Surfing Information Pt. 2
Rosie Bay is really only a good idea if you know what you are doing. At low tide it is a beautiful walk around, as there are tons of rocks to climb on, starfish, purple and green sea anemones, and a big cave to roam in (but nothing exciting lurks inside).
On high tide, forget surfing there unless you want to smash into the rocks.
South Chesterman can be REALLY nice; it tends to break near the rocks - all the beaches are beach breaks, but at here they tend to be more in one spot, so the crowds can get a little bigger, as there's not as much wave selection.
North Chesties is past Frank Island, and a longer stretch of beach, still with rideable waves.
Mackenzie Beach is beautiful, but not really for surfing. You can in winter, but I never have so I don't know what it's like. This is more of a sunset, stroll, walk the dog, collect shells, explore the rocks sort of beach.
Tonquin Beach - don't bother, unless you want to skimboard. See Pt. 1
Hiking Through Old Growth Forest
Unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of clear cutting in British Columbia and on Vancouver Island in particular. Luckily, some old growth forest remains. Tramping through the wet forest scrambling over huge toppled cedars and wading across hidden forest streams makes for a terrific afternoon.
Explore Tofino Village
Tofino is a quaint little village on the West Coast of the Island. There are many interesting things to see. Art galleries abound from the quaint to the sophisticated. The harbor offers interesting vistas. Your walk will take you to a beautiful rhododendron garden situated in a private home.
Restaurants are there to suit everyone's taste and budget.
Frank Island is located outside Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay. It's connected by a sandspit to the beach only at low tide. You can walk to the island at low tide, but not supposed to get on the island because it's privately owned. There are cabins and studios for rent on the island. Rates start from $150 per night.
Hot Springs (2)
A unique hike in that it was led by a black lab named Ebie. Our real guide took a nap in the boat and commanded Ebie to take us to the Hot Springs. Immediately Ebie set out on the trail and scouted ahead for bears. Every two or three minutes she would race back wagging to make sure we hadn't strayed. Sure enough we got to the springs without becoming lost or becoming bear lunch.