Here we go on our way down to Tofino
Maybe we can catch some waves
All I know, I love to feel the sand between my toes
And the sun upon my face

sand dollar

Old Man`s Beard is a bit weird name for a band but hey, they make a great music :happy: San has downloaded their album about a month or two before we took that trip, and was saving it for us to sing :sing: in a car as we were heading our way through the woods and mountains of Vancouver Island. And we sang it out loud πŸ˜†
We stopped at Port Alberni, a small town in the middle of island who was important point for fur traders in 19th century. Now, it looks a bit forgotten, a place where one would stop to buy a fuel (as we actually did), have a lunch and go east or west, toward its final destination. I guess it was my impression because of a rainy day and a winter; it probably looks much greener and better during summer. I don`t think they call it Salmon Capital of the World for nothing :up:
About ten kilometers later a mountain pass (I think it is called Sutton Pass) starts and I met my first Canadian snow. If I don`t count a snow I saw from the airplane but back then (only two days ago :doh: ) I had terrible headache and was completely exhausted because of The Longest Day, that I didn`t pay attention to a white stuff down there.
It was raining since we left Cathedral Grow and, with higher altitude, it suddenly turned into snow. And suddenly there was a lot of it around :eyes:

mountain pass
Also, I remember numerous rivers and springs with weirdest names impossible to remember. I think I laughed the most at one called Left Boot Creek or Left Shoe Creek; maybe San will correct me later. There was almost no traffic along the way and those who we met were rather careful, driving slowly and cautiously. If you are smart, mountain pass is not a place to show off…
As fast as it appeared, snow turned back to rain and it was sure sign we are in lower altitude and close to ocean. After we turned right at Pacific Rim Visitor Centre, there was a table by the road saying: Tsunami Escape Route, pointing somewhere right, through rainforest :eyes: Later I`ve found that in 1964. after a big earthquake hit Anchorage area in Alaska, two tsunamis hit Vancouver island, reaching even Port Alberni… More than 300 demolished houses, luckily no human casualties. Lesson was learnt and now, if warning come in time, there are safe routes every few kilometers.
Our hotel was Pacific Sands Beach Resort in a Cox Bay – after we finished formalities, there was magnifficent view awaiting for us…

Pacific Sands Beach
And endless sound of waves. No matter when, day or night, that sound is the first thing you would hear in the morning and the last before you fall asleep. You know there is nothing between you and Asia now, except a big deep blue ocean. And waves.

When San told me that hotels in Tofino area has 3 seasons – summer, winter and storm season – between November and February – and that the storm one has very high prices, I was in disbelief. Ok, this is not Australia, down there they have really BIG waves, so why would one pay 170 CAD for night in a resort :left: And that was cheap. In some hotels 250 CAD is considered a savings :faint: Nearby hotel has unbeliveable prices, up to 1000 CAD per day in a suite :ko:
But there is something in this place that make you wish to stay there. Forever. Rain forests? Sandy beches? Waves? Probably all of them. Life seem so perfect there. One can find piece despite storm and rain and waves. All that rage actually calms down…

Weather forecast for the next day was, no surprise, storm with a lot of rain. As for mountain pass, the advice was to avoid driving. Not that we wanted. After all, it was a time to relax. Sleep, walk by the beach, enjoy local food, listen the ocean


Those and some more photos here;

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38 Responses to Tofino

  1. gdare says:

    Thank you Carol πŸ™‚

  2. Dacotah says:

    Very nice post Darko.

  3. sanshan says:

    I think it was Lost Right Shoe Creek and Lost Left Shoe Creek.What about the snow storm on the return trip?

  4. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko. πŸ™‚

  5. BryanCox says:

    Excellent Post and Story. I enjoy my infrequent trips to Long Beach too.

  6. Stardancer says:

    What a beautiful sea. Great post, Darko.:up:

  7. sanshan says:

    Let's go back in the summer. πŸ™‚

  8. gdare says:

    San, yes something about lost shoes πŸ˜† Yes, we could go there in summer again, yay!!! :happy:Bryan, I saw some photos of Long Beach on a sunny day – I couldn`t believe that was the same place. When we were there, it was rain, wind and sound :eyes:Star, thank you πŸ™‚

  9. spooksister says:

    It is wonderful in the summer. Even on a clear sunny day it is still cool from the wind off the ocean. 10 pm sunsets are glorious πŸ™‚

  10. raniakasim says:

    though i hate storms and cold weather a lot , but the last photo is fantastic i which i were standing on that rock ,but only for few minutes :p

  11. gdare says:

    Sal, I know San and me will go there again. And then I will blog about those sunsets :DOriginally posted by raniakasim:

    but only for few minutes

    Rania, it was about 5C; one minute for every available degree πŸ˜›

  12. edwardpiercy says:

    Darko, I'll pay you 50 cents for that sand dollar. You can keep the mussel. :pMore great narrative. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

  13. sanshan says:

    I thought Campbell River was the salmon capital.

  14. SittingFox says:

    You know there is nothing between you and Asia now

    I remember that feeling…looking out over blue and knowing that there nothing, nothing between you and Japan – it's giddying :faint:I think there are a few cities on Vancouver Island that all think they're the salmon capital of the world πŸ˜‰

  15. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    I think it was Lost Right Shoe Creek and Lost Left Shoe Creek.

    Is this why you two always end up barefoot? :DI was in Tofino years ago. All I can remember about the place is the name.And it's neighbour Ucluelet, did you visit?

  16. Spaggyj says:

    Such beautiful scenery and photos. As usual, but it deserves mention each and every time. It really is a pleasure to visit here. Thank you.

  17. gdare says:

    Ed, sold!!! πŸ˜› Thanks :cheers:Adele, I remembered I had the same thought when I was looking at Pacific from port of Yokohama, in 2006. This is the only ocean I was standing on the both sides, east and west :DSan, this was written on some of the boards in Port Alberni, maybe even on the same one that says Welcome to Port Alberni. I will check.Mick, we didn`t have time and driving back was pain, it was raining incredibly and it was snowing on mountain pass. A LOT!!! Next time, maybe :up:Kimmie, thank you very much. I am glad my friends like my posts :happy:

  18. sanshan says:

    He actually sings ALL the time. It's me who is the timid one. πŸ™„

  19. studio41 says:

    San brings out the song in you, Darko! you were singing again! and LOUD! :DI never knew about tsunamis there! WOW! beautiful place and photos. what a nice travel.

  20. gdare says:


  21. raniakasim says:

    Originally posted by gdare:


    oh well that's better ,i thought it is -zero

  22. edwardpiercy says:

    BTW, slightly off topic for this, but how was your flight back? More mellow than the trip there, I hope.

  23. edwardpiercy says:

    Excellent! :up:

  24. gdare says:

    Rania with all that wind it felt like zero :psmurf:Ed, on my way back everything was nice and easy, despite a snowstorm in Calgary. But I think people in Calgary airport are used to difficult conditions because everything worked on time :yes:

  25. gdare says:

    I couldn`t almost recognize Frankfurt airport. Like nothing bad ever happened there :doh:

  26. edwardpiercy says:

    Frankenfurter — don't do the Time Warp again!

  27. gdare says:


  28. raniakasim says:

    well the most important for me it is no -zero

  29. qlue says:

    beautiful :happy:

  30. gdare says:

    Rania, in time you would get used to it :DAadil, thanks πŸ™‚

  31. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    sings ALL the time. It's me who is the timid

    πŸ˜€ maybe it'll rub off on you…

  32. funz81 says:

    Wow! It looks and sounds like a gorgeous place to visit :up:

  33. gdare says:

    It is. We will return there one day, that`s for sure :yes:

  34. wickedlizard says:

    what a beautiful place! πŸ˜€

  35. gdare says:

    It is πŸ˜€

  36. There2ia says:

    Nice pictures and I am absolutely sure that both of you had a wonderful trip there…Originally posted by gdare:

    San, yes something about lost shoes Yes, we could go there in summer again, yay!!!

    More happiness and hopefully next summer you will have been together… πŸ™‚

  37. gdare says:

    I hope so, too. Thank you :happy:

  38. There2ia says:

    Welcome, Darko…

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