Tofino on Vancouver Island - Five Tips for a Trip

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Tofino Vancouver Island

Five tips for a trip to Tofino in the spring

Die Wenigsten planen im Frühjahr eine Reise nach Vancouver Island – es sei denn, sie wollen die wilden Stürme sehen, für die der Pacific Rim, die raue Westküste der Insel in Kanadas Westen, so berühmt ist. Das war auch der Grund, warum wir vor einigen Jahren im März nach Tofino fuhren. Wir hofften darauf, die entfesselten Elemente an den langen Sandstränden der Insel hautnah auszukosten. Wir wollten hohe Wellen, wilde Winde und tosende Brandung erleben, die sich an den Felsen vor der Küste zwischen Tofino und Ucluelet bricht. Nur – dem war nicht so! Von Stürmen keine Spur! Während unseres ganzen Aufenthalts, der immerhin knapp eine Woche dauerte.

The only snow we saw on our journey through Vancouver Island lay on the pass we passed on our way to Tofino. On the coast itself, we only saw the snow-capped peaks of the mountains that make up the backbone of the island. Instead, we had temperatures of over twenty degrees Celsius daily, bright sunshine, and a mild climate that looked more like spring than the stormy winter we'd expected. But there was enough we could do and what made this trip an unforgettable experience. Maybe these five tips will get you going to Canada's West Coast in spring, be it for stormwatching or to have the Pacific Rim National Park and its surroundings all to yourself.

 

David Hurwitz
David Hurwitz

 

  • The Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Every year in the second half of March, the two neighboring towns of Ucluelet and Tofino celebrate the return of the gray whales, who, from their winter quarters off the coast of Mexico or Hawaii, return to their feeding grounds in the waters off Alaska. On their way they pass close to Vancouver Island - the perfect opportunity to celebrate their arrival together with the start of spring. The feast, of course, is all about the whales, but the two small towns on Vancouver Islands's West Coast are also celebrating themselves - cooking, singing, dancing, storytelling and life together on Canada's Pacific Coast are celebrated. This festival is well worth a trip.

 

Pacific
Pacific

 

  • Whale watching off the coast of Tofino

This is a must at this time of year: when the gray whales pass by, it is worth keeping an eye out for them. With a lot of luck you might see them from the coast, but mostly they swim so far out that you have to take a boat out. We were warned to dress warmly and be prepared for rough waters - but again we enjoyed the trip in the most beautiful spring weather. We forgot the rocking of the boat as soon as we spotted the first whales, which performed their capers in front of our eyes: a fluke sank elegantly into the water, and one even did us a favor and heaved his whole body length out of the water before he let himself fall back into the water with a loud clap. We were traveling with Jamie's Whaling Station.

 

Flight over Tofino
Flight over Tofino

 

  • Flight over the Archipelago Islands of Clayoquot Sound

If the west coast of Vancouver Iceland is beautiful on the ground, then you will really appreciate this landscape from the air. We went out on a seaplane. There is nothing more typical for this country. Until a few years ago, when the road from Vancouver Island's east coast did not exist, seaplane and boat were the only means of transport linking Tofino and Ucluelet to the outside world. And Charles McDiarmid, the owner of the luxurious Wickaninnish Inn, told us, that his father, who had worked here as a doctor, made his medical visits with his own seaplane. A world best explored, how the locals do it.

 

On the Pacific beach
On the Pacific beach

 

  • A hike on the Wild Pacific Trail

You should not confuse this trail with the exhausting and rough West Coast Trail, which leads south along the entire west coast of the island from Ucluelet. The Wild Pacific Trail is - despite its name - much tamer and more comfortable. It goes back to an initiative of "Oyster" Jim Martin, an artist from Ucluelet, who makes his living by making big wooden hearts, among other things. His idea was to create a walking path from Ucluelet to the Pacific Rim National Park, a project that is still in progress. However, some sections of the trail are already finished. We chose a circular route that leads from Ucluelet along the rocky coast to the lighthouse and back into town - a good choice, as it turned out. A hiking trail that on none Journey through Vancouver Island should be missing. The path was easy to walk and ran through dense rainforest, but also past jagged little bays that reach inland here. This is exactly how we imagined the Pacific west coast of Canada.

 

In the botanical garden of Tofino
In the botanical garden of Tofino

 

  • A visit to the botanical garden of Tofino

A visit to the Tofino Botanical Garden is worth a visit throughout the year, as it shows the various forms of temperate rainforest in all parts of the world. If you visit this garden, you should not expect a sea of flowers. On the contrary, it's all about ferns, impressive trees and mosses. On a circular route, we repeatedly come to small clearings where various rainforest plants - and bizarre curiosities - are explained, and when you meet George Patterson along the way, be prepared to be made fun of. He shows a lot of humor, when he wants to save the world with his rainforest compound.

 

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Source: On-site research supported by Tourism British Columbia

Text: Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Tofino on Vancouver Island - Five Tips for a Trip

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn