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Exploring Tofino's newest property

Hotel Zed adds a retro whimsy vibe

Cruising down the Pacific Rim Highway, it would be impossible to miss the burst of colour that is Tofino's new Hotel Zed. The property has a whimsical pull to those driving by giving off a retro-chic vibe with its vibrant colours paired with stained wood. The building itself is architecturally interesting in contrast to the surrounding coniferous forest, making those passing by curious to take a peek inside.

Approaching the hotel entrance, visitors are greeted with a yellow brick road experience that feels straight out of the land of Oz. Like the exterior, the hotel's lobby is unique in itself with its large sunken living room lined with plush mossy green shag carpet and two cozy fireplaces to warm up on those rainy coastal days.

Hotel Zed has numerous common areas to explore, from a mystical psychic den, glittery mini-disco to a retro arcade, as well as a 1970's business centre that looks like the type of office you'd see on the set of Mad Men.

Guest suites offer a unique treat with their luxurious 1970's style design. Guests staying can expect tasteful decor in bold colours, a massive walk-in waterfall shower, and large windows to take in scenic views of the surrounding rainforest.

While nearly complete, the hotel's list of unique amenities continues to grow with the anticipation of a bar and grill, mini-golf course, a rainforest barrel sauna and hot tub, rooftop patio, and rumpus room.

Surfers staying at Hotel Zed will soon have access to the new surf shop and are perfectly situated close to Tofino's best beaches. Cox Bay Beach, known as Canada's number one surf paradise, is known for its consistent surf and is the perfect place to view high skilled surfers riding the waves.

Long Beach, one of British Columbia's provincial parks, is breathtaking with its rolling waves and endless sandy beach.

Chesterman Beach and Mackenzi Beach are the perfect places to bring the kids to explore the tide pools searching for sea creatures like hermit crabs, barnacles, and sea anemones.

A short drive from all of the action, Hotel Zed is also close to the town's favourite local attractions and adventures. Tofino boasts some of the West Coast's most incredible wildlife, with Ocean Outfitters offering Whale and Bear watching excursions.

For an active yet relaxing outdoor experience, Tofino Sea Kayaking offers kayaking tours for all experience levels. Knowledgeable guides share the history of the area, including how wild cows came to be on Meares Island. After a long day on the ocean, The Tofino Distillery is the perfect place to warm up with a tasting of their craft spirits.

Foodie tourists staying at Hotel Zed enjoy several culinary treats at some of the areas restaurants such as Shelter, known for their cozy atmosphere and world-class seafood caught by local fishermen. Shed Restaurant is known for its burgers, brews and classic west coast vibe, while Bravacados is the place to go for an entirely plant-based foodie experience. 

Tofino is one of the best places to experience all supernatural British Columbia has to offer and hotel Zed adds to the destination's flavour.