6 Things You Must Do in Tofino, BC15 June 2016
Being Canada's surf capital, Tofino's known for its beaches. And it has many beautiful beaches. One of the most well-known surfing beaches of Tofino, Cox Bay Beach, faces west and offers some of the best summer surf conditions. Though, as we learned, the best surfing in Tofino happens in the dead of winter. (That's crazy!)
But surfing isn't the only draw to this beach. There's an incredible scramble at the south end that boasts one of the most beautiful views in Tofino. Look to the south end of the beach for a giant, bare piece of drift wood situated atop a short rock wall. Immediately beyond the drift wood is a steep, unmarked trail that that will lead you over tree roots and rock piles, under branches, and through ankle-deep mud pits until you're above the tree tops. It's certainly not the easiest path to follow, even after a dry week, but if you're willing to give it a try, the view is pretty incredible. Consider bringing survival trail tape or another ID marker to mark your path--it can be a challenge to navigate your way down. Keep in mind that the Visitor Center doesn't encourage use of this trail, and visitors have lost their way attempting to find the trail. Be smart and be safe!
2 | CHOCOLATE TOFINO
You know it's gonna be good when there's a line out the door. Chocolate Tofino did not disappoint. I'm not even a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream, yet a sample of the natural, organic flavors of their Mint Chocolate Flake completely hooked me. Served in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone? Okay, okay. Twist my arm.
3 | ATLEO AIR SEAPLANE FLIGHT
Of all the things we did in Tofino, this was by far our favorite. We boarded a 5-passenger seaplane with Atleo Air and headed 20 minutes north to Hot Springs Cove. Above the Pacific, the coastline stretched for miles and the lush, green rolling mountains and vibrant blue waters captivated us from 5,000 feet in the air. Although I'm a very nervous flyer, especially in such a small plane, our pilot ensured I was comfortable and helped ease my worries while in flight.
4 | HOT SPRINGS COVE
At the cove, we followed the well-groomed boardwalk path for 20 minutes until we reached the three natural pools that make up Hot Springs Cove. Lucky for us, the tiniest of the pools was vacant, and sized perfectly for the two of us! We waded in the warm water for hours and just listened to the waves crash against the rocks that surrounded us. It was the most relaxing afternoon.
For Everything You Need to know about Hot Springs Cove, a post is coming soon.
5 | TACOFINO
Two pork gringas and a watermelon basil freshie, please! Tacofino has a helluva following. In fact, the Tacofino love bug has spread so rapidly that the owners opened up five more shops throughout Vancouver. Yeah, it's that good. Originally a food truck, this taco truck no longer lives on wheels! Rather, it's pretty permanently planted, and Tofino locals are lucky for that. (Tacofino, if you're reading this, please come to Seattle. Please!)
6 | WOLF IN THE FOG
If there's only one place you go to dine in Tofino, go to Wolf in the Fog. Not only is the food extra tasty, the service is top notch. We sat in the lounge on some cozy couches while our server recommended our drinks: the Wolf in the Fog Summer Shandy (ginger beer and a local Pilsner mixed with lemon juice) and a Dark Matter Porter from Hoyne Brewery. As you'd imagine, Wolf in the Fog has some pretty solid seafood offerings, but it was the Block Party meat platter that caught our attention: BBQ pulled pork, a half rack of ribs, roasted chicken, pickled watermelon, and homemade cornbread. Plated for two, there was more than enough food for us. But we still ordered dessert--cheese!