Tofino and Ucluelet

We spent an amazing weekend in Tofino with Jeff’s family, hiking through the rain forest, leisurely walking along the beach and having a great time together. For anyone new to Vancouver Island- Tofino really is place not to be missed.

We took a late Saturday afternoon hike at the south end of Long Beach, stopping to build a driftwood sculpture and search for shells. Both the tide and grey clouds were rolling in but that didn’t deter Jeff’s niece from finding a few rocks to scale in search of the best view.

Around the eastern side of the peninsula is Grice Bay, a secluded and quiet inlet great for skipping rocks.

It’s a beautiful rain forest hike down to Schooner Cove at the very north end of Long Beach. We packed our lunch and spent the afternoon building sand sculptures and walking in the surf.

We decided that Green Point, where Jeff’s parents, niece and nephew were camping (and the only place allowing camp fires in the midst of a VERY dry summer!), was the best place not only to roast our marshmallows, but to watch both the waves and the sunset.

Because the coastal winds and rain can blow in at any time, Jeff and I opted for a hostel room at the Botanical Gardens rather than braving the elements in our tent. A short hike took us from the Garden’s gazebo entrance, through the forest down to the beach.

For the final day and a half, we were joined by Jeff’s cousin and family. We all ended the weekend with a hike around Ucluelet and picnic on a log, right in front of the water. It was just bliss. This was Jeff and my third trip together to the “West Coast” (of the island!), and each time we have visited, we leave happy, rested and looking forward to the next visit. This place just feeds my soul.

The only bad thing- the end of this visit signaled the end of our niece and nephew’s visit. Having them around has been a breath of fresh air and so much fun for us. We’re really going to miss them.


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