This video was taken by tofinofishing.com - according to the description in the video this was taken via an Iphone and it is a humpback calf. I couldn't imagine being this close to a whale jumping out of the water!
The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located near Tofino on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. This resort is an eco-tourism and glamour camping destination that continues to attract rave reviews and visitors from around the world (including hosting Ryan Reynold's and Scarlett Johansson's wedding in 2008). Their short season runs from May.17 to Sept.30 and offer 3, 4 and 7 night all inclusive get-aways. You can choose from a variety of outdoor and wilderness activities to fill your time, anything from horseback riding, bear watching, whale watching, kayaking, archery, or a visit to the healing grounds (offers massage and therapeutic services). They are a proud member of the BC Sustainable Tourism Collective, which focuses on sustainable tourism = travel that ensures destinations remain unspoiled for future generations through commitment to environmental, social and economic responsibility as it relates to a company, its people, guests, local communities and the environment.
Here are some You Tube videos highlighting this gorgeous resort:
According to Vancouver Magazine here are the best Vancouver Island Restaurants of 2011:
The Edge Restaurant: located in downtown Sooke, they serve creatively prepared delicious simple and affordable foods that everyone will enjoy. The menu features rare breed pork from their farm, fresh local seafood, awesome burgers and homemade ice cream.
They are open Tuesday - Saturday for lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm & dinner 5pm-8pm.
The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish: With over 240 degrees of Pacific Ocean viewscape this place is arguably the best Tofino restaurant and a must-go eatery on Vancouver Island. Their focus is on farm fresh, organic and local ingredients. Fish and chips battered in Tofino Brewery beer? Yes please!
Now for the top 3!
(Bronze) = Amuse Bistro: Located in Shawnigan Lake and embracing local ingredients. Open Thursday to Sunday (dinner & lounge) and Saturday and Sunday for lunch.
(Silver) = Stone Soup Inn: Located in the Cowichan Valley, the small menu is only served three nights a week based solely on what chef Brock Windsor has foraged and sourced in the morning from his garden and neighbour farmers, fishers, and bakers. Open Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 10pm. It is also a bed and breakfast!
(Gold) = Sooke Harbour House: Daily menu changes featuring local seasonal organic cuisine with a focus on seafood, an award winning wine cellar, and one of the best fine dining restaurants in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.
Photo Courtesy of Sooke Harbour House
The birds are chirping, it's raining and sunny at the same time, the ball fields are busy, and the fishing season is opening. Yes, it's spring on Vancouver Island! There is so much to do on Vancouver Island it was very difficult to compile a list of only 5, feel free to add your own favourite thing to do on the comments below!
Photo courtesy of vancouverisland.com
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Observer
Photo courtesy of http://www.vancouverislandnorth.ca
Ghosts of Residential Schools Past Arrives in Victoria.
Stef Lang a Vancouver Island musician is interviewed.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - Wilderness Adventures on the Ranch
Here are some news stories from the Tofino/Ucluelet area for today! Enjoy.
Joel Aubie, head chef for Tofino's Shelter Restaurant will appear on Top Chef Canada on the Food Network
tonight at 10pm.
The Kennedy Lake Day Use Area in the Pacific Rim National Park is re-opened. It has been closed since mid-August of last year due to a cougar attack.
Ucluelet's Black Rock Resort (Fetch Restaurant) took home the best west coast chowder honours in both the people's and judges choice at this year's Chowder Chowdown.
We are on the search for some delicious breakfast joints around Vancouver Island (come on now, it's the most important meal of the day!) and what is more satisfying than a wonderful Sunday breakfast/brunch?! Now here is the fun part: we've taken some suggestions from our followers on Twitter and Facebook and compiled them here, our readers will vote and the place with the most votes we will go visit!
Cedar Room at Tigh-Na-Mara - Parksville
Willie's Bakery & Cafe - Victoria
2 Chef's Affair - Nanaimo
Modern Cafe - Nanaimo
Floyd's Diner - Victoria
Dolphin's Resort - Campbell River
The Pointe Restaurant - Tofino
Dino's Grill - Duncan
John's Place - Victoria
Longwood Brew Pub - Nanaimo
Atlas Cafe - Courtenay
Sunny Side Cafe - Esquimalt
Over the next week we will be taking votes on which of these wonderful breakfast places we will be visiting next for a review! Thanks everyone! Tweet us, facebook us or leave a comment and let us know which one YOU suggest :)
On March 11 of last year a horrendous earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, unloading apparently 18 million tonnes of debris into the ocean. Some predict anytime starting now we will start to see debris on the West Coast of North America. Some in Tofino say they already have.
Check out this link: Tsunami Debris Tracking Project.
Being close to 2,000 years old, 56 metres high and six metres around makes this tree the largest giant Western Cedar in all of Canada. Luckily it happens to be tucked deeply within the Pacific Rim National Park where it is protected.
Vancouver Island is also home to the world's largest Douglas fir
sitting at 73.8 metres high.
Canada's tallest spruce is the Carmanah Giant - which is a startling 96 metres in height! It sits along the San Juan River in Port Renfrew.
I have decided to share and highlight some video (some mine, some I've found on YouTube) featuring Vancouver Island events, landscape, community etc. If you would like your video to be featured here - please send me an e-mail!
Beautiful Campbell River
Sea Kayaking from Tofino to Port Hardy
Fishing in Port Hardy by The Rambling Fisherman
Enjoy and I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Some video from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Ucluelet/Tofino and San Josef Bay, Cape Scott (Near Port Hardy) Enjoy!
Tofino and Ucluelet are hands down one of the most beautiful places on earth. Since they are only 30 minutes apart, when we visit, we usually visit both because they are both equally beautiful! We prefer to stay in Ucluelet, as we find the prices for accommodations are usually lower - but the beaches of Tofino are what we go for!
Here are some pictures of Tofino and Ucluelet we've taken over the years, please enjoy and share some of your own if you would like!
On Oct.2nd we ventured out on our first Vancouver Island tip to tip trip. Here are a few photo highlights of the trip from Parksville to Tofino. Please share the video and pass it a long! Thank you :)
In no particular order!
- Go on a wildlife tour, whales, bears, sealions etc. Vancouver Island boasts exquisite wildlife and nature tours. Ucluelet and Tofino for ocean tours and North Island for nature tours.
- Go for a hike. Vancouver Island has ample hiking trails, including the West Coast Trail and Cape Scott.
- Visit one or two of the many beautiful gardens on Vancouver Island. Butchart Gardens and Tofino Botanical Gardens are just a few that are located here.
- Check out and stay at a Vancouver Island resort.
- Go eat some fresh seafood from the many local restaurants. Nauticals in Nanaimo, Pescatores in Victoria, or the Wickaninnish in Tofino.
Vancouver Island really is the place to be!
A weekend away on the west coast is an exciting and relaxing experience. The abundance of outdoor activities will thrill and entertain all ages. Some activities to do include:
- Surfing, there are plenty of places that offer lessons and rentals!
- Beach combing, explore the various beaches that stretch from Tofino to Ucluelet.
- Hike the multiple trail systems within the rain forests of the west coast.
- Dine out and eat some fresh seafood.
Inside the room @ Terrace Beach Resort
Outside view from the inlet
We walked the Wild Pacific Trail, which had an entrance directly beside our accomodations.
View from the trail
View from the trail
I was very impressed with the accomodation, the inside was spectacularly clean and cozy. It was relaxing and quiet the whole weekend. I would definitely recommend and go back! Very decently priced and the staff were pleasant and helpful.
More to come on restaurant's and beaches we checked out on the West Coast in an upcoming blog!
stay happy and healthy!
I have compiled this random list of what I think are the best things to do on Vancouver Island (mainly in the summer months).
10. Go Fishing: There are so many fishing hot spots off of Vancouver Island it's amazing, so many choices of location (Port Alberni, Campbell River, Sooke, Port Hardy, etc) and so many choices of fish! (salmon, trout, cod, etc).
9. Nanaimo's International World Championship Bathtub Race: This occurs near the end of July and is one of the biggest events of the year for Nanaimo.
8. Vancouver Island MusicFest: This happens July 10-12 in the Comox Valley, the organizers try to keep it as green as possible, local food, recyclable products, etc! 3 days of great music!
7. Saratoga Speedway: Located halfway between Campbell River and Courtenay, drag racing, monster trucks and modified stock cars will keep everyone entertained!
6. West Coast Trail: This 75km hike that stretches in between Gordon River and Pachena Bay is a popular one, reservations required! Experience the natural world of Vancouver Island.
5. Strathcona Park: This is BC's oldest provincial park and the location of Vancouver Island's highest mountain. Plenty of hiking, mountain biking and camping can be done.
4. Camping: Lake Cowichan, Port Alberni, Goldstream, and Tofino are some popular camping areas, but any community on the island is campable! (is that even a word?)
3. The Beach: There are many beaches but the most popular ones would probably be Parksville, Rathtrevor, Long Beach and Pachena Bay.
2. The River: River swimming is very popular on Vancouver Island. Sooke Pot holes, Nanaimo River, Nimpkish, and Englishman River are some good areas to check out.
1. Long Beach, Tofino: With a population of about 1900 (this triples in the summer), Tofino is the place for surfing, classy resorts/spas, amazing beaches, fishing and the true West Coast.
Did I miss anything?
Recently I checked out the movie "One Week" by director Michael McGown, featuring Joshua Jackson.
The synopsis is a young man (mid-twenties) is stricken with a terminal illness. He decides quite impulsively to travel across Canada (he is in Ontario) to the west coast. He leaves his job, fiancee and family on a beautiful journey which depicts many iconic and memorable Canadian cities and monuments.
He ends up in Tofino B.C. I thought it was a heart-warming, eye-opening movie that made me do a little self reflecting. It was worth the watch!
View Website and Trailer
Vancouver Island's prime fishing time of the year is anytime between May-September. It varies depending on the type of salmon too.
Type of salmon caught near Vancouver Island!
Chinook (aka "Spring" salmon)
- Time to fish: All year
- Size: 20-70+pounds
- Limits: 2 per day, 4 in total
- Time to fish: Late June through October
- Size: 7-20+pounds
- Limit: 2 per day, 4 total
- Time to fish: Late June through October
- Size: 8 - 20 pounds
- Limits: 4 per day, 8 total
- Time to Fish: Early July through September
- Size: 4- 10+ pounds
- Limit: 4 per day, 8 total
- Time to fish: May through August
- Size: 4-10+ pounds
- Limit: 4 per day, 8 total.
Some popular areas for fishing are
Campbell River, Port Alberni, Tofino/Ucluelet.