Vancouver Island resort makes National Geographic’s list of top 20 adventure spots for the year

Vancouver Island resort makes National Geographic's list of top 20 adventure spots for the year
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A luxury resort on Vancouver Island is one of the “coolest” places to travel this year, according to U.S. magazine National Geographic.

The remote and well-appointed Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge was one of only two Canadian destinations to make this year’s list of “20 of the coolest travel adventures for 2024,” which National Geographic released on Tuesday.

The resort, located in the Clayoquot Sound north of Tofino, is located on Ahousaht First Nation land and was renovated “with lumber cut from timber which fell on-site,” according to National Geographic.

The wilderness resort boasts guided whale-watching tours, hiking, kayaking, lush spa services – heli-fly fishing where helicopters take anglers to prime fishing spots – and more.

It also offers gourmet meals that feature local and sustainable ingredients.

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The oceanfront resort has been making waves recently, earning two other travel awards last year alone.

In January it made Condé Nast Traveller’s “The Gold List 2023,” which highlighted some of the best places to stay in the world, and in August, it was named Canada’s best wilderness resort for 2023 by the World Travel Awards.

The resort hosts 25 “luxury canvas guest tents” with prices ranging from $2,900 to $5,800 per night.

The only other Canadian destination to make National Geographic’s list this year was Niagara Falls.

The magazine notes that this year, a solar eclipse is set to sweep over the massive waterfall on April 8, making it one of the most interesting places to travel to in 2024.


Correction: A previous version of this story said the lodge was owned by the Ahousaht First Nation. In fact, it is located on Ahousaht First Nation territory but is owned by an Australian company.

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