Island Getaway: Tofino / Ucluelet, BC

Island Getaway

One of the best parts about living on the West Coast is how close you are to nature. British Columbia is home to some of the most incredible places, and as the days get longer, and the sun comes out, so does the best of BC. Last Summer, we visited Ucluelet and Tofino on Vancouver Island for the first time and instantly knew we had to plan a visit back. This Spring, we return with friends for a long weekend to enjoy one of the most picturesque place on the West Coast.

Island Getaway 1Island Getaway 21Island Getaway 9Island Getaway 22Island Getaway 3After a ferry ride and drive through the forest, we arrived in Ucluelet. Waking up to mountain and water views was such a dream. The resort was very quiet, except for the seals barking at each other. We spent an easy three days enjoying our little home away from home at Water’s Edge. The patio was the perfect place to relax and watch the boats come in and out of the little harbour. Travelling to this part of the world does does take 5 hours from Vancouver, but for a visit like this, it’s completely worth it.
Island Getaway 20Island Getaway 11Island Getaway 19We spent Sunday in the next town over, Tofino. We stopped by local Ucluelet favourite, Zoe’s Cafe for coffee and delicious breakfast treats before driving 20 minutes to the surf haven. If you’re ever visiting this area, please visit both places. Each is unique and filled with local charm, and fantastic food. Here are a few of my favourite spots not to be missed.

Long Beach
On the drive into Tofino, be sure to stop by Long Beach. It’s the largest and longest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and where you’ll see all the surfers catching waves. The views are incredible as is the clean, salty ocean air.

Shelter Restaurant
Sourcing many of their menu items from local farms and fishermen, Shelter is a must stop on our Tofino list. Located behind the restaurant is a garden that supplies produce and fresh herbs to Shelter’s kitchen and bar. Along with a spacious patio, cozy interior, and friendly staff, Shelter is a great spot to get a taste of local cuisine in a relaxed setting.

Market Canvas
Market Canvas is a line of beautiful small leather goods and hand bags. This creative space and boutique was created by Julie Boocock, a self-taught leather worker. Each piece Julie creates is unique as no two hides are ever alike. The name is inspired by the brand’s roots at the local Saturday Market. You can still find their booth there every weekend from May through September. The price points are amazing, and a piece from Market Canvas would make the perfect practical takeaway from your visit to Tofino.

Outside Break
As you arrive into Tofino, off the Pacific Rim Highway, there is a parking lot called Outside Break. It’s home to some of the best coffee (The Tofitian) Tacos (Tacofino, the original) and surf shops (Live to Surf) You can see more photos from our last visit here.

Tofino Brewing
Another local favourite is Tofino Brewing. Recently renovated, the brewery is often filled with locals enjoying a pint. They brew small batch, handcrafted beer using high quality malted barley and Pacific North West hops. With cool local flavours like Kelp Stout and Spruce Tree Ale, a flight to taste a few of the brews is the best way to go.

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Wild Pacific Trail
There are lots of hiking and walking trails around the area with spectacular views along the way. We walked to the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse which is a perfect easy hike, called the Lighthouse Loop. There are lots of benches so you can take a break and watch the waves crash against the rocks.

Black Rock Resort
We stayed here on our last visit to Ucluelet. Their restaurant views are incredible, and a great place to grab a bite and a beverage after your hike.

Zoe’s Bakery and Cafe
A true local favourite, Zoe’s menu features an array of baked goods and incredible coffee. The cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting were a big hit!

Float House Restaurant
This West Coast dinning spot was fantastic. Great staff, beautiful views and I had one of the BEST veggie burgers ever! All their recipes, sauces and dressings are made from scratch with many ingredients locally sourced and freshly prepared. Everyone else enjoyed ribs, which is a FloatHouse speciality. If we had more time, we would definitely be dining here again!

Water’s Edge Resort
Our home away from home this weekend was Water’s Edge. Every cottage has marina views and is truly a slice of heaven. The resort is peaceful, serene and made for the most wonderful long weekend getaway.

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I’m heading to San Francisco today!

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Rose Okay Sweater – Brunette the Label
Blue Denim Jeans – Mavi
Black Sweater – Adidas
Hat – Aritzia

  • I really want to go to the Vancouver/Vancouver Island area so bad!! It looks gorgeous!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Oh you would LOVE it!! I count myself very lucky to love in such a beautiful part of the world.
      Let me know when you plan to visit, and I’ll send you some recommendations 🙂

  • Ok these pictures are seriously simply breathtakingly beautiful! What a nature’s gorgeous gift this place this! I really need to visit this place soon!
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
    Ankita | Real Girl Talks

    • Thank you Anika!!! Ucluelet is so picture perfect. I hope you’re able to visit sometime. I couldn’t recommend it more.
      Such a beautiful part of Canada

  • You look so pretty in all these photos, plus that rose sweatshirt, and your baseball cap is perfect too. Glad you bought it!! 🙂 And… yay for all the warm weather vibes and sunny getaways. The one thing we love about our area is we’re no more than 10-15 minutes from some of the prettiest beaches, trails and nature. It’s our favourite thing to do after work, then we usually grab beer & tacos and chill. Best!! Your Tofino trip looked absolutely amazing (loved your insta stories too) and have the BEST time in San Fran. Can’t wait to follow along and hopefully hear about it in person too!!

    PS – LOL longest comment. Haha. Sorry! 😉

    • Thank you Veronika! It was such an incredible place. I love this part of BC.
      That baseball hat was only $20 for Aritzia!! Such a good find – it’s hard to usually find plain hats and it fits so well.

      Can’t wait to see you and tell you all about San Francisco. It was ahhh-mazing! xo

  • This looks like such a relaxing getaway!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    • Thanks Rubi! It was such a wonderful place for a long weekend escape.
      Hope you’re having a great week xo

  • What a beautiful island trip away, it looks so peaceful and relaxing xx

    Beauty with charm

    • Thank you Alina! It was so relaxing and beautiful. Thank you for stopping by Style Calling 🙂

  • Dorota Candle

    The last picture is amazing. I really enjoyed your report on the trip. I wish I could have tried the drink and the cake of course 🙂 Looks very nice. I like your pink blouse as well.

    • Thank you Dorota! That pink sweater is from the brand Brunette the Label. They make THE CUTEST sweatshirts!

  • What a beautiful post and city!
    Looks like you had a blast

    • Thank you Rita! It’s such a wonderful part of the world. Thanks for stopping by Style Calling xo

  • This sounds like an amazing little trip! Unfortunately I am NOT a boat/ferry person, but everything else looks amazing. The views are gorgeous! I need to make it to BC someday…


    • You can also fly to Tofino! There are float planes that go to all the little islands, which sounds more like your speed! The ferry is so huge, you can also stay in your car and pretend you’re not on a boat, haha.
      If you ever venture to the West Coast, be sure to let me know so I can send you recommendations! xo

  • Oh my God it all look just GORGEOUS. I wish I live as close to nature as you do! Hopefully I’ll get the chance to visit your side of the world someday.

    xo, Liyana | Affordorable

    • It’s a little slice of heaven, that’s for sure! Hope you’re able to visit the west coast sometime. It seriously is beautiful

  • Amazing view,
    I definitely love your coZy outfit

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Thanks Jane! It was such a wonderful getaway. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  • Oh my this looks like the most lovely, cosy and gorgeous getaway!!! Makes me want to go haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • It was so lovely!! Thanks for stopping by Style Calling Sofia. Hope you have a great weekend ahead xo

  • Rach

    I have a really good friend that lives in the BC Island and she told me when I visit to go to Tofina! She is right and based on your photos, it looks amazing there!

    • Oh you have to come visit some time! Vancouver Island is so beautiful, especially in the summer time! It’s so relaxed, and the food is SOOO good too! In Victoria especially. If you ever venture this way, let me know and I’ll send you some recommendations xo

  • Wow what amazing views! So lucky you live close by x

    • BC is such a beautiful place to live – so many places to explore!

  • Federica Di Nardo

    Beautiful landscapes *_*


    • Thank you Federica! Have a great weekend

  • This looks like fun! Love the food.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy Ann! The food was SO good in Tofino.
      Hope you’re having a great week so far xo

  • It looks so pretty there, I need to go back! I haven’t been in over 10 years

    • Ooh yes you do! Not too far for you. Both are such wonderful towns. SO many good restaurants to choose from

  • Sounds like you have had so much fun. I love the pictures!

    • Thanks Freja! It was such a wonderful place to visit

  • This looks like such a wonderful getaway – the perfect tranquil escape and opportunity to totally disconnect! Can’t get over those views, wow…

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Ah the views were amazing!! Ucluelet is such a peaceful place – perfect for a relaxing getaway.
      Hope you’re having a great week so far!

  • jade

    I was just there and had an amazing time, did you try Tacofino? | Instagram
    Filipa xxx

  • Looks like such an amazing trip! Have a lovely week.

    Gemma x

    • Thanks Gemma! Hope you’re having a great start to your week too

  • This looks like such an amazing trip! I love that rosé sweatshirt!
    María Eugenia |

    • Thank you María! It’s from a brand called Brunette the Label. They have such cute sweaters.

  • Hillory Renkema

    Omg I’ve never been to BC before, but your photos totally make me want to go! Ps. that rosé jumper is just too cute!!



    • BC is a wonderful place to visit – Canada in general is so so beautiful, especially in the summer time.
      I’m been wearing the rosé sweater on stop! It’s from a brand called brunette –
      Hope you’re having a great week so far xo

  • I never been to Vancouver Island, but Ucluelet and Tofino look so beautiful! Hope I can visit in the future!