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ksjtravel Apr 30th, 2014 07:59 AM

Four Days in Tofino, BC
Heading to Tofino next week following several days in Vancouver. Ferrying to Nanaimo, picking up a rental car then driving across the Island to the Wick Inn. Traveling with my mom and we're both very active--looking for recommendations on must-do outdoor activities and preferred outfitters. We're planning to hike inside the Pacific Rim [best trails? one or two days needed?] and would like some time on the water both paddling and boating/whale watching. Any favorite restaurants would also be much appreciated. Thanks!

TourGuideCanada May 6th, 2014 08:29 AM

Hope I'm still replying before your departure..
I've done a coastal bear watch tour from Tofino with Remote Passages and seen bears with cubs. Best chances are with low tide.
Whale-watching can be done as well, however I'm sensitive to motion sickness as the boats sail open ocean. The bear-watch Zodiak boat on the other hand, stays in between the Islands (no waves)
Walk the Wild Pacific Trail from Ucluelet. Amazing scenery!
The rain-forest trail half way between Ucluelet and Tofino is one of my other favourite short trails.
Go beach combing at low tide at Chesterman Beach, check the free standing rocks for star fish (orange and purple) and sea anemones.
Don't miss out on Long Beach!
Have a great trip.

jamierin May 6th, 2014 09:44 AM

Not sure if Tacofino at the Live to Surf plaza is open yet for the season but if it is it is a MUST DO!
Also we really enjoyed Shelter for dinner.

ksjtravel May 11th, 2014 03:45 PM

Thanks for your feedback! Just home from our 10 days and hit all of your recommendations. Went on the Hot Springs trip via zodiac with Remote Passages--saw sea lions, otters and bears. Our favorite adventure was with Sam from Paddle West--we kayaked to Meares Island and loved every minute. Eagles, sea stars, porpoise and seal sightings--he was so informative making sure to point out everything to include the various kelp, animals, etc. The hikes into Schooner's Cove, Chesterman Beach, South Beach and Florence Bay were amazing. Loved the Wild Pacific Trail, despite the rainy day. Had fantastic meals at Tacofino, Shelter, Sobo and the Wick Inn [both restaurant and bar]. Can't wait to visit again!

TourGuideCanada May 14th, 2014 12:56 AM

Glad to hear you had such a great trip!

live42day May 15th, 2014 02:14 PM

I am glad you enjoyed your visit

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