Category Archives: WEST COAST

This area covers the entire west coast of Vancouver Island, from the southern tip to the north end, including popular places like Tofino and Ucluelet, as well as smaller communities like Bamfield.

Bamfield’s Music By The Sea festival

There are not, I don’t think, enough words to describe the enchanting Music By The Sea concert series held each July in the tiny west coast hamlet of Bamfield. ‘Superlative’ comes to mind, as do ‘magical’, ‘marvellous’, ‘exquisite’, ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘spectacular’, … Continue reading

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Sooke Region Museum yields up intriguing history of Island’s southwest coast

Who knew?  We certainly had no idea that there had been a minor gold rush on Vancouver Island. And, while I was very aware of the Graveyard of the Pacific, where hundreds of ships foundered and many lives were lost, … Continue reading

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Wild Mountain Food & Drink serves up the best of the west coast

  We had one of the best restaurant recommendations ever back in the late Spring, when we were travelling on the southwest coast of the Island.  Our bed and breakfast hostess had suggested we try Wild Mountain Food and Drink … Continue reading

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Whiffen Spit offers an easy waterfront walk in serene setting

You can make some interesting discoveries when you are dawdling along on your way to somewhere else, which is exactly what happened to us a while back when we were heading for a bed and breakfast in Sooke, on the … Continue reading

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Botanical Beach offers a plethora of aquatic flora and fauna

What a scramble!  But boy, was it worth it.  When we headed to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew recently we tried to time our visit with low tide.  The beach is named for the teeming sea life found in the … Continue reading

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Middle of nowhere at Port Renfrew’s Soule Creek Lodge

No television.  No phones in the rooms. No traffic noise.  No fun?  Heavens, no! It was all the ‘nos’ that made us fall in love with Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, and a whole bunch of positives. We stayed … Continue reading

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French and Sandcut Beaches – two different experiences

Back to the beaches!  With the amazing weather we have been having over the past few months beaches tend to be a natural draw for us.  So, it’s a happy thing that there are so many of them here on … Continue reading

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Shirley Delicious is….just that

Well, I just couldn’t do it.  How could I possibly bypass a little hole-in-the wall restaurant that combined my name with the word delicious? There was no option but to seek out  Shirley Delicious during our recent Pacific Marine Circle … Continue reading

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Sombrio Beach offers ethereal beauty and interesting history

  There is an ethereal beauty to Sombrio Beach.  Perhaps it is the salt spray and ever-pounding surf, or the endless miles of cobble beach, the waterfalls and caves, the never-ending horizon that looks out to the wild Pacific.  Or … Continue reading

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Pacific Marine Circle Route offers a wealth of experiences

The Pacific Marine Circle Route is one of the lesser-known – but nonetheless very worthwhile – adventures within easy reach on the Island.  There are activities for all ages and levels of ability, including wheelchair access. There are lots of … Continue reading

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