Location: Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Brisith Columbia
Duration of visit: 10 days
Time of the year: Summer (August)
The Salty Times Rating Scale:
Each score is out of 20 for a total out of 100.
20= all time, 1= not so good
We rented a car and headed to Vancouver Island. After renting some wetsuits, we had a couple surf at some beachies. The water was pretty chilly. We didn’t have that much swell, waist high waves, but fun sessions. The best session was a complete fog surf… Could barely see the waves, couldn’t see the shore it was like surfing inside a cloud. The best feeling was that I (Jamie) learnt to surf here about 11 years ago. Coming back and actually being able to surf felt the best, like all those struggles in the white water finally paid off.
Renting a car and headed to Tofino from Vancouver – not to much adventure there. We were here such a short time, we did as much exploring and surfing as time would allow. What we are both excited about is heading back here one day and sailing the coast, exploring for waves and checking out the amazing islands north of Tofino. We saw the sailboats, and even chatted to a cruiser that lives here. So yes we will be back, and way more adventures are to be had.
Nature and Environment: 15/20
British Columbia is a stunning part of the world. From the massive forests that lead to the beach, to the windswept beaches with logs scattered around, the mountains, the wildlife, the amazing sailing. It’s a nature lovers heaven. We got a great taste of the natural beauty and both know it’s just the tip of what you can discover in BC.
We got a chance to explore the farmers markets in Vancouver and my god, summer produce was bountiful and delicious. One of the best things about food in Vancouver is that the Vegetarian is Queen (or King)! So many Vegetarian and healthy options. Another bonus is sustainability is on the menu. If you wanted to eat seafood, many restaurants have a seafood sustainability rating right on the menu. No need to use an app or our wallet seafood sustainability directory. Loved the food and the markets and the wild BC salmon is to die for!
People and Culture: 13/20
Too short to really comment on this one, but we met some cool people, and loved the whole vibe the of the west coast scene. We definately can see us coming back and staying for a while. The nature, the people, the food, the whole place feels so aligned with the type of life we want to live. There is a lot of homelessness in, that is the sad part about Vancouver especially in the Downtown East Side.
Loved BC and we most definitely will be back at some point.
** this rating scale is based on our perspective and experiences when we travel! It is in no way indicative of the overall country or place we visit, Just our opinions about our travels there. We also scale things pretty difficult as there is always going to be something else down the track that might blow our minds and get a full 20/20!