counting down the days…

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

Less than two weeks until the next trip!  🙂

Ocean Village

I was going through my photo library and realized 2011 was a good travel year – Maui in March, Tofino, BC in June, and camping at Emma Lake, SK in August.  It’s not likely that sequence will be repeated this year, but I would love to go back to Tofino and Ocean Village Resort at some point.  It’s not one of the expensive, fancy resorts in the area, but it’s comfy, cozy, has some character and it’s right on Mackenzie Beach.

Ocean Village cabins from balcony wine and Ocean Village balconyMackenzie Beach 1 Mackenzie Beach 3 Mackenzie Beach


I work today then I’m on vacation for a little over a week – going to one of my favourite places, Vancouver Island.  This picture was taken near Tofino at Mackenzie Beach a couple of years ago.  That isn’t the destination this time, although I’d love to go back there. I’m really looking forward to seeing a different part of the Island and hopefully having some pics to share when I get home.

near Tofino

happy place

Some days you just need your happy place.  I have a few..

Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Kaanapali Beach, Maui
...the mountains...Lake Louise in this pic...
…the mountains…Lake Louise in this pic…
Some happy places are close by...Wascana Park in October
Some happy places are close by…Wascana Park in Regina
Ocean Village Resort at Mackenzie Beach, near Tofino
balcony at Ocean Village Resort at Mackenzie Beach, near Tofino

My Favourite Places – Mackenzie Beach

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.”
Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod

These are pictures from a trip to Mackenzie Beach, near Tofino on Vancouver Island in June 2011. I would love to go back. From your balcony at Ocean Village, it’s a place you can experience the sound of rain, the sound of wind in the trees and the sound of ocean waves on the beach.

The great thing about going to new places is the opportunity to discover new favourite places to go back to…but… if you keep wanting to go back to your favourite places, how do you discover new places?! 🙂

Mackenzie Beach 2 Mackenzie Beach 3 Mackenzie Beach 4 Mackenzie Beach

happy place

I didn’t plan to post anything today.  My plan was to be at the Roughriders pre-season game enjoying this beautiful evening, but I woke up at 6am with a terrible headache that has managed to last all day.  I toughed it out at work just in case I felt well enough to go the game (I still follow the rule that if you’re sick and miss school or work, that means you also have to cancel whatever other plans you had – maybe that’s old school). Plus I couldn’t miss work because I had to do a job interview to hire a new person in my unit and oh yeah, because of the contract dispute at the library, if we call in sick, we have to have a doctor’s note (and the thought of spending time at the walk-in clinic on a beautiful weekend is not appealing).  So, when I got home from work I was feeling a bit bummed out about missing out on some Friday night fun.

I made spaghetti with a quick tomato sauce (I didn’t even have a glass of wine, in case people who know me are wondering), had a nap, listened to a few Tragically Hip and Trixie Whitley songs (she’s great, look her up on iTunes) and I feel a bit more human now.  I’m sitting outside on my balcony, with a cup of tea, and my laptop, looking at pictures from a trip to Vancouver Island last June.  It’s not all bad.

These are my favourite pictures from that trip.  I love Vancouver Island, especially Pacific Rim National Park and the Tofino/Ucluelet area.  It’s beautiful. I’ve been there twice in the last three years and hope to go again. I’m a prairie girl who is used to wide open spaces, so the old growth forests are astounding to me and I love being near the ocean.  It’s a very mellow, laidback, peaceful place. I haven’t been there in July/August, the prime tourist season, so it might be different then.  I’d highly recommend a trip there if you have the opportunity.


This was my desktop picture on my computer at work for a very long time.


These are the cottages at Ocean Village Resort, just outside Tofino.  I loved it there.  The accommodations are rustic, but that’s part of the charm.  And compared to the fancy resorts in the area, it’s a very affordable place to stay.


A glass of wine and staring out at the ocean.


Within walking distance from Ocean Village is a cool little store that was stocked with so many tasty things for such a tiny space.  What more do you need for a feast than bread, cheese, fruit and wine? (The wine was bought on a wine tour in the Okanagan earlier in the trip).


This was taken from the outskirts of Tofino.  I think part of the reason I love Vancouver Island and the Pacific Coast so much is I grew up watching the Beachcombers on CBC so the scenery brings back childhood memories.