I’ve always heard Vancouver Island is beautiful. This summer we went to see for ourselves, and it really was a fun trip. Lots of beautiful wooded coastline. The BC Parks campground reservation system is pretty good, and there are a lot of places to camp. We managed to plan this in the summer on fairly short notice.

Two places we stumbled upon stand out to me as worthy of mention:

Swimming hole / (short) cliff dive spot

If you’re driving down BC-4 to Tofino, you’ll come across this parking area along the river. Chances are, you’ll notice, because there will be other people parked there. It’s worth stopping to have a look. Actually, it’s worth getting your bathing suit out and having a nice cold jump into the pools. You can ease in if you prefer, but there are also some deep pools with some moderately high rocks to jump off of.

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Bomber Trail in Tofino

Judging by the number of people we saw there, this spot isn’t too closely held a secret, but it isn’t advertised at all by the park service, or on their maps. It’s pretty cool, in part because finding it is a bit of an adventure. We ended up here because some locals we met at a restaurant said this is one of the things we should go do while we were in town, even though it would probably be muddy (it was a bit, yeah). So thank you helpful strangers.

Some tips on where to find it

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Some more pictures