Green Point Campground, and exploring Pacific Rim National Park

The morning of Day 15, May 10th, was the first of 3 mornings that we’d wake up in Pacific Rim National Park. The plan for the day was to explore the area, and make the 20-km drive to Tofino to book a boat trip to Hot Springs Cove.

Our first impression was to give this campground top marks in every category, and that never changed. A couple of hundred meters/yards from our campsite (#76) is a washhouse with flush toilets and free showers.

Washhouse at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
Cathy and I were both quite amazed at the quality of the washhouse.

Washhouse at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
Our campsite was spacious, with 15/30-amp power, a picnic table and a firepit. I drove into the campsite rather than back into it so we’d have the ocean view out the front windows. That meant that a long extension cord was needed to hook up to 15-amp power (I don’t carry a 30-amp extension), and I tripped the breaker by trying to use the microwave and toaster at the same time.

Site #76 aT Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
The ocean view was nice from ground level, very nice from the front window of the RV. It’s even better from a fallen tree at the edge of the site.

View at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
This was grooming morning for the kids. Tucker is quick and simple to clean up. Bella takes much longer but she loves being fussed over.

Dog grooming time at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
I bought this wine glass at the pet store in Port Alberni: “I rescue dogs from shelters and wine from bottles” 🙂

Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
This rainforest view is what we saw from the side windows of the RV. The forest truly is magnificent. Massive trees, lush undergrowth, and some of the most incredible nurse logs I’ve ever seen. The last time I was here was in 1991, but back in the late 1960s, before Parks Canada arrived, my girlfriend (and later wife) and I spent a lot of time here.

Rainforest at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
A look at Combers Beach from a viewpoint at the campground.

A look at Combers Beach from a viewpoint at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
Tucker and I on a chair made from a tree that was felled along the short trail to the Combers Beach viewpoint.

Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
Going down the trail to the main beach, which is Long Beach.

Trail to Long Beach from Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
At the access to Long Beach, there are signs warning about the dangers of surf and rip currents, including instructions on what to do if you get caught in a rip.

Access to Long Beach from Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
What a place! A vast sandy beach, and great rocks for crashing-surf creation. This is the West Coast at its finest.

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park
Looking north over Long Beach from the rocks at Green Point.

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park
Yup, love the surf!

Surf at Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park
And the surf is even better in a video 🙂


Chillin’ with my beach dogs 🙂

Murray Lundberg and his dogs at Pacific Rim National Park
A couple of the largest of the trees along the trail back up to the campground.

Huge trees at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
This is part of the parking lot for the main access to Long Beach. In the ’60s, you could drive your car onto the beach in this area and drive for miles. A few vehicles got caught by incoming tides and some never were recovered – they’re out there buried in sand somewhere.

Long Beach parking lot, Pacific Rim National Park
The main day-use part of Long Beach.

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park

We finally made it to Tofino at about 2:00 pm. The first place we went to wasn’t doing a Hot Springs Cove tour the next day, but they suggested that we go a couple of blocks to Ocean Outfitters, who was. Cathy decided not to go, but I quickly had a reservation for 10:00 am the next morning.

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Bartlett was in Tofino harbour changing buoys. This “Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel” is based in Victoria.

Canadian Coast Guard ship Bartlett in Tofino harbour
We ended up at Big Daddy’s Fish Fry for a late lunch / early dinner. The halibut and chips that we had once again was very good.

Big Daddy's Fish Fry in Tofino, BC
On the way back to the campground a sign pointing to the Tofino Brewing Company prompted a U-turn, and we shared a sample flight of their beers. We really liked a few of them, and a 4-pack of assorted 650 ml bottles accompanied us back to the rig.

Tofino Brewing Company, BC
Not done exploring yet, we stopped for a walk at Chesterman Beach.

Chesterman Beach, Tofino, BC
I had seen a couple of red chairs high on the rocks at Green Point, and went down to check them out at about 7:00 pm. The Red Chairs are a Parks Canada program to encourage people to stop and enjoy a few particularly fine locations across Canada.

Red Chairs at Green Point, Pacific Rim National Park

Red Chairs at Green Point, Pacific Rim National Park
Ever since we’d confirmed Long Beach as a destination, I’d been playing “the good old days” over and over again in my memory/imagination. Driving on the beach, but also the original Wreck Beach, where weed was freely passed around, a couple of hundred people lived in shacks made from driftwood, and nudity was very common. I’m not certain where Wreck Beach was – it may have been Combers Beach, which the shack was overlooking. This driftwood shack near the red chairs, in any case, brought those memories flooding back even more. I could practically see Gae and I sprawled out in front, soaking up some warm sunshine with a curl of smoke rising. Ahhhh….

Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park
After spending some quality time with the red chairs and the driftwood shack, I went back down on the Combers Beach side of the rocks and went for a more literal stroll down memory lane…

Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park


Comments

Green Point Campground, and exploring Pacific Rim National Park — 5 Comments

  1. Great pictures of a nice part of our country. You all look so relaxed and in vacation mood……Little Tucker and Bella seem to enjoy this road trip. Thanks for sharing.

  2. We love the Pacific Rim We ate at Big Daddys Fish Fry the last time we were out there. Im glad you are having a good time there dispite the rain.

  3. I saw a lot of pairs of red chairs in Canadian national parks last summer. I think that’s a really cool idea.

  4. You have to love those NW beaches and views…miss that a whole lot from my earlier years in N CA. Folks out here in the NE USA who rave about the coast just have no idea what they are missing, what is almost commonplace out west.

    Murray, you and Bear Grylls w the bare butts…lol!

    (revisited this post as well since we’re going to the N coast of Maine next week and wanted to share some of the pics with a visitor at our house.)