Category: Vancouver Island

Under Cover of Darkness

Young or old, there’s something so appealing about a treasure hunt. When the jewels and gems you’re searching for are elusive sea creatures, hiding in cracks and fissures, exposed to intrepid coastal explorers at the very lowest of tides, it’s super fun. Add the thick,…

Spellbound, on Long Beach

Long Beach is, as it’s name suggests, a l-o-n-g stretch of near-perfect sand that extends, spectacularly, almost 5km along the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, in the heart of Pacific Rim National Park. We headed out to explore it, early one morning, once the tide…

The Wild Pacific Trail

How’s that for a name? The Wild Pacific Trail… it conjures up spectacular images, doesn’t it!? Well the real thing is even better than anything you can create in your imagination.

The Lone Cone (Lone Smile) Suffer Fest

Is there a tone in that title!? You betcha, baby. A grumpy, hard done-by, still-smarting-from-it, tone.  “There’s something really, really neat about doing a hard thing. Doing something that is physically demanding, incredibly challenging and limit-pushing.” I know… I know!!  I‘ve said that before,…

A Tofino Oasis (Revisited)

My apologies to those of you who subscribe to my blog by email, as you will see this post twice. Sorry for the annoyance! There is a bug that WordPress is trying to fix currently (I was chatting with them today), that has to…

Schooner’s Cove… Where Time And Tide Wait For No Man

Schooner’s Cove, 15km south of Tofino, is one of my favourite places to visit at low tide… in fact, low tide is the only time you can truly explore it as it’s cut off from beach access points and hike-in trails at high tide,…

Chesterman Beach Playground

Chesterman Beach is a long expanse of sand on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada, that lies between the rocky headland that is home to Tofino’s prestigious Wickaninnish Inn at its northernmost end, and the band of sand that lies underwater at…

A Tofino Oasis

When it comes to landscapes, if my first love is mountains, then my second has got to be the wild Pacific coastline of Canada’s Vancouver Island. It’s the true Wild West! With wave battered rocks, harsh winds, wickedly wild storms, the towering trees and abundant…

Snapshot: The Art of Bonding Over Slug Slime

What is hand sanitizer good for? Slime. Oozing, can’t-wash-it-off slime. Trust me on this one: it is the perfect antidote to an afternoon spent slug sliming yourself. Soap and water just can’t touch the gross stuff that leaks out of a banana slug. It clings…