Travel the best of B.C.’s backyard this summer 0
Tofino: Cool surf and hot springs. The popular ‘surf capital of Canada’ (and home to Canada’s national surfing championship Rip Curl Pro Tofino) may be intimidating to some — like non-surfers — but with 35 kilometres of surfable beach break, there’s plenty of room for everyone from novice to know-it-all. It is also important to note there are loads of activities that don’t require a wetsuit, such as taking a day trip to Hot Springs Cove. Located in the Maquinna Provincial Park, these untouched geothermal hot springs are about an hour’s boat ride north west of Tofino, or an exciting 20-minute seaplane flight. You can also experience some of the best whale watching, fishing (they even have a derby), guided kayaking tours and beach yoga. And after a long hard day of outdoor play, Tofino tourists can unwind at their world-class spa. Visit tourismtofino.com for more info. (PHOTO JEREMY KORESKI)
The thing about travelling, is that we often forget to do enough of it in our own backyard and it’s common knowledge that tourists explore more of B.C.’s best spots than we do. Sure, a place like Salmon Arm may not sound as exotic as Cancun, but from the balmy desert of Osoyoos to the wave-torn coast of Tofino, there are natural gems — including Canada’s wine, surf and houseboat capitals — that should be on every local’s summer trip list.
For more information on any of the locations featured, head to hellobc.com.