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.

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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Ucluelet’s Blue Room serves up fresh food and casual comfort

  ‘Come hungry. GET STUFFED. Leave happy’ –  tag line of The Blue Room Bistro The small fishing village of Ucluelet is full of pleasant surprises, not the least among them one of the best all-day breakfast joints on the … Continue reading

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Matterson House evokes the charm and pace of yesteryear

It’s just a tiny little cottage built in 1931, but for the past 19 years the old Matterson house has served up some of the best food in the village of Ucluelet. Husband and wife team Sandy and Jennifer Clark … Continue reading

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Forces of nature combine to create unique magic in the annual Spring herring fishery

There is a magic that descends on both the east and west coasts of the Island late in February or early in March each year.  There is no set date, nor agenda. It is, for those who know about it, … Continue reading

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Ucluelet’s Subtidal Adventures offers a delightful peek into another world

There is a whole lot of beauty, history and wildlife packed into Ucluelet’s harbour that one might never know about if not for Brian Congdon and his Subtidal Adventures. We recently enjoyed a couple of hours on the water with … Continue reading

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