My boyfriend’s work is sending him to the other side of the world for a couple of months and we had a small window of time to go on vacation before things would get hectic. We were yearning for somewhere relaxing with lots of sun and some beaches. We thought maybe Mexico? Or what about Cuba? After looking up airfare and drawing up how much we would need we stopped ourselves and asked, “What are we doing?” Turns out, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a relaxing, sunny vacation! We looked into going to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, and after spending five days there, we can’t wait to go back.
We stayed at The Cabins, a beautiful collection of cottages, rooms, and houses owned by a lovely guy named Ron. Be sure to ask him for tips and the best spots in the area. At first we stayed in The Sabbatical, a “Built Green Platinum” building that had great views of Terrace Beach, a cozy fireplace, and a bathtub with jets!
Since we had booked pretty last minute we had to switch rooms due to limited availability, but we didn’t mind at all and actually preferred our second room as it was a lot cozier for just the two of us. Our room was located in The Lodge which also had a massive common room to relax in.
The number one place that was recommended to me was Norwoods, a restaurant that sources its food locally as much as possible, adjusts its menu with the seasons, and serves the freshest seafood. My halibut wrapped in prosciutto over crab and pea risotto has made it onto my top ten list of favourite meals.
We also stumbled on the juice and smoothie bar, Ukee Juice. As someone who is smoothie obsessed, I was elated! The selection on the menu was incredible and under headers such as “Hormone Balancers,” “Digestive Aids,” and “Energizers.” We visited this spot almost everyday to get our health boost.
The number one thing I would recommend to anyone is to do at least a portion of the Wild Pacific Trail. Extending along the shoreline of Ucluelet, this stunning walk gives you some of the best views that you never thought were possible in BC (at least I didn’t). These photos really don’t capture the beauty of the views in person or our awe every time we turned a corner and were greeted with an even more spectacular scene.
I’m so relieved we took this trip and allowed ourselves to explore what is right at our doorstep. I continue to be in awe of the beauty British Columbia has to offer and I can’t wait to see where our next adventure takes us.
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