Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim

Today’s guest post is by Isabella Rose. Isabella is an enthusiastic traveller with a love of adventure. In this article she gives her best advice on how to make the most of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim.

Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim: The Treasure Trove of Destinations

Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim is a hidden gem of a destination, situated in the West Coast of British Columbia in North America. With stunning scenery and lush natural vegetation this exotic location overpowers the senses, engulfing the visitor with a palpable taste of paradise. Enhanced by a wide range of activities and accommodation, these unrivalled territories meet the needs of everyone from the inexperienced to the worldly traveller.

For all those adrenalin junkies, exhilarating experiences are available in the nearby local towns of Tolfino and Ucluelet.  Trek through the mountainous trails or rainforest wilderness to view spectacular views from panoramic vantage points. Host to the O’Neill Cold Water Classic International surfing competition, Tolfino has also been appraised as the ‘Best Surf Town in North America’. The Pacific Rim is therefore a fantastic place to put your balancing skills to the test! Regardless of whether you are a total novice or a professional surfer, you will find the swell of the Pacific Ocean beckons you to ride its waves. Other aquatic activities are also available including canoeing, kayaking and snorkelling, in case the call of the surfboard seems too daunting.

If, after hiking and surfing your outdoor criteria is still not fulfilled then head to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for a further adventure. Soak up the cultural heritage of this Canadian province and discover the dynamic history of the original tribal and European settlers.  At the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, just north of Tolfino, fragile ecosystems and hundreds of species of birds and endangered animals can be observed. After viewing bears, eagles, sea-lions and whales, you may like to walk along the Big Tree Trail to stand in wonderment of the beautiful Behemoth trees that have existed for over one thousand years.

Take the time to make the lengthy five hour drive to Victoria, the Capital city of British Columbia and the gulf islands.  Not only will you witness stunning coastal views along the way but this beautiful little town is packed with history, festivals and cultural events. With an impressive selection of farmers markets, restaurants, art galleries, craft shops and theatres all showcasing the best of local talent, a visit to Victoria will certainly be a memorable one. Visit Victoria during the summer months to witness local buskers and artisans fill the waterfront promenade with their soulful sounds and creative displays.

With its own wealth of activities to keep you busy, staying in the Pacific Rim is the perfect way to enjoy your slice of tropical paradise whilst avoiding the main tourist traps of central Vancouver. Offering some of the best British Columbia accommodation, Tolfino and Uclelet have various styles to suit all, from modest camping sites to rustic hideaways and luxurious resorts. A fantastic rustic retreat is the Wickaninnish Inn, ideally located to fully embrace the natural rugged surroundings of Tolfino.  With a view from your room of the Pacific ocean crashing against the surrounding craggy rocks, it is easy to see why the Wickaninnish Inn was selected as the ‘2010 Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway’ by Condé Nast Johansens. For a more exclusive stay, the Eagle Nook Wilderness Resort and Spa is another great option. Set within a secluded forest of idyllic beauty and only accessible by a water taxi or float plane, this cosy hotel is perfect for those looking for a total escape.  With gourmet restaurants and luxurious spa facilities on site, you will find very little need to venture far away from this stunning retreat.

If you are already feeling those January blues, a rejuvenating retreat to the Pacific Rim is bound to lift your spirits. Sit back and let the mystical qualities of nature work their magic…

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