We were up early this morning, we are so excited to be going to Tofino on the Pacific side of the island. It will be a long drive of about 150 miles. We will be staying in Tofino for a few nights at the Tofino Swell Lodge. We will be making a lot of stops along the way.
We will also be participating in the 2016 Pacific Rim Whale Festival. Vancouver Island's wild west coast will be celebrating the arrival of nearly 25,000 grey whales on their migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska's Bering Strait. The festival is taking place throughout the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. As 2016 marks the 30th anniversary, the festival has extended it dates from March 12th to 27th! We can’t wait to go to all the beaches and search for whales. Even the lodge we will be staying in has whales passing by, we can’t wait to explore this awesome area of Vancouver Island.
This part of the update covers our first stop at Cathedral Grove. We walked among huge rare trees. Cathedral Grove is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 250 feet in height and 29 feet in circumference. They are the survivors of a forest fire that ravaged the area some 350 years ago. The paths were a bit muddy from all the rain, we still managed to walk the shorter route and see a lot of awesome trees. This area reminds us of the rain-forest we visited in Washington.
After we left Cathedral Grove we drove through some of the most beautiful mountains and lakes on our way to Tofino. This area has massive snow capped mountains that look just like Alaska. I am adding pictures showing part of the drive. The next update will cover the Pacific Rim National Park and the town of Ucluelet. Check back later for much more from Vancouver Island.