Today we headed north on Vancouver Island. The east coast to Nanaimo is well settled, but once you turn inland it gets wild. We stopped at two provincial parks to see waterfalls and big trees. Then we passed through Port Alberni, a saltwater port that is nestled in the mountains on a long fjiord that penetrates halfway across the island.
After 7 hours of driving and hiking we arrived at Best Western Tin Wis Resort in Tofino. Tin Wis means calm water in the local first nation language. It is so named because it sits on a bay protected by a string of stony islands. With a half mile of beach to explore we are in heaven.
We explored the beach before eating. Dinner at the resort’s restaurant was terrific. After dinner we did some drawing and painting. Then we walked the beach until dark.