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Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

“Tofino in pictures” is part two of a three part series. Catch my guide to vacationing in Tofino without a car, and check back for more photos and experiences on the peninsula.

I’ve never travelled alone. My excursions have only ever been in the company of pals, parents, or a partner. I’ve never even planned a trip solo.

While exploring with others is wonderful, there’s a lot of value in travelling alone. Not just in setting your own schedule—I like to think of myself as a pretty easy-going traveller, provided I get plenty of naps. The value is in being independent. I’m comfortable in solitude, and I’ve lived away from my parents for two years. But I’m also a compulsive worrier who feels more at ease with a companion. Travelling solo, even within the province for a handful of days, is a good challenge for me.

I was also motivated by my good friend, Maria Asselin-Roy. She’s a photographer who has travelled the world, both with others and on her own. Her photos are stunning, and her openness to experiences inspires me.

With all this in mind, I headed for a quick weekend getaway: just me, some books, and a camera. Here’s my experience of Tofino in pictures.

Tofino in pictures

I stayed at the Ocean Village Beach Resort. By chance, it’s walking distance to a lot of key locations. Namely, Tacofino and Tofino Brewing Co. Priorities, people.

I stopped at Tacofino my first night in. The bright orange truck was run amok with hipster-surfers desperate for tacos and burritos. It was well-worth the wait, though. Two fish tacos, a tuna taco, and a watermelon basil freshie hit the spot after my eight-hour trek to Tofino. Chowing down on tacos by Mackenzie Beach was absolute heaven.

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

The next morning I hit up the Tofino Botanical Garden and Darwin’s Café. The expansive garden is 12 acres of art installations, natural forestry, and a few goats and chickens.

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Every bit of the Tofino Botanical Garden is worth a wander, but the Old Growth Boardwalk leads to a particularly incredible view. I snapped so many pictures when I stumbled out of the forest growth into that clearing.

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

After all dat nature, I trekked downtown to spend-spend-spend. Favourite little shop has to be Caravan Beach Shop. I wanted to buy everything in the store, but limited myself to a few select items. There I met the owner, Jen, who filled me in on her delightful gardening adventures while she rung me up.

Tofino in pictures

Tofino in pictures

While the NPH-approved Wolf in the Fog and Kuma both come highly recommended, I was hankering for a wide-open patio. Shelter Restaurant fit the bill quite nicely. Pictured is the Tofino surf bowl with wild salmon, and a Tofino Brewing Co. blonde ale.

Tofino in pictures

Speaking of Tofino Brewing Co. …

Tofino in pictures

Confession: those aren’t my bikes. Aren’t they just so PNW though?

I was hoping to pick up a growler of the hunt & gather, but alas it’s a seasonal brew. I opted for the tuff session ale instead: a pale ale with caramel notes. I’m 100% slobbering for a blackberry-fermented kettle sour though, so summer/fall, I’m a-comin’ for ya!

Also very PNW: Caravan Beach Shop + Tofino Brewing Co. 

Tofino in pictures

Tofino is a paradise for surfers, hikers, and adventurers alike. But it’s also the perfect place to hit pause, rest, and reflect. I hope you enjoyed my reflection on Tofino in pictures. Stay tuned for some lazy photos by the beach to close off this three-parter.

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