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Whether you have one day or a whole week, come on up to truly unplug and reconnect on the West Coast. Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim is a wonderful escape. There is so much to do and best part is we’re about 2.5 hrs from the Comox or Nanaimo and a beautiful 4hr drive from Victoria!

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Come on up for the day to unplug and reconnect on the West Coast. Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim is an exciting wonderful escape. There is so much to do and best part is we’re about 2.5 hrs from the Comox or Nanaimo and a beautiful 4hr drive from Victoria!

✓ Wild Pacific Trail’s Lighthouse Loop (Takes about 45mins to 1hr and you get some fantastic ocean views as well as the Rain Forest and see the 100+ year old Amphitrite Point Lighthouse).

✓ Visit the Ucluelet Catch & Release Eco Aquarium (seasonal open from March to end of November). See the octopus and the whole family always love the fantastic interactive touch tanks!

✓ Stop in to one of our many tea and coffee shops for homemade delightful treats and lunch (Can’t go exploring on an empty stomach).

✓ Grab a day pass for the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – Iconic Long Beach is a must, along with Kwisitis Interpretive Centre at Wickaninnish Beach, the Shoreline Bog Trail (800m trail dubbed the Broccoli forest because of the stunted, twisted 300-year-old trees; if you can go when it’s foggy even better!)

✓ Compare Shoreline Bog Trail to the Rainforest Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (Trail A&B are 1km each). Don’t forget to make your way to the top of Radar Hill to truly appreciate the coastline in both directions.

✓ If you’ve traveled this far, you need to go and stand on Chesterman Beach in Tofino and pop into one of their local restaurants for a bite to eat before venturing back to the eastside. But before you go, regardless of time of year, make sure you stick around for a West Coast sunset; you’ll never see colours like this elsewhere!

Three Days

Little Beach on Peninsula Road in Ucluelet

Come on up for three to four days to truly unplug and reconnect on the West Coast. Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim is an exciting wonderful escape. There is so much to do and best part is we’re about 2.5 hrs from the Comox or Nanaimo and a beautiful 4hr drive from Victoria!

✓ Wild Pacific Trail’s Lighthouse Loop (Takes about 45mins to 1hr and you get some fantastic ocean views as well as the Rain Forest and see the 100+ year old Amphitrite Point Lighthouse).

✓ Walk the full Wild Pacific Trail fromBrown’s Beach parking lot all the way to the Ancient Cedars Loop (see some trees over 800 years old!) and a truly breath taking walk along the ocean, stunning vistas and all intertwined through the majestic rainforest. A do not miss walk. Be sure to sit on Oyster Jim’s (the founder and builder of the Wild Pacific Trail) and the main deck perch about half way – just sit and watch the ocean for a while!

✓ Visit the Ucluelet Catch & Release Eco Aquarium (seasonal open from March to end of November). See the octopus and the whole family always love the fantastic interactive touch tanks!

✓ Grab a day pass for the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – Iconic Long Beach is a must, along with Kwisitis Interpretive Centre at Wickaninnish Beach, the Shoreline Bog Trail (800m trail dubbed the Broccoli forest because of the stunted, twisted 300-year-old trees; if you can go when it’s foggy even better!)

✓ Compare Shoreline Bog Trail to the Rainforest Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (Trail A&B are 1km each). Don’t forget to make your way to the top of Radar Hill to truly appreciate the coastline in both directions.

✓ Stop in to one of our amazing local restaurants for an outstanding meal (no franchise chains here!), dine in one of the top restaurants in all of BC or pop into a local tea and coffee shop for homemade delightful treats and lunch (Can’t go exploring on an empty stomach).

✓ Go to Tofino for the day! You need to stand on iconic Chesterman Beach in Tofino(rated one of the top 50 beaches in the world!)and pop into some of their world class rated restaurants for a bite to eat. Soak in the vibe and culture of Canada’s #1 Surf Town.

✓ Go Surfing In Canada! Just a short drive down the road from Ucluelet are some of Canada’ longest beaches that can be surfed year round. People come from all over the world to catch a wave; in what is considered one of Canada’s top surf destinations!The most accessible surf beaches from Ucluelet, are Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Ucluelet has fantastic family friendly local surf shops that provide everything from lessons to rentals.

✓ Experience a West Coast Sunset! Go to Big Beach, the Lighthouse or even Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and bask in the glow of a classic West Coast sunset; you’ll never see colours like this elsewhere!

✓ Go on a Whale, Bear & Wildlife Tour…Get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Local whale & wildlife tour operators provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the breath-taking beauty of coastal British Columbia and the majestic whales and wildlife in their natural environment. March to October is the peak season for tours.

✓ Kayak the Broken Group Islands of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. One of the top ten kayaking destinations in the world! Kayaking through the archipelago of over a hundred islands you will discover sandy white beaches, calm lagoons, blow holes, diverse wildlife and unique native history on a day or multi night tour. Watch harbour seals, sea lions, eagles, bears and the occasional whale from your unique vantage point on the water, while gliding past the rocky shores of the Pacific Coast shoreline.

✓ Head out and do some Salt Water Fishing. Ucluelet has some of the best saltwater fishing in North America year after year! The Fishing Charter business here is booming; people come from all over the world to fish off our pristine coastline. The Barkley Sound (just minutes from Ucluelet), has been called the ‘Salmon Super-Highway’; Coho, Sockeye, Pink, Chinook and Chum can all easily be fished from here as well as Hailbut and Ling Cod.

✓ Go Zipling! Soaring through the old growth rainforests, spotting waterfalls along the way and feeling the roar as you glide down the Kennedy River Canyon near the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a not to miss family fun experience!

✓ Come witness Storm Watching Season (November to March) and one of the world’s most unique experiences! Storm Watching on the West Coast of Canada along the top rated Wild Pacific Trail is amazing! Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm. The raw power of nature has become a fascinating draw for tourists from around the world to Ucluelet.The best time for storm watching is November through March, as gale force winds tear along the coast at over 70km an hour (appx 45mph). Please be sure to pack for all weather conditions (Gortex is always in vogue).

Five Days

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Come on up for five to six days to truly unplug and reconnect on the West Coast. Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim is a wonderful escape. There is so much to do and best part is we’re about 2.5 hrs from the Comox or Nanaimo and a beautiful 4hr drive from Victoria!

✓ Wild Pacific Trail’s Lighthouse Loop (Takes about 45mins to 1hr and you get some fantastic ocean views as well as the Rain Forest and see the 100+ year old Amphitrite Point Lighthouse).

✓ Walk the full Wild Pacific Trail fromBrown’s Beach parking lot all the way to the Ancient Cedars Loop (see some trees over 800 years old!) and a truly breath taking walk along the ocean, stunning vistas and all intertwined through the majestic rainforest. A do not miss walk. Be sure to sit on Oyster Jim’s (the founder and builder of the Wild Pacific Trail) and the main deck perch about half way – just sit and watch the ocean for a while!

✓ Visit the Ucluelet Catch & Release Eco Aquarium (seasonal open from March to end of November). See the octopus and the whole family always love the fantastic interactive touch tanks!

✓ Grab a multi-day pass for the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – Iconic Long Beach is a must, along with Kwisitis Interpretive Centre at Wickaninnish Beach, the Shoreline Bog Trail (800m trail dubbed the Broccoli forest because of the stunted, twisted 300-year-old trees; if you can go when it’s foggy even better!)

✓ Compare Shoreline Bog Trail to the Rainforest Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (Trail A&B are 1km each). Don’t forget to make your way to the top of Radar Hill to truly appreciate the coastline in both directions.

✓ Stop in to one of our amazing local restaurants for an outstanding meal (no franchise chains here!), dine in one of the top restaurants in all of BC or pop into a local tea and coffee shopfor homemade delightful treats and lunch (Can’t go exploring on an empty stomach).

✓ Go to Tofino for the day! You need to stand on iconic Chesterman Beach in Tofino(rated one of the top 50 beaches in the world!)and pop into some of their world class rated restaurants for a bite to eat. Soak in the vibe and culture of Canada’s #1 Surf Town.

✓ Go Surfing In Canada! Just a short drive down the road from Ucluelet are some of Canada’ longest beaches that can be surfed year round. People come from all over the world to catch a wave; in what is considered one of Canada’s top surf destinations!The most accessible surf beaches from Ucluelet, are Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Ucluelet has fantastic family friendly local surf shops that provide everything from lessons to rentals.

✓ Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) in Ucluelet’s protected beach and coves; Little Beach, Terrace Beach and the Ucluelet Harbour (access from the free Pat Leslie Public Boat Launch) are perfect to go SUPing. Pop by one of our local surf shop for full rentals.

✓ Experience a West Coast Sunset! Go to Big Beach, the Lighthouse or even Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and bask in the glow of a classic West Coast sunset; you’ll never see colours like this elsewhere!

✓ Go on a Whale, Bear & Wildlife Tour…Get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Local whale & wildlife tour operators provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the breath-taking beauty of coastal British Columbia and the majestic whales and wildlife in their natural environment. March to October is the peak season for tours.

✓ Take a cruise or private charter through the Broken Group Islands! Full day, half day or sunset cruise; hop aboard and head out on an adventure of a lifetime. Beautiful boats. Beautiful meals. Beautiful hosts. Unforgettable memories, stunning scenery with a touch of luxury.

✓ Kayak the Broken Group Islands of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. One of the top ten kayaking destinations in the world! Kayaking through the archipelago of over a hundred islands you will discover sandy white beaches, calm lagoons, blow holes, diverse wildlife and unique native history on a day or multi night tour. Watch harbour seals, sea lions, eagles, bears and the occasional whale from your unique vantage point on the water, while gliding past the rocky shores of the Pacific Coast shoreline.

✓ Head out and do some Salt Water Fishing. Ucluelet has some of the best saltwater fishing in North America year after year! The Fishing Charter business here is booming; people come from all over the world to fish off our pristine coastline. The Barkley Sound (just minutes from Ucluelet), has been called the ‘Salmon Super-Highway’; Coho, Sockeye, Pink, Chinook and Chum can all easily be fished from here as well as Hailbut and Ling Cod.

✓ Do not miss this! Experience the West Coast from above on a Flight Tour that you will never forget. See the Rainforest, Beaches and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve from the air to witness the pristine coast line of Canada.

✓ Go Zipling! Soaring through the old growth rainforests, spotting waterfalls along the way and feeling the roar as you glide down the Kennedy River Canyon near the Pacific Rim National Park Reserver is a not to miss family fun experience!

✓ Come witness Stormwatching Season (November to March) and one of the world’s most unique experiences! Storm Watching on the West Coast of Canada along the top rated Wild Pacific Trail is amazing! Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm. The raw power of nature has become a fascinating draw for tourists from around the world to Ucluelet. The best time for storm watching is November through March, as gale force winds tear along the coast at over 70km an hour (appx 45mph). Please be sure to pack for all weather conditions (Gortex is always in vogue).

Seven Days

Kayaking in Ucluelet in the Broken Group Islands

Come on up for seven or more days to truly unplug and reconnect on the West Coast. Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim is a wonderful escape. There is so much to do and best part is we’re about 2.5 hrs from the Comox or Nanaimo and a beautiful 4hr drive from Victoria!

✓ Wild Pacific Trail’s Lighthouse Loop (Takes about 45mins to 1hr and you get some fantastic ocean views as well as the Rain Forest and see the 100+ year old Amphitrite Point Lighthouse).

✓ Walk the full Wild Pacific Trail fromBrown’s Beach parking lot all the way to the Ancient Cedars Loop (see some trees over 800 years old!) and a truly breath taking walk along the ocean, stunning vistas and all intertwined through the majestic rainforest. A do not miss walk. Be sure to sit on Oyster Jim’s (the founder and builder of the Wild Pacific Trail) and the main deck perch about half way – just sit and watch the ocean for a while!

✓ Visit the Ucluelet Catch & Release Eco Aquarium (seasonal open from March to end of November). See the octopus and the whole family always love the fantastic interactive touch tanks!

✓ Grab a multi-day pass (or Annual Pass) for the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – Iconic Long Beach is a must, along with Kwisitis Interpretive Centre at Wickaninnish Beach, the Shoreline Bog Trail (800m trail dubbed the Broccoli forest because of the stunted, twisted 300-year-old trees; if you can go when it’s foggy even better!)

✓ Compare Shoreline Bog Trail to the Rainforest Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (Trail A&B are 1km each). Don’t forget to make your way to the top of Radar Hill to truly appreciate the coastline in both directions.

✓ Head to Half Moon Bay along Willow brae Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve at low tide and walk along the edge of the Pacific Ocean on the secluded sandy beach. At Half Moon Bay walk to the left at the end of the stairs towards the rocks to see the many beautiful tidal pools.A true hidden gem!

✓ A ‘must not miss’ also in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is Florencia Bay. Florencia Bay is over 5 stunning kilometers long of beautiful, sandy beach, fantastic waves for surfing and seems to have it all. The forest spills over the beach and is alive with colour. The descent down a wonderful set of wooden stairs onto the fantastic secluded beach in breathtaking; Florencia Bay has to be explored to be appreciated.

✓ Stop in to one of our amazing local restaurants for an outstanding meal (no franchise chains here!), dine in one of the top restaurants in all of BC or pop into a local tea and coffee shop for homemade delightful treats and lunch (Can’t go exploring on an empty stomach).

✓ Go to Tofino for the day! You need to stand on iconic Chesterman Beach in Tofino(rated one of the top 50 beaches in the world!)and pop into some of their world class rated restaurants for a bite to eat. Soak in the vibe and culture of Canada’s #1 Surf Town.

✓ Go Surfing In Canada! Just a short drive down the road from Ucluelet are some of Canada’ longest beaches that can be surfed year round. People come from all over the world to catch a wave; in what is considered one of Canada’s top surf destinations!The most accessible surf beaches from Ucluelet, are Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Ucluelet has fantastic family friendly local surf shops that provide everything from lessons to rentals.

✓ Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) in Ucluelet’s protected beach and coves; Little Beach, Terrace Beach and the Ucluelet Harbour (access from the free Pat Leslie Public Boat Launch) are perfect to go SUPing. Pop by one of our local surf shop for full rentals.

✓ Experience a West Coast Sunset! Go to Big Beach, the Lighthouse or even Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and bask in the glow of a classic West Coast sunset; you’ll never see colours like this elsewhere!

✓ Go on a Whale, Bear & Wildlife Tour…Get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Local whale & wildlife tour operators provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the breath-taking beauty of coastal British Columbia and the majestic whales and wildlife in their natural environment. March to October is the peak season for tours.

✓ Take a cruise or private charter through the Broken Group Islands! Full day, half day or sunset cruise; hop aboard and head out on an adventure of a lifetime. Beautiful boats. Beautiful meals. Beautiful hosts. Unforgettable memories, stunning scenery with a touch of luxury.

✓ Kayak the Broken Group Islands of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. One of the top ten kayaking destinations in the world! Kayaking through the archipelago of over a hundred islands you will discover sandy white beaches, calm lagoons, blow holes, diverse wildlife and unique native history on a day or multi night tour. Watch harbour seals, sea lions, eagles, bears and the occasional whale from your unique vantage point on the water, while gliding past the rocky shores of the Pacific Coast shoreline.

✓ Head out and do some Salt Water Fishing. Ucluelet has some of the best saltwater fishing in North America year after year! The Fishing Charter business here is booming; people come from all over the world to fish off our pristine coastline. The Barkley Sound (just minutes from Ucluelet), has been called the ‘Salmon Super-Highway’; Coho, Sockeye, Pink, Chinook and Chum can all easily be fished from here as well as Hailbut and Ling Cod.

✓ Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino by boat or float plane! When you arrive there is a 25 min boardwalk that moves you up and through the rainforest to the Springs. The Hot Springs are appx 50-degree water (122F) and flow from a small waterfall and continue through five natural hot spring pools that lead to the ocean. Please note, bring food and water as there are no food facilities, no glassware allowed, swimsuits are required and a good tip is to bring neoprene footwear that can handle rock and water.

✓ Do not miss this! Experience the West Coast from above on a Flight Tour that you will never forget. See the Rainforest, Beaches and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve from the air to witness the pristine coast line of Canada.

✓ Go Zipling! Soaring through the old growth rainforests, spotting waterfalls along the way and feeling the roar as you glide down the Kennedy River Canyon near the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a not to miss family fun experience!

✓ During the fall season take a visit to the Thornton Creek Hatchery. Hatchery staff and volunteers provide tours and it’s a great place to view salmon and bears during the salmon run (late Sept – mid Nov). The local charity focuses on education and safe wildlife viewing and they rely heavily on public support from visitors for their work. The dedicated staff are very welcoming and explain in detail how the facility works. Entry is by donation.

✓ Come witness Storm Watching Season (November to March) and one of the world’s most unique experiences! Storm Watching on the West Coast of Canada along the top rated Wild Pacific Trail is amazing! Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm. The raw power of nature has become a fascinating draw for tourists from around the world to Ucluelet. The best time for storm watching is November through March, as gale force winds tear along the coast at over 70km an hour (appx 45mph). Please be sure to pack for all weather conditions (Gortex is always in vogue).

Family Fun

Come unplug and reconnect with family on the West Coast. Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim is a wonderful escape. There is so much to do and best part is we’re about 2.5 hrs from the Comox or Nanaimo and a beautiful 4hr drive from Victoria!

✓ Wild Pacific Trail’s Lighthouse Loop (Takes about 45mins to 1hr and you get some fantastic ocean views as well as the Rain Forest and see the 100+ year old Amphitrite Point Lighthouse).

✓ Visit the Ucluelet Catch & Release Eco Aquarium (seasonal open from March to end of November). See the octopus and the whole family always love the fantastic interactive touch tanks!

✓ Grab a day pass for the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – Iconic Long Beach is a must, along with Kwisitis Interpretive Centre at Wickaninnish Beach, the Shoreline Bog Trail (800m trail dubbed the Broccoli forest because of the stunted, twisted 300-year-old trees; if you can go when it’s foggy even better!)

✓ Experience a West Coast Sunset! Go to Big Beach, the Lighthouse or even Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and bask in the glow of a classic West Coast sunset; you’ll never see colours like this elsewhere! Big Beach in Ucluelet is also great for a family beach fire (bring your own wood – Can be purchased at either Gas Station or Grocery Store).

✓ Go on a Whale, Bear & Wildlife Tour…Get ready for an experience of a lifetime with the family! Local whale & wildlife tour operators provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the breath-taking beauty of coastal British Columbia and the majestic whales and wildlife in their natural environment. March to October is the peak season for tours.

✓ Stop in to one of our amazing local restaurants, or maybe the retro bowling alley & family restaurant for an outstanding meal (no franchise chains here!). Treat yourself to homemade delightful goodies and lunch with kid friendly awesome sandwiches at one of our local tea and coffee shops(Can’t go exploring on an empty stomach).

✓ Go Surfing In Canada! Just a short drive down the road from Ucluelet are some of Canada’ longest beaches that can be surfed year round. People come from all over the world to catch a wave; in what is considered one of Canada’s top surf destinations!The most accessible surf beaches from Ucluelet, are Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Ucluelet has fantastic family friendly local surf shops that provide everything from lessons to rentals.

✓ Go Zipling! Soaring through the old growth rainforests, spotting waterfalls along the way and feeling the roar as you glide down the Kennedy River Canyon near the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a not to miss family fun experience!

✓ Come witness Storm Watching Season (November to March) and one of the world’s most unique experiences! Storm Watching on the West Coast of Canada along the top rated Wild Pacific Trail is amazing! Nothing is more exhilarating than the fury of the wind, rain and waves during a winter storm for the family to witness. The raw power of nature has become a fascinating draw for tourists from around the world to Ucluelet. The best time for storm watching is November through March, as gale force winds tear along the coast at over 70km an hour (appx 45mph). Please be sure to pack for all weather conditions (Gortex is always in vogue).

Rainy Day Activities

We’ve mastered rain! Gortex and gumboots are always in vogue here. It might be sunny, foggy or raining in Ucluelet, but the rainforest will always embrace you with some of the purest, cleanest air you have ever experienced. Ucluelet’s coastal elements will leave you refreshed, restored and rejuvenated.

Outdoor Fun

1) Surfing is awesome in the rain! Make sure to take a family friendly lesson with one of Ucluelet’s local surf shops; there are many options for all levels of experience.
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2) Ocean Kayaking is another great outdoor option during a mild rainy day. Paddling in the rain can be a wonderful experience (dress accordingly, no cotton). The Ucluelet Harbour is well protected for short kayak excursions year round.
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3) Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours are stellar West Coast experiences that you can indulge in, even when it’s rainy and not too windy. Going on a boat whale watching, bear and wildlife viewing really are not to be missed West Coast experiences.
Click here for more info on whale watching & wildlife tours

Indoor Fun

1) The Ucluelet Aquarium is a must do when you visit the West Coast. This eco-friendly catch and release Aquarium will get you up-close and personal with an amazing array of local marine life (Don’t miss the Octopus!). The Aquarium has incredibly knowledgeable and attentive staff that are always eager to share their passion for what lives in our coastal waters.
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2) Big Beach Cinema… Did you know that Ucluelet has its own cinema? That’s right! Big Beach Cinema runs year round and is located in the Ucluelet Community Centre’s George Fraser room; they offer great films at family friendly prices.
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3) West Coast Fitness Centre. Need to keep in shape and it’s raining way too hard for you to want to go outside? Go swimming, work out in the gym or take a sauna at the West Coast Fitness Centre (located inside the West Coast Motel).
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4) Shopping & Art Galleries From local hand-crafted artisan gifts to jewelry, clothing and art; take some time to discover Ucluelet’s local shops and art galleries.
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5) Howler’s Family Restaurant. It’s a fun family restaurant with a retro bowling alley, vintage arcade and billiards. They are opened 7 days a week until midnight all year long.
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6) Ucluelet Community Centre & Library Stop by the Community Centre! Choose from a range of physical activities, check out their many classes from Yoga to Zumba, lots of programs options, and don’t forget the library (all classes allow for drop-in attendance).
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If you don’t feel like going out, you can simply curl up in the bed, get a fire going, read a book, listen to the rain and enjoy the sound of the ocean lapping against the shoreline.

Prepare to unplug and reconnect.

Photo Credits:
Featured Image by Alisha Fox
One Day photo by Brian Congdon
Three Day photo by Brian Congdon
Seven Day photo by Majestic Ocean Kayaking

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