On the westernmost edge of Vancouver Island, the Relais & Chateaux Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is black bear central. You are in the grizzled wild here, with accommodation under canvas as well as all the camp's leisure facilities, save for the Great Hall, with dining room, bar and lounging area. Be sure to book one of the 15 luxury-category tents, which are newer and have ensuite bathrooms (showers open to sky and stars) and dressing rooms. This is glamping Canadian wilderness-style with big, hand-carved beds, Persian carpets and antique pieces of furniture. Dip in the outdoor wood-fired plunge tub to soak tired bones after vigorous rounds of activities, including hiking, whale-watch cruises and bear-viewing sorties in the protected waterways and habitats of the utterly beautiful Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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