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Vargas Island Experience

July 3-7, 2024

A unique chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of Vargas Island, British Columbia

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What we stand for

Vision

Our vision is to preserve ecological health by providing a comfortable space for people to relax, learn, and play in a nature-based setting. Spending time in nature deepens our sense of connection to the ecosystems we inhabit, and leaves us more inclined to preserve these ecosystems.   

What We Offer

Experience & Location

We are located on the beautiful shoreline of Vargas Island, just a 15 minute boat ride from Tofino, British Columbia. With a fine balance of remoteness, accessibility and comfort, our off-grid retreat centre is ideally situated for nature-based field trips, retreats, workshops, weddings and private gatherings.  

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Facilities & Activities

We offer comfortable tent-cabin accommodations and a variety of fun and relaxing activities to make the most of your stay at Cedar Coast. 

Accommodations

Cedar Coast accommodations are in ocean-view tent cabins with wood stoves, private en-suite bathrooms, and comfortable beds with organic mattresses. Tent cabins were constructed using salvaged materials and furnished with a mix of custom salvaged wood and second hand furniture.

Education Programs

Cedar Coast offers a variety of in-house, place-based ecology programs for guests and visiting school groups. We also welcome independent education groups looking for the perfect place to host their own courses, workshops and retreats.

Activities

Activities at Cedar Coast include yoga, hiking, kayaking, beach walks, art making, fishing off the rocks, basketball, volleyball, badminton, board games, bocci, campfire, gardening, and tide pool exploration.

Dining

We offer full catering services that prioritize local, organic, healthy and delicious foods. Catering includes three meals each day that feature locally harvested seafood and fresh local produce. We do not serve liquor but guests may bring their own beer and wine. 

Amenities

Relax and enjoy our cedar hot tub and take a cold plunge directly into the pacific ocean. Freshen up in our open air shower house. Cozy up with a cup of tea and a good book in the library.

Transportation

We offer round trip boat transportation between Tofino, B.C. and our location on Vargas Island.

EXPERIENCES

Available Activities
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Try Sailing course

+10 yrs old

A fun hands-on course to enjoy being on the water while learning basic sailing skills. aimed to provide candidates with basic introductory knowledge for crewing a vessel (monohull or catamaran) up to 15 meters in inland or coastal waters <5 miles offshore during daylight hours in moderate wind and sea conditions.
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Yoga & Meditation

+10 yrs old

Depending on whether you want to regain energy, relieve stress or just relax, we offer different type of yoga classes : Kundalini - Yin or Family Yoga. The Shoreline deck offers a relaxing, oceanview location for yoga classes. On rainy days, classes can be moved to the multi-purpose room with heated floors.
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Private Fishing Charter

All Ages

Head out with an experienced fishing guide to the waters of Vancouver Island’s West coast, where salmon, lingcod, halibut and tuna are found in abundance. Our guides adhere to the highest standards of sustainable fishing practices. Trips are typically 4-5hrs.
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Sea Kayaking

Ages 6+

Kayaking is a great way to connect with the natural marine environment. Guides will teach basic sea kayak skills and share all their knowledge on the local history, culture and ecology! Please note that trips require a minimum of two people.
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Guided Ahous Bay Hike

Ages 8+

A rugged and diverse 1-hour backcountry route connects the Cedar Coast Centre to the Vargas Island Provincial Park and the sandy beaches of Ahous Bay. The trail navigates through a coastal bog ecosystem before arriving at Ahous Bay, where you will find a long, sandy beach with breaking waves and expansive views of the open Pacific ocean. Ahous Bay is a great spot for wildlife viewing, including grey whales that feed in the bay during summer months. 
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Art Making

All Ages

Express yourself through a variety of place-based art making activities designed to nourish the artist's connection to nature.
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Indoor Activities

All Ages

The lodge contains a large mult-purpose room where guests can enjoy games of half-court basketball, full-court volleyball, badminton and four-square.
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Reading and Board Games

All Ages

Enjoy one of the Lodge’s many cozy nooks to curl up with a book from our well-stocked library, play one of our many board games, or just relax.
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Surf Lessons

All Ages

Interested in learning how to surf? Let us connect you to some of the best surf schools in Tofino! Instructors will cover the basics of how to surf, safety concerning tides & rip-currents and surfing etiquette.
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Big Tree Trail Charter

All Ages

The Big Tree Trail at Wanachus-Hilthuuis (Meares Island) Tribal Park is the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s flagship visitor experience. While most of the rainforest near Tofino in Pacific Rim National Park is second growth, on the Big Tree Trail you can find spectacular giant old growth trees including some that are estimated to be over 1500 years old. Distance: 3 kilometres, round-trip
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Wildlife Watching with Skookum John

Ages 10+

Join Skookum on a custom wildlife watching tour in his home territory of Clayoquot Sound. An Ahousaht Nation member, Skookum shares cultural stories and knowledge with his guests as they watch whales, bald eagles, sea lions, otters or bears from his 20 ft vessel, the Sweet Marie. Guests will get a unique perspective and truly experience the beauty of the area. You never know what adventure awaits you!

Choose Your Stay

Accommodations
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Oceanview Grand Tents

4 Person Capacity

The Oceanview Grand is perfect for a family of up to 4 with a King bed for parents and a bunk bed for kids. This tent is also perfect for couples looking for an expansive space to lounge, as the bunk bed collapses into a daybed to create a cozy, romantic interior. 
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Oceanview King Tents

2 Person

The Oceanview King is perfect for couples wanting ample space to sleep, cozy up in front of the fire and sit at the double wide desk that looks out over Clayoquot Sound.
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Oceanview Queen Tent

2 Person

The Oceanview Queen is perfect for couples and individuals looking for ample space to rest, relax and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Clayoquot Sound right out the window.
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Oceanview Double Tent

2 Person

The Oceanview Double is perfect for an individual or couple looking to embrace the simplicity of a small space. Thoughtfully laid out this tent has everything you need for a comfortable, cozy experience with spectacular ocean and mountain views.
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Oceanview Off-Grid Tents

2 Person

Looking to take a break from the buzz of modern day life? Enjoy the simplicity and quiet of our Oceanview off-grid tents. Just a short 1 minute walk to the shower house and main lodge with flush toilets, this tent has everything you need to immerse yourself in nature with a warm and comfortable interior living space.

Our Programs

Education

Throughout the Spring and Fall seasons we deliver place-based ecology programs for k-12 and university school groups. 

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Our Location

Facilities

Our off-grid, boat access facility includes comfortable wall tent accommodations, a large dining hall, living room, library, classroom, gymnasium, field lab, shower house, hot tub, and sauna.

The People behind Cedar Coast

Our Team

Cedar Coast is lucky to have a passionate team who is dedicated to preserving and sharing this place. Being stewards of our home, we wish to deliver the best possible immersive nature experiences for all of our guests.

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Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and honour the traditional territories of the Ahousaht, Hesquiaht, and ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) First Nations. In the spirit of truth, healing and reconciliation, Cedar Coast Art and Ecology invites all visitors to join us as respectful guests in this unceded Nuu-chah-nulth Ha’huulthii.