weekender: pachena bay, vancouver island

This past weekend, Patrick and I packed up our backpacks and set off for Horseshoe Bay. From here, we took a ferry over to Nanaimo (on Vancouver Island) and met our friends. Crammed into a truck with all of our gear, we set off for the west coast of the island. This is a beautiful drive, through old growth forests along a logging road that kicks up dust at every turn. Oh, the turns. Not nearly as bad as the drive to Tofino, and certainly not as bad as the roads on the California coastal highway – however, still needed to take a Gravol. I was so excited to get out of the city for a few days, away from the crowds celebrating Canada Day. Pachena Bay was our destination, located on the Huu-ay-aht First Nation reserve in Pacific Rim National Park. Although we were unable to secure a beachside campsite, our small spot offered all the privacy and tree cover that we wanted. It was absolutely beautiful. In my opinion, Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I am beyond lucky to have grown up there.

I don’t have the words to describe the weekend, so I will let the photos show you how calm, serene and peaceful this area of the country is.

soundtrack: Tonight – Lykke Li


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