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Talbots Take Tofino

Original Article by Todd Talbot for atHOME Magazine

As a kid, I remember visiting Tofino a few times, staying in a little A-frame cabin on the beach and playing football right outside our  door  with  my  brothers.  It  feels  like a lifetime and a world away but with my wife and two kids of my own in tow we rekindled that spirit of laid-back adventure on our recent getaway to Chesterman Beach.

Located on Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, on the edge of Clayoquot Sound, Tofino is an absolute gem of  a town that can be accessed by Orca Air, float plane, or as we did, take a ride on a BC ferry and then travel the ‘Highway 4’ roller coaster route. Be prepared to hear a chorus of “Weeeeeeee!”s from the passenger seats.

the experience on the beach is spiritual and life altering

Anyone vacationing with kids knows, adults are happy when the children  are  happy.  The  good folk at the Wickaninnish Inn are  wise  to  that  idea. After check-in,  our  kids  were  welcomed with a basket of goodies to  enjoy  during  their stay which included sand toys, frisbees, and a storybook, amongst other things. Their favourite was a Wickanninish scavenger hunt that led us on  a journey of the property that we otherwise would have missed. The kids loved building an inuksuk and spotting the eagles’ favourite  perch.

The parents’ favourite was receiving complimentary babysitting during our reservation at the Point Restaurant. A meal at the Point is a no-brainer when staying  at  the  Wick.  The  room is as breathtaking as the  endless  sandy  beach right outside its 240 degree windows. The copper fireplace, centrally located, anchors the restaurant through the stormiest of weather and every seat around it has a view of the ever-changing tides. And yes, the  food  was scrumptious,  especially the  clam  chowder,  but  truly,  my  heart  is  in  the

When we were done playing soccer, building sand castles and examining the sea life in tide pools, we took on one last delightful pastime provided by the inn - a bike ride on the beach. Each member of the family was outfitted with an appropriately sized bike before taking to the sand. If you’ve never had a chance to race the  waves  on  two  wheels,  this Wickaninnish offering, like all the others, is not to be missed. 

I have to say, growing up on the West Coast, one has  a tendency to take our rugged shoreline for granted but that all changes when you stand on the stunning beaches and watch the tides come and go, bringing such dramatic and romantic views, it makes you consider why you haven’t come here more often. At the risk of sounding dramatic, the experience on the beach is spiritual and life altering. Be inspired and enjoy the view.

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