Natural Ways to Nurture Your Body in Tofino
Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you have to break all your rules! In Tofino, there is no shortage of open-air fitness opportunities. For those seeking a quick and glorious adventure, find my favourite and most accessible peak at the south end of Cox Bay. Vargas Cone is a mini-mountain in the Pacific Rim National Park* that serves as an easy add-on to your daily surf-check while still satisfying that craving for a decent calorie-burn.
You’re looking up at roughly 360 feet of scramble to the most epic perspective in/of town. I highly recommend footwear that can withstand a bit of slurp and stumble. Root mangled sections and exposed rock require to you use all limbs at times. I would avoid bringing a pooch that isn’t part mountain goat. Especially after a bit of rain, this trail can leave you quite saturated from limbs and puddles. My 3.5lb Maltese reached the summit in my backpack but still suffered a soggy noggin from brushing past the salal and waterlogged moss.
It’s important to turn around every so often, as there are many wonderful viewpoints along the way. This is surely a trek you don’t want to forget your camera! Once you reach the peak, don’t be shy about continuing along the path. On a clear day, this backside vista offers a sight-line down the coast to Long Beach.
From Long Beach Lodge Resort, it was a 15min saunter along the beach to the base of the mountain. Round trip was about 1.5 hrs, which included a few moments to take it all in at the top. It definitely took us longer to clamber down than up and it’s not a route to be rushed. If you want to shave some time, accessing the beach from the Maltby Road entrance will definitely save you a few steps. Enjoy!
Check out our Beauty & The Beach fitness retreat happening Nov. 4-6, 2016.
Grab a healthy post-hike snack at the Sandbar Bistro w/ live music every Wednesday from 4-7pm.
Yoga on the beach with Julie and Alanna, 5 days a week!
Take advantage of Surf Month specials with our Surf, Sail, & Sophonsify Package.