Tofino’s year round population of 2000 swells to epic proportions during the summer and over long weekends as visitors from Vancouver and around the world head to the town to escape.
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But where do all the visitors stay when they’re in Tofino? Wandering around the town didn’t elicit hotel after hotel (a good thing!), so I really have no idea where they all go. Camping perhaps?
It was 2 weeks out when C and I finally committed to going to Tofino over the holiday Easter weekend.
We wanted to find a vacation rental with a kitchen so we could save some money and do some of our own cooking. However, it seemed like they were all taken.
But then we found Jamie’s Rainforest Inn.
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn lives up to its name as it sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest. I loved being able to look outside my window and just see trees after trees.
Around the inn there are easy walking trails and the back of the property features a bird sanctuary.
The inn conveniently has a restaurant and lounge on site for those days where it is pouring rain outside and you don’t feel like cooking. There is also a communal BBQ area available for all guests. WiFi is free, but I couldn’t connect anywhere on the property. However I’m told this is normal in Tofino because the internet uses satellite and is extremely slow. The front desk did direct me to where I could get access, but I didn’t go. In the end, it’s not a bad thing to disconnect every so often.
Because this trip was so last minute, I didn’t have too much time to prepare. Instead, I made use of the front desk to help sort out all our activities. Everyone I spoke to was incredibly helpful at pointing us in the right direction. If you’re interested in going on a whale watching tour, ask them about their preferred rates at Jamie’s Whaling Station.
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn is located a five minute drive from the center of Tofino. The inn is directly off the highway that takes you into town so you can’t miss it. It’s also really close to Chesterman’s Beach which is a 10 minute walk away.
We were in the Grand Deluxe King room which was a great choice. It came was incredibly spacious with a king size bed which was comfortable, but the pillows were a bit soft for me (I’m super picky with my pillows). Good thing there were plenty of them so I could double up! The room also had a pull out couch which would make it a great option for families.
The room had the kitchenette that I was looking for where they managed to think of everything that one might need to cook. From cutting boards to pots and pans to a toaster, there wasn’t anything missing.
The weekend we were in Tofino, the weather was all over the place with pouring rain broken by glorious sunshine. It wasn’t until C remarked how quiet it was in the room that I even noticed the lack of sound from outside. The room is really well insulated. The lack of pitter patter from the rain drops allowed me to have an amazing night’s sleep.
The only thing that bugged me was the pilot light coming from the fireplace in the room. It was at the perfect angle that when I slept, it would shine directly in my face. A well placed pillow on the bed solved that problem though.
I loved the bathroom. There is nothing better than soaking in a tub of hot water after a long day of relaxing. The Jacuzzi tub, plus a glass of wine and I was in heaven. There’s also a separate shower for those who prefer to shower.
I had a lovely stay at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone headed to Tofino for a getaway. I enjoyed the flexibility of having a kitchenette, but the convenience of being close to other food options. While the internet wasn’t the best, it’s not that great in all of Tofino anyways. The staff were extremely helpful and everything was thought of in the room.
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn
1258 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
Local phone: (250) 725-2323
Disclosure: I received a media rate for my stay at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, however all opinions are my own. To see what I look for in a hotel, read the beginning of this post..