Storm Watching in Tofino
BC’s wild west coast
There is nothing more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm and there is no better place to experience the power and beauty of Mother Nature than Tofino on BC’s rugged west coast. Known for its rich variety of landscapes from high rocky mountains and lush rainforests to sheltered and jagged coastlines, Vancouver Island is the perfect place to witness the power of nature.
DAY 1 – PARKSVILLE, BC
We board BC Ferries in Tsawwassen for the afternoon sailing to Vancouver Island. Tonight, stay at the beautiful oceanfront Beach Club Resort in Parksville. Maybe there will be a storm you can watch from the beachside pool and hot tub!
DAY 2 – TOFINO, BC
Our leisurely day starts with a visit to Coomb’s Old Country Market and a stroll through Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park to view one of the most accessible old growth stands of Douglas Fir. Travel scenic roads to Tofino and our oceanfront rooms at Best Western’s Tin Wis Resort.
EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS
With a tree canopy of over 260 feet high in some places and featuring a magnificent temperate rainforest with enormous 800-year-old trees, a carpet of ferns and draping moss, Cathedral Grove is not only an essential stop on any Vancouver Island road trip but a humbling experience to behold. The forest is filled with Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock, Grand fir and Western Red Cedar trees.
DAY 3 – TOFINO, BC
Explore Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach and the resort town of Ucluelet. Take a stroll along the Wild Pacific Trail to Amphitrite Lighthouse and peruse the gift shops and cafes.
DAY 4 – VICTORIA, BC
Cross the Island to Chemainus, famous for the over 40 outdoor murals that adorn this quaint town. Arrive into our provincial capital this afternoon and explore the historic streets and impressive landmarks such as the Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum and the Parliament Buildings. Situated in the heart of the Inner Harbour, our final evening is spent at the beautiful Huntingdon Manor.
Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and the narrowest street in Canada, Fan Tan Alley, is located there.
DAY 5 – RETURN HOME
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then ferry back across to the mainland. Bidding farewell to our travelling companions, arriving home late this afternoon.