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Halfway up Vancouver Island’s west coast lies one of the world’s premier cold-water surf destinations: Tofino. When tree-hugging protestors poured into the fishing and logging hamlet in the 1980s, surfing gained momentum (rumor has it that Vietnam War draft dodgers here had introduced the sport). The bohemian tide also helped the town blossom into a hotspot for art and innovative farm-to-table cuisine. Surrounded on three sides by salt water, the area is also world-renowned for storm watching from November to February, when the wind-lashed Pacific surges against the coast and batters the ancient temperate rain forest.
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