Spa with six treatment rooms; library; CD/DVD library; free WiFi throughout; gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free filtered water and binoculars.
It's all about the views at the Wickaninnish Inn. Each room looks out toward the Pacific, though rooms on higher floors tend to have the most sweeping panoramas. The west-facing Pointe rooms are very private, and have the best sunset views. They're perfect spots to hole up during storms to watch waves crash against the rocks. Premier Corner Rooms have ocean views on both west and south exposures.
Don't fret if you forget your wellies: the hotel has very thoughtfully stocked the closet in each room with his-and-hers Helly Hansen rain gear, with boots available at the front desk. There is also a pair of binoculars in each room. Bring lots of layers to accommodate the unpredictable weather changes.
Welcome; request a pet-friendly room when booking. The hotel charges CA$40 per night for Fido to bed down, and will provide toys, treats and a dog bed; there is also a pet shower for after beach walks. The hotel charges CA$20 per extra pet.
Welcome; under-threes stay for free, and there's a CA$40 (plus tax) nightly charge for anyone three-and-up. The hotel offers games, babysitting services, kids' menus and endless activities for those old enough to explore the natural environs.
Over fives: since the terrain is rugged, children should be comfortable enough to join parents on nature walks and beach strolls.
Beach Loft Suites are the best for families: The two-level rooms have a queen-size sofa bed set apart from the master bedroom, and a full kitchen with a dining area.
The hotel provides beach toys for low-tide playtime and takes full advantage of its natural surroundings, offering scavenger hunts for little explorers.
The Pointe is very child-friendly, and has a kids' menu, along with booster seats and high chairs. The kitchen can warm bottles as well. In high season, the hotel offers family-friendly clam bakes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Babysitters are available at no charge to watch children under 12 while parents dine at the hotel restaurants. At all other times, the hotel can arrange for sitters starting at CA$10.25 an hour.
No need to pack
The hotel can provide books, movies and board games to keep little ones occupied. The hotel can also arrange kids' movie nights. There are kids-size bathrobes for after a soak in the deep tubs.
The hotel stocks a few child-sized bicycles – in addition to the adult-size cruisers – so that families can explore the surroundings.
The hotel is quite green: it’s located within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and works to protect its surroundings. Buildings were laid out to disturb the fewest trees possible, and the hotel encourages patrons to explore on foot or by bicycle, rather than by car. Nearly all of the food is local; leftover scraps are composted on-site.