This past weekend marked the November 11th (Rememberance Day) holiday in Canada, and that meant we were in for a long weekend. While I may be crunching pennies at this point for my other trip, a friend of mine was able to secure a super cute cabin in Tofino — and how do you say no to that?! Clearly, a Tofino road trip was in order.
The place was absolutely incredible. After driving up from Vancouver on Friday night (plus some time spent on the ferry), we found ourselves winding up the narrow, roller coaster-like roads to the small island town, where we arrived somewhere around 2am. There were four of us in total: myself, my boyfriend Casey, and my friends Simran and Madison. Simran handled all the driving like a champ, while Casey kept him awake and Maddy and I snoozed like little kids in the back seats. I love a good long drive, especially when I get to just sit back and take in the scenery (read: eat all the road trip snacks).
The cabin (house?) itself was amazing. All on one floor, it had three bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room with cozy fireplace and couches with super soft blankets, and two bathrooms. It wasn’t particularly huge, but the layout made it feel spacious and luxurious. There were also a couple awesome surprises awaiting outside, including a fire pit, more cozy chairs, a barbecue, patio table, and —yes— a hot tub.
It was raining for the majority of our trip (typical Tofino this time of year) so we spent most of our time simply relaxing. We grabbed some groceries, cooked lots of food for each other, watched movies, played some seriously competitive games of Mario Kart, and slept in a bit in the mornings. On one day when the rain let up for a bit, we wandered around Tofino’s ‘downtown’, which is really just about one street with some cute shops, plus access down to the water and marinas. On this day, we also stopped for lunch at Shelter, where Maddy and I had the ‘surf bowl’ with salmon (which was amazing) and the boys had a halibut burger and fish and chips. When in Tofino, eat seafood, am I right?!
Considering its open ocean location, Tofino is really known for storm watching and for surfing, and the weather can get pretty intense. In fact, there were some signs along the way letting us know which way the Tsunami exit is. Luckily, we had a pretty relaxing time, where the scariest thing we encountered was the horror movie we watched Saturday night. Plus, on our last day we decided to stop by Tacofino (I love the Vancouver location but the one in Tofino was the original!) and the food was OH MY GOD good. Seriously, if you find yourself there you have to go. I thoroughly recommend the tuna and fish tacos!
All in all, it was a really memorable trip at a fantastic home. You can check the place out for yourself on Home Away’s website if you’re interested in making a trip to Tofino!