It’s hard to think of a more wonderful way to start 2014 than a trip, no matter how short, to my absolute favourite spot in Canada.
My family and I were in Tofino, BC for two days at the beginning of January before we all got back to work, school and a my new co-op position on January 6th in Kamloops, BC. We have been coming here for years, particularly to Pacific Sands Beach Resort right on Cox Bay. It’s like an old friend!
I was itching to get out on the beach I spent so many summers on, so the first morning we were there I scooped up my bowl of oatmeal (thanks Dad!) and went for a walk. Forgot my usual point and shoot in my car, so snapped a few mementos with my cellphone.
The symbol of the resort we stayed at is a sand dollar, which are fairly common on this beach and sandy spots on the west coast of Vancouver island in general. I think they’re beautiful.
They are like the more well known sea star in many ways, their bottoms being covered in tiny legs for transportation and suction systems for food. This one is dead, unfortunately, so it’s been bleached white (the ones I’ve seen are typically purple) and no longer has these fleshy parts but the skeletal structure is pretty neat.
Some of the most remarkable views of Cox Bay are visible from the trail just adjacent Pacific Sands Resort. Sunset Point is accessible by boardwalk, but be careful – in damp conditions (pretty well all the time in this part of the world) the wooden boardwalk is extremely slippery. One member of my family slipped the evening before I took these photos and actually broke a bone as a result. As much as I love Pacific Sands, it must be said that the Resort needs to do some maintenance work on this trail in a bad way to prevent injury. In climates like this, wood rotting and deteriorating is a fact of life that requires consideration and proactive preventative maintenance.
If you ever get a chance, Tofino is more than worth your time and travel dollars to visit, especially if you’re a fan of the outdoors. During the summer (and even the winter if you’re brave enough), there is great surfing to be had. In the winter, the storms bring an incredible outdoor show to the shores as the waves turn violent. Between seasons, the water temperature actually changes very little, just a few degrees Celsius. You can surf all year round, and we usually did when I was a fearless water-kid!