Tofino is a place I go to relax, recharge and reset myself. It’s true what they say about “island time” as I do feel like time slows down a little when I am here and my pace is slower. I tend to have a busy mind and there is something about Tofino that allows my mind to be quieter.
Welcome to Tofino! It takes about half a day to get to Tofino from the Lower Mainland. I took the ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo (Duke Point) but you can also take Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (also Nanaimo). Once you arrive on the island, the drive is about 2.5-3 hours depending on weather conditions. You can also take a small sea plane to get here which would land at the Tofino airport but I have never done that.
Tofino is full of trails and hikes to explore. Most trails have a beautiful view as a pay off. This trail is called Schooner Cove. It is a part of the Pacific Rim National Park. The trail is considered easy and is a kilometer long each way. It has lots of stairs though as you can see from the photo above.
The trail is surrounded by massive, old growth trees. It is easy to get mesmerized by their size.
The trail empties out at a peaceful beach.
As soon as we got onto the beach, we saw 2 golden eagles tussling in the air. This is the best shot I could get of it as it was flying away. I was so ecstatic that we saw golden eagles here! It was a bird lovers treat.
We also saw a pair of bald eagles flying in off the ocean. One of them took a rest in an outcropping of trees while its partner continued hunting.
I did some beach combing of my own. It was nice to have a walking stick.
There were sea creatures and shells to look at on the beach.
The trail wasn’t too busy when we did it so it felt like we had the beach all to ourselves.
I had to leave my mark on the beach.
This is the main dock in Tofino. It is right in the downtown core.
I can stare out at the Tofino waters for endless amounts of time. I like seeing all the different types of activity happening.
The dock is a great place to catch the sunset. After our dinner at Wolf in the Fog one evening, we went down to the dock to see it.
Highway #1 starts/ends in Tofino. I managed to get a shot with the sun setting under the official sign.
The birds knew it was time to go home for the night.
This is one of my favourite photos of our Tofino 2016 trip. A fishing boat coming into the dock during the sunset.
Tofino is one of my favourite destinations. I am a bit of a lazy traveler as I don’t like to exchange money or take a plane to go on holiday. Plus, I would rather support my own, local BC economy and explore my province. It is called Beautiful BC for a reason and Tofino is one of its gems.