Over our anniversary date we took the 5 youngest kids camping up to Hazard Lake. But for our own celebration, David and I took a long weekend trip to Vancouver Island Canada. It is beautiful here. I think I say that about everywhere, but the world truly is a beautiful masterpiece.
We spent the first 2 days near Victoria exploring that beautiful area. Our hotel, Villa Eyrie, was up a hill with a beautiful view out the window. We visited Butchardt Gardens, built in an old Limestone Quarry. We drove out to Port Renfrew on old logging roads and thought we'd been led astray by google and wondered if the road would truly lead us anywhere. Sure enough it did. Then we took the coastal highway to Sooke with beautiful views of the US across the straight.
The next 2 days we spent in Tofino on the west coast of the island. The drive there was spectacular. Tofino is just north of the Pacific Rim National Park. And our room at the Wickaninnish Inn, was seriously right on Chesterman Beach. We could sit in front of the picture window or lay in bed and watch the waves roll in and crash against the rocks and beach and watch the surfers. Picture perfect! The hotel had complimentary bikes for use, so at low tide we rode out to the island via revealed sand spit at low tide. And the view from the beach at sunset was spectacular.
The weather here is pretty temperate year round, mid to upper 50s for the highs, upper 40s for the lows... year round.