Salty Feet, Itchy Feet

May 11, 2016

Road Trip Summer 2016

May 11, 2016

Mother’s Day in Tofino

May 11, 2016

On my recent “duty and errands” trip up to Calgary, I decided to take the opportunity to visit my son, Tim, in Vancouver.  I figured a quick hop over one Province for a day or so and come back.  Then Tim sent me a link to an Airbnb property in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island:


Yes, this is an Airbnb property.  Here is the actual link:

It offered to let us do some “Glamping”.

Well, after my stay in a container house last August, I was hooked!  I had never been to Tofino so this was my opportunity to do a mini-trip somewhere new.  We booked it for two nights over Mother’s Day Weekend.

On Sunday, we set off from Vancouver in Tim’s car to catch a Ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Tim and I on Ferry to Nanaimo

It was windy and cold, but the scenery: spectacular.

After an hour and half of cruising, we offloaded and began the 3-hour drive.  Along the way, we stopped for a snack lunch on the shore of Cameron Lake.  So deep, divers have yet to find the actual bottom.



And a little further down the road was Cathedral Grove Old Growth Forest, where many enormous, ancient Douglas Fir trees still stand – protected.  The first picture in this post is from there.

We stopped again for a walk around and photo opp at Englishman River Falls.




Honestly, the scenery on this drive is unbelievably gorgeous.

We arrived at our campsite in Tofino around 5 and checked out our new home for two nights.  A glass of wine and toast was in order.


The camper was tiny and vintage, but very nicely and attractively restored.  No bathroom, but two beds – the table folds down and converts to a bed, and the other one is at the other side of the camper.  We had electricity and water hookup, with good wifi provided by the campground.  Almost right on Middle Beach in Tofino, we had a great view of the water.  It was VERY windy and cold when we got there, but a small electric space heater warmed up the camper in no time.  There were flush toilets and coin-operated showers just steps away.

We braved a short walk on the beach and then headed into the small village of Tofino for a simply amazing seafood dinner at a place called The Wolf In The Fog.  World-class chef.  I couldn’t have wished for a more delicious and delightful meal of an oyster starter and fresh halibut plate, followed by sticky toffee pudding.

That night, I realized that any camper I might buy in future MUST have at least a toilet.  Twice I had to bundle up, grab a lantern, and toddle over to the bathrooms in the near-freezing cold.

The next day dawned clear with little wind and much warmer, thank goodness.  We cooked breakfast in the camper and sat in the morning sun outside sipping our coffee.  Then a longer walk on the beach before heading out for tacos in Tofino, followed by a stop at the local Tofino brewery where one of Tim’s childhood friends works, and, after a tasting “flight” of four of their beer (small cups – I can’t begin to manage to drink four beer in a short time), on to a whale-watching tour out among some of the channel islands in the area.


A cruise not to be missed.  We saw sea otters and yes, two grey whales feeding and flashing their tails as they dove.

That night, we cooked a fish and potatoes dinner on the outdoor grill sitting by a wood fire with Tim’s two childhood friends, washed down with wine and more of the local artisan beer.

It was a jam-packed weekend and I am still smiling at all of the memories we created as mother and son.

If you are interested in checking out Airbnb yourself for future trips, I would love it if you used this link to join.  You get a gift of $25 towards your first booking, and I earn a commission.


  1. Hi Gene, we’ve never met but I signed up for your posts awhile ago- I spend time in Centro in Maz when I’m not working in Calgary. I loved your post on Tofino – it’s one of my favourite places on the west coast so glad you had a great experience traveling there – i particularly love the 3 hour drive with all the stops along the way……and breathtaking to be at Middle Beach – soooo very different than our ocean in Maz. You have a great flare for writing. Take care, safe travels.

      1. Hi Susan, that would be great – I will continue to follow your blogs. I’ll be there off and on again next season – I bought a very tiny condo in Centro this past year but have been going to Maz for 12 years. I still work full-time – hopefully only 2 more years. Take care. Gail

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