Check out a few of Tofino's cultural, ecological and historical views, along "Canada's Surf Highway".
Each #therealwestcoast photo tagged at the following locations will count as an entry for one of 3 Grand Prizes!
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1. The Carving Shed on North Chesterman Beach
Tucked away where the forest meets the beach, right by the Wickaninnish Inn, this rustic shed is a workshop for some very talented wood carvers. Warning: You may want to settle in and apprentice, too.
2. Weeping Cedar Woman Statue
She was carved in 1984 by Godfrey Stephens to aid the first protests against logging the ancient rainforests of Meares Island. Politically and culturally significant, she now stands facing Meares Island Tribal Park at the Tofino Village Green playground, a reminder of Clayoquot Sound’s important environmental history.
3. Tonquin Trail Lookout
This new trail walks you through old-growth rainforest to small, sandy and almost secret Tonquin Beach. Get comfy in one of the coves or, if you’re lucky, see the fish jump right out of the water!
4. Anchor Park
Situated on Tofino’s historic Main Street at Third Street, this small park overlooks a working harbour and allows for views of Meares Island Tribal Park, including the colourful homes in the Tla-o-qui-aht community of Opitsaht.
5. Pacific Terminus Sign
This is it, the end of the Trans-Canada Highway! Take that photo right in front of the hand-painted orca sign and enjoy the views and life on the First Street Dock. Although the "official" terminus is down-island in Victoria, we think you’ll agree that true end-of-the-road culture lives here, at the end of Canada's Surf Highway.
Find these other iconic roadside attractions to truly experience #therealwestcoast!
- KWISITIS VISITOR CENTRE (Contest Checkpoint: BALCONY)
Situated on sandy, driftwood-bordered Wickaninnish Beach, the balcony of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre offers jaw-dropping views of the open Pacific. Don’t miss this.
- RAINFOREST TRAIL – (Contest Checkpoint: 2 RED CHAIRS)
This trail, divided into parts A and B on both sides of the Pacific Rim Highway. Take a photo break in the 2 red chairs placed conveniently for an up-close view of a giant cedar.
- INCINERATOR ROCK (Parking lot for Long Beach) (Contest Checkpoint: THE PLAQUE ON THE ROCK)
Named for the rock with sweet views of Long Beach, this part of the beach is part of Canadian surf history, with visitors and residents alike changing in and out of their wetsuits here for decades. Get yours on and ride some waves, go beachcombing or settle in the sand for some YOU time. (Driving a RV? Park in the Long Beach lot, steps away from this one.)
- RADAR HILL (Contest Checkpoint: THE VIEW OF CLAYOQUOT SOUND)
An exhilarating bird’s eye view of Clayoquot Sound is what you’ll get here, along with the story behind Kap'Yong Memmorial and the significance of this historical site. This is one of the most spectacular viewpoints anywhere on #therealwestcoast.
- TOTEM POLE ON THE NUU-CHAH-NULTH TRAIL (Contest Checkpoint: BEHIND THE KWISITIS VISITOR CENTRE)
Tucked in behind the Kwisitis Visitor Centre on the pretty, 1.6km South Beach trail, is a beautiful totem pole representing the sky, sea and earth . Snap your photo, then continue on and connect directly to the longer Nuu-chah-nulth Trail.
- WILD PACIFIC TRAIL – LIGHTHOUSE LOOP (Contest Checkpoint:AMPHITRITE LIGHTHOUSE)
While Ucluelet isnamed after the Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning “safe harbour”, the open ocean on its outer coast is known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific” on this coast. Your walk on the Wild Pacific Trail will give you several dramatic viewpoints of these storied waters. Get up close to the 100+ year-old Amphitrite Lighthouse!
- BIG BEACH (Contest Checkpoint:THE HIDDEN SHIPWRECK - Or the view if you can't find it!)
Accessible directly from Matterson Drive (and across from the Ucluelet Community Centre), west-facing Big Beach is a great spot for a picnic, beach fun or a sunset at low tide. Find the hidden shipwreck from 1900!
- UCLUELET AQUARIUM (Contest Checkpoint: THE ENTRANCE SIGN)
Reach in and touch the marine life with this waterfront aquarium’s touch tanks! The Ucluelet Aquarium is literally part of the local marine ecosystem: All species are gathered from the local waters – and released back to their aquatic home in December!
- UCLUELET SMALL CRAFT HARBOUR (Contest Checkpoint:BOAT BASIN VIEW)
Spot the giant, hand-forged anchor in front of this photogenic working harbour, a slice of West Coast life.
- WHISKEY LANDING AND MOUNT OZZARD (Contest Checkpoint: VIEW OF MT OZZARD)
Take a scenic shot from the historic Ucluelet waterfront, with mighty Mount Ozzard (pronounced oh-zard) in the background at 766 metres (2,500 feet). It’s still known as Chuumata in the Nuu-chah-nulth language.
- SUTTON PASS SUMMIT - (Contest Checkpoint: TLA-O-QUI-AHT WELCOME SIGN)
You’re at the peak of Sutton Pass, at an elevation of 240 metres (787 feet). You’re also entering the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht who has lived here for time immemorial.
- WALLY CREEK (Contest Checkpoint: LOVE LOCKS)
Pull over by Wally Creek, admire the rapids – and cinch your love lock to the newly-erected fence!
- WEST COAST WILD ZIPLINE IN HA’UUKMIN TRIBAL PARK (Contest Checkpoint: THE BRIDGE)
Glide over the Kennedy River canyon and through the forest canopy on a series of ziplines. Are you up for the adventure?
- PACIFIC RIM VISITOR CENTRE AT “THE JUNCTION” (Contest Checkpoint: THE REAL WEST COAST BILLBOARD)
This is what the locals call “the junction”. Stretch your legs and breathe in the cool West Coast air. Don’t forget to snap that photo by #TheRealWestCoast billboard facing the centre!
- CATHEDRAL GROVE (Contest Checkpoint: ANY GIANT TREE)
Pull over and sing the praises of this glorious stand of old-growth Douglas fir trees, where you can walk a network of trails on either side of the highway.
- HARBOUR QUAY (Contest Checkpoint: THE HOURBOUR VIEW)
There’s no better intro to Port Alberni than time spent at the Harbour Quay. This waterfront area offers some cool little eateries and shops (and a playground), as well as a scenic viewpoint on the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest inland waterway!
This iconic First Nations sculpture, carved of yellow and red cedar, now lives on the boardwalk at Victoria Quay, where Johnson Road meets the Somass River.
- ALBERNI PACIFIC RAILWAY STEAM TRAIN TO THE MACLEAN MILL (Contest Checkpoint (s):TRAIN STATION OR STEAM DONKEY)
Board this train, pulled by a restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive at the 1912 CPR station and take the 35 ride through the city and its forested ravines to the Mclean “Steam” Sawmill. Gregarious retired loggers demonstrate the logging process of bygone days with the use of the “steam donkey”.
- SPROAT LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK – (Contest Checkpoint: PETROGLYPHS)
Follow the shady trail at the eastern end of the Lake, and discover one of the finest panels of prehistoric petroglyphs in British Columbia. Little is known about this petroglyph, named K’ak’awin, but it isn’t hard to imagine this rock carving as depicting some mystical ancient monsters of the lake.