Cable Cove Inn is a Tofino Treasure
By Chris McBeath

What do you look at first when you arrive at Cable Cove Inn? The smiling faces of Philips and Jennifer van Bourgondien, the multitude of prints by Robert Davidson and Roy Vickers festooned across the walls, or the marvelous views of the ocean.

This charming getaway in picturesque Tofino is a feast for the senses and, as we toured its welcoming rooms, we were glad to be staying a while to drink it all in.

Opened in 1994, Cable Cove has seven spacious guest rooms, each with a fireplace, queen size bed with luxury linens, a Jacuzzi or private hot tub, and a private deck. Some of the suites have lookout areas across Vargas and Meares Islands, guaranteeing grandstand views for storm watching, while others overlook the inn's carefully tended garden, with the ocean beyond. The best overlook that part of the ocean which snuggles up to a beautiful bay - Cable Cove - so named since it was once the point from which a telegraph cable linked Vancouver Island to the lighthouse on Estevan Point, some 35 miles northwest of Tofino

An intimate, private hideaway, the van Bougondiens have created Cable Cove as a place where you have the freedom to enjoy a relaxed environment without the pervasive presence of its hosts. Hence, you'll enjoy all manner of personal, yet discreet, touches such as an early morning coffee and juice delivery to your door; an array of help-yourself fresh bakery goods including scones, tarts, and cinnamon rolls for breakfast in the common lounge; and a refrigerator where you can chill your wine or champagne for a mimosa, or early evening spritzer when you return from a day of exploration.

Perched at the end of the Pacific Ocean, between old growth forest and windswept beaches, this part of Vancouver Island makes exploring an adventure for everyone, whether you're looking for gourmet cuisine, or a trek through a rainforest where the air smells of moss-covered cedar and salt-soaked hemlock.

With so much to do in and around this lovely fishing village, it's worth heeding the advice of the van Bourgondiens. They know the region well and will guide you to the best galleries and restaurants, as well as the best hikes and beaches in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. If you're a surfer, take note. As one of the first surfers in the area, before the sport lashed in such an avid following, Philips is full of amusing surf-tales, and will share some insider tips on where to catch the best waves.

Fishing is big in Tofino, so you'll find sport-fishing charter boats and commercial vessels mingling at the marina alongside a number of whale-watching excursions, harbour tours and boat trips to the wilderness of Clayquot Sound.

Some of the neighbouring islands are particularly worthwhile and three favourites come to mind. Topping the list is Hot Springs Cove in Maquinna Provincial Park. Accessible by boat or floatplane, and a two-kilometer hike along a boardwalk path, these naturally warm mineral pools lie at the edge of the ocean, and make for a delightful and soothing soak. The three-kilometre Big Cedar Trail on Meares Islands runs a pretty close second, since it leads to the Hanging Cedar Garden, estimated at more than 2,000 years old. And then there's the 11-kilometer Ahousaht Wild Side Heritage Trail Flores Island which, regardless of how many vacationers seem to descend to the Tofino region, seems to stay resolutely wild and away from the madding crowds. And staying away from the bustle is something that Cable Cove Inn seems to have down to a tee.

If You Go:

Cable Cove Inn
P.O. Box 339, Tofino, BC
Tel: 1-800-663-6449 250-725-4236
Fax: 250-725-2857

Hosts - Philips and Jennifer van Bourgondien

Vancouver and other lower mainland travelers: B.C. Ferries accommodates travelers from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay terminals to Duke Point or Departure Bay. General Information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779)

For our State-side Neighbors: Either the Victoria Clipper, The Princess Marguerite, or the Washington State Ferries will meet your needs 206-464-6400 Take Island Highway #19-across island to the fishing village of Tofino

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