For longer than I can remember, I wanted to go to the wilds of British Columbia. After several years of researching and hemming and hawing we made our way there to celebrate my 33rd birthday, spending 10 days in Vancouver, Victoria, and Tofino. It was everything I had hoped it would be and I’m so happy that we committed to taking that first trip because it turned out to be an amazing experience and we’ve gone back several times!
That first trip happened in 2010. We flew direct from SFO to Vancouver, staying in the Sheraton Wall Centre which I would not recommend. Yes, we got a great deal from Hotwire & Priceline but the rooms were alternately just okay and horrendous (we stayed there at the beginning and end of our trip) and the service was definitely lacking. From Vancouver we made our way by taxi, bus & ferry to Victoria where we spent two nights at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, having a fabulous time. From Victoria we rented a car and drove the 5 (or so) hours out to the western coast of Vancouver Island for our two night stay in Tofino at Middle Beach Lodge. While the drive is long, it’s definitely beautiful and you’ll be astounded by how pristine Tofino is once you’re there – the trip is definitely worth it.
For a play-by-play of our entire trip, check out the posts I wrote when we returned.
Introduction to British Columbia By Way of Vancouver | A Full, Wonderful Day in Vancouver | Victoria, Here We Come | Fancy a Spot of Tea? | Cowichan Valley Wine Tasting | Bears, Beaches & Beer in Tofino | Pretending to Be Outdoorsy in Tofino | Orca Watching in the San Juan Islands