New Yorker Gaya Vinay recently visited Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn with her family, including her baby and toddler. “The trip was long,” she said, “but the highlight was Tofino. The Wick is a very nice property and very kid-friendly.” Here, she shares her tips for other families considering a trip to BC. Her take: a "yes" with young children but maybe even a bigger hit for families with older kids. (Photo above by Chris Pouget)
- Their on site restaurants are very good. The cafe is more casual and easier with kids. Their room service is good and prompt as well. Breakfast at the cafe starts early at around 7.
- They have bikes and also bike attachments that can accommodate small children. There is a bike path from the hotel to town.
- They were very accommodating with the kids. No one complained about the mess during meal times, also they had a set of beach toys in the room.
- Babysitting was very good. Free babysitting when you dine at the Pointe (the more fancy place) was a huge perk.
- There are a lot of tide pools on the beach which made exploring fun.
- Their concierge was very good and prompt.
- The rooms at the Pointe have a very nice view.
- The water is cold so not suitable for younger children.
- A lot of the exciting things to do involve hiking or taking long boat trips (whale watching). I think kids above 5 will enjoy this place the most.
- The rooms are on the small side, so with older kids, two rooms may be better than sharing one.
- Rains quite a bit so smaller kids+small room= stress.
- They have a very late check in at 4 PM.
Editor's Note: The Wickaninnish is located on Vancouver Island, accessible either by ferry (make reservations ahead in high season) or flights to Tofino. If you love a good drive, take the ferry route: the scenery is spectacular year-round.