Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tofino: Middle Beach Lodge

An exquisite marriage of sand, sea and sanctuary perched on a rocky headland off the west coast of Vancouver Island, is Middle Beach Lodge. Spectacularly situated on 40-acres of secluded west coast oceanfront, miles of private beach shimmering and sparkling with surf, this is Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park — the jewel of the west coast. 

Large waves crash onto the shores of Vancouver Islands rugged west coast

Famous for its magnificent rainforest eco-system, whale-watching tours and natural Hot Springs, this wild rugged coast is also full of aboriginal galleries, quaint bistros, rustic lodges and fabulous star gazing. The perfect setting for enjoying the super natural beauty of Vancouver Island, Middle Beach Lodge is a tranquil hideaway of twenty rustic self-contained cabins with wood burning fireplaces and wrap-round ocean views — a spectacular setting that seems to have been dropped in from the heavens above.

Our wonderful eco-cabin overlooking the rainforest and picturesque Mackenzie Beach

A short drive from Middle Beach Lodge are the wonderfully picturesque coastal villages of Tofino and Ocluelet, which sit either end of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, along Vancouver Island's outer coast and home to hoards of BYT's and young blond surfer dudes. Clayoquot Sound's UNESCO biosphere reserve, which incorporates the Pacific Rim National Park, features inspiring rainforest trails that meander through enormous old growth red cedar and hemlock forests, thick with hanging gardens of moss and accessed by picturesque wooden boardwalks.

Rainforest Trail A in the Pacific Rim National Park

Hanging moss from a Western Hemlock

The iconic shores of breathtakingly beautiful Long Beach

Young deer roaming around the village of Ucluelet

A place of spectacular beauty where old growth cedar rainforests meet the rolling waves of open ocean, Tofino is the centre for sensational storm watching as massive swells crash into the shoreline with the wind howling in your ears; to to whale watching, as roaming grey whales, humpbacks and orcas breach the surface releasing massive misty breaths in to the air; and the natural hot springs at Hot Springs Cove, where boiling water bubbles up from deep in the earth and cascades down a small cliff into a series of natural layered rock pools, cooled by the incoming Pacific Ocean surf. Take note though, the hot springs have a faint smell of sulphur and bathing suits aren't always worn!