How to Reboot Your Fitness at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

My thighs were burning. I hadn’t run in ages, and here I was trotting on the wet sand of Cox Bay beach in Tofino. Huffing and puffing, I came to a stop in front of Michele, our trainer. “Welcome to the Beauty and the Beach Wellness Retreat at Long Beach Lodge!,” she said, grinning.

Fortunately, I wasn’t alone in my lack of breath. We were a group of ten women and one man, getting our fitness on, on the far western shore of Canada. In one of the best  retreat locations and hotels in Tofino, British Columbia. It helps to have a pack supporting your efforts to reboot your fitness regime. So round up the girlfriends for a unique wellness retreat in the luxurious surroundings of Long Beach Lodge.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

Long Beach Lodge in Tofino

Long Beach Lodge was our home for the weekend, and a more cosy and view-tastic luxury accommodation in Tofino, I can’t imagine. There are many hotels in Tofino, but Long Beach Lodge is right on Cox Bay Beach, with many rooms facing the beach and Pacific Ocean. My spacious hotel suite included a king bed, gas fire place, balcony, and large bathroom with views onto – and sounds of! – the ocean.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

Long Beach Lodge is pet-friendly, which is even more wonderful, as dogs do love running on the beach, even if I don’t.  If you’ve gathered the girlfriends for a wellness retreat getaway, the Lodge also has cottages behind the property. These are perfect for families, BFFs, or couples staying together. Cottages have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, a large dining and seating area, and full kitchens.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

The central Great Room is the social heart of the Lodge. The room features a massive wood-burning granite fireplace, comfy sofas near the bar. The dining tables look out onto the ocean and beach. The Lodge is focused on sustainability in its operations and food preparation and sourcing. Local fish and shellfish feature prominently, as does produce from other regions of Vancouver Island.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

Surf Club and Adventure Centre

The Lodge maintains a Surf Club and Adventure Centre on its property, where guests can rent boards and equipment (hello sexy wet suit!), and book surfing lessons from local experts.

Surfing in Tofino is very popular. The Pacific Ocean waters off Tofino are cold, and can be wild in late fall and winter. Even if you’ve surfed before, getting a handle on local surf conditions in Tofino with a guide is a good idea. The Centre includes hot showers and a steamy hot pool and sauna for guests to warm up post-surfing.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

Beauty and the Beach Wellness Retreat at Long Beach Lodge

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

The Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat is an annual fall gathering at Long Beach Lodge, hosted by Victoria-based fitness trainer Michele Shorter. She’s brings women (and some men) together on the wild coast of Tofino for a mindful adventure focused on fitness, nutrition and regaining connection with nature.

“The Shorter Approach is all about integrating what makes you feel good into your daily life. We’re going to work together to create a plan you can follow after you leave our weekend wellness retreat and equip you with the tools you need to nourish your body and mind every day, no matter where you are.”  – Michele Shorter


It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

The first evening post-arrival is focused on a meet and greet, sharing goals, and noshing on some delicious Lodge food. Our group is from all over western Canada – Victoria, Metro Vancouver, and various cities in Alberta. Everyone is keen and ready to recommit to some hard beach workouts, after one more glass of wine of course.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

Oh, did I mention? This wellness retreat doesn’t prohibit some of the finer things in life, like wine, cheese, or dessert. It’s all about moderation, and learning about what foods may be better for you while keeping favourites in the mix.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

Wellness Retreat Workout

The day begins with a beach meet up and warm-up run. (Remember my huffing and puffing.) We pair up, and quickly move on to squats, jumping jacks (a personal favourite), pushups and sit ups in the sand.

Working out in the natural environment of the beach, with the sunshine warming the air and the mist rising is supremely motivating. I began to enjoy running in the sand, kicking up some sea spray and breathing in the cool air. I certainly wasn’t fast, but I was moving, and it felt wonderful.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

In addition to the outdoor fitness sessions each day, the wellness retreat includes daily nutrition classes and yoga sessions. Sharing recipes and food prep tips in a group is a great way to learn how to switch up your diet. And the benefits of yoga stretches after multiple squats cannot be overstated. I could barely make it up stairs as it was.

It's time to focus on self-care and reboot your fitness regime at the Beauty and the Beach wellness retreat at Long Beach Lodge in Tofino, Canada.

On our last day, I woke up early. To run on the beach, by myself. I wanted to enjoy this healthy feeling and the beauty of Tofino and Long Beach Lodge. To carry it with me home to remember on those days when moments for self-care are scarce.

Click here for information on Beauty and the Beach 2018.

Disclosure: The writer was invited to participate in Beauty and the Beach and hosted by Long Beach Lodge. As always, her opinions about long soaks after multiple squats on the beach is honest and her own.

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22 Comments

  • Long Beach Lodge looks absolutely gorgeous. The sets are even coming in decently for BC surfing. I love the way that you captured the light and the mists. That kind of beauty would help encourage me to do squats on the beach, or at least not complain as loudly afterward. Long Beach Lodge looks like a destination we could really enjoy.

    • Claudia says:

      Thank you! The scenery does inspire one to do things one might not otherwise, like those squats! 😉

  • What an incredible place for the heart and soul! It sounds and looks glorious..workouts on the beach! Amazing meals! Seems like the perfect balance of health and relaxation.

  • Sreekar says:

    Ya. I too love nothing more than a long run on such stunning beaches. It relaxing, to say the least! Good that it worked out for you too! And Yoga to boot! Great combo!

  • Such a stunning location – even I would be happy to try a wellness retreat there! And I love that they don’t cut out everything – learning moderation is a great way forward

  • Linda says:

    We have been to Long Beach in Tofino but I did not know we could do a wellness retreat there. The Great Room sounds like the perfect spot to relax at the end of the day. The food, wine and cheese looks yummy. Oh and then the exercise. But it would be a great spot for yoga! I will have to check this out!

  • Christina says:

    Long Beach Lodge looks like a lovely home away from home. Just sitting on the beach gazing at the glassy water would be enough to feel relaxed. Tofino is such a beautiful and natural escape on Vancouver Island.

  • I need a wellness retreat after a summer of eating and drinking! Need to make my own at home I guess 🙂 This looks really awesome, what a beautiful place to reboot!

  • Rosemary says:

    What a wonderful way to treat one’s body. A retreat at Long Beach Lodge sounds absolutely incredible. Love running on the beach and the follow up with yoga classes. That sounds perfect for me. Great that wine and cheese are also included. The benefits of moderation are key. What a lovely experience and keep the running going 🙂

  • What a beautiful spot! I haven’t been to Tofino for years and a wellness weekend sounds perfect – especially since they let you have WINE and DESSERT! I can imagine the salt air aromas now and the never ending tide that lets you walk the beach for hours. Thanks for the inspiration, I have to get back there!

  • sherianne says:

    I really like this idea, it’s gorgeous and I can still have wine. It would be a great gift to myself to take time to attend a wellness retreat. Also a great way to get in some girl time.

  • Hannah says:

    I don’t run, but I love yoga and man, that beach looks like a perfect spot to do some exercise! Good to know that Long Beach Lodge is dog-friendly, as my dog loves travelling with us. Waking up early for some stretches and a walk on that beautiful beach would be a dream!

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