We are only staying five minutes away from the Juan de Fuca trailhead which is where the hike to Mystic Beach begins. This allowed us to arrive early enough to be well ahead of all the day trippers and gave us the entire forest to ourselves to explore. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail follows 47 kilometres of wilderness stretching along the western shoreline of southern Vancouver Island. While completing the entire trail can take anywhere between 3-5 days we were happy just to tackle the first 2km. Along these first 2km however was still plenty on impressive rainforest, lots of fun bridges to cross, am exciting suspension bridge and a dramatic staircase leading to Mystic Beach. Once on the beach we had some much deserved snacks to refuel ourselves and then explored the beach including its impressive waterfall cascading from the cliffs above. Eventually it was time to head back the way we came and return to the car.
Next up was a stop at Shirley Delicious. This is a very popular cafe along the Pacific Marine Circle Route and they also offer plenty of gluten free options which made me happy. I ordered a breakfast blend tea with a gluten free peanut butter and chocolate muffin, Shannon had a mocha and the girls both got a salted caramel cheesecake. Everything was delicious just like their name promised.
While we had avoided the rain so far, by now it was 3:00 pm and the rain finally started to come down. So, we got back in the car and drove back to our AirBnb to warm up by the fire and relax for the rest of the evening.
The Vancouver Island leg of our vacation is now also wrapping up. Tomorrow will be another travel day as we head back to the ferry towards are next destination.