After spending a few days in Tofino (see previous blog – Trip to Tofino) we headed back through Port Alberni and south down the highway to Victoria. We had driven from Nanaimo to Victoria a few times before but not for several years. We could not believe the traffic and the number of stop lights along the way, even on a Monday afternoon, and feel very sorry for those who make this drive on a regular basis. It was not raining when we left Tofino nor through Nanaimo but somehow managed to be a downpour as soon as we finally got to the Malahat Drive stretch and the traffic slowed even further. We did finally make it to Bear Mountain and checked in at the resort.
Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Properties
We did not plan to play golf on this trip which turned out to be a good thing because it was raining very hard when we arrived. The staff at the valet and the front desk were very helpful and friendly as we checked into our one bedroom suite. The room was huge! In fact we are pretty sure the square footage was more than our apartment. With a full kitchen, a counter top bar, a table for four, couch and large TV unit in the living space it would be great anyone traveling in a group to use to entertain. The bedroom was also large with a work station, sitting area, walk in closet and large ensuite. There was also a powder room off the main area and the entrance hall was large enough to keep two sets of clubs without getting in the way (if we had brought them). The patio area was shared by several suites and had a great view of the putting green and golf course. View the photo set of our stay. The weather was great the second day and as the photos show the property is beautiful.
After a large seafood dinner the night before (see previous blog – Dining in Tofino) we were interested in something a bit more casual and there was a Canucks game on TV so we chose to walk across from the hotel to Jack’s Place. The pub was about half full and it was Mexican Monday’s with Margarita’s and Soft Tacos on special. The Classic Margarita was quite good. Jeff opted for the Soft Taco special and Tara the Vegetarian Fajitas. The tacos and fajitas were both good but the sides (cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole) were served in such small containers that there was really only enough for one serving. Our server was friendly but the service was a bit slow. Next time we will likely try the Copper Rock Grill but for a pub experience it was not bad.