TOFINO, British Columbia, July 3, 2014 -- The Wickaninnish Inn was named the #1 resort hotel in Canada by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, which announced its 2014 World's Best Awards today.

Situated in Tofino, on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast, the Wickaninnish Inn, a member of Relais & Chateaux, is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean with an old growth temperate forest as a backdrop.

The Inn is a year-round destination for surfers, hikers, sea kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. It's also known as the spot where winter storm watching originated, an adventure where guests can witness the natural drama of 25-foot waves crashing against the shore and rocks. The Pointe Restaurant offers 240 degree views of the scene along with fresh, innovative, refined west coast cuisine prepared by the talented culinary team of chefs Warren Barr and David Sider.

"We are thrilled and honored with this latest recognition by the readers of Travel + Leisure," said Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director. "To be ranked among the world's best, and to have made the list consistently for over 10 years in a row, is a great testament to the dedicated team at the Wickaninnish Inn. Knowing that the knowledgeable readers of Travel + Leisure recognize our efforts makes this award that much more meaningful."

This latest honor from Travel + Leisure is significant because the World's Best Awards rely on guest experiences. Every year, Travel + Leisure's readers vote on their favorite hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines and other businesses to create a snapshot of the best travel experiences around the globe. This year's full results will be published in the August 2014 issue of the magazine, as well as on www.travelandleisure.com.

The Wickaninnish Inn has consistently earned top spots in the annual Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. In 2012, the Inn's Ancient Cedars Spa was voted the #1 Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. and Canada, and Best Hotel Spa Overall (worldwide) in 2008. Other awards include the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Platinum Circle, a recognition for making the publication's Gold List over five years in a row, as well as Andrew Harper's Reader's Travel Awards.

For information about Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, visit www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

About the Wickaninnish Inn

Perched on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, the Wickaninnish Inn is a year-round destination exemplifying "rustic elegance on nature's edge." A member of Relais & Châteaux since 1997, the Inn is owned and managed by Tofino's McDiarmid family and is exclusively located on beautiful Chesterman Beach. For reservations or information, visit www.wickinn.com or call 800-333-4604.

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