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.
After 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.
We 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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WHAT I WORE
Rose Okay Sweater – Brunette the Label
Blue Denim Jeans – Mavi
Black Sweater – Adidas
Hat – Aritzia