by Courtney Elko
At the Long Beach Lodge Resort, your family will enjoy the best in rustic luxury that Canada’s West Coast has to offer. Set in Tofino on the edge of Cox Bay, the lodge features beautiful views of the water and proximity to the island’s best attractions like Pacific Rim National Park and the Clayoquot Sound. You can meander along a deserted beach, hike through the rainforest, and admire the wild ocean — all in the same day. The best surfing beach in Tofino is situated directly in front of the resort so whether you just want to watch the pros or want to try and catch a wave yourself, this is your ideal location.
This luxury, beachfront resort offers plush and cozy suites or fully equipped, multi-bedroom cottages that are perfect for families. The cottages are modern, charmingly decorated, convenient, and luxurious, with fully equipped kitchens, bathrobes and towels, complimentary bath accessories, private hot tubs on the patio, cast-iron gas fireplaces, and more. If you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, you’ll appreciate the DVD player and board games as well and pets are welcome here, too!
The onsite Surf Club offers guests convenient, luxury surf and paddle board lessons without the hassle. All resort guests have access to the Surf Club Adventure Center, which features a hot pool, sauna and fitness center. Or look for wildlife on one of the resort’s marine boat adventure tours.
You’ll also enjoy the variety of on-resort dining options, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the Great Room, seafood from the afternoon Apres Surf menu, decadent desserts from the pastry chef, lunch-to-go if you want to picnic, or an outdoor meal at the SandBar Bistro by the fire pits or in the sand.
Families who don’t want to sacrifice luxury on a surf or beach vacation will want to stay at Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino.
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- Luxury, beachfront guestrooms and private cottages
- Surf club and lessons
- Adventure boat tours
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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The resort features 61 luxury guestrooms and multi-bedroom cottages in total. The guestrooms face the beach and the cottages are located in the rainforest, just steps away from the beach. All of the rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi and waterproof raincoats and umbrellas. Some of the guestrooms and cottages are pet-friendly, as well.
There are 41 luxury guestrooms located in the main lodge building. These rooms offer an amazing full or partial view of the beach and ocean. They have one king or two double beds, a flat-screen television, DVD player, a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, fireplace, and a soaking tub and stand-up shower in the bathroom. Some of the rooms feature a balcony with chairs, as well.
There are 20 two-bedroom, two-bathroom, self-contained cottages, each with a fully equipped kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker and everything you may need. There is a fireplace in the living area, three televisions throughout the cottage and a semi-private hot tub outside on the patio area. The bathrooms offer a soaking tub and stand-up shower. These two-story cottages can sleep up to six people and are ideal for families.
We spent two days with 40 friends here. Everything was perfect! The outdoor areas were plentiful. Be sure to try the margaritas at the outdoor bistro. Our room was large and well kept. It is central to many great beaches.
This lodge has an incredible location on the best beach, you can tell because the surfers are there everyday, rain or shine, warm or cold! We had an ocean view room with a balcony a few floors up and it was spectacular. Watching sunrises and sunsets from our room was amazing. The staff and the restaurant are great and everyone there is happy. I think it’s the best sleep we’ve ever experienced. Enjoy the live cam of the beach on their website it will get you excited for your visit!
Situated directly on Cox Bay Beach, the resort provides direct access to the long, wide sandy beach and Pacific Ocean. Families can take a surf lesson, go beachcombing, play volleyball, go paddle boarding, have a beach fire or take a guided nature walk. Cox Bay Beach is a popular surf beach as well, and is open to the public. The ocean waters stay a bit chilly here (about 50 degrees) most of the year, but that doesn’t stop folks from surfing with a wet suit.
For an additional cost, families can book a boat tour through the resort to get out and explore Tofino’s wildlife. The 12-passenger, heated and covered boat called the Blue Pearl is docked in town and offers tours twice daily. The 2.5-hour boat tour will have guests looking for whales, bears, porpoises, sea lions, birds and more. Tours are available from March through November and reservations are required. A shuttle will transport guests from the resort to the boat, which does have restrooms onboard.
Surf Club Adventure Center
Considered one of the best surfing beaches in Canada, Cox Bay Beach is a great location to watch the pros or take a lesson, especially because of the water’s sandy bottom. The Surf Club is the hub for all things surfing at the resort and offers convenient, luxury surfing for guests. There are heated changing rooms, showers, restrooms, lockers and a large 12-person Jacuzzi at the club. The beach is just steps away, and all the gear is provided during lessons. Paddle boarding lessons and gear are also available here. The Club also doubles as a gift shop and coffee bar!
Board games, cards and books are available for guest use in the lobby.
Resort casual dining for breakfast, lunch, après surf and dinner is offered throughout the property.
The Great Room Restaurant
Located in the middle of the lodge building, surrounded by large windows overlooking impeccable beach and ocean views, the Great Room is at the center of it all. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features table service, a bar area and a living room type sitting area with a large, granite fireplace, perfect for après surf. The kids’ menu offers things like French toast, cereal, and eggs for breakfast, and pasta, pizza, chicken strips, veggies and fries for lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations are recommended.
The Sandbar Bistro
Open from May through October, this beachside patio cafe offers breathtaking views and light fare from 2 p.m. to sunset. There is table and to-go service, and having a beverage by the fire pit while you watch the sun set really can’t be beat. Live music also takes place on select days here. Picnic lunches can be prepared if you have a Tofino adventure planned off the property.
Surf Club Coffee Bar
Located across the parking lot in the Surf Club Adventure Center is a full-service coffee bar offering a variety of hot and cold beverages and a few baked goods. Grab a beverage and enjoy it on the outdoor patio or in the large 12-person hot tub.
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Complimentary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the property.
- Pet Friendly
Pets are very welcome to stay at this beach resort for a one-time fee. Pet dishes, treats, pet towels, a pet blanket and a scratching post for cats are provided. Pet sitting is also available.
- BBQ Area
A covered BBQ area is located near the parking lot for all guests to use.
Complimentary parking is available.
- Fitness Center
Located in the Surf Club Adventure Center on the second floor, the fitness center features cardio and weight machines. It is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available to guests in the Surf Club Adventure Center.
The Best Time to Visit
The summer months from about May through September are the busiest times at Long Beach Lodge Resort, but really it’s busy almost year round here. Storm season from October through April is also busy at this luxury, beachfront resort that offers awesome storm views from warm, cozy rooms.
Tofino is located on Vancouver Island, which offers no bridges from the mainland. So a ferry is needed to reach the island by vehicle. Vehicle ferries from Vancouver to Vancouver Island take about two hours and it is then about a three-hour drive to Tofino. A small number of flights to the small Tofino airport are also available, and there are a limited number of rental cars available at the airport.
The resort itself is easily walkable. The beach is not far from any location on the resort. Town is about a five-minute drive away and a free resort shuttle will take guests into town or other beaches in the summer months. Biking and walking are the most popular and convenient ways to get around Tofino, but a vehicle is also nice to have. However, parking can be at a premium in town.
Private and group yoga workshops are available just down the road from the resort at a yoga studio.
The bar in the Great Room is a great spot for adults to grab a cocktail and listen to live music on select days. In the summer months (May through September), the Sandbar on the beachside patio is an even better spot! Have a cocktail by the ocean during the day or a glass of wine by a fire pit as the sun sets. You really can’t go wrong either way!