1 It was raining when we arrived, but we donned some rain gear and went out to explore the beach. Look what we came across! Newlyweds! And a kiss in the rain captured by the almost-hidden photographer.
2 Coming off of the seaweed-covered rocks we were surprised to see that the bride was wearing bright yellow rain boots!
3 They made their way back to the Inn.
4 At last - an umbrella for the bride!
5 Continuing with our tour, we were AMAZED by the marine life we discovered on the beach at low tide.
6 A young guest holding a small sunflower sea star - a kind of starfish having 16 to 24 rays. A larger one lurks behind her.
7 The sunflower sea stars range in color from bright orange to brown and purple.
8 The massive rocks on the beach were covered with starfish, sea anemones, mussels, and barnacles.
9 We later went on a hike through Cathedral Grove, a rare and ancient Douglas Fir ecosystem.
10 Enormous conifers - Some more than 13-feet (4-meters) in diameter rise out of the carpet of moss.
11 Many of these heritage trees are more 1000 years old!
12 There were ferns everywhere, as the cool damp weather is the perfect environment for them.
13 Here I am, taking a break on the trail.
14 We also went to a dungeness crab boil on the beach.
15 The picnic tables and stools are all made from drift wood and reclaimed wood.
16 Our meal of dungeness crab and fresh corn…the crab was incredibly fresh and very sweet.
17 At the fishing pier of a nearby town, we watched as fishermen, both professional and sport, brought their day's catch to be cleaned.
18 This fellow fillets dozens of fish each day. Most were bagged and put on ice, ready to travel.
19 Chinook salmon, the largest species in the salmon family, is native to the cold waters of Canada.
20 We never had fresher tasting fish - only hours out of the water.
21 Fishermen were hauling in Chinook, Coho salmon, and halibut.
22 One morning, we went on a whale watch and were fortunate that it was lovely and sunny. Whale watching is a huge attraction in Tofino. Clayoquot Sound is the summer home for humpback and grey whales.
23 We were all given red jumpsuits to wear, protecting us from wind and water.
24 The water was beautifully still, which is a good condition for spotting whales.
25 There were plenty of other things to see - bald eagles and blue herons. There were also packs of wolves walking along island shores as we headed out to deeper waters.
26 Another group of whale watchers wearing yellow jumpsuits.
27 At last! A whale sighting - There were mostly spout sprays, but we were lucky and got a quick flash of a tail!
The whale watch was definitely a highlight of the trip.
28 We encountered an island flecked with harbor seals and another one dotted with sea lions.
29 Stanley Park is a large and beautiful park bordering downtown Vancouver. Many people flock to it for activities, sites, and the trail that circles the entire park for walking or biking.
30 We rented bikes and one of our first stops was Brockton Point. It's the most visited tourist attraction in British Columbia and the home of an amazing collection of totem poles.
31 We were there on cleaning day. The totem was the British Columbia Indians' coat of arms and are unique to the northwest coast of B.C. and lower Alaska. Each carving tells of a real or mythical event.
32 We were surprised to see that these traditional icons were being power-washed!
33 Tofino is the surfing capital of Canada. It also attracts nature lovers, campers, fishermen, and whale watchers.
34 Tofino is located on the tip of Esowista Peninsula, at the southern edge of Clayoquot Sound.
35 One night, after dinner, we followed the sunset across the Sound.
36 The colors of the sky and sea were amazing.