This weekend I decided I was going to plan a trip to Tofino for my anniversary and learn how to surf. This is something I have wanted to do since I was a kid (I blame Blue Crush) and it’s about time that I marked it off of my bucket list. I have traveled all over Europe and figured Tofino should be easy enough considering it’s just a few hours away and we are in BC where transit and mobility are top notch. Boy was I wrong.
For those of you contemplating how to get to Tofino from Vancouver, be prepared for a journey unless you feel like driving and paying the cost to bring your car on the ferry. It’s actually not that expensive, the trick is reserving ahead of time to ensure you get a spot on the boat. Especially during busy season! I personally don’t drive and don’t feel the need to. I like getting around on my own two feet. The only time I feel like I need a car is in situations like the one that follows.
You see, I did a poor job of planning this trip. I figured it would all be easy…but no. Apparently the last bus from the Ferry to Tofino had left an hour before we made it to the port. We got stuck in Nanaimo for the night. Luckily we stayed at a cute Motel featured on The Lonely Planet and it ended up being kind of nice. The Buccaneer Inn was family run and was seriously cleaner than some of the 3-star hotels I had stayed at in Europe.
The next day we made our way to the coast. We were staying in the Ucluelet because there was not a lot of vacancy for Mother’s Day weekend in Tofino. The beaches of the Ucluelet and Tofino are attached to each other and the towns are quite interconnected so we figured it was an easy option. The only problem is, there is actually no way to get between the two towns except by one bus, meaning that you wont actually be able to get back because that one bus only gives you a couple of hours (as in one or two) to really get around before you make your way back to the depot to catch your bus back. We asked our friendly host at the West Coast Motel what they suggested and the answer we got was “hitchhiking”. Apparently its one of the most common forms of transportation between the two towns.
We decided to make the most of the day and a half that we had left by hiking the Amphitrite and the West Pacific Trail. It was by far one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done and really quite effortless. The views were breathtaking! The next morning we woke up bright and early and went on a Subtidal Whale Watching Tour where we saw four grey whales, over a hundred sea lions and a few eagles here and there. It was beautiful and the boat they take you on rides the waves speed-boat style. Perfect for the adrenaline junkie in me!
All in all it was a perfect weekend and I cannot wait to go back and hit up the waves at Wickaninnish and surf it up the next time around.
See you soon Tofino!
PS. If you are looking for good affordable food (if you are a foodie, trust me when I say it was hard to find) make sure you head to Roman’s. Another nicer ambient choice would be Norwood’s. Both great!