Tofino Resort + Marina Launches Remote Wood-fired Floating Sauna

Merging wellness and wilderness together in Tofino’s wild backyard

Inspired by nature, Tofino Resort + Marina welcomes travellers to embark on an adventure like no other, to a remote floating sauna, deep in the beauty of the Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. 

The floating sauna sits in a quiet, protected corner of one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth, on the territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, far from wi-fi or cell service, just a short, scenic boat ride from Tofino Resort + Marina’s Adventure Centre dock. Tapping into quiet is wildly easier in the Clayoquot Sound.

“We wanted to create an opportunity to bring the feeling of remoteness within reach for our guests,” says Christopher Fehr, general manager of Tofino Resort + Marina. “With the support and partnership of the Indigenous community, we found the perfect spot to anchor this incredible wellness offering, opening up our wild backyard to those who seek it.”

Just like any trip to Tofino, the journey is part of the adventure and offers the chance to see sea lions and otters playing in the Inlet and the occasional black bears foraging on the shoreline. On arrival, the team will tend the Harvia GreenFlame wood-burning heater and ready the sauna before stepping back to allow guests to enjoy. Plunge into the salty healing waters of the Pacific Ocean; stoke your inner fire in the cedar sauna, hand-crafted on Vancouver Island by Aux Box, with floor-to-seeing windows framing an unparalleled view; take a paddleboard out and soak in the stillness or relax in built-in hammocks with your loved ones and feel any stresses float away. 

The six-hour adventure starts from $1000 + tax for four guests and is available to book year-round via Tofino Resort + Marina’s onsite Marine Adventure Centre. Trips run in all weather conditions, including during Tofino’s famed storm watching season. 

For an additional $49 per person, retrieve crab or prawn traps on the way back to the dock and enjoy your fresh crab cooked at the 1909 Kitchen restaurant for dinner with the only Cook Your Catch option in town. Includes sides and sauces. 

Located in the heart of Tofino, Tofino Resort + Marina offers a hip home base for wellness, nature and adventure lovers looking for authentic and immersive experiences, alongside comfortable and spacious rooms, signature restaurant 1909 Kitchen with a seasonally-changing menu inspired by Tofino’s oceans and shorelines and waterfront Tuff-Fit Gym. To learn more, visit tofinoresortandmarina.com.

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