September 29, 2015

48 Hours in Tofino, British Columbia

On the western shores of Canada, lies the town of Tofino. A place of dreams, starry nights, endless waves and West Coast culture. Located on the oh-so-majestic Vancouver Island, this oasis is just about as close to paradise as one could possibly get.

We flew out of YVR's South Terminal on Friday after work and made it to Chesterman Beach to watch the sunset a few hours later. The only potential downside to this mode of transportation is not having a car to explore the area. If you're up for the challenge of using your legs, pedalling and hitching a few rides then it's not a big deal at all.

Tofino plays host to over a million visitors each year. September proved to be a lovely time to catch some waves, get in a few long runs, tear around on cruiser bikes and check out the local food scene (without having to make reservations).

We rented boards and full-body wet suits from Live To Surf and walked (think hauled) them over to the beach. This is a great idea in theory but if you aren't used to the weight and size of a surfboard then I suggest finding another way to get from one point to another.

Part of the adventure of calling the West Coast home comes from exploring its mountains, trails, beaches and forests. Vancouver has truly proven to be a wonderful launching pad to reach this area of the world. 

Here are a few images that best represent Tofino from around the web with a few of my own gems sprinkled in for good measure.

"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun."
— J.R.R. Tolkien

Surfing is good for the soul. Photo credit to Jeremy Koreski.
Be captivated. Fall in love with the destination. Photos from here & there.

The place to be. Tofino, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.
Up in the air via Orca Air.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to fly from Vancouver to Tofino. On a clear day, the scenery is spectacular.
Photo credits to sundxwn & en route.

"For West is where we all plan to go some day. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered. It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar's gold in them-thar hills. It is where you go to grow up with the country. It is where you go to spend your old age. Or it is just where you go.” ― Robert Penn Warren

A place to rest your head. Harvey House is spectacular. Beautiful rooms, incredible breakfast and exceptional hosts.
This way to the beach.
Tofitian Coffee. Go. Photo credit to Vicky Writes.
Tofino Brewing Company. Drink it. Photo credit also goes out to that fine establishment.
With love from Tofino. Photo from Local Wanderer.