Tofino and Ucluelet
13.07.2012 - 17.07.2012 25 °C
We finally made it- the most western point of our travels, and the spot that everyone along our way ranted and raved about. We checked into our campsite at Surf Junction located between Tofino and Ucluelet aka Ukee. We had some beers around the campfire the first night, and hit the sack early to get some rest for our first surf lesson in the morning- so stoked!
A glamourous dinner on our first night camping
The weather was foggy and chilly in Tofino the next morning, but that didn’t interfere with our excitement to ride the waves of the Pacific! We pulled up to the Bruhweiler Surf School, signed our lives away again, met the surfer dudes, and then loaded up to hit Chesterman Beach. When we arrived at the beach, Marco (our Italian bombshell instructor) distributed our wetsuits and boards, we couldn’t decide if the suits were flattering or not....
All geared up, I think we looked the part
The waves seemed intimidating at first, but after a well spent lesson on the sand, we felt confident enough to tackle them! What an experience!! All four of us girls had no problems getting up, we give all credit to Marco for this- hehe. We spent three amazing hours having a total blast riding the waves and getting pummeled with salt water. Marco then gave us a list of must-sees in Tofino, and as the fog lifted we toured around the town- what a lifestyle! We had dinner at our campsite and then headed back into town for some caesars at Shelter while doing our homework- watching surf videos...hard life! The rumour of the night was that Sam Roberts was in town playing at the local legion...NO WAY! We had a new mission- to sneak into the concert and see one of our favourite artists play, while in one of the most beautiful areas in Canada! We met up with some friends from Shelter and the closest we could get to sneaking in was by sitting at the back door of the legion where we got (which we consider to be) front row seats to the concert. Sam Robeets was literally on the other side of the wall playing our favourite songs. We sipped our beers like rebels and talked about how it would definitely be impossible to have more fun. When security found us, we ditched our beers and the boys and then bolted before we got in trouble- we do what we gotta do!
The following morning on the way to our second day of the surf camp, we stopped at Tofitian for a much needed coffee. We loaded back in the car to meet Marco, when Emma A. stopped abruptly and said “GUYS, no way! Look over there, I think that’s Sam Roberts standing right there with his band!” Sure enough, there was Sam Roberts, standing in the parking lot, right in front of Gerry. Christine and Alycia insisted that Emma A. run over for an autograph, but instead she decided to play it cool, forget about the autograph, and simply blare his music on the way out of the parking lot. This caught his attention and we got a grin and a friendly wave- WOW, this totally made our day! We listened to the Canadian Dream the rest of the way to the surf camp, and then loaded up on the Bruhweiler-mobile (a hilarious combat / military style vehicle that they use to truck the boards and surfers around) for another day of surfing. Lets not forget to mention that the weather was absolutely gorgeous- not a cloud in the sky with plenty of hot, beautiful sun- a rarity that only comes around 60 days of the year in Tofino. The waves were huge which made the next three hours fly by as we had a total blast in the water- surfing: our new favourite sport!
Our ride to the beach, awesome!
Marco, our instructor
Christine killin' it!
Emma M. riding the waves
Alycia lookin' like a pro!
Emma A. and Marco
We thanked Marco and the Bruhweilers for an amazing experience, and headed to Sobo for lunch. We split on some tasty salads and pizzas, and then went back to the campsite for a night filled with great laughs and a years worth of s’mores.
The following morning was spent preparing for what we thought would be our last wicked adventure of the trip- whale watching in Ukee! We were geared up with survival suits and then loaded onto a zodiac with eight other people and the guide. The ride out into the Pacific was tons of fun, it felt like we were on a wild roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland! Not even five minutes after the boat stopped, we started seeing whales coming up for air and smacking their tales. We were totally floored by the size of these creatures, not to mention their terrible breath...nasty! We saw many humpbacks and a few grey whales, as well as sea lions and bald eagles. Although the marine life was amazing and entertaining, we got some serious amusement out of poor guy on our boat who was sea sick for the majority of the ride. We like to think that we felt bad for him, but we couldn’t help but to burst out in laughter and even get him on camera....ahah!
Leaving the dock on our zodiac to go check out some whales!
Funny Sea Lions
AHH, a whale!!
Christine and Alycia
Our explorations along the West Coast ended when we drove Christine and Alycia to the airport, and then continued onto the ferry back to the mainland. It was sad to leave, but we had such a fantastic time and we know we will be back some day!