We’ve only lived on the west coast for three years but I think we still act like giddy tourists, zooming around the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island any chance we get.
I am shocked by the amount of local people who have never been to Tofino. I’ve been told that it is because it is expensive (true), a long trip (8 hours door-to-door for us, including a ferry ride), rainy (yes) and features a journey on treacherous roads (Also true. We unwittingly drove through a snow storm across the island on the way home). BUT. It is worth the trip. I call Tofino the Hawai’i of Canada. Sleepy surfer towns at the end of the road are my favourite places. Tofino is akin to Hana or Hanalei in Hawai’i.
This is the third year we’ve ventured to Tofino on Spring Break. It also happens to be our wedding anniversary – 15 years this year! – so we always go out for dinner to Wolf in the Fog. This year we had no sitter, so we brought our youngest son with us and taught him how to sit patiently and happily for a two hour dinner (which is an important quality for any kid to have).
Tofino is a foodie haven, so let’s start with our anniversary dinner at Wolf in the Fog. This is modern west coast food and decor done up fancy but with totally unpretentious, affable service. Make a reservation and head upstairs to your table. If you are lucky, you’ll get a booth with a sparkly view of the open bar and kitchen.
We promised our boy burger and fries, and Wolf in the Fog did not disappoint. This place loves vertical food and their burger is no exception. I stole a few fries off Aaron’s plate and can attest they were crunchy, salty and delicious, as a good fry should be. I was not allowed one bite of his burger, which is always a good sign.
Both my husband and I ordered fish – Mike the halibut and gnocchi special and me the rockfish. The halibut was delicate with a pesto sauce and the rockfish was punch in your face with Asian flavours. Both fish, but two totally different dishes.
As I’m apt to do, I had scoped out the menu online beforehand and decided I wanted the Carrot Cake Sundae dessert. I could not resist the description: Apple Butter, Cream Cheese Ice Cream, Pineapple Ginger Toffee Sauce, White Chocolate, Pecans but by this time it was getting dark and I was losing my light – so I took a crappy picture of it:
Gods willing, we plan to be at Wolf in the Fog for our 16th anniversary too.
To save on costs, we vowed to eat out only one meal a day on our four day trip. We always always go to the original Tacofino (an orange food truck parked off the highway, with a totally different, laid-back feel than the Vancouver locations) and are never disappointed.
Other highlights included brews at Tofino Brewery under the cosy heaters, the spectacular service (and sprinkles!) at Rhino Tofino coffee shop, chocolates at Chocolate Tofino, best thin crust pizza this side of Italy at a new kid in town, Basic Goodness Pizza and the awesome view at The Hatch Pub. Previous years we got our noodle on at Sea Monster Noodle Bar too.
Yes it rains, it is expensive, it is far, the road there is winding. But STILL GO, if you possibly can, to Tofino. Food aside, THIS is why you make the effort to travel there: