Roam+Board :: Wya Point Resort

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[trip style =  beach + weekend getaway + glamping]

What
Sitting in a coastal rainforest bordering the Pacific Rim, Wya Point Resort rendezvous you with nature in a way very few stays can. And while the forest-meets-beachfront location is one of the eco-resort's crowning glories, its connection to Canada's wild goes beyond the area's physical features. To me, it has to do with the owners, the Ucluelet First Nation, who have a strong and longstanding reverence for nature, and understanding of the land.

Counting a flock of campsites, 15 yurts, nine lodges and a bevy of private beaches under its wing, the 600-acre Wya Point Resort is a haven; the kind of place where you write a novel, watch the waves, walk for hours or wear the same sweater four days in a row.  

When we arrived for our weekend stay at the end of January, the sun was starting to set, bathing the resort’s private beach in a rose, blue and golden light so complex it would be difficult for Pantone to capture the color in a chip. So taken by the light peeking through the old-growth trees towering over the Pacific Ocean, we ran to the resort’s sandy cove before even setting foot in our oceanfront lodge {see photo below}.

Inside each cottage, built to LEED Platinum standards, it feels like you're still communing with the outdoors. The post-and-beam timber-frame construction lends the look, feel and smell of the forest, while gallery windows facing the Pacific provide a wide-angle view of the waves. Because of the resort's proximity to the beach, the sound of the sea never escapes you; at night I fell asleep to the tide rolling and retreating up and down the beach.

In the quietness of this moment, I was struck by the privilege of weekending on the Pacific Rim. To quote a line songstress Sarah McLachlan mused when gushing about the region {where she has a vacation home}, "it doesn't get more West Coast than this." 

Trip Styler approved.

Where
Located in Ucluelet, British Columbia, five hours from Vancouver {YVR} by car and a trip aboard BC Ferries, connecting the mainland with Vancouver Island.    

When
All year. 

Trip Styler Tip: Don't discount winter, aka storm-watching season, as a 'cool' time to visit. Watching the waves and wind rock n' roll is the ultimate West Coast experience.  

Who/Why
Ancient trees ground you. The ocean lulls you. Wildlife invigorates you. The wild moves you.        

Cost
Rates start at $115 per night for the yurts, and $169 per night for the lodges, and include WiFi, free parking and a serenity-now sunset view. 

Photos

 An arial glimpse of Wya Point Resort

An arial glimpse of Wya Point Resort

 Three of the nine one- and two-bedroom lodges

Three of the nine one- and two-bedroom lodges

 The view from my balcony over Ucluth Beach

The view from my balcony over Ucluth Beach

 The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean

The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean

 Beach life

Beach life

 The light was so gorgeous, we had to snap a Trip Styler crew photo {PS - the resort is pet-friendly}

The light was so gorgeous, we had to snap a Trip Styler crew photo {PS - the resort is pet-friendly}

 Sea life

Sea life

 Our one-bedroom lodge

Our one-bedroom lodge

 Our bedroom, which overlooked the ocean through a giant gallery window

Our bedroom, which overlooked the ocean through a giant gallery window

 Our sitting area //  Trip Styler Tip: Bring slippers to keep your feet toasty on the concrete and hardwood floors

Our sitting area // Trip Styler Tip: Bring slippers to keep your feet toasty on the concrete and hardwood floors

 Our kitchen {each lodge and yurt also comes with its own barbecue}

Our kitchen {each lodge and yurt also comes with its own barbecue}

 About to drink the local coffee provided for each lodge guest 

About to drink the local coffee provided for each lodge guest 

 The yurts

The yurts

 Inside the yurts, which feature a summer kitchen, a wood-burning stove for year-round heat, a dome skylight, and windows oriented toward the ocean for optimal wave-watching and privacy

Inside the yurts, which feature a summer kitchen, a wood-burning stove for year-round heat, a dome skylight, and windows oriented toward the ocean for optimal wave-watching and privacy

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[photos by @tripstyler {except for first two and yurt photos}, taken while as a guest of the resort I've been longing to stay at since it opened.]