10 things to try in British Columbia’s Tofino

Tofino is a majestic little surf town on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and arguably the only “real” surf town in Canada. It’s combination of bustling activity and rejuvenating ocean stillness makes it a special and unique destination for so many travelers every year. During the winter months, Tofino is a quiet place –…

Canoeing the Mackjack River into Raft Cove on Vancouver Island

The Mackjack river is a hidden gem. But let’s be clear right off the bat – it is not for the faint of heart, and definitely requires a certain kind of preparedness to enjoy it the most. As a kid, I grew up canoe tripping down rivers and across lakes, so when Rob mentioned he…

cold weather surfing at Sombrio Beach on Vancouver Island

That rain I said we weren’t afraid of – well, this is my blog post about it. In Australia, surf seems to come in all sorts of flavours and weather, often accompanied by sunshine and beach tanning. In Canada, that is not the case. The best surf forecasts seem to come when there’s rain storms…

A summer road trip on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

I have been to Vancouver Island many times. And every time has been fairly routine – gone to a city to visit a person, had some food and drinks, walked around, drove to another place and took the ferry home. But if there’s one thing I’m learning as I spend more time with this handsome,…