Surfing is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Tofino, but before there were surfboards there was the Coastal Rainforest and Tofino is surrounded by it. Old growth trees, moss and lichen in various shades of green, and the sounds of nature coming from every direction. About 4 km from the centre of town, you’ll find Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, a newly refreshed Tofino hotel set amongst 4 acres of rainforest wonder. I’m taking a break from the surf for a night amongst the trees, a walk down to the mud flats and dinner in a lounge where the locals gather. It’s a stay, play and eat break at the Rainforest Inn.
STAY – You can’t miss Jamie’s Rainforest Inn at 1258 Pacific Rim Highway. The sign is big and bold and for reference, it is almost half way between two great surf spots, Cox Bay Beach and Chesterman’s Beach.
Once I’ve checked in I head straight to my room so I can drop off my bags and get outside to explore the 4-acre property. My room is large and includes a sitting area, kitchenette for cooking, and the bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub for soaking after a day of exploring and adventuring.
Best of all my room has a view of the Rainforest and one of the many trails to be found on the property.
PLAY – If the name Jamie sounds familiar it is. Jamie’s Rainforest Inn is owned by the same company that operates Jamie’s Whaling Station. This was the tour group that took me out to Hot Springs Cove. Adventure tours can be booked right at the front desk. If you don’t want to leave the property, just step out the back of the Inn and explore the Rainforest.
I took the trail down to check out the Tofino Mud Flats. It was low tide, so if I was in the mood, I could walk over to the small Island across the way. It is dog-friendly but make sure your pooch is on a leash as this is a protected Birdlife sanctuary area.
EAT – I am all for exploring the culinary wonders a town has to offer but at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn you can cook your meals in your suite which can say you some pennies. They even have a BBQ area for guests to use.
If you don’t want to cook head on down to the main floor and check out Jamie’s Restaurant and Lounge. Under the skilled hands of Chef Ryan Gark, Jamie’s is a place where the locals come to hang out, especially on Wing Wednesdays.
We’re more than excited to introduce our new executive chef, Ryan Gark! He was a contestant on #choppedcanada which is airing May 16. Come join is in the lounge to watch the show and cheer on our local celebrity! We don’t know the outcome but will have the bubbly on ice just in case! #yourtofino #foodnetwork #foodie #eattofino
I couldn’t resist a Tofino Brewing Blonde Ale with a plate of Wings to start my night off. For my main dish, Chef Gark suggested I try the Crispy Chicken Burger with Homecut Fries and boy he did not disappoint.
Stay, play and eat at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn. You can do it all here. Best of all the prices are pretty reasonable. Until June 15th you stay for only $221.36 for two nights. Summer rates are a bit higher, but well within most people’s budgets. Oh and did I say they are pet-friendly?
- 2 Nights in a Standard Double Queen Room for 2 people
- + $50 Dining Voucher
- = $199 + tax
- 42% Savings! ($221.36 with tax)
An iconic Tofino hotel at everyday prices. Enjoy your taste of the Rainforest.