Canada’s Westcoast: Tofino & the Pacific Rim National Park

Living in Vancouver I frequently go to Vancouver Island, especially to Tofino on the West Coast of the island. It’s the perfect place to just get away, go for long walks on one of the many amazing beaches, take a kayak to hidden coves or just sit by the sea and listen to the waves of the ocean crashing onto shore. It is one of my favorite places on earth.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia is easy to reach from anywhere in the United States which makes it a great destination for a short break yet there is so much to see and do that you could spend weeks here.

The West Coast of Vancouver Island is breathtaking all year around. In the spring and summer you’ll have the opportunity to do some amazing whale watching, either from the boat or take a float plane and watch the whales even as they are under the waterline. In the Autumn and winter months, people come especially for storm watching. With nothing between the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Japan, you can imagine the spectacular shows that Mother Nature puts on from November through February. Whether you take it in from the fire place in your room or bundled up in a raincoat taking your experience to the beach, it will be an experience you’ll never forget.

One of my favorite places to stay while in Tofino is the Wickaninnish Inn, a landmark Relais & Chateaux property. Having been there myself it’s the perfect base for your stay in this area. Visit picturesque Tofino, or enjoy hiking trails that will take you through the magnificent rain forest, along trees that are hundreds of years old in the nearby Pacific Rim National Park with its temperate rain forest, one of the few in the world! FYI: Clayoquot Sound was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – all 864,734 acres including Tofino and its beaches.

After a long day of experiencing mother nature’s elements take time to relax by the fire place with a hot cocoa or take in a spa treatment at the Ancient Cedars Spa. One of their most popular spa therapies is called “Hishuk Ish Tsawalk” which is a Nuu chah nulth phrase of wisdom meaning “Everything is one – all is interconnected.” You can also take yoga classes, eat locally harvested gourmet food, take a run, or simply picnic on the beach.

If you are interested in spending a few days in this magical place, may it be by yourself, your loved ones or with a group of dear friends please contact me today and I’ll put together a journey for you that you will treasure for a life time. Chances are I will be meeting and greeting you at the airport in Vancouver and get you on your way to Tofino.

May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.


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