Five tips for a trip to Tofino in the spring
Few are planning on a trip to Vancouver Island in the spring, unless they want to see the wild storms that make the Pacific Rim, the island's rugged west coast, west of Canada so famous. That's why we drove to Tofino a few years ago in March. We hoped to enjoy the unleashed elements on the long sandy beaches of the island. We wanted to experience high waves, wild winds and thunderous surf breaking on the rocks off the coast between Tofino and Ucluelet. Only - it was not like that! No sign of storms! During our entire stay, which lasted less than a week.
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 once a spring, be it for stormwatching or to have the Pacific Rim National Park and its surroundings almost all to yourself.
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 eating grounds in the waters of Alaska. On their way they walk close to Vancouver Island - the perfect opportunity to celebrate their arrival together with the start of spring. The fiesta, of course, is all about the whales, but the two small towns on Vancouver's West Coast are celebrating themselves - full of excitement: cooking, singing, dancing, storytelling and life together Canada's Pacific Coast celebrated. But this festival is worth a trip. The current dates and events at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival are available at this link.
Note: 2019 does not host the Pacific Rim Whale Festival.
Whales are watching off the coast of Tofino
This is a must at this time of the year: when the gray whales pass, it's worth keeping an eye out for them. With luck, you might see them from the coast, but most of them swim so far out that you need to get out by boat. We were warned to dress warmly and prepare ourselves for rough watersâ € "but again we enjoyed the trip in the best of spring weather. We forgot the rocking of the boat as soon as we saw the first whales that performed their capers before our eyes: then a fluke sank elegantly into the water, and one even did us the favor, and balanced itself out in all his length the water before he slumped back into the water with a loud clap. We were traveling with Jamie's Whaling Station.
Flight over the archipelago islands of Clayoquot Sound
If the west coast of Vancouver Iceland is beautiful from the ground, then you can really appreciate this landscape from the air. And we let that show us from the seaplane. It is hardly possible to be typical of the country. Until a few years ago, when the road from Vancouver's east coast did not exist, the 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. Another world best explored by the locals.
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. 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.
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 farms, 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 for it, a little on the shoestring to be taken. He walks the world with a big wink that he fights to keep with his rainforest compound.
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Source: own research on site with the kind assistance of Tourism British Columbia
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