Ucluelet & Tofino

“Here we go, on our way down to Tofino,
maybe we can catch some waves…”

Not that we were looking for some waves to surf on them, but we were looking forward to go there again. Those of you who remember, San and I were married there on one cold and stormy December day, four years ago. Visiting that same place again was and is always something special to two of us.
Long Beach - Tofino1
Beside walking on some of the beaches in the area, our plan was to go to Vargas island, hoping to see some of the wolves that live there; unfortunately, the weather that morning was stormy and windy, cold, and we were not prepared adequately for that. However, we will come back in the summer, we want to go to northern Vancouver Island and hike there. On a way back we plan to spend few days in Tofino and maybe even kayak to Vargas island and camp there.
Anyway, instead of Vargas island we were hiking in the area – Pacific Rim National Park – and even though we didn’t see any bigger wildlife, we were aware they are around.
Possible wolf track in Cox Bay - Tofino
two days old possible wolf track on remote side of a beach; tracks were coming from the forest but never left that small clearing (wolf probably returned back to forest);
Wolf feces on a Nuu-Chah-Nulth trail
one of the trails we used to go to Valencia beach; on a way back, we’ve seen what might be a wolf feces, very fresh and definitely not there when we were going to beach, about an hour before;
But we’ve seen a lot of birds – gulls, wrens, oystercatchers, eagles,…
Ruffled feathers on a windy day - Ucluelet
And the scenery was fantastic. Even though it was not as stormy as during our previous two visits, waves were big enough. Cold, wind, rain,.. I don’t mind them at all, they make me sit there in silence and look at endless waves crashing on the beach. And forget about troubles of the everyday life. I can completely understand wave surfers and their desire to stay there forever. It is so easy to slip into oblivion, to give yourself up. The rest of the world simply doesn’t exist there.
Long Beach - Tofino2
The rest of the photographs you can find here.

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12 Responses to Ucluelet & Tofino

  1. Nice photos, Dare … looks like a great spot.

    • gdare says:

      dW, thanks. When we went there for a first time, to get married, I couldn’t imagine the better place to do that. It represented everything that I was always looking for, a perfect mixture of beautiful and raw nature with severe weather conditions. It calmed down and cleared up only for about an hour, until our small ceremony was over, then another storm hit with a full power. Waves were huge and rain was strong, turning to snow in the mountains. I was speechless….

  2. Furie says:

    What a lovely place. Great shots you got too. I particularly liked the boat wreck. I don’t know why, but things that have just been left like that appeal to me in photos. Honestly, I’m not a hipster.

    • gdare says:

      Boat wreck is in Ucluelet, close to the apartment we stayed in. First, I thought they’ve left it there deliberately so the tourists would have something to photograph. Then I’ve learned that this side of the coast was famous for a many ship wrecks. It is shallow and rocky, with strong western winds, a perfect combination for a disaster πŸ˜€

  3. d4rkn1ght says:

    Those are some great pictures. πŸ™‚ I really like the eagle and the boat wreck pictures! 😎

  4. Some places that are related to our intimate memories occupies a special place in our hearts forever.

  5. Adele Brand says:

    Oh, I love those Vancouver Island beaches. Such a strong atmosphere which you have described so well.

    And yes, that definitely looks like a wolf print to me. πŸ™‚

    • gdare says:

      You know, I can completely understand those surfers who come and spend years there. It is so hard to leave. One got hypnotized by those waves and a pure harsh nature. I could spend hours just sitting on a log, watching waves. Fascinating.

  6. killjoke says:

    I like that eagle. He reminds me of Sam the Eagle from Muppet Show!

    • gdare says:


      Exactly. Bald eagle πŸ˜€

      Eagles are kind of special birds to me. When we were preparing to get married, San ordered rings from a BC First Nation’s artist. Mine is having eagle and her is with hummingbird motif πŸ™‚

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