Watching the surf, the Sun and the whales in Tofino, BC

July 7, 2014/Jonathan Rundle/1 Comment

It was almost 10:00pm by the time the sun finally settled in for the evening, meaning it was a long busy day. After an awesome ride along BC Route 4, I cruised the streets of Tofino trying to figure out my next move.

First things first, I had better find my hostel. Being a solo traveler and not looking for plush accommodation, I chose to stay at Whaler’s on the Point, a hostel located right on the waterfront at the end of town.

Whalers on the Point

The hostel had a nice kitchen, rec room and plenty of brochures and literature about the surrounding area. Very helpful when planning trying to plan an itinerary on the fly. The bathrooms were well maintained, spacious and had four private showers each with its own changing room. The bedroom was two sets of bunk beds that I shared with three surfer dudes. Compared to what you’d expect from a hostel, Whaler’s on the Point was pretty expensive for the accommodation provided – but the location was incredible and pickin’s was slim.

View from Whalers on the Point

Wouldn’t you know it, with this pristine summer weather, they ended up selling out of beds. Being the good people that they were, I understand that they didn’t turn away last-minute backpackers. They let them bunk up with sleeping bags in the rec room. I’m certainly glad I reserved a bed in the nick of time.

Surfing

Tofino is a tiny town that swells with tourists in the summer months. “Canada’s Surf Capital” has wide beaches and a constant water temperature, meaning surfing is a year-round thing even way up here. Naturally, surf shops and surf lessons are offered all over town. Surfing is such a big part of the culture here, even the public bathrooms are in the spirit.

surfer bathroom

For more on the beaches, see my Tofino beaches post.

Whale Watching

Since I’m more comfortable in a boat than I am a board, I decided to join a whale watching tour. Part of the fun in these tours is suiting up in the waterproof gear and looking like a fool. I do that spectacularly well.

the whale watcher

Expect a 2-3 hour duration for the trip, especially if you see a lot of wildlife on the trip. We did, and the trip took every bit of 3 hours.

Seal

Sea Lions

Grey Whale

It’s very difficult to get a good photo of a grey whale. I have about 200 images of nothing but water and a few blowhole spouts, but certainly not as easy to photograph as orcas.

Back to the hostel for sunset and dinner. Tomorrow I ride again – to the beaches and all the way back to Victoria.

Tofino selfie

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