Vancouver to Tofino, British Columbia
Even if you’re not a Vancouverite, this is one road trip worth travelling across Canada to do. (Simply fly in to the Vancouver airport and rent a car!) Head to Horseshoe Bay for the ferry to Nanaimo, then hit the Pacific Rim Highway (BC Highway 4) for a gorgeous, windy drive through ancient temperate rainforests boasting views of mountains, lakes the coastline. Blink and you might miss the sight of a mama bear and her cubs frolicking in a stream.
Essential stops along the way include Coombs Country Market for locally made souvenirs, and a view of their famed Goats on the Roof; and a stroll through Cathedral Grove, a forest of majestic Douglas fir trees – some of them 800 years old!
Before Tofino, Canada’s surfing capital, you’ll hit Ucluelet, which also boasts big waves and a laid-back vibe—at a slightly lower price point than its sister down the road. Spend a couple days here and then continue along the coast to Tofino’s Relais & Chateaux-accredited Wickaninnish Inn, your HQ for surfing world-famous Chesterman Beach. Other attractions include whale-watching tours, winter storm-watching, fishing and hiking. Want to take it easy? Sit back and take in the region’s great locavore cuisine, or unwind at The Wick’s famed Ancient Cedars Spa.
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