Tofino

Jesse really is outdoing himself. First Thailand, now my first week in Seattle and Jesse planned for us to cross another country off my list!

Yep! Canada. I had never been. No surprise that living in Florida, I visited Mexico before I made a journey to our neighbors in the north. After this weekend though, I have plans to visit Canada much more often!

So, we went to Tofino, a city located in British Columbia on Vancouver Island, known for its surfing and not much else.

We didn’t surf, but we did do a lot of wonderful exploring and bed and breakfasting. We arrived in Tofino around lunch time after taking the ferry to Vancouver Island and sleeping in Qualicum Beach and getting breakfast nice and early. We started with beautiful views and burritos. From now on, I will now only eat my burritos with chipotle coleslaw on them. Nom.

Next we wandered a bit until it was time to head out for a hike on Mears Island. The island is completely untouched save for a trail designed and maintained by the First Nations. All proceeds from the hike fee go to the upkeep and preservation of the trail and forests in the area.

We headed back to the mainland and had a delicious dinner. I really stink at taking pictures of all these things, so I’m just putting a bunch of beautiful photos of Canada here for you to look through. After this experience, what they say about Canadians is really true – they are all just so nice. Every place we went, everyone was so hospitable and so politely curious about who we were, the story of what we do with our lives, and what brought us to Tofino (or anywhere else we stopped in Canada).

THEN, the best part of the day came. I watched my first west coast sunset! By golly, it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It felt so good to stand there with Jesse and just watch the sun and the sky turn these wonderful neon colors of orange, amber, and purple. My heart did backflips.

We woke up and ate brunch at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. I sat in the garden for a bit and enjoyed he smells and my full belly. There were flies buzzing all around and all of a sudden I heard the heaviest and weirdest thrumming/buzzing sound over my shoulder in the garden. Thinking it was a swarm of dragonflies (?) I turned around and saw a hummingbird less than a foot away from me! Totally cool.

We took the ferry out of Victoria last night around 5 and didn’t get back until midnight. it was so much traveling, but it was all so worth it. The weather was amazing, the food was delicious, the sights were unbelievable, but the best part was the company.



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Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

About Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a mental health counselor newly residing in Seattle, Washington. I strongly believe in the mind-body connection as the cornerstone of my professional ideology, along with the healing possibilities of puppies, a good glass of red wine, the smell of a new book, and the importance of travel.

  • Alannah

    Oh! I just love the island… I’m actually heading there next week to volunteer at a summer camp! Glad to hear that my fellow Canadians were good to you :)

    • Alannah

      ps- and I’m so jealous of your upcoming Thailand trip. It’s on the top of my ever-growing list of countries/places to visit.

      • Jen!

        :) I know! It was really up there for both of us, so I’m so excited to go. I’ll be sure to write a lot about it and hopefully I’ll remember to take some decent pictures.

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