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Set within a grove of spruce and cedar trees, just steps from the sandy beach, the Chesterman Beach B&B boasts unparalleled views over the ocean and forested islands, with grey whales occasionally seen spouting water just offshore. In winter, you can watch storms roll in from the comfort of your room, while spring and summer see the area come alive with the sounds of wildlife. 

The property typifies the West Coast with its traditional wooden exterior. Inside, the communal areas and rooms have an inviting atmosphere thanks to the hand-crafted furniture and local art used throughout. Todd and Lynda, the hosts, are very welcoming and will strive to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Todd is a local photographer, and you’ll see his artwork displayed around the property. 

With just two suites and one cottage, the property offers a highly personal stay. Each option has its own entrance, en suite bathroom and deck. The Ocean Breeze Suite also has a second bedroom to accommodate families. 

While staying here, you can have a soak in thee hot tub, which overlooks the ocean, or borrow one of the kayaks or surf boards to explore the coastline.

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The Garden Cottage, set among the cedars, has a private entrance and beautiful views of the forest, though the beach is just a few steps away. Inside is a comfortable double bed, a living area with a double sofa bed, a full kitchen and a spacious en suite bathroom. You can dine out on your private deck, or keep warm by the fire. 

The Ocean Breeze and Lookout Suites are set facing the ocean. The Lookout Suite has a romantic feel, with a private entrance and sundeck, as well as an inviting living area, kitchenette and en suite bathroom with a Japanese bath tub. The Ocean Breeze suite can comfortably sleep four in its two bedrooms. It also has a large outside deck and a living area that sees plenty of natural sunlight.   


The oceanfront property is just a 15-minute drive from Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s west coast. You’ll find a number of shops and restaurants in the town. You could also dine at the nearby Wickaninnish Inn, which is an easy walk away. Activities in the area focus on exploring the natural beauty of the coastline and inland forests through hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and surfing. 

Food and Drink

A home-cooked breakfast is available at an additional cost. The property is also within easy reach of Tofno’s many fine restaurants. We particularly recommend Shelter and SoBo. 

Our opinion

We find that this property provides a tranquil escape in a beautiful coastal location, whether you’re visiting as a couple, family or group of friends. Since it opened in 1984 it has earned a superb reputation amongst locals and visitors alike. 

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