OurÂ Tofino adventure was made up of fun nights with friends, late night hot tubs, a beach photoshoot, adventures in the wilderness and some yummy food. We also happened across a Rip Curl surf competition and got to take in some of the festivities whileÂ watching gnarly surfer dudes and dudettes compete! The over 50 category was especiallyÂ radical.
This picturesque coastalÂ town of 1000 people isÂ nestled in between ancient rainforestsÂ with friendly locals andÂ an overabundance of small coffee shops and locally brewed beer. One of my favourite things to do was just walk around town taking pictures of theÂ buildings and palm trees with the mountains and ocean as a background.
We took a little trip to theÂ nearby town of Ucluelet and stumbled upon a delicious pit stop, Ukee Dogs. They had lots of vegan options and, again, delicious coffee. Perfect coffee seems to be a ‘thing’ in this area… competition is tough!Â The beach wasn’t too warm, but the weekend eventually warmed up! It must have been cold for the surfers.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Our beautiful AirBNB was a modern architecturally designed home – It was so relaxing and peaceful with it’s picture windows and hot tub and it even had a hammock!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â you+me.Â Â Â Â Â Â On our way back fromÂ Â Tofino we stopped in Port Alberni at a fantastic veg*n restaurant called Teas me Teaz. After eating our delicious quesadillas, the owner and cook came out to chat with each table. He pointed to the greens I left on my plate and informed me he picked those wild watercress from a nearby river himself earlier that day.Â I quickly ate what was left. Oh, and Port Alberni still had cherry blossoms left… and lots of them!Â
We mad a stop at Cathedral Grove on the way to Tofino to check out some of the ancient moss covered trees. These endangered Douglas fir’s Â are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference.
On the Ferry on the way back we got a little show of some nearby killer whales! A perfect end to a classic west coast trip.