Tofino, Vancouver Island at low tide

MacKenzie beach, TOfinoWhile on a family vacation this past summer, we stayed in Tofino, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia for a week. I loved checking the tide charts and heading out to different beaches at low tide to look for marine life. My daughter became a whizz at finding all sorts of strange little creatures in no time! It was addictive staring into crevices, turning over rocks, and just waiting for the sea life to appear. But I became equally intrigued with the designs mother nature sculpted in the sand, from ripples to flowers…

MacKenzie beach, TOfinoMacKenzie Beach

Schooner bay beach, Long Beach, Pacific National ParkSchooner Cove Beach

Schooner bay beach, Long Beach, Pacific National ParkPurple olive snails often leave trail lines in the sand at low tide

MacKenzie beach, TOfino

Florencia bay, Long Beach, TofinoA stranded Ocher purple sea star with barnacles on a rock

 

Florencia bay, Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Colombia

Florencia bay, Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Colombia

Wind sculpted “flowers” in the sand at low tide at Florencia bay, Long Beach

 

Florencia bay, Long Beach, Tofino

Underside of a purple sea star Florencia bay, Long Beach, Tofino

Chesterman north beach, TofinoGoose Barnacles

Chesterman north beach, Tofino

Green Anemones buried in the sand were everywhere!

Chesterman beach

Chesterman beach

 

SONY DSCLeather Star

tidepoolikng, schooner cover, TofinoOrange Sea Star

Chesterman beach, TofinoA brilliant sunset on our last night in Tofino, Vancouver Island

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