British Columbia// Vancouver & Tofino

November 23, 2018

Another trip to beautiful British  Columbia, we were here for business and pleasure but mostly pleasure. An easy 5 Hr  flight from Montreal to Vancouver, then a 2 hrs ferry ride to Nanaimo, then another 3hrs drive winding through mountains and we were in Tofino, our destination. Tofino is a small Pacific surf town on the westside of Vancouver Island right next to the Pacific Rim National park reserve. It took half a day just to get from Vancouver airport to Tofino so you could consider also a short seaplane flight from downtown.

Our time in Tofino was brief but relaxing. We spent our three days here beach hopping  from Chesterman to Cox and Long beach. We also took long strolls through the rainforest in the beautiful Pacific Rim National Park which were very relaxing. The town has a  relaxed surf town vibe, most restaurants serve good organic food that’s mostly locally sourced. My favourite spots were the Shed and 1909 Kitchen.

After three days in Tofino we started our trek back to Vancouver. We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim right next to the Vancouver convention center. We had our golden doodle with us and thankfully our hotel was pet friendly. In fact all the three Fairmonts in Vancouver area are pet friendly. The vibe in Vancouver was very similar to Seattle, gloomy rainy weather and lush gardens, definitely bring an umbrella or rain coat if you are in this neck of the woods

There are plenty of spots in downtown Vancouver that are worth checking out, the Gastown area is definitely up there. There are tons of cute shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. My fav was MeeT in Gastown, a vegan restaurant with super yummy vegan dishes. Miku Japanese was also a nice sushi restaurant within Canada Place.

Long Beach in Tofino,BC

Playing with Zena on Chesterman Beach

Tofino, BC

Surfshops in Tofino,BC

Tofino was so beautiful

Pacific Beaches

When that sun glow hits you right

short hike in the Pacific Rim National Park

Life is a Beach

Cox Beach

Girl and her doodle

No bikini in pacific beaches

Hygge time at the Fairmont

Pet bedding for Zena, Gracias Fairmont

View from our hotel room in Vancouver


The Botanist, nice restaurant Cafe in the Fairmont

Vacation glow

Zena running wild on the beach

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