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The photo for day 1 was of Tofino, BC, Canada. Some of you guessed the west coast of Canada, well done! Tofino is as far west as you can get in Canada and is a fabulous place for surfing and storm watching. I wrote about our last visit here: https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/tofino-get-away/

I was nominated by my blogging friend Geoff LePard at TanGental to post one favourite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. It doesn´t have to be 10 consecutive days. Thanks, Geoff!

I nominate Beth Ann at It’s Just Life. Check out her blog full of inspiring posts about her travels, family, life, teapot collection, and her adorable cats as well as thoughts about life.

If I nominate you and you don’t want to participate, please do not feel obliged, but if you do, please link back to me so that I can see your post. In these times vicarious travel is a great escape, I would love to see what you choose to post.

This is my picture for day 2. If you want to guess where this is, leave your answer in the comments.

Everyone seems to need a break around mid February. This year hubby and I didn’t take a sunny, warm, winter get-away so we decided to do something more local. We hadn’t been to the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island for a long time so chose to spend three days in Tofino. A great choice as we had a wonderful time.

To get there we took a relaxing two hour ferry ride across the Georgia Strait and then drove three hours to the other side of the island. It had snowed during the night causing the tall Douglas Fir trees to sparkle in the sun with  snow laden branches as they emerged out of the mist. We passed through Cathedral Grove, an old growth rain forest with 800 year-old giant firs. It was magical.

Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove

The minute we arrived at the Best Western Tin Wis Resort, I knew we had made a good choice. The resort is owned and operated by the Tla-O-Qui-Aht First Nations and tastefully decorated with First Nations art and artefacts. The incredibly friendly staff made us feel at home immediately.

Entrance to Tin Wis Resort

Entrance to Tin Wis Resort

Amazing west coast First Nations art

Amazing west coast First Nations art

Our very comfortable room had a great view of Mackenzie Beach. This beach is one of the most protected beaches on the west coast, thus the name Tin Wis which means Calm Waters in the Tla-O-Qui-Aht language.

Room with a view

Room with a view

Mackenzie beach

Mackenzie beach at dusk

We went for nice, long, relaxing walks along the beach, discovering tidal pools with all sorts of  little creatures.

Colourful sea anemones and a bright orange starfish

Colourful sea anemones and a bright orange starfish

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We spent a wonderful day in the charming town of Tofino, where we shopped, met some interesting artists and many wonderful people. It was so refreshing to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. With the slow, easy pace, it didn’t take us long to wind down.

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Of course I found a bookstore

Of course I found a book store

Tofino is famous for its fantastic storms and many people visit in the winter just to storm watch. We were lucky to get one storm which we watched safely from inside while having a drink.

A typical west coast storm

A typical west coast storm

Enjoying the storm from inside

Enjoying the storm from inside

The following morning we awoke to sunshine. We had the perfect mix of weather. While enjoying one last walk on the beach, we watched a man teach his son to surf.

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The restaurant at the resort, aptly called Calm Waters, served delicious meals with the same friendly service. The crab cakes melted in my mouth and I’m still dreaming of the coconut crème brulee.

Enjoying a relaxing breakfast with a view

Enjoying a relaxing breakfast with a view

Calm Waters Restaurant at Tin Wis Resort

Calm Waters Restaurant at Tin Wis Resort

We came home happy to have spent time at such an amiable place where the spirit of people who have dwelt there for many centuries, still lives.

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Sometimes a short holiday is all you need.


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