West Coast Camping

The thing I was looking forward to the most with Tofino was camping and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). The forecast leading up with Tofino was not looking so hot. It was going to be in the mid teens (16-18C).

The campground books up quickly and we weren’t able to get a site right on the beach but we did have an ocean view. Which worked out really well.

I had heard from several sources that the highway leading to Tofino was a winding slow highway best not to be driven at night. I may be one of the few, but I love winding roads.

Bella Pacifica Campground

It took us around 5 hours to get to the campground from Victoria. Check in was quick and we found our site very easily. Located right near the washrooms, which was a bonus. Now if anyone plans on going out there and just loves the site we were at, it’s #93. The parking was a little tricky and first impressions were low but after we explored a little more, we fell in love with our “enchanted forest”. The tree cover would have been nice if it had rained however the protection made it much colder than it was.

The view was pretty spectacular. The trees of the campsite framed the ocean and beach nicely. We were also right beside the stairs so we had quick access to the beach.

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The weather was chilly the whole time around 16-17C and the water was insanely cold. We never did end up going SUP because of the temperature. It didn’t seem worth it to freeze and not have any way of warming up. We did however spend a couple hours lounging on the beach while the sun was shinning.

We spent our time walking to the various beaches, trails and did a trip into the town. I tried to use only my camera and keep my phone turned off. I really wanted the camping portion of the trip to be away from technology and social media and more on the nature and being present.

Side trips in the Pacific Rim National Park
-Chestermen Beach
-Long Beach
-Rainforest trail A & B
-Radar Hill and Kap’Yong Memorial

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I spent some time at this cool little coffee shop called Tofitian. There are couple spots inside but they have a cute little seating area outside. I sat here for around an hour enjoying my coffee and relaxing.

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After visiting the town and spending the three nights camping there, I didn’t see what all the hype was about. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and lots to see and do but I almost felt let down. Maybe it was the cold weather and that it limited our activities.

XO Nicole

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Vancouver and Victoria

Hey All!

This past weekend was my families 3rd Annual Camping trip. The weather could have been a little nicer but we had loads of fun 🙂

Now onto recapping the road trip to Tofino.

Vancouver
The first night of the trip we stayed in Surrey, now Surrey has a bad reputation for crime and what not, but this guest house we stayed at was in a richer area and was 5min from White Rock and was a steal of a deal.

Grace Guest House
The link will take you to my trip advisor review. I really don’t have much to add to this place other then it may be the weirdest set up that I have stayed at before.

We drove the 5min to go for dinner and a walk along the boardwalk in White Rock. Super pretty! By this time our stomachs were grumbling and we needed to find a restaurant that met gluten free for my friend and all of my food. We didn’t go far and ended up at…

Jan’s On the Beach
The meal was amazing! They have an extensive list of gluten free options including deep fried food. My friend and I shared the mussels and both order fish and chips. Jan herself was actually in the kitchen cooking up and served my friend and I our meals. Now the service wasn’t the greatest but the food made up for it.

On our way back from camping we stopped in Vancouver for a night to enjoy the comforts of a bed and a proper shower and let me tell you it was needed.

Douglas Guest House

My full review of the place is found here. This place felt like a luxury accommodation after camping and I think one of the best parts was it included breakfast. I was only able to have coffee and fruit but the rest of what came out of the kitchen looked delicious.

Now our stop in Vancouver was short and sweet and we basically had enough time to drive to Port Moody to visit with my friends friend and have dinner. We left bright and early the next morning.

Romers
There weren’t too many options for me here but they did have a detox bowl. It was listed as gluten free, vegan and vegetarian. I hadn’t eaten much that day so I opted to add some grilled chicken. Turned out perfect. The other girls meals looked good!

Victoria
We spent one night here and most of a day. The weather was great and we walked around a lot which was nice after all the driving done up until this point.

Capital City Centre
I would definitely stay at this hotel (review) again if I ever find myself in Victoria. Since we were carrying food with us for camping it was magical when we walked in our room and we had an apartment sized fridge and freezer.

We got to experience both BC day and Symphony Splash. Symphony Splash was pretty cool, they had a floating stage where they performed and around 60,000 people sat around and listened. We wandered around the harbour by the Empress Hotel and looked at all the booths and then made our way to Fishermen’s Wharf.

Blue Crab
This might be by far the best places we ate at! The view was to die for and the food was mouth watering and amazing. My friend and I shared the mussels and clams as a starter. I ordered the Pesto Crusted Halibut but sans pesto since it has dairy in it. I feel like I have been cheated my whole life, the seafood was insanely fresh.

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After dinner my cousin and her husband were in town at their families condo. I hadn’t seen them in years so my friend and I wandered over and chatted with them for a couple hours. It was so good to see them and their girls and catch up on life. Our time was pretty awesome, as we were able to watch the BC day fireworks from their condo.

If you have questions or want more information leave a comment and I will respond. Feedback is always good too!

XO Nicole