June 27, 2017

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BC Beaches – Perfect for Everyone

Sandcut Beach is situated between French Beach Provincial Park and Jordan River, just 31 kilometres west of Sooke and 3 kilometres north of Point No Point. Access to the beach is only a 10 minute hike from the parking area along a rugged wooded trail.
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Think of a beach in British Columbia, and you probably imagine the steady cadence of waves crashing against a rocky shoreline. What about warm water and white sand? Or urban gems that boast striking views of the city? In BC, there’s a beach that’s perfect for everyone from lazy sun lovers to active thrill seekers. 

Few know the pull of the ocean like Charles McDiarmid. “My childhood was a bit like Huckleberry Finn’s,” says McDiarmid, who’s spent most of his 50-plus years on one of British Columbia’s iconic beaches. Long before there was a road across Vancouver Island to the west coast he was building sand castles and beachcombing the endless strands outside Tofino. The McDiarmids went on to build the Wickaninnish Inn in 1996 on land that the family patriarch purchased on Chesterman Beach. “We especially loved winter storms, when the entertainment was compliments of Mother Nature.” 

At “the Wick,” the McDiarmids created a Storm Watchers experience for getting up close and personal with winter’s gale-force winds and thundering waves, as well as a drying space at the après-storm Driftwood Café, and a fireplace in — and sea view from — every room.

Those wild Pacific Ocean waves also prompted a surfing craze at Mystic Beach in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, near Victoria on the Island’s southern tip. A 2.5-kilometre (1.5-mile) hike through mossy rainforest and across a suspension bridge ends at a dramatic, bluff-lined beach with caves, a rock arch and a magical waterfall plummeting right to the sand, perfect for a post-surfing shower. 

Other B.C. beaches are almost tropical, with glittering turquoise waters and white sand. Tribune Bay on Hornby Island in the Gulf Islands, accessible by ferry from Vancouver Island’s east coast, is nicknamed “Little Hawaii.” In summer, it’s sun-warmed to balmy temperatures, and only a five-minute walk to the island’s funky village. 

Read More Here: http://vancouversun.com/travel/bc-beaches#DVP

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About The Author

Rick has lived in Vancouver since 1991 - first off Commercial Drive and now in Renfrew Heights - with his husband of 34 years, Dan. He has a background in travel, an interest in LGBT history, and a fondness for all that is geek. As co-publisher of Davie Village Post, he looks for stories and news which are relevant to LGBT Vancouver, and invites you to submit your items and ideas.

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