Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Western Canada Vacation: Day 7: Tofino

We arrived in Tofino at 7:00 last night.  By then we had been travelling for over 24 hours since we left Jasper.  Needless to say we were quite tired as neither Shannon nor I got a lot of sleep on the train.

At 9:30 am on Tuesday we arrived at the Vancouver train station but our ultimate destination was still many hours and several modes of transportation away. First, we boarded a greyhound bus to take us on to the ferry from the train station at 11:30 am. We then took the ferry over to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  From there, not knowing we could get picked up, I walked for 20 minutes to pick up our rental car and then return to the ferry dock where I left Shannon with all our bags. With the both us in the car we now had a 3 hour drive to get to Tofino.  The drive itself was quite an adventure as the road twisted and turned its way through the mountains in order to get to Vancouver Island's west coast.

Well that's enough about our journey to Tofino.  What have we done since getting here?

Today was our whale watching and trip to an all natural hot springs. The boat ride was about 1.5 hours but on the way out the morning fog Tofino regularly gets had not lifted yet so there wasn't much to see. The hot springs however were amazing and even the 2km hike to get to them was breathtaking as it winded through old growth rainforest. On the way back to Tofino we did get to see a humpback whale in a distance plus some sea lions and harbour seals. In the end it was a pretty enjoyable day.

Shannon and I are now sitting in a coffee shop in Tofino.  We are looking forward to a nice dinner out by the water and having some fresh seafood... maybe we will see another whale!

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1 comment:

Chris said...

I am so jealous ... I want to go ... Glad you got to Tofino.