Wickaninnish Beach, Vancouver Island

AUGUST 2002 – The Kwisitis Visitor Centre over looks Wickaninnish Beach near Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Wickaninnish Beach near Tofino on Vancouver Island, B.C., is simply awesome, and it’s difficult to explain why, exactly. The beach is long, yes, but I’ve seen much longer beaches. The water is not very warm, so swimming is out of the question (for me, at least).

But the trees, the remote location, and that very special Canadian mood are stunning.

  • Trees. When you walk from the car park to the beach, the trees are providing shadow from the midday heat.
  • Location. The beach is far away from everywhere – the next city is Port Alberni (90 minutes by car). The next big city is Victoria (a 4-hour drive). Vancouver is 5 hours away unless you take a floatplane.
  • Mood. You may spot some surfers and sun seekers but in general, there’s not a lot of activity. The perfect place for relaxation.
  • Logs. I really loved the ubiquitous logs that were lying at the beach. From the relentless powers of the sea they have been peeled clean and feel almost smooth.

I love this place and hope to return someday.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time11-AUG-2002
LocationTofino, B.C., Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3799 x 2421 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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