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.

It’s time to say farewell – and thank you

Six years ago I was sitting around grousing about the fact that most of the 12,405 square miles of Vancouver Island got so little publicity in the tourist trade. Victoria and Tofino were the major attractions then (and still are, … Continue reading

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Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

One man’s dream. One magical internationally-renowned legacy. That best sums up Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail – a spectacular network of easily accessible walking trails  that stretches for a total of 10 kilometres (6.25 miles)  along the awe-inspiring headlands of Vancouver … Continue reading

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Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

It’s kind of hard to believe that there could be anything magical at all contained in the great concrete behemoth that greets visitors as they arrive by boat in the tiny settlement of Bamfield. The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is, … Continue reading

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A magical overnight journey on the venerable Uchuck lll

This post is an ‘encore presentation’,  filed again (with some updates) because the trip on the Uchuck III was one of our most memorable and delightful.  Anyone with a taste for a bit of the wild in their travels should … Continue reading

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Tofino Botanical Gardens

I am never quite sure what to expect when I am visiting a ‘botanical garden.’ I know about show gardens (Butchart’s in Victoria) and woodland gardens (Milner in Qualicum Beach and Kitty Coleman in Courtenay), but the term ‘botanical garden’ … Continue reading

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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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