72 Hours in Tofino

Our very own Ben O’Meara put the 72-Hour Merino Tee to the test in BC—and we’ve got his adventure-filled itinerary here
April 14, 2019Words by Ben O’MearaPhotos by Alex Souza

You might remember the initial launch of the 72-Hour Tee last year, when we proved its worthiness by sending our very own Ben O’Meara out on an epic three-day trip to Iceland with just one shirt. The 72-Hour Merino Tee passed the sniff test with flying colors, but just to be sure it wasn’t a fluke, we sent Ben out to test it again. This time, he flew up north to British Columbia for another 72-hour adventure—with only the one tee on his back. Spoiler: It kicked ass—even when Ben fell out of his canoe. From road tripping across Vancouver Island in a 1985 Land Cruiser to flying up to a remote mountain lake, we’ve got the full action-packed 72-hour Tofino itinerary below.



Hour 1: Ambassador Shayd Johnson picks us up from the Vancouver airport in his 1985 Land Cruiser, 500 kilometers of adventure under its hood

Ambassador Shayd Johnson picks us up from the Vancouver airport in his 19xx Land Cruiser

Hour 4: Grab a beer at 33 Acres (and surprise guest Huckberry Ambassador Harry Fricker)

Hour 6: Dinner at Belgard Kitchen and a nightcap at Keefer Bar

Hour 11: Morning Americanos and breakfast at Hunny Bee

Hour 12: Sunrise ferry ride to Shayd’s hometown, Nanaimo on Vancouver Island

Vancouver ferry

Hour 14: Another round of Americanos at Regard Coffee before hitting the road for the drive to Tofino

Hit the road for the 3.5-hour drive to Tofino

Hour 19: Pick up smoked salmon bites and a half dozen donuts at Old Country Market in Coombs, more affectionately known as “goats on a roof”

Hour 20: Stop at Cathedral Grove, a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem—the oldest tree is 800 years old

Cathedral Grove

Hour 24: Visit Shayd's secret swimming and fishing spot to jump off an old bridge into the river (it was COLD)

Visit Shayd's secret swimming and fishing spot

Hour 27: Arrive at Shoreline in Tofino, awesome A-frame cabins on the water

Hour 35: Beers at Tofino Brewing Co.

Beers at Tofino Brewing Co.

Hour 40: Cessna float plane trip to Pretty Girl Lake, 1,100ft about sea level, surrounded by old growth rainforest, and only accessible by air

Over the mountains

Cessna float plane trip to Pretty Girl Lake

Hour 41: Fell into the lake—had to ring out the 72-hour tee but didn’t take it off

Fell into the lake

Hour 43: Flew back to Tofino during sunset

Sea plane Tofino

Hour 44: Dinner at Wolf in the Fog

Hour 50: Beach bonfire

Hour 60: Americano at Tofitian

Americano at Tofitian Coffee

Hour 61: Surf check at Long Beach

Surf check at Long Beach

Hour 63: Breakfast and more coffee at Shed

Hour 65: Surf check, round two at Chesterman Beach

Surf check, round two at Chesterman Beac

Hour 66: Pick up 6 more donuts at Rhino Coffee for the ride back to Vancouver

Hour 72: Cap 72 hours off with a sunset cruise around Vancouver on Ella the Tug, Shayd's friend's converted tug boat, complete with 33-acre beers and a jump into Vancouver Bay
 



Vancouver Bay tug boat

Ben in Vancouver
 



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