|The ferry wasn't crowded|
|View back to the coast of the mainland|
|Living Forest RV Campground|
|Passing through Cathedral Grove|
|a winding highway|
|A new [to us] section of Port Albernie|
|A beautiful drive through wilderness country|
|View up the mountain from the picnic table|
|We stopped to watch a group of teen playing on the rocks. |
We went up and around the mountains in the distance
sometimes twisting up and down mountains. We stopped at the Visitors Centre and then on to Green Point Campground in the Pacific Rim National Park halfway between Tofino and Ucluelet. We found a campsite- a bit of a difficult back-in, as many are, but we made it.
|A very private site|
We walked down a path to Long Beach,
|The first view of the Ocean|
and along the beautiful expanse of sand,
|Long Beach at Green Point Campground|
and over to the next beach, Combers Beach.
|and back to Long Beach to watch the sunset.|
|Headed down to the harbour|
|Commercial right on the waterfront by the main wharf|
|Stepping back to look at the Lighthouse|
|The beginning of our walk, beside the lighthouse|
|Islands and coves along the walk|
|Even I could walk near the edge on these trails.|
|The sea foam to the left ...|
|Bend to rest, and ...|
|We looked up from one of the coves to see...|
The path is wide and gravelled, extremely well maintained, with careful attention to detail, even curved logs outlining the path’s curves.
|An easy path to walk|
|...even a step to reach the seat.|
We found a small café, in town, for a very late lunch, and as a bonus, with an owner who made amazing lattes. He was the seventh best barista in western Canada last year!
|A great place for a lunch and cappuccino- but they close at 4|
Next day we drove the other way into Tofino.
It is larger, and busier than Ucluelet. There are a lot of restaurants,
|An interesting Inn and restaurant|
|An upscale restaurant and gallery|
outfitters, surfing gear shops and fishing charters offering whale watching, Hot Springs trips and surfing! We stopped in at the Eagle Aerie Gallery, a traditional Longhouse, displaying the magnificent works of artist Roy Henry Vickers.
After we walked around town,
we had lunch at Big Daddy’s Fish Fry and Take Out. The chips were frozen and nasty, but the fish was OK, just a bit greasy (give this place a pass if in town). Later we drove down to the beach parking lot and walked down to Tonquin Beach. There are steps
|The new steps and bridge|
|The old steps|
|Each board on the bridge has a name- an individual, family, or business|
to the Beach.
|Rocks right to the beach, then beautiful sand...|
|View from the bridge|
It rained some part of many days while we were on the rainforest coast. The moss on the trees in the campground should have been our big clue!
However, we used the rainy times to go on the Internet in Tofino, walk through galleries and shop for food.
In Ucluelet, we ate at Jiggers Fish and Chips. This was amazing- excellent fish and fresh-cut fries. This is a converted bus, which we couldn’t find the first day we were there. However, they told us they get their fish fresh each day, and if there isn’t fish, they don’t come!
We walked most of the sections of the Wild Pacific Trail: Big Beach, Brown’s Beach and the Artists Loops,
and the Ancient Cedars and Rocky Bluffs Trails.
The cedars are huge, and amazing. John looked like a toy beside them!
|Gazing up in wonder...|
There are both young and old cedars in the same area.
|Some were massive in diameter, some not so much...|
After we walked the Ancient Cedars Trail, we headed to the Rainforest Trail. But we saw a road to another beach, so we decided to check it out first. It was the Kwisitis Visitor Centre
|Kwisitis Visitor Centre|
and restaurant with part of the South Beach Trail to east along the shore,
|Along the trail|
|View from the trail|
|The tide had just gone out and the beachcombers were out in full force!|
|The wooden boardwalk ambles through the forest|
carpeted with hanging gardens of moss,
|An Amazing sight...|
|Lush ferns everywhere|
had an antenna put in and it is now a rainforest, also with young trees all the same size with little underbrush.
|Part of the newer rainforest|
Further in, however, there are some of the massive cedars, and some more mature rainforest.
|Still some of the mature, 700+ year old trees|
There are places where roots grow over stumps of 700 year old trees, then the trees rot and the roots are left up in the air.
|As the fallen tree decomposes,|
|the roots of the other tree remain up in the air|
We had the tail end of a hurricane and two other storms converge on the west coast. We drove to Incinerator Rock during the rain
|Two kayakers enjoyed the challenge. |
They paddled out and rode the waves in.
|The waves were incredible|
and MacKenzie Beach behind the beautiful Best Western Tin Wis Resort
to watch the surfers and the storm seas.
|All the little dots are surfers waiting for the perfect age.|
At the last beach,
the waves were calming down and skies were clearing. We looked at the other campgrounds in Tofino and Ucluelet. None were comparable to Green Point. Although they had hookups, sites were small, and crammed together.
Our last hike was to Schooner Cove Beach. Schooner Cove Trail is a lovely walk along a raised boardwalk through a mature rainforest of huge cedars and hemlocks,
over two moss draped streams, and down a series of stairs and ramps to Schooner Cove,
|The sun was just beginning to set|
|across the beach at Schooner Cove|
at the northern end of Long Beach, beside Esowista.
and had our own private rainforest fairyland.
|Our own private path beside the site|
The rains and mist didn’t drive us away,
|Many mornings we drove along campground roads like this|
but it was time to head back to the east coast of the Island.
|I leave you with one of my favourite signboards on the Rainforest Trail...|