Sunday, 7 September 2014


Even after doing four loads of wash, stewing a pot-full of plums and spending a great deal of time watering the garden, I still have a faint smile on my face.

       I  l o v e  Tofino!

This was our second time staying in a small condo, a two-minute walk from Chesterman Beach.  First thing Monday morning I am going to phone and find out about winter rates.

One small problem ...I have too many photographs to include in a single blog entry!  I'll  make a start and see where it takes me.

I have a group of photos of sea life-  animal, vegetable and mineral, and a whole series of pictures that I took one morning when the fog was so dense that I ended up walking a full six miles, much in the 'wrong' direction. So dense that I saw only three people, one of whom pointed me towards the Wickaninnish Inn instead of to South Chesterman. So dense that nearly two hours later, I couldn't make out the shadowy figure who was waiting anxiously for me. My husband, Brian!

  There were many of these washed up on the sand after a rough sea.
                    They were like  tissue paper spider webs.

                The bountiful beauty of Tofino's ocean-life is awe inspiring.

In the next day or two, I will post another entry with photographs of the early morning fog blanketing the beach.


  1. Oh these as just beautiful images Jackie. It makes me want to take a trip there soon. I love it best off season.

  2. Ahhhhhh. Our happy place! Made me so happy thinking of you two there, mom! LOVE the photos. They are so beautiful.
    Those white spidery things are actually jelly fish. When we were there in early August, there were literally hundreds of thousands of them all over the beach EVERYWHERE. There had been a bloom of this particular type of jelly fish that someone said happens only every few decades (don't know if that is accurate). When there is a bloom of that magnitude, many of them wash up on land and die.
    The ones that were not yet dried out were blue.

    1. Velella is a cosmopolitan genus of free-floatinghydrozoans that live on the surface of the open ocean. There is only one known species, Velella velella, in the genus.[1] Velella velella is commonly known by the names sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, purple sail, little sail, or simply Velella.[2]

      These small cnidarians are part of a specialised ocean surface community that includes the better-known cnidarian siphonophore, the Portuguese man o' war.

      Each apparent individual Velella velella is in fact a hydroid colony, and most are less than about 7 cm long. They are usually deep blue in colour, but their most obvious feature is a small stiff sail that catches the wind and propels them over the surface of the sea. Under certain wind conditions, they may be stranded by the thousand on beaches.

  3. we've booked another Tofino trip for December!