Where to go in British Columbia? Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
High ceilings angled up above us and two stories of windows suggested the awe-inspiring views that would greet us in the morning but that were now obscured by the night. The interior particularly pleased me with its intensely modern design warmed by the generous use of wood for the ceilings, reception desk and trim, with black rock or tile set against it. I later learned that the wood used on the project came primarily from trees cut from the building site. Ron Lea of VIA Architecture designed the building and Sharon Bortolotto of BBA Design Consultants managed the interior space with its many remarkable details, like the two chairs pictured below, each hewn from one solid piece of wood.
The sense of luxury and expansiveness continued into the lounge, separated from the main room by a long, rectangular, over-sized propane fire. A recovered log set in the centre of the room attracted my boys who alternately sat on it, balanced on it, and fell off of it.
A large wedding party populated the hotel, a dream location for a wedding that would marry sophistication and relaxation. The film crew for The Big Year were also in residence at the resort, but I could have stumbled upon Steve Martin, Jack Black or Owen Wilson anywhere because they'd turned the entire Tofino and Ucluelet areas into a film set.
"Tofino and Ucluelet are two gems secluded on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia," I read before my trip on the MyTofino website. "At Tofino's doorstep is the Clayoquot Sound region, a world UNESCO biosphere reserve. This area boasts one of British Columbia's most prized nature reserves, Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino offers the best way to experience BC's pristine wilderness first hand." I knew the battles that had been fought to preserve these natural reserves and how the struggle to protect the area continues still.
I couldn't wait to explore it.
We headed up to Suite 315, overlooking the Pacific, and exclaimed to each other over the room which seemed fit for royalty.
We lingered a long time in the bathroom where my son marvelled over the large shower with its floor made from beach rocks, its rain-shower nozzle and hand-held nozzle. We negotiated to see who got to take a shower first and, after bathing in our luxurious quarters (I chose the bathtub), went to bed.
I slipped under the covers of a comfortable bed with views over the ocean and thought about tomorrow when we would sample Black Rock Resort's breakfast, surf for our first time, and when I would experience a massage and seaweed treatment at the Black Rock Resort spa. I also looked forward to walking the Wild West Coast Trail that curved around the hotel and cut a path along the ocean for kilometres.
The food at breakfast exceeded our expectations. Even my finicky children loved it. They devoured the pan-fried potatoes, which, we all agreed surpassed any we'd tasted. I swear. Eating while gazing out three walls of windows over the black rock beach and infinite ocean heightened the deliciousness of the morning meal.