Fourteen years ago we stayed at the Sooke Harbour House for our anniversary and it was lovely. I happened to see it on expedia for about $100/night which was way less than we paid before. You don’t get to pick your room and no meals are included. But that was fine by us.
They put us in the Emily Carr room which had a fantastic view.
It was significant to me that a tree was directly above my side of the bed. I have a very fond attachment to them. Little did I know it would signify the sights I was about to see.
This was the view from our deck after we got all our stuff unpacked in the room. Can’t ask for more!
So, I had done some research and realized I wanted to go to Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew at low tide. The only low tide that day was 7am. And this place was over an hour away. Tracy didn’t complain when I told him we’d have to wake at 5am. We had the road all to ourselves. No slowpokes to get behind. But we also didn’t have our morning coffee or any food. Thank goodness we found a tiny not so great place that served espresso shots. It was ok. At least it was caffeine. We snagged it and started walking down the Botanical Beach trail.
This was a turnoff we could have taken (can’t remember the name of the point), but we decided to keep walking and I’m glad we did.
I looked down and was startled to see this eye peering back up at me.
It was at this point when we both commented on how similar this place was to Wistman’s Woods in England…and believe me! That’s saying ALOT!
I’m not quite sure how long it takes you to get to the beach. I was in such awe and wonder. Maybe 15 minutes or so? Anyway…the beach was so blue compared to the beautiful and otherworldly green of the trees.
I was really intrigued with the stone? at the base of these rocks.
The thing about trees is that they are so magnificent even after death.
This was the weirdest sight. This rock was at least 2′ long and looked like a giant fossilized dinosaur egg or something.
The tide pools were beyond amazing.
This reminded me of a waterfall of Light. This whole area was SO incredibly heart stoppingly beautiful.
So just a couple things. Take the main trail head down through the forest. When you get to the 1st or 2nd little trails that go out onto the beach, take them. Then walk and walk and walk to the left, exploring and going around a couple bends. You will come upon a river that had some of the freshest, best tasting water. Yes we drank from it and didn’t get sick. Then keep walking a little bit more and you will see another trailhead that will take you back to the trail that loops around back to the parking area. This is the best way to see as much beach as you can without backtracking. Granted, the tide was out and probably not do-able if the tide is in.
We were rewarded with one of the best tasting breakfasts ever at there Coastal Kitchen Cafe. It was the only choice and usually when that is the case, they don’t strive to be good. This place was killer. Maybe it was because of all the good energy in that area…but everything was local and you could taste it.
I’m going to have to divide the rest of the shots into the 3rd post because I don’t want to leave any out.