Tofino: Raglan of Canada.

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Rumours of Tofino’s loveliness had made their way to our ears before our feet touched down upon Canadian soil, so we couldn’t set foot upon Vancouver Island without checking out this destination for ourselves.

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As we ventured North on the Island, the vegetation became increasingly lush, to the point of being quite reminiscent of the tropical jungle of our adoptive nation (NZ).

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This cute beach town exudes a strong sense of community and an outdoor lifestyle which revolves primarily around the sea.

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In many ways, this ocean-centric town reminds us of the NZ surf town of Raglan.

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Much like Raglan, Tofino boasts a hippy vibe, and has a quaint collection of cute boutiques, surf shops, cafes, restaurants, and health food shops.  A large percentage of its inhabitants surf year-round.

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Just a 10 minute walk from our accommodation was this lovely beach.

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The lapping ocean waves were soothing to our land-locked souls and brought a familiarity that made us miss the days where visiting a beach was a matter of asking, “East Coast or West Coast?  White sand or black?”  Wow, were we ever spoiled in New Zealand.  Not sure how we’re ever going to get over it.

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Other gems we uncovered in Tofino were…

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Tacofino (food truck).  The fish tacos come highly recommended in our books.

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Tofino Brewing Company.  Brendon found the kelp stout highly intriguing.

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Tofino Coffee Roasters, as mentioned in a previous post.

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Misty, log-cluttered beaches.

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And lush vegetation that felt oh so exotic to our Alberta eyes.

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We were told we were very lucky to experience a sunny morning, as Tofino receives mainly rain this time of year.

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It was a pretty quick trip, so we probably didn’t get to experience for ourselves the fullness of what Tofino has to offer, but what we did glimpse, we certainly liked.

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