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To Tofino and beyond: Give yourself just three days and you can cover quite a bit of ground here, from top-notch restaurants to gentle forest walks to sparsely inhabited islands only accessible by watercraft.


7 A.M. Wake up at the four-room The Francis Boutique Inn (from $760 U.S.; in downtown Ucluelet.

8 A.M. Head south to Coast Guard Road and hike the 1.6-mile Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail (wi/dpacificfrai/.com).

10 A.M. Down by the docks, Zoe's Bakery & Cafe (zoesbak is a wonderland of pies, muffins, breads, and galettes.

11 A.M. The Ucluelet Aquarium ($11 U.S.; is the place to get up close with North Pacific sea creatures.

1 P.M. It's all about oysters at the Ravenlady ( food truck; get them smoked, fried, and steamed in the Oyster Trio.

2 P.M. On your drive north to Tofino, stop at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve ( The Schooner Cove trail winds through the rain forest, then dumps you out on a magnificent beach.

5 P.M. Check into Ocean Village (from $80 U.S.; or the Wicka-ninnish Inn (from $322 U.S.; The inn's ocean views, stunning shorefront dining room, and luxurious spa make it Tofino's ultimate hotel stay.

6 P.M. A laid-back gem, SoBo ( hits the spot with fresh seafood and a hearty smoked salmon chowder.


8:30 A.M. A spruce-infused oil massage at the Ancient Cedars Spa ( will make you feel like you're melting into the forest.

10 A.M. Fuel up like many a Chesterman Beach surfer with a rich cappuccino and a flaky breakfast pastry at Tofitian Cafe (

11 A.M. As soon as the Tacofino ( food truck opens, hop in line and pack a carnitas burrito in your bag for later.

12:30 P.M. Zip over to Tofino Sea Kayaking downtown for a guided paddle to the Big Trees Trail on Meares Island (from $55 U.S.;

4:30 P.M. Grab the keys to a room at Middle Beach Lodge (from $7 04 U.S., and dry off. A short walk from MacKenzie Beach, it features two big lounges where guests meet and mingle over evening beers and board games.

5:30 P.M. A warming bowl of ramen and some Japanese snacks at Kuma ( will scare off any latent ocean chill.


9 A.M. Catch a boat via The Whale Centre ($ 100 U.S.; and visit the warm pools at the remote Hot Springs Cove.

2 P.M. Back on shore, step into the Eagle Aerie Gallery (roy to see work from Roy Henry Vickers, one of B.C.'s most beloved artists. Then hit up Pina (, Habit (250/725-2906), and Salt (250/266-0556) for clothing and gifts.

5 P.M. Throw back a refreshing Tuff Session Ale or a flight at Tofino Brewing Company's ( no-frills warehouse tasting room.

6:30 P.M. For a final crescendo, devour a Vancouver Island banquet featuring local fish, foraged mushrooms, and vivid cocktails at Wolf in the Fog (

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