We also went yesterday to the Tofino Botanical Gardens – a fabulous place which was useful in terms of learning plant names as well as being a calm and quite spiritual experience. There is a friendly coffee-shop with interesting paintings by local artists, and the entrance fee gives you free access to the gardens for a further two days after the initial visit.

The gardens consist of several mysterious trails that eventually take you to the sea. It felt like going into a number of separate rooms, each with a different feel. Various sculptures in wood and stone are dotted among the shrubs and flowers, some of them in unexpected places, so you notice them more each time you walk around the garden. There are arbours and benches to sit on, and a viewing gallery on the beach where you can look over the beach and spot birds.