Long Beach, North Chesterman Beach and The Wickaninnish Inn

Long Beach, one of the earliest and most famous surfing beaches in western Canada was originally known to European settlers in 1880 as Wilmore City. The name changed to Long Beach in 1888 due to the 16 km stretch of sand (the longest in western Canada) which comprises the Beach. During our visits in the 60’s and early 70’s surfers and campers regularly drove and camped on the beach, creating loosely knit communities. Challenges including adequate sanitation were often exacerbated by questionable water supplies. The creation of Pacific Rim National Park resulted in the removal of campers – both short and long stay – from the Beach. Surfers still come in large numbers to enjoy the waves from the open Pacific and the unparalled beauty of the spot.

Some photos from the 60’s and 70’s taken during the summers at Long Beach

Our arrival today was much different – not a drive onto and park on the beach but a concrete parking lot and the required purchase of a beach walk pass for 4 hours. How things have changed…. The scenery is still gorgeous ….

The north end of Chesterman Beach is now home to the new Wickaninnish Inn where, after exploring the coves of the beach area, we planned to have lunch.

The Wickaninnish restaurant is a must visit if you are in the area. Guest numbers are low this spring and we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. The chilled seafood plate with my glass of Pinto Gris and CJ’s dirty martini were a perfect accompaniment to the amazing setting. Another wonderful day in paradise.

The mares tails are starting to stream across the sky: a harbinger of the rain and wind scheduled to start tomorrow following this amazing stretch of spring like sunshine. We head for home tomorrow – it has been a perfect visit. Until next time !

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