After Tofino, we decided to explore further afield, going along the coast to Ucluelet and trying out the different micro-climates along the way. Down the coast, the beaches are awe-inspiring. The surfing waves roll in from hundreds if not thousands of miles away in the Pacific, and the beaches are festooned with tree-trunks smoothed down by the waves and then tossed up on the beach. There is nothing between this place and Japan, and the real risk of a tsunami if there’s an earthquake offshore is really sobering to think about. They have signs all along the beach on what to do in the event of a tsunami, but in reality you would only have a few minutes to try to find high ground.