Tofino is located in Clayoquot Sound with an ancient human footprint for at least 5,000 years. Part of this history belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations who continue to live here and trace their heritage back 4,200 years. Captain James Cooke claimed the area for the British; although, the Spaniards had preceded him. The Spanish influence remains today with the names of many islands and places. In 1792, Captain Vincente Tofiño, a hydrographer, was part of a Spanish expedition to sail the ocean and inlets around Clayoquot Sound.
Until the early 1970’s Tofino was accessible overland from Port Alberni though a logging road. To-day it is paved and it hugs cliffs and lakes so progress is slow with “pull outs” for slower than the slowest vehicles. Named an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Tofino has a variety of activities; surfing, hiking, storm watching, bear and whale watching, sport fishing and most recently the 2nd stage of Amazing Race Canada. Besides my favourite pastime of sketching the eating was superb. Fresh local produce is cooked simply or elegantly. For supper the Schooner or Sobo are my favourite eateries here.
Here are some of my watercolour sketches.