Tofino – Vancouver Island
Highway 4 leads right up to the First Street Dock in British Columbia’s Tofino, a hamlet where Clayoquot Sound meets the Pacific on Vancouver Island’s west coast. Getting that far takes a three hour drive into the mist, around hairpin curves, and through the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to the ocean. The payoff is more than worth the journey: remote surfing beaches, humpback and gray whales, black bears and bald eagles, and old-growth rain forests home to some trees thought to be one to two thousand years old. When an ancient red cedar falls, Nuu-chah-nulth master carvers ask the tree for permission before giving it new life.
As far as the town of Tofino, you know you are in a surfing haven when the local buses advertise “Surfboards Welcome!” There was a gale forecast on Saturday and we were hoping to see some serious wave action, so we booked lunch at the famous Wikaninnish Inn overlooking the rocky Pacific coast. Unfortunately the wind direction changed, sheltering the Tofino beach somewhat. However, despite that, we saw 40 or so surfers riding the waves, many having wipeouts.
While visiting an art gallery in town, showcasing art, by Canadian First Nation Artist Roy Henry Vickers, our attention was drawn to a man in a very unique outfit. He stated that it was the uniform of the German Master Craftsman carpenters, a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. Today, there are over 500 “journeymen” currently plying their trade far from home; and as they travel these craftsmen gain experience for their trade, a journey known as the “Walz”. Markus will work for food and bed, and if you want something special created for your home (if it’s wood, he can do it!), send him an email at: ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The beautiful beach at Tofino was the location of the infamous meet-up of two brothers with an amazing amount of coincidences with Colin’s life. Read about it here.
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On MacKenzie Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island