make use of the picnic tables at the provincial park by the waterfall. Do take your own binoculars to enjoy the view in your room.
Minor dissatisfaction with the shower as there is no shelf nor soap dish so we ended up with the soap and shampoo on the edge and floor. Also the shower is really tight. I did discover the rain shower head could be adjusted which allowed me to be in there without being in a downpour the whole time on the second day. The big bathtub looked nice - if only it had a handheld shower - I'd be super happy.
As dinners were included we ate here too. Breakfast offerings were big plates with lots of food. We never got close to finishing. The yogurt and granola was delicious! As was the special omlet. We enjoyed the steak dinner. It would have been nice to have some nightly specials as the menu was a bit short on options. Nice desserts. No draft beers yet but they said once it gets busier they will have. Please consider the wonderful beer from Townsite Brewing in Powell River as an alternative to the macro brews you have.
We didn't make use of the spa. Perhaps next time.

Room Tip: Guessing the best would be upstairs 601 or 603 full views on the ends of the building.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank KM_Borowski
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

My cousin just got married here and we were fortunate to be able to attend the wedding. It was quite possibly the most beautiful wedding I have been to - not because it was terribly fancy or lavish - but rather, because the WCWL has a splendid setting, a kitchen that knows how to cook, rooms that are cozy and wonderful (especially the beds), and a plenty of activities to keep a big, active family content.

Stay at this hotel if you want peace, quiet, beauty, a sense of place and a sense of luxury without a lot of "la-ti-da". It feels as though you are at the end of the earth here (in the most wonderful way) and boy was it nice to experience this. The view from the main lodge is sublime, the zodiac boat rides are a rush, kayaking here is super and looking at the tide pools is memorable beyond memorable. We even hiked with our kids on the Skoocumchuck Rapids trail and were gifted with the sight of seals surfing in the rapids - a joy to see nature in action.

We travel a lot, we stay in lots of places, this is a very special place, very private and peaceful. One could write a book in the peace here or just have a day or two away from the madding crowds of the busier world. Even the forest view rooms are nice and cozy. You simply can't go wrong here. Enjoy!

Room Tip: The suites are bigger if you need stretch out space. The rooms that face the water have amazing views but could be impacted slightly by noise from the main lodge though this is hardly a place that rips it up till the wee hours.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Thegoodegg
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

If you truly want an escape from the hustle and bustle, this place is for you. Only 1-1/2 hours from Langdale ferry, this seaside resort truly has the best view of the Sechelt Inlet. The rooms were well appointed and comfortable. The Inlets Restaurant staff were friendly and accommodating. The restaurant overlooks the spectacular views of ocean and the mountains.
It would be nice if the rooms had WiFi, but there is access in the restaurant. You will be transported to the past, as there is no cell phone coverage there either....totally relaxing.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank J C
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