Surf, Sea, beach, rocks and trees …who needs sun with all this natural beauty
Getting to Tofino starts with a four hour drive from the south, where first you are forced to drive to the eastern shore of Vancouver Island before heading north west to Canada’s own surfer’s paradise surrounded by some of the most awesome natural wilderness. Set in the rain forests of boreal Canada, you can quickly forget about civilization and focus on more basic things – but such glorious basics. Part two will give a little more perspective of the area, but first to the food….
After winding roads took us through Cathedral Grove; over mountains and past rivers and seashores, we checked into the Pacific Sands (expensive but getting old…). Despite the basic necessities that it provided the hotel has direct beach access where you are warned about early morning wolf visits. Also beware of meaner looking surfers who are unafraid of jumping into the freezing waters off the west coast (with a light protection of a wet suit).
With no restaurant at our hotel, we set off to the SCHOONER in the heart of “downtown” Tofino, about 10 minutes drive from the hotel.
Always good to arrive on Oyster Night
When on the coast, local seafood is best, but as we were “salmoned” out the menu offered some other “surf” delicacies more to our liking including an oyster banquet and fresh caught crab. Although we did try two appetizers, the tuna was over done as was the slightly chewy calamari. No more need be said on those as we move on to the raw oysters which were fresh served with lemon and a dipping sauce. Delicious, just with the lemon.
Eyes very much like the crab that Follows
We then moved on to our own personal large crab that were cooked perfectly. Although served with butter on the side (why!), we again opted for enjoying the succulent, delicate taste highlighted only with a squeeze of lemon when inspired to do so.
More Eyes looking at me…
Overall the decor may be basic, and would pass on the cooked appetizers, but the fresh seafood makes the stop well worthwhile. Our meal was enhanced by the Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris wine that we would also recommend.
Next morning we enjoyed a hearty breakfast from BREAKERS. Though not cheap, it offers a great variety of bagels, etc with all the stuffings you could ever desire to get your day going. (coffee was disappointing especially for a breakfast place).