As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Vancouver Island – 291 miles long, 62 miles wide, and worlds away from the mainland with its old growth forests, wild coastlines, and small villages. Spend two days on the island’s southern tip in picturesque Sooke, not too far from Victoria, hiking through coastal forests to enormous granite promontories jutting over the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
It’s a nice road trip to your next stop, taking you north, west, and south around the roadless wilds of Pacific Rim National Park to your luxury inn in the quaint town of Tofino, midway up the island’s west coast. There, you’ll have opportunities for whale watching, bear viewing, tide pooling, and hiking with expert naturalist guides.
The perfect ending is in the charming city of Victoria, Canada’s capital city, with a bustling harbor, museums, picturesque parliament buildings, and opportunities for city walks, high tea, and excellent dining.