Black Rock Resort, A Westcoast Jewel

Shhhh! The best kept destination secret awaits you in BC this summer.  If you want to keep out of Trump territory and are not travelling abroad, consider the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, BC.  It is my most favorite spot close to home.

tofino-articleThe peaceful feeling that overcomes me while watching the water dip and swirl, listening to the crashing waves, all nestled in a warm, silky faux fur throw on the balcony is worth the trip.   That might be reason enough to make the trip, but there is much more that makes the three hour journey from Vancouver worthwhile.

The one bedroom lodge suite has a perfectly appointed kitchen with four of everything. Everything you need to cook meals and even a perfect little dishwasher to help clean up means you can easily not ever leave your suite once you get there.  We have done exactly that on more than one occasion.  The kitchen is not the main selling point, though the bathroom is.  Honestly, the bathroom just thrills me every time!  Stepping into it is like sliding into a black cocoon. A huge black slab of rock makes up the vanity.  The shower, well you can have a party in the shower! The walls are glistening black stone and the small black river pebbles on the floor massage your feet as the rain shower or the shower accouterments of choice caresses your skin.  A deep, shapely snow white oval tub rises out of the black slate floor. On the wall, a sliding window opens so you can watch the clouds drift through the balcony doors of the bedroom as you soak up the bubbles.

And if you really must get a break from your suite, there is the Drift Spa …world class. A sea salt scrub, Vichy shower and massage leave me devoid of any stress and barely able to move. You can slowly come back to life, while sitting on a beautiful lounge drinking cucumber waters or enjoying a lovely tea looking over the patio. A natural marine spa, they use an island made line of natural seaweed products.

If you are not up to cooking after that, you might decide to take advantage of the fabulous restaurant or lounge.  Every meal has been delicious and the to-die-for ocean view through the floor to ceiling windows is a beautiful accompaniment to any meal. The piece de resistance is the made on the premises decadent sorbet.  Not always available, it is to die for. Try it if you can. Weekends the lounge frequently has music.

We often close off the day with a dip in the small pool, and then veg in one of two hot tubs poised right at the edge of the rock overlooking the crashing waves below.  One can meet any number of interesting people from around the world, happy to chat and share their day’s explorations. You might hear about bear or whale watching, fishing, hiking, surfing or beach combing.

We have enjoyed whale and bear watching tours. I was fascinated to learn there is a species of brown bear that is only found on the island.  On the bear watching trip, it was amazing to see the bears feeding at the water’s edge at low tide.  They swat huge boulders with one paw, rolling them over like cotton balls to find the seafood underneath.  They lumber slowly down the beach feasting at their own private smorgasbord.  Can they ever move quickly though, once alerted by the sound of movement on the boat.  Interesting fact: bears cannot see well so their hearing and sense of smell are acute and alert them to danger first.  We were encouraged to sit very still on the boat as the sound of the life suit’s crisp material travels too well.

The beach just to the side of thetofino2 hotel is a bonus, perfect for an impromptu picnic. Of course the miles of sandy beach at Long Beach just a ten minute drive away, cannot be imagined, only experienced. I lived in BC for twenty years before I made the trip and that was a shame.

Give it a try!  You will return home refreshed with wonderful memories of this hidden westcoast jewel.


Maoz Kaufmann