As you all know already, my dad is Sicilian and I love everything about being Italian, especially the food and fashion. As a kid I always loved visiting my dad's side of the family in London and Palermo because I would associate it with the delicious foods we would eat. Even arriving jet lagged at my auntie's house was exciting because she would have the biggest Italian lunch ready for us with as many as 20 relatives gathered around the table. We would eat way too many courses but always find time for dessert, like cannolis. The best cannolis come from Sicily, however, you can sometimes get a good one in a real Italian deli, like in Toronto or New York City. When I went into the Italian deli and shop in downtown Victoria a few years ago I found these mini cannoli shells for sale and bought them for my dad. We made them when a cousin from London came to visit and I had been wanting to recreate them ever since. This past weekend my parents came up to visit us in Ucluelet with all the ingredients so my dad and I whipped up some pretty delicious cannolis if I do say so myself. They are really easy to make and so delicious, definitely give them a try next time you want to make something different for dessert.
- Half a tub of ricotta cheese (about 300-400 grams)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1-2 shots of grand marnier (or vanilla if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (the mini ones are even better)
- 1/2 cup crushed pistachios
- 1 package of cannoli shells
Mix the ricotta, sugar and grand marnier together. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into a piping bag like you would with icing. Crush the pistachios and have them ready to dip either end of the cannoli in. Pipe the mixture into the cannoli shell until it just about comes out either end. Dip the ends in the pistachios and continue until all the shells are filled. Enjoy with an espresso or a shot of grand marnier like my dad and Dave did!
About a month ago while we were back in Victoria there was a beautiful sunset. I know that Tofino is known for their amazing sunsets but this one was a little understated with a cotton candy sky. The blushing pink along the horizon went perfectly with a blush rose dress I recently bought off a friend so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to match my dress to the sky. The dress is 100% silk and just hangs off the body in a way that makes it great for any occasion. I really love the length of the dress as it hits below the knee. I used to wear mini dresses all the time and not think twice about it but as I get older and really figure out my own fashion sense I think it is a more flattering style on myself. Here I paired it with a denim jacket I have had for years and still love, a pair of mules that I can't wait to wear more of this summer and a choker made by one of my good friends at Zaleska. Throughout the summer I think I'll be wearing this dress in different ways, with flat sandals and a swimsuit underneath or layered with a tee underneath. Once fall hits I plan on wearing it layered with a turtleneck underneath.
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to go to the first night of Tofino Food and Wine Festival at The Schooner Restaurant in Tofino. We had friends visiting so we all met at the restaurant for an outdoor event. The event had numerous mixologists making a signature cocktail for the night, as well as spirit, wine and beer tastings. There wasn't only alcohol though, The Schooner Restaurant provided tapas all night long and they were absolutely delicious and went perfectly with the drinks. Our favourite drink of the night was the "Seaside Sorrel" by the mixologist Chuck L'Ecuyer from Wolf in the Fog. Although this cocktail took a bit longer to make, the mixologist was very knowledgeable and explained each and every ingredient in the cocktail. The drink was perfectly refreshing and if I had had the chance to go back for another I would have! However, for the rest of the evening he had a line up for people waiting for his delicious drinks.
This past weekend was crazy busy with family and friends visiting, exploring Tofino and an interview (soon to come!) We had a great time but I feel like I have been catching up on chores, writing and sleep since the weekend and it's Wednesday. Sometimes you just have to slow down. Even though we didn't have the longest time to sit and enjoy the view, I'm glad I brought my cousin and her boyfriend on this little hike so they could enjoy it for themselves too. I love living here on the West Coast especially now that it's the summer and we have visitors to explore our beautiful town.
This hike is unmarked (there seems to be a pattern here.) However, it is well walked through and we saw many people on both the way up and down. It's a little tricky to find at first, but once you've found it you can go back over and over again. If you park at the parking lot on Maltby Rd that takes you to Cox Bay that's the closest point to the hike, however, if you are staying at one of the hotels you can go from any point on the beach. If you're facing the ocean the hike is on your left where Cox Bay ends and turns into a point. Once you reach the rocks they'll be a section that opens up and you can climb on up. From there just follow all the footprints, it gets muddy so be prepared. Keep on trekking up, it probably takes about 20 minutes up and you'll know when you've reached the top because of the amazing view. Take it all in and enjoy the view of the gorgeous coastline of Tofino before heading back down. Add it to your list of things to do next time you're on the West Coast, it's definitely worth it!
Now that we have finally moved in and I have all my baking supplies I have been baking every chance I get (so on my days off.) I had a craving for cookies for a few days when I decided I had to make some! I decided I wanted to make a chewy oatmeal cookie and since I didn't have any raisins I opted for chocolate chips and almonds. I love oatmeal cookies because they have such a great flavour and texture, and you don't feel as bad eating them as you do a normal chocolate chip cookie. I have a really simple recipe that I use for these cookies, pretty much everything you already have in the kitchen. You can swap the the added ingredients, for mine chocolate chips and almonds, for whatever you want!
- 1 cup butter (softened, I always end up over melting mine, oops!)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 cups oats
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream together softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into creamed mixture until all blended. Add the chocolate chips and almonds and stir. Spoon cookie dough onto greased or parchment paper covered baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, (depending on oven, bake longer or shorter, until golden brown.) Remove from oven and let cool. Then enjoy with a cup of tea!
My best friend's wedding could not have been in a more picturesque location. The wedding was a three day affair on Quadra Island and my family, boyfriend and I were lucky enough to have a guest house that overlooked the harbour. When I wasn't prepping for the wedding or working on the cake, I spent most of the weekend on this beautiful balcony. For the rehearsal dinner I pulled out a jumpsuit I had bought months before. This jumpsuit needed the perfect occasion to be worn. The culottes jumpsuit is a fun alternative to wearing a dress for a summery and special occasion. It is so comfortable and paired with a denim jacket it makes it a little less dressed up. I wore a pair of nude block heels to make my legs look a little longer in the culottes and I wanted to make sure I was comfortable walking in them for the wedding. The lace detailing gives this jumpsuit a fun pop of skin without being too revealing. If you don't have a jumpsuit for summer yet pick one up, they are a fun and fashion forward choice!
I'm always looking for new ideas for dinners during the week, especially ones I can turn into leftover lunches for work! Lately I've found meal planning to be really helpful, that way I can just go to the grocery store once for the week and have all my meals planned out. It's been really good so far and helpful in eating better, rather than going out one night because Dave and I are too lazy to cook.
I based this Sushi Bowl roughly on a recipe I found on Half Baked Harvest's website. She's got some great recipes that have been inspiring me to try cooking new ways. For this recipe I used brown rice as my base, prawns as my protein and carrots and avocado as my vegetables. I love this sushi bowl because it feels like you're having sushi without all the fuss of making it. The best part about this recipe was the Mango Salsa though, it had enough liquid that it topped the whole bowl with a delicious dressing that can't be missed.
Recipe for the Mango Salsa:
- 1 mango
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1 lime
I chopped up the mango, garlic and cilantro and tossed it with all the liquids and set it aside while I cooked the rice and prawns.
For this bowl you can choose whatever vegetables you want. However, top the bowl off with cilantro, nori sheets and sesame seeds to give it that sushi taste and texture. When the rice and prawns are cooked. Put them in a bowl and top with all your delicious toppings and enjoy!
This past weekend we had our first of many visitors for summer. People warned me if we had a second bedroom it would never be empty and they were right! But I love it! It definitely makes it easier moving away from your hometown and a good excuse to really explore the new town you live in. We were lucky to have great weather for this hike Dave had been wanting to go on for some time so after a breakfast full of waffles we ventured out to find the path to Radar Beach.
This hike is not marked, as it isn't an official trail in the National Park. However, it is a trail that should not be missed if you're visiting the Tofino/Ucluelet area. Park at the Radar Hill parking lot and look for a clearing in the bush and a warning sign on a tree stating that the trail isn't part of the park and to be cautious. To be honest it sounded a lot more intense than it actually was. The climb down is a little bit harder since your'e maneuvering over and under trees and roots, however, as long as you keep your head down and you're wearing proper shoes it isn't too bad. I definitely suggest wearing hiking boots of some sort because when you come to the flatter part of the hike it is very muddy and there are a couple creeks you have to climb over/through. There are buoys along the way to mark the trail so don't worry about getting lost. Once you've finished the climb down, you come out to a beautiful beach.
Once we got to the beach we enjoyed climbing over the rocks and exploring the tide pools. We had the intention of going swimming, but that didn't happen in the end. We had a nice little snack on the beach before we headed back up. The climb back was a little bit more gruelling since you're going uphill and it was quite warm that day. There are ropes along the way to help you get over some of the harder spots, which were useful at times. All and all the hike wasn't too hard, it was a lot of fun and definitely worth it for the beautiful beach at the end. Of course there is a chance of encountering wildlife while hiking the trail so be prepared and cautious. Definitely give it a try next time you're in Tofino or Ucluelet, as it has both elements, the hike through the forest and stroll on the beach.
While we were in Vancouver celebrating Dave's birthday with the U2 concert, we were also celebrating Mother's Day. And what better way to celebrate Mother's Day then with brunch! My boyfriend's sister-in-law had gone to Chambar a few weeks before this weekend and said their brunch was to die for. Brunch in Vancouver or Victoria is hard on the weekend because you end up standing in hour long line ups, getting hangry with no one but yourself to blame. Not only was the food amazing, you can make a reservation for brunch, which is usually never the case.
When we arrived we were seated in a beautiful red leather booth at the back where we were able to chat and feel like we weren't being rushed. My mum, cousin and I all ordered three waffles and sides to go with them. It's a fun way to have waffles because the waffles come plain with a little bit of icing sugar on top and then you can choose whichever side you'd like for $1. My mum is a little caramel crazy so she chose the three caramel options, my cousin chose berry compote like me, the classic maple syrup and dark chocolate. I tasted the chocolate and it was definitely a must order for next time we brunch there. I loved my sides because they made the dense, cake like waffles a little lighter. However, saying that, I could have probably eaten another one or two waffles (but I am always starving at breakfast time.) If you are more into the savoury breakfasts there are still lots of options for you to choose from, like the Omelette of the Day, Dave's sister-in-law chose. It varies with seasonal selections of ingredients.
Next time you're in Vancouver and don't feel like waiting for brunch, make a reservation at Chambar and order the waffles, they are a must! Chambar is located at 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver. Check out their website for their menu, https://www.chambar.com/
Who doesn't love those nights where you can wear a dress and sandals and not be cold. I know I do. A few weeks ago when I was back in Victoria for less than 48 hours to pack up our stuff for our final move, we were lucky enough to have some of that weather. It was the perfect evening for a sunset stroll and I decided to wear my new favourite dress. This striped shirt dress from Topshop is the perfect summer dress. Made from 100% cotton it breathes on warm days and feels great against your skin. Nowadays when I purchase clothes they often have a mix of artificial fabrics to give the piece of clothing stretch, however, nothing feels better than 100% cotton. I've already worn this dress twice since I got it. It works for anything, dressed down with flat sandals, as a cover up for the beach or to a casual brunch. Or dressed up, like I did here with block heels and a vintage clutch my dad passed down to me from his travels. I can't wait to wear it all summer long!
My best friend got married two weeks ago and I had the opportunity to make her wedding cake. I have been baking since I was a kid and love to do it, however, this baking challenge brought me to a whole new level. I have made many cakes and when my best friend told me she wasn't going to get a wedding cake for her special day I immediately volunteered (to my mum's dismay.) I have to say I wasn't living in Tofino when I first volunteered to make the cake so I thought it would be an easy thing for me and my mum to venture on. However, I quickly moved to Tofino and my mum and I had to make the cakes from four hours apart, which stressed my mum out quite a bit. But in the end, after a terrible trial run a month before the wedding, the cake came out beautifully! Although it was stressful at the time, it was so worth it and I would do it over and over again. Everyone loved it, including the bride and groom and that made it all worth it and I definitely plan to make more wedding or special occasion cakes in the future!
The recipe I used for the cake was one that my best friend gave to me when I was a kid so I thought it would be perfect to use for her own wedding cake. It's an easy chocolate cake that can be adapted to either round or rectangular cake pans according to the cake you want to make. For the wedding day we made both a four layered wedding cake, as well as two double layered slab cakes. We layered the cakes with raspberry jam per request of the bride and groom but it's the perfect combination for the chocolate cake, balancing the sweetness of the cake with the tartness of the jam. Finally we iced it with simple buttercream vanilla icing and a white chocolate ganache to get the drip effect.
Recipe for Cake:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 tsp
- 1 egg
Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, soft butter and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes. Add egg, beat 2 more minutes. Pour into greased and floured 9" round pan. Bake 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Doubles well for 2 larger cake. Great with raspberry jam filling. Line pans with parchment!
When it comes to icing a chocolate cake with vanilla icing, you always have to use a crumb coat. We learned this the hard way the first time we made the cake and the crumbs were all over the icing, not a good look for a wedding cake. The crumb coat is a light coating of icing you put on the cake before the final coat. After covering the cake in a crumb coat, place the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes (minimum), however, a few hours is best to ensure it has stuck to the cake. Once the crumb coat sets, apply the icing on thickly to cover the cake completely. I used an offset spatula and a scraper to make sure the icing was even and flat. Once again place in fridge, overnight is best. The final step was the white chocolate ganache. As we poured it on it dripped over the side and the warm ganache will harden against cold cake.
Recipe for Icing:
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix all the ingredients together. If it seems too hard add a little more milk. Taste to ensure it isn't too sweet or buttery. I use this recipe for everything I ice, it really is the easiest and most delicious. You can add food colouring, liqueur or cocoa to change the flavour or colour.
Recipe for Ganache:
- White Chocolate
- Heavy Cream
Mix together equal parts chocolate and cream and microwave on low. Remove after 30 seconds and mix, then repeat until melted thoroughly. The consistency should be quite liquid like so the drips can fall evenly on the cake. The key to getting the drips to fall down the cake is to spoon the ganache onto the edges first then in the centre to have an even look.
For the month of May, Feast Tofino took place. Dave and I were lucky enough to get tickets to one of the evenings, at Kuma. Hiroshi and Miju Kawai from Basho Cafe took over Kuma for one night, which included a delicious four-course meal including sushi and Basho sweets. We were celebrating Dave's 'Birthday Week' so he opted for the selected sake pairings with each course, while I enjoyed hot green tea. After tasting the amazing dishes served up by Hiroshi and Miju Kawai, I can't wait to try Basho Cafe in Vancouver next time I'm visiting. Basho is a family run Japanese Cafe in Vancouver. Known for their creative confections, their cafe is meant for enjoying good food and company, something we definitely got a glimpse of at the Feast Tofino event.
Each course was carefully selected to give the customer a taste of something new and tantalizing. Although it was a four-course meal, it was more like a six-course meal because there were two courses with two separate parts to the course. The first course was an Oden Daikon with Yuzu Miso Glaze paired with a Chijimi Vegetable Pancake with Ponzu. While the daikon was crunchy and a unique texture, the sauce on top paired with the asparagus was unique and delicious and I wish their had been two! The vegetable pancake was equally scrumptious with a spicy ponzu sauce on the side to add another element to the dish. Next came the second course which was Braised Pork with Butter Lettuce and Fresh Vegetables. It was served in a bowl and before the server let us know we were to make our own lettuce wraps I thought it was just a salad with some pulled pork on the side. The lettuce wraps were just what we needed to cleanse our palette before the next course, which was easily my favourite aside from the dessert. For our third course we had Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi, Spicy Scallop Roll and Tuna Sushi paired with a Mini Chirashi. The mini chirashi was like a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl form. It was topped with a prawn, had edamame, ginger, lotus fruit, egg and nori sheets throughout and the rice had the best flavour imaginable. This was something I will always dream about eating until I have it again, it was that good. The sushi that came after the bowl was mouth watering. The salmon sushi was done so that the one side of the salmon was grilled and the other side was slightly raw, which reminded us of tuna tataki. Finally came the plate of Basho sweets, two mini miso brownies, two matcha profiteroles and one cheese mochi. I love anything matcha so that dessert was my favourite, while Dave's was the miso brownies which were so deliciously gooey.
I can't wait to go to Basho Cafe in Vancouver and to Feast Tofino next year when it's back! Check out Basho's Instagram to see their beautifully curated foods: @bashocafe
It finally feels like summer! I haven't worn a real coat in over a week and I've finally pulled out my sandals. While we were in Vancouver a few weekends ago we had some time in Horseshoe Bay before our ferry arrived so we headed to the little town of Horseshoe Bay. It's very quaint and cute and the perfect place to stop for a coffee or lunch while you wait for the ferry, the inevitable when you live on the island. I spotted some beautiful gardens that overlooked the bay and thought it would be the perfect spot for some photos.
As you know from my previous posts I still can't get enough of the embroidery trend, or the moment denim is really having. I bought these Topshop jeans awhile ago now, however, every day off I find myself reaching for them. They are my go to jean now because they are unlike any pair I have owned since I was a kid probably. They're a stiff denim, unlike all the skinny jeans that have been around for ages now. They're high waisted so I find myself tucking tops into them all the time and can see myself pairing them with a crop top for summer for sure. Overall they are just comfortable and different and the frayed bottom is so fun because it shows off your shoes so well. As the trend continues to soar, you'll be able to find this style of jean everywhere you look, pick up a pair today for a different look to your usual skinnies.
This embroidered blouse, also from Topshop (can you see a trend here? I love the store and so many of the pieces they put out.) I bought it for work as it pairs well with a pair of ankle skimming trousers. But I also loved it dressed down with denim. I'm really looking forward to wearing it with cut offs this summer for a fun, relaxed summer vibe.
Salvador Dali's Dance of Time I. was conceived in 1979 and first cast in 1984. The bronze sculpture is 83 inches tall and weighs 860 pounds. This piece by Dali was made in the lost wax method technique and there were 8 editions plus 6 artist proofs.
Last weekend while visiting Vancouver I made it one of my goals of the weekend to go see this melting clock motif, the most iconic of Dali's images. The piece is located downtown at West Hastings and Hornby Street and will be on display until September. As a public piece many people pass it without even glancing towards it, however, that was not the case for me! The write up beside the piece explains to the viewer Salvador Dali as an artist and about this piece and how he was intrigued by time as a concept.
Salvador Dali was fascinated by time and it followed him throughout his life, making an appearance in numerous of his works. This melting clock motif seen here in Dance of Time I. is a representation of duality between time and timelessness. It takes the viewer into Dali's world, where imagination and time are limitless. The artist makes us confront the limitations that we force upon our perception of reality.
Whether you love or hate this piece or any of Dali's work for that matter, you simply cannot pass by indifferently.
"The famous soft watches are nothing else than the tender, extravagant, solitary, paranoic-critical camembert of time and space." - Salvador Dali
This past weekend we were in Vancouver celebrating Dave's birthday and Mother's Day. After a day of shopping, a delicious sushi dinner, seeing Mumford & Sons and U2 at BC Place and surprise birthday drinks for Dave, we needed some serious rest and relaxation. After a delicious brunch at Chambar, me, my mum, cousin and sister in law headed to The Ten Spot in Yaletown for pedicures. I had been to The Ten Spot in Toronto when I used to live there but never to this location and I loved it. The decor is minimal and modern with a trendy neon sign that read: Get Nailed. When we arrived we chose our nail colours and had a seat on the bench above our own mini foot tubs. We had the place to ourselves, which made the experience even better and more relaxing.
We all chose the pedi which included a soak, nail shaping and buffing and full cuticle work. After this we were treated to buffing the bottoms of our feet, which everyone always needs (me especially!) Next came the best part, the scrub and massage. The aestheticians used a sugar scrub they make in house with all natural products. It came in three different flavours: eau natural, grapefruit and spiced pear. I took a spiced pear home with me and bought my mum the grapefruit one because they weren't like any other scrub. They left your skin feeling smoothed and moisturized without that greasy feeling most scrubs leave behind and the scents were almost so good you could eat them! Finally came the polish. I chose a beautiful coral colour to compliment my bridesmaid dress that I will be wearing this weekend for my best friends wedding. Next time you find yourself in Vancouver and in need of a spa treatment, head over to The Ten Spot for a relaxing and enjoyable time!
Dave's new favourite pizza is a healthier version of regular pizza with an eggplant crust. From there you can add whatever toppings you like. This pizza we chose a few different toppings: mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, kale, mushrooms and ham. The first time we made the pizza it didn't work quite how we wanted to, however, we keep trying and even though the pieces don't come out like perfect pizza slices every time they still taste delicious!
- 1 eggplant
- 1/2 cup of parmesan, grated (add more if you need)
- handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- dried oregano, or any Italian spices/herbs you want
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 slices of mozzarella
- your choice of toppings: 1 mushroom, 2 slices of ham, handful of chopped kale
Slice eggplant in 1/4" rounds, salt and let stand for 10 minutes. Arrange on parchment lined baking tray and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven and carefully flip off of parchment onto pizza oven tray (or baking sheet). Put back into oven for 10 minutes to crisp up parmesan base. Remove from oven again and top with desired toppings. For our homemade cherry tomato 'sauce,' chop up cherry tomatoes and finely chopped garlic and place in bowl with olive oil, spices and herbs of choice. After adding the toppings, put back in oven and bake for 10-15 more minutes. Carefully slice into pieces and enjoy!
This past weekend I was in Vancouver for the U2 and Mumford & Sons concert. The weather was beautiful and I was so excited to be back in a big city. I love Tofino and Ucluelet where I live now but the fast pace of the city is always fun and inspiring, especially the fashion. My talented friend Dani Bartlett just started her own line of hand-made pouches, which I interviewed her about a few weeks ago for the blog. The second she had her online shop up and running I ordered my own. I chose the 'Girl U Want' because of it's gorgeous, bold pink and I loved the size of it. I have been using it to carry my earbuds, favourite lipstick and phone. However, you could use it as a cosmetic bag or whatever you please. I love how it brightened up this otherwise, simple black and white outfit. I thought it went perfectly paired with my 'Females of The Future' t-shirt from Topshop and bright red nails. Check out Dani Bartlett's website for her newly updated pouches and soon to come chokers and totes: https://danielle-bartlett.squarespace.com/
Dave and I have been living in Ucluelet for just over a month now and we have definitely found our favourite place in this little town. Zoe's Bakery and Cafe is located at 250 Main Street and easily the local spot of the locals. This cafe is a family-friendly place where the bakers use locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Their treats and menu change every day depending on their products and keeping their customers on their toes! The bakery boasts some of the best bread I have ever had, and my dad even commented on how much he enjoyed their baguettes (and that's saying something!) They bake it daily with a different twist on their famous sourdough. Serving lunch options like deli salads, daily soup, sandwiches and flatbreads, there is something for everyone. If you prefer just popping in for a coffee and treat, their cinnamon buns, croissants and numerous other treats are all equally delicious, trust me I've tried a number of them already! If you are headed out this way for a weekend away this summer, you must stop in at Zoe's for a treat or two! Check out their Instagram feed to get a little taste of what they have to offer: @zoesbakeryandcafe
While my parents were visiting a few weeks ago we dragged them on a rainy day walk through the Rain Forest Trail. We thought it was a good idea to walk through the forest since we would be mostly sheltered by the trees, however, it was still a little wet, but worth it! The trail follows a wooden boardwalk through the forest where you are able to walk among some of the largest trees on the West Coast. You'll have to duck under a couple of large fallen trees that now give life to millions of different plants. After some time you will come to some steps which will take you deeper into the forest with more views of the never ending rain forest that surrounds this beautiful and wet West Coast. Take it all in and breathe in the fresh and clean air these grand trees give us. A definite must when you visit Tofino or Ucluelet, a nice and quick walk and a change of scenery from the beaches. Be careful in the summer months as this forest is home to wildlife and where both Dave and I have spotted bears in the past few weeks.