Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far
June 16 ~Day #37
Budget to date
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Miles by Road
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
Current Location: Nanaimo, BC
Mileage: 258 (Nanaimo to Tofino and back)
Today’s Total Expenses: $14.00
Discovering Vancouver Island
My brother and sister-in-law were both free today so we decided to spend the day by going all the way to the West Coast of Vancouver Island – all the way to Tofino.
It was a beautiful day for the drive and we packed a picnic lunch to take with us.
The 2 hour or so winding drive through forests, lakes and mountains was a treat in itself.
Our first stop was in the town of Ucluelet, a quaint little town with a few shops and a small aquarium.
Our next destination was Tofino where we stopped on a wide beach, perched ourselves on a sun-warmed log and had our lunch.
Geoff and I simply had to dip our toes in the Pacific Ocean as we were all the way on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Where the water was really shallow it was fairly warm but as soon as we were ankle-deep – Yikes! – it was pretty chilly – for us, anyway.
Then we drove into the town of Tofino and wandered around for a while popping into touristy shops and art galleries.
Coulson Flying Tankers
On the way back R & F mentioned that the world’s largest flying tankers (http://www.martinmars.com/) were berthed right here on Vancouver Island, so we made a little detour hoping they would be visible.
Luckily they were there and it was quite a sight. It’s hard to imagine how these huge planes, filled with water, can even get into the air. But, apparently, they are used worldwide.
On our way back home we also stopped for some amazing ice cream at Whiskey Creek. If you happen to stop here for a cone, make sure you only ask for a single scoop. Trust me, it’s huge!
We each selected a different flavour – I believe they had about 40 flavours to choose from – and enjoyed our cones while soaking up some sunshine before heading back home.
BBQ and Trivial Pursuit
The perfect day was topped off by a lovely BBQ, some great conversation and a roaring game of Trivial Pursuit.
We played the girls against the guys and it was a very close game. We all did very well but okay, okay – the guys won.
Many thanks to my brother and sister-in-law for a wonderful day.