Vancouver Island: Tofino
The time has come to cross the border with the ferry from Port Angeles towards Canada and Vancouver Island. If one can imagine it as a small island on the outskirts of the big city of Vancouver, it is far from being the case. This wild island covers an area comparable to the surface of Belgium. Once arrived on dry land, we still have a 4-hour drive to get to our destination: the charming and cozy surf town of Tofino on the west coast of the island. We look forward to enjoying the laid-back island lifestyle for few days and to being by the sea again
Located in Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach is the longest beach along the coast between Tofino and Ucluelet. On a beautiful morning, we take a walk and explore the still very quiet beach. We are amazed by Schooners Beach at the western end of the beach, a part only accessible at low tide. Rock formations in the fine sand with the forest in the background and an unobstructed view of the entire Long Beach create an idyllic landscape.
Walk onLong Beach
After many hikes in the U.S. National Parks, we slow our pace down in Tofino. Long hikes are not on the agenda. We stretch our legs on two short highlight walks. First the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail near the small village of Ucluelet. This short walk follows the coastline before leading us back through the forest to our starting point. This well laid out trail with many benches and views of the sea invites you to relax. A second walk takes us through the rainforest in the Pacific Rim National Park. On a beautifully wooden landscaped boardwalk, we walk through dense greenery and past towering cedars that can be up to 800 years old.