Last month, Brian and I took a long weekend trip to Tofino, BC. Tofino is a town on Vancouver Island in Canada. To get there, we took a ferry from Port Angeles, Washington to Victoria, BC—from there it's a five hour drive to Tofino. Woof. It's definitely a haul to get to, but as in life, the good things take work to find. And Tofino is magical. Here's a bit of what we did and where we stayed in case you are trying to check it out yourself.
Bella Pacifica Campground
Way Point Resort
What to do other than chill on da beach
Surfing (the main event) - Cox Bay, Chesterman's Bay for if it's too heavy
coffee and doughnuts at Rhino Cafe (they also have a killer breakfast burrito)
Big Daddy's Fish Fry
Burgers at the highly regarded Wolf in the Fog.
Zodiac boat ride to Hot Springs Cove
Concerning the Hot Springs Cove:
It's a natural hot spring you can only visit by boat and hiking in. There are many outfitters that offer tours to the cove, as well as whale watching and bear watching. I would recommend going with Ocean Outfitters—they had naturalist on board that are more equipped to describe the nature and wildlife. Our outfitter had us put on these kind of ridiculous survival suits but in the end I was grateful for the warmth and protection. On the way we saw tons of grey whales and a sea otter nursery floating in a offshore kelp forrest. It was an all day event and pricey, but the experience was definitely worth the cost.
Mist and fog floats in and out from the sea and filters through the valleys in beautiful ways. Watching it, you can feel the area has a rich story—some mystery about it.
Looking around, you can tell everyone else feels it too.