Long Beach LodgeCourtesy of Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino

When do you hope for terrible weather on a holiday? When you’re staying at the Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, on the wild shores of Vancouver Island. There, the bigger the storm, the better.

Long Beach Lodge SuiteCourtesy of Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino

Like many shore-facing hotels in Tofino, the Long Beach Lodge welcomes wind, waves and water. Family-owned, the Long Beach Lodge and its nearby collection of guest condos, offers gracious rooms featuring gas fireplaces, soft armchairs and expansive sliding glass doors overlooking the ocean.  Slip on the slicker the hotel thoughtfully provides in your room, head for the beach and poke at the rock-hard kelp bulbs that have washed ashore. Collect delicate blush-beige sand dollars and skip the flat stones, but keep your eyes on the skies and your fingers crossed. With any luck that bit of wind will whip itself into a good blow.

Long Beach Lodge Great RoomCourtesy of Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino

 Long Beach Lodge MenuCourtesy of Josh Lewis/Long Beach Lodge Resort, TofinoWhen the sky darkens and the storm begins to rage, hurry inside and make a tough decision. Will you ride it out in the snug solitude of your room, beside your own hearth or gather with other guests in the dining room? The excellent menu – featuring lots of local seafood as well as the kind of comfort food you crave on a stormy night – will no doubt draw you in, as will the fun of sharing a storm party with other guests. Ask for a table by the massive, multi-storey front window – the best place of all to watch the wildest of waves crashing against the shore and hear the wind shrieking and howling.  You’ll never feel more grateful to be inside with a lovely hot meal on the table in front of you. 

Originally published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles Winter 2017 issue.

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