Tofino 2017: Adventure and Luxury abound at Long Beach Lodge

It was hard to imagine more beautiful scenery than what I see in my frequent visits to Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park and just looking out the window on my drive to university in Calgary every morning. Then I visited Tofino on Vancouver Island.

Even the drive with my dad from the ferry terminal in Nanaimo to Tofino was breathtaking. Each time there was a break in the forest of towering trees on the side of the highway, I could see the open water lined by majestic mountains. I had to have my camera ready at all times.

Long Beach Lodge Resort, nestled in the trees along magnificent Long Beach and just outside the town of Tofino, was the perfect site for our two-night stay. We were able to take in amazing views and some of the heart-pounding activities for which Tofino is best known.

As an adventure junkie, I was very excited to do a four- hour sea kayak and hiking tour through the Coquitlam Sound out of the Tofino Sea Kayaking Company early the morning after we arrived. Under clear blue skies and on thankfully calm seas, our sweet and encyclopedic tour guide Andy Murray led us on an incredible tour filled with fascinating stories about the surrounding islands. After a stop at Meares Island for a hike to learn about local wildlife and the beautiful trees that were unlike any I had seen, we hopped back in our kayaks and regrettably headed back to where we began our tour.

As soon as I got back to Long Beach Lodge, I rented a surfboard from their surf rental shop, which was conveniently right next to the beach. I ran straight out the front of the resort without even having to put my shoes back on! My full- length wetsuit kept me warm in the water, which seemed crazy for the middle of February. They say that late winter is one of

the best times to surf off Long Beach, and it was an absolute blast! The relentless waves made it very difficult for this rookie surfer, but I loved every minute of it and managed to stay up for some decent rides.

As the sun began to set, I ran back to the resort, straight up to the lodge, changed out of my wetsuit and enjoyed a delicious cocktail while watching a spectacular sunset from our window seats in the lounge. My curry chicken dinner was exceptionally good as was the service throughout our stay. After an exciting day and eventful day – I would say one of the best days of my life – a glass of wine in the hot tub in the backyard of our spacious, private lodge was the perfect finishing touch to an amazing stay in Tofino. Oh, and the extreme comfort of my king-size bed in the loft was another real treat.

It is a trip that I will remember forever and one I highly recommend to anyone

… even if it has to be with your dad!

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(Note from the publisher: After enjoying a truly amazing vacation to Tofino on what many call the “real” West Coast on Vancouver Island, I asked my 22-year-old daughter Angela to write a 200-word sidebar to go with my main travel piece. Angela was on a much-needed, reading- week break after completing her final year as captain of the Mount Royal University basketball team, and she obliged. However, she submitted 500+ words and said it was hard to keep it that short, which literally speaks volumes about the trip. So I guess she gets the byline and I get to put my feet up and enjoy the great memories. I will just add that Long Beach Lodge Resort, with an unmatched package of luxurious rooms/cabins, meeting spaces and adventure opportunities, is an ideal location for corporate retreats/conferences/gatherings of any size.)