Long Beach Lodge Resort offers approachable luxury on the Tofino waterfront

On a blissfully warm Friday in May, dogs sprint every which way among families exploring the shoreline of Cox Bay in Tofino, B.C.

Despite the spirited action, the sprawling beach is so vast that it’s easy to feel alone.

The sun is beaming, but the crooked, wind-blasted trees framing the beach tell the story of a different season, a reminder that this waterfront town offers year-round adventure and famed, tempestuous storm watching.

The Great Room at The Long Beach Lodge Resort

Situated on the beach’s edge is Long Beach Lodge Resort, a West Coast-chic property with 41 well-appointed rooms in the main house and 20 two-bedroom cottages tucked away in the forest. The proximity to great surf is appealing, but the real jewel of the lodge is its Great Room, an expansive dining room and lounge space with floor-to-ceiling windows that give meaning to the term “oceanfront.”

Owner Tim Hackett says the Great Room is a near replica (though much bigger) of a room in his Victoria home – right down to the wooden posts, exposed beams and fireplace. “I wanted a West Coast style of house and that’s what we did here,” he says.

Long Beach Lodge Resort

Long Beach Lodge Resort owner Tim Hacket wanted the Great Room to feel like his Victoria home (Image: Josh Lewis)

The welcoming space is adorned with local First Nations artwork, including a striking raven head that acted as the building block for the room’s esthetic. “I bought that two years before I built the place,” says Hackett. “I said, ‘I’m going to build the place around this raven head.’”

One meal in the Great Room with a fiery Tofino sunset painting the horizon and it’s easy to understand why 60 per cent of the hotel’s guests are return customers. However, Hackett says it’s the lodge’s new Surf Club that’s bringing more people back these days.

Located behind the main lodge, the club building offers luxurious changing rooms, a hot tub and sauna, a full rental outfit with surf instructors and a gift shop with a coffee bar, complete with a custom-made surfboard light fixture. The vibe is laid-back but the hospitality is high-end – perfectly on point with the Long Beach Lodge Resort experience.

To keep the lodge’s surf services top-of-mind, another custom-made surfboard lighting fixture is to be installed – this time over the reception desk. It will certainly amplify the coastal-cool ambience, but one peek out the waterfront windows and visitors need no reminder that the resort is a bona fide surf destination.

Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.