Sitka Staff's Favourite Adventure Spots


Posted by Andrew Howson

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Tofino and Ucluelet

The beaches between Tofino and Ucluelet are major Vancouver Island surf destinations. There's around 35km of surf-able coastline surrounding these communities. Some of the most accessible breaks include Chesterman Beach, Wickaninnish Beach, Florencia Bay, Cox Bay, and Long Beach. There are alternative breaks along the South Coast, however half the fun is locating them—yes, that's a challenge. 


Cox Bay, photo by Kimm Blotto


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 Mt. Ozzard

When you’re not surfing around Ucluelet, check out this roughly 860m elevation hike up to the local radar tower. The summit overlooks Tofino's coastline and even the Broken Group Islands on a clear day. It’s a must-see vantage point along the West Coast Trail.

Top of Mt. Ozzard through the lens of Kimm Blotto

 

Creyke Point, East Sooke Park

The massive massive park offers near surreal views of a chiseled coastline. Welcome avid hikers, beach loungers, and free spirits. For a feature on Instagram, snap a photo at this Creyke Point and tag us ~ @sitka_

Photo of tiny Kevin Blotto, taken by Kimm Blotto

 

Avatar Grove

This ancient forest near Port Renfrew features expansive biodiversity and is home to the “Gnarliest Tree in Canada,” as named by the Ancient Forest Alliance who worked to protect Avatar Grove from logging in 2012. The AFA along with Sitka’s help, recently built a boardwalk through the grove to encourage preservation of the environment and safety for visitors.

Kimm Blotto photo

 

Century Sam Lake

When all conditions permit, your experience here in Strathcona Park could include standing inside a massive ice wave. After getting to the trailhead, you’ll conduct a muddy hike aiming right at the fork in the road. The best time to visit is the end of summer since the ice waves are near impossible to get to in winter. Think of this as a teaser.

Taken by Sitka's number one adventurer, Kimm Blotto

  

Make sure to check out our “Outdoor Gear Checklist” before heading out!