Ex­pe­ri­ence the Real West Coast You could say that Tofi­tians, also known as res­i­dents of Tofino, have mas­tered the art of laid­back coastal liv­ing. Plan your time in Tofino and cel­e­brate the sea­son like the lo­cals do.

Suncruiser West Coast - - Contents - By Samantha Fly­eris

How to Skip Into Spring the Tofi­tian Way: 1. Wit­ness giants of the marine mam­mal kind. A whale watch­ing tour in Tofino of­ten yields a mo­saic of wildlife sight­ings, in­clud­ing Gray and Hump­back whales (with the thrill of tran­sient or­cas at times), sea lions, seals, sea ot­ters and more.

2. Be moved. Pad­dle the calm waters of Clay­oquot Sound on a stand-up pad­dle board (SUP) or a sea kayak and take in the tra­di­tional ter­ri­tory of the Tla-o-qui-aht peo­ple.

3. Light your fire. Beach fire, that is. Lo­cals will tell you that time is al­ways well spent by a crack­ling flame and the sound of waves.

4. Go fish. Sweet, del­i­cate spot prawns can be fished year-round in our in­shore waters. 5. Take a hike. Whether you opt to hike up Lone Cone in Meares Is­land Tribal Park, am­ble along the Ton­quin Trail or fol­low one of the many paths in Pa­cific Rim Na­tional Park Re­serve, your choices are many.

6. Get stoked! Get amped! In other words, get ex­cited to pull on a wet­suit and learn to surf with fun and knowl­edge­able in­struc­tors.

7. Hit it. The Long Beach Golf Course cel­e­brated its 30-year an­niver­sary in 2015, and the lo­ca­tion can’t be beat, ad­ja­cent to Pa­cific Rim Na­tional Park Re­serve and min­utes from… Long Beach.

8. Dine out, lit­er­ally. En­joy out­door din­ing, from Shel­ter Restau­rant’s chic, cov­ered pa­tio to Sobo’s fire­place-heated seat­ing, from the rus­tic set­ting at Wild­side Grill to the Drift­wood Café’s beach­side pa­tio at the Wick­anin­nish Inn.

9. Put your feet up. It’s al­ways spa time on the Real West Coast. Com­ple­ment your beach or wa­ter time with a va­ri­ety of sooth­ing treat­ments.

10. Pic­ture your­self here. Cap­ture your West Coast mo­ments in photos, writ­ing, maybe draw­ing or paint­ing. Join our thriv­ing arts com­mu­nity and keep your eyes peeled for orig­i­nal works through­out our coast, found in our eater­ies, ac­com­mo­da­tions, gal­leries and more. It’s the art of West Coast liv­ing.

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