Carpe Diem Kayak
This past week I was fortunate to have some free time while my friends were in town visiting from Lake Louise. I was excited as neither of them had ever been to Tofino before, so it was my chance to play local ambassador and show them just how amazing Tofino really is. As luck would have it the sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky. Wanting to seize the day with them I decided it would be perfect to hit the water in a kayak and paddle on over to Meares Island which is home to the Big Tree Trail.
This excursion was facilitated by the lovely and incredible Dorothy Baert, founder and owner of Tofino Sea Kayaking. Dorothy is a pioneer who brought kayaking to the West Coast to a town that back then was known as Tough City. At the time, the Tough City crowd said she would be out of business in no time, but she thankfully remained true to her vision. Now, exploring the area in a kayak is one of the highlights of visiting Tofino. It is honestly one of my favourite adventures here; there truly is something magical about dipping your paddle and soundlessly navigating the waters of Clayoquot Sound.
Adding to the wonder is a visit to Meares Island. The four hour Meares Island Trees and Shores trip offered by Tofino Sea Kayaking takes you into the majesty of old growth rainforest, where trees are up to 1,800 years old, which in Dorothy’s words “leaves you awe-inspired”.
So the next time you find yourself in Tofino, I suggest seizing the day and getting awe-inspired with Tofino Sea Kayaking.