Tofino. Only the name somehow sounds like a lovely place. And if the weather is good Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park are really nice places. It is truly wonderful here.
On our arrival day, we really had luck with the weather. During the whole journey to the west of Vancouver Island, the sun was shining presenting the island with its snow covered summits and green rainforests from its best side.
Meanwhile, I was traveling with Moritz, my travel buddy, who will accompany me for the next two months. In Ucluelet, a small village 30 kilometers before Tofino, we checked in on a small campground and used the last hours of sunny daylight to visit the real ocean for the first time. The wild, natural Pacific coast really got me from the first moment on. Huge log on long, white beaches interrupted by tree-covered cliffs. Unique views and photo motives wherever you looked.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t stay kind with us. The next two days the weather was mostly raining. But this wasn’t an excuse to be lazy. Equipped with the right clothes we still went out and explored the trails in the national park. The following trails we walked in and around the Pacific Rim National Park:
Willowbrae Trail + Halfmoon Bay (good weather)
Nuu-chah-nulth Trail + South Beach Trail (rainy)
Rainforest Loop A (rainy, which was actually pretty cool for that)
Wild Pacific Trail Big Beach (cloudy)
Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop (rainy)
Tonquin Trail (beautiful weather)
All the trails are more like walkways and nor further stamina or hiking skills are necessary.
When there was gold weather announced on the third day we decided to do a hike to Mount Ozzard, which was a secret tip from one of the waiters in the Howlers Pub in Ucluelet. After we spent the night on one of the forest service roads close to the trailhead we began our hike early in the morning. Two hours later we arrived at the summit and got rewarded with a fantastic view over Ucluelet and the Broken Group Islands. It was definitely worth the way up!
On that day in the afternoon, we drove through the National Park to Tofino. Tofino is basically nothing more than another small village which is crowded with tourists during the summer months. Only the surf tourism and the wonderful location give that place an individual touch.
On a parking lot, we then met Michi, Vroni, Matze and Bella, who were fellow workers of Moritz in Revelstoke, where they worked the winter season in a ski resort. Once we already discovered most of the national park we wanted to go on to the hinterland of the island, we spontaneously decided to join those four guys on a small adventure. We would let ourselves maroon on an uninhabited island for four days to discover it. What we will experience on that trip I will probably tell you in my next post.