Covid 19 closure: Please note the Ecolodge and Darwin’s Cafe are closed until further notice to help ensure social distancing and the safety of our staff and guests. The Gardens are still open and are free of charge, so you may enjoy them safely. Please keep your distance when approaching staff and other visitors.
The Ecolodge is a 12 room bed & breakfast nestled within the whimsical 12 acre waterfront of the Tofino Botanical Gardens. It was designed for the conscientious traveller looking for quiet, clean, affordable accommodation in Tofino, with a focus on educational groups, retreats and learning opportunities. It comfortably sleeps 30 guests and rooms are booked individually, or the full facility can be reserved for schools, universities, yoga retreats, business team building excursions, weddings, and more. Active teachers receive a 5% discount off the rates!
Our fully equipped commercial-grade kitchen is perfect for creating a hearty meal after a day of exploring! Our amenities include a 6 burner gas stove and oven, microwave, two fridges and a freezer, blender, crock pot, kitchen aid mixer, toaster, coffee machine, full set of pots and pans, glassware, baking sheets, utensils, dinnerware set, cutlery and more. The Ecolodge provides a selection of spices and basic pantry items for your convenience. Breakfast is included in all rates and is served from 8-10am in the kitchen. After breakfast is served, the full kitchen is available for guest use. Groups that book the full facility are welcome to invite an in house chef to prepare meals, or use meal times as a learning opportunity and group work exercise for school and university students.
We are proud participants of the Surfrider Pacific Rim Ocean Friendly Business Campaign. We encourage you to make use of our equipment and ask that you do not bring disposable plates, cooking trays or single use plastic cutlery into our facility. Our tap water is wonderful and safe to drink, so please bring your own reusable water bottle to refill and view the Ecolodge mission page to understand our sustainability initiatives.
The Ocean Friendly Business Campaign helps Tofino and Ucluelet businesses to’… transform current operations to eliminate single use plastics, implement progressive recycling practices, and increase sustainable initiatives in businesses operations. ‘Surfrider Foundation: Pacific Rim Chapter
All rates include a wholesome continental breakfast consisting of: gluten free organic oatmeal with a selection of dried fruits and nuts, our *famous home-made muffins, bread from the Summit Bake Shop, butter, natural peanut butter and jam, and fresh fruits. You can also enjoy our dark roast organic Creekmore’s Coffee and a selection of Thay Tea and fruit juices. You are welcome to bring your own eggs, bacon, dairy free milks or other items to add to our selection if you wish. Darwin’s Café is open seasonally and sells specialty coffees, croissants and other snacks to fill your cravings.
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Living and Dining Room
We have created an atmosphere that will encourage guests to interact by enjoying a meal together at our harvest tables or lounging on the couches near the fire place and reading a local-interest book from our well stocked bookcase. The harvest tables seat approximately 28 guests and additional chairs can be added to the table ends for larger groups. Our wrap around patio has additional seating for up to 10 guests and features a communal BBQ.
The Ecolodge was built as a field station for research, thus it was designed with two ‘Teacher’s Suites’ which have private bathrooms and the shared bathrooms are used by the Bunk, Twin and Queen Rooms.
The shared bathrooms are clean, bright, and spacious and afford guests with a very comfortable level of privacy. Robes are spa quality and we are in the process of converting to 100% GOTS certified organic towels, which are provided for complimentary use. All of our bathrooms feature locally-made, eco-friendly bath products from Sea Wench Naturals. A hairdryer is provided in each bathroom.
All guests receive free admission into the Tofino Botanical Gardens valued at $12 per visitor. We invite you to explore your backyard and learn more about the cultivated plants, local culture and natural environment within the Clayoquot Biosphere Region. Free wifi is available in all rooms. Guests may use the outdoor fire pit to roast some marshmallows and enjoy the outdoor beauty and star filled sky in Tofino. The lodge has a surf wash and dry station to store surf boards and give your wet suit a chance to warm up indoors, ready for your next surf!
Full facility Reservations Include:
- 12 rooms accommodating 30 guests valued at $1319-$1919 per night (based on seasonal rates)
- Up to 2 additional cots (mattress on the floor) can be added to accommodate up to 32 guests valued at $25 each per night.
- Use of the classroom and all related equipment valued at $150/day
- Continental Breakfast
- Entrance into the Tofino Botanical Gardens and a 1 hour guided tour from the Director**, George Patterson valued at $12 per visitor.
- Exclusive use*** of the commercial grade kitchen, communal living and dining room.
- Option to rent the ‘Barn’ in the Garden’s for a refreshing outdoor class.
**If the director is not available, a tour may be provided by the General Manager or Horticulturist. *** Please note we do have an office downstairs for the Raincoast Education Society, Surfrider Foundation, and occasional guests from the gardens who may require sharing the communal bathrooms if Darwin’s Cafe is closed for the season ****Group policies apply.