The roads on the west coast of Vancouver Island are narrow and curvy with dips and doodles to make one's stomach queasy. Occasionally one glimpses a view of the ocean but for the most part it is a drive past miles of thick forest bracketed on either end by eclectic fishing villages. Thousands of international tourists peruse the gift shops and savour gourmet seafood dinners. Having visited the area before it was fun to explore some new nooks and crannies and to dine at a roadside Fish & Chip stand.
A wreckage in Ucluelet
At Tofino's Botanical Garden we came across numerous driftwood creatures. I think I'll get my my grandchildren to name them.
A copper cougar prowls in the forested garden.
Tofino's icon - the surfer's van replanted inland.
I love trees growing on trees
Definitely an eclectic garden with a bargain deal - entry fee is good for three days without a receipt or stamp - go figure!
The Evian has been beached across
from Frog Island for a long time.
A lovely park to call home for 5 nights.
At the west coast they have a 'fog bank clause' which allows campfires when the rest of the province had a campfire ban. The fog swirled into our campsite, the ambiance was created and supper prepared by my honey as I rested my broken wing.
Promenade along Naniamo's harbour
Nostalgia in Naniamo
Sunset in Saanich.