West Coast Wanderings

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This past weekend I had a pretty lovely chance to go to a place I had never been, the long beaches and gorgeous west side of Vancouver Island, staying in Ucluelet, British Columbia.

I lived on the island in Victoria for many years, but never found a chance to get up island that far so when my super lovely friend Jo invited some friends to join her in staying at a friends place up there I jumped at the chance.

What I think made this trip extra lovely for me was that I had no expectations as I had never been there.  I was just looking forward to getting to check out this new place so everything became a bonus.

Gigantic Ice Cream at the most incredible store that had a grass roof and goats wandering on it?  Bonus!

A stop in the gorgeous Cathedral Grove and a solo stroll in these incredible big redwoods that had me emerging from the woods with a smile so big that it hurt my cheeks?  Double Bonus!

Cathedral Grove

We also did more exploring of the area than I expected.

We hiked around the Lighthouse Loop in Ucleulet,

Explored Long Beach and watched lots of Surfers
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Then another day they rented surfboards (I’d love to take a surf lesson some day but this wasn’t the right time for it) and I wandered Chesterman Beach (my favourite beach we explored) picking up shells and even having the time to shoot a few selfies.

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chesterman beach

Tacos at Tacofino, seriously delicious coffee at Tofitian and lots of exploring of the town of Tofino.  Heck yes!

It was indeed an adventure that hit the spot and I’m sure this won’t be the last time I explore that part of the country.

How was your weekend?

  • deb taylorJuly 31, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Oh Viv…this is so joyful.
    and oh my that hat. That hat.
    You wear it so well!

  • Margart AbrahamJuly 31, 2012 - 11:48 pm

    Great photos, looks a great place:-)ReplyCancel

  • GabiAugust 1, 2012 - 6:10 am

    Beautiful photos, Viv! Tofino area is stunning! We went there last year for family camping and did the same trips/hikes as you did. Long beach is just breathtaking. I’m glad you had a great time there too.ReplyCancel

  • GerriAugust 1, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    Delicious images! Looks like a fabulous time…ReplyCancel

  • - » Vivienne McMaster PhotographyAugust 29, 2012 - 10:37 am

    […] be done this summer, but also room for lots of play.   A week at the cottage with the family, a getaway with friends to explore Ucluelet and Tofino, that amazing weekend in Whistler and lots of time spent with friends simply sitting in the sun and […]ReplyCancel