My wife and I first hiked with Rainforest Tours in August, 2010. We started at Parkinson and hiked to Botanical. My wife returned again in May, 2011, for another adventure. She especially loved the tidal pools, with the colourful sea urchins and anenomes, and little fish. We learned so much about the vegetation - natural herbs used by Vancouver Island natives - and the ecosystem of the rain forest. The food was fabulous, with a choice of gourmet sandwiches on homemade breads, salads with dressing, and desserts. Our guides chose an amazing picnic site on a cliff overlooking the crashing waves below. We watched the seals playing in the water while we ate our lunch. We saw bears as well but our guides explained that this was just a part of their natural habitat and explained to us how to behave when they were near. We saw Harlequin ducks, which I understand are a rare site in most parts of Canada. The hikes were relaxing, exciting, and the guides were always attentive to our capabilities, safety and interests. They made it seem as though we were hiking with family.
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