Moderate paddle from Tofino to Medallion Bay on Vargas Island (weather dependent).
We launched from Mackenzie Beach in Tofino (due to flat surf - you can also launch from the Tofino wharf) and paddled up Templar Channel, between Wickaninnish and Felice & Stubbs Islands, across to Moser Point and then around the corner to Medallion Bay. From Mackenzie, the paddle is about 3 nautical miles and took us about an hour, even paddling against the flood tide. We hit a bit of a headwind when we came around the top of Wickaninnish but nothing too noticeable and swell was very small. Because it was such a calm day, we landed on the beach with only small waves.
The beach at Medallion Bay is absolutely beautiful - a long beach with white sand and a little rocky cove around the corner to explore. We set up our tents on the beach, well above the high tide line. There is a food cache at the west end of the beach (use it!) and a user maintained outhouse.
There were wolf tracks on the beach when we arrived and we had a wolf wander into camp at 7:30am while we were hanging out in our tents reading - he got within 10 metres of us and was curious rather than threatening - he backed right off and took off down the beach. We also saw otter tracks in the sand in the morning.
We really lucked out with the weather, especially for the end of March. We had cloudless blue skies, hot sunshine and no wind. Because Medallion Bay faces out into the Pacific with no buffer, we have heard that the surf can get big here and would require a surf landing and launch so I would only do this paddle if you have experience.
From Nanaimo, drive across Vancouver Island on Highway 4 to Tofino.
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