Being to a place like Vancouver Island is a trip of a lifetime. The island is offshore Canada, and it sits at the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The climate was pretty cold during this trip, perhaps because of the island’s surrounding bodies of water. I am not a frequent traveler, but going on this trip makes me crave more adventures. We’ll have a rundown on this picturesque island.
Travelling to the Island
It was a quite a long drive to the ferry docks. As soon as we got there, we drank coffee at the local Starbucks. Fare costs around $100+ Canadian dollars for 5 adults plus vehicle. The ferry was comfortable as can be. You can catch the stunning view, drink your coffee, or work in your laptop inside the cubicles. As we entered the docks of Vancouver Island, the haze didn’t interrupt the beauty of the islands surrounding. The breeze was also fresh and chilly.
Tofino is a district in Vancouver Island that offers a marine summertime vibe, since it consists of beaches and aquatic adventures. You can do surfing, whale watching, and fishing. Wind is fast and swooshing here in Tofino, thus surfing lessons are offered everywhere. A lot of shops sell smoked salmon, surfing gear, or beach inspired merchandise. Canadian history and culture are flourishing. Many historical images circle around, and an art gallery by Roy Henry Vickers greets you at the main street. There are numerous beach resorts in Tofino, and we decided to hit the Long Beach. A breathtaking view at Long Beach is a way for locals and tourists to go surfing, sightseeing, and other activities. Might as well take your dog for an enjoyable long walk in this sandy beach.
BC Parliament Buildings
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria stunned me a lot. The area is so wide and spacious; a nearby body of water even houses a number of yachts! This significant complex is the home of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly. The surrounding buildings around the Parliament exude Edwardian Architecture. Homage to Queen Victoria and soldiers who fought for Canada in the past is embodied in their large statues.
Ogden Point Breakwater
One word could only describe this place: wow. The beach beside this 800-meter walkway is so broad and gorgeous. The breakwater walkway itself leads you to a lighthouse at the end of your almost walk on water. Get your windbreakers on though, ‘cause it’s going to be windy! The wind was so strong; it blew away my boyfriend’s brother’s glasses! Walking against air can be such a challenge, but it gives you the rush that’s exhilarating.
Craving for fish and chips? Well, you’ve got to run to the Fisherman’s Wharf. Still in the city of Victoria, this marine destination floats among restaurants, floating houses, and yachts. An awesome fact about this spot is it’s just a few minutes from the Ogden Point Breakwater. Munch on your savory food while enjoying the company of your friends, family, and even the local seals!
A weekend is definitely not enough to explore the other wonders of Vancouver Island. Good thing, I had my Nikon D90 with me plus my F/1.8 NIKKOR 35mm G lens and NIKKOR F/2.8 14mm wide. For trips like these, I recommend the gear I used. Never forget to capture the whole picture and better, the details.