A full house at the Wickaninnish Restaurant Click for more photos
Last night I had the good fortune of getting out of Ucluelet for an evening of fine dinning at the Wickaninnish Restaurant, located on the southern end of Long Beach. Kerry, the Canadian Princess bus driver shuttled my party and fellow guests out to the restaurant. While cruising along, Kerry mentions a biological project the park service is undertaking, sharing his local knowledge and history of the area. We arrived to find the place hopping. Sitting down at our table, it was nice to watch the gas fire place burn on one side and the setting sun on the other.
Enjoying drinks and a variety of seafood appetizers from smoked salmon to ceviche, my eyes would often become entranced on the gentle ocean rolling in only to spill its final wave of energy onto the smooth sandy beach below. My dinner arrived in the form of a finely cooked steak, still plump with juices and drizzled with a sweet blue cheese glaze and topped with caramelized onions. As I savored my last bite, the sun sank below the clouds shooting a flare of light across the ocean and lighting up the restaurant in one final show of glory before setting.
It was nice not having to drive home which allowed myself to indulge in a cool pint of beer with dinner. As we rode home in the dark bus, Kerry shared stories of his elders and their life on the wild west coast back when there were no roads and rum running was a business. It was a most enjoyable evening had by all at the Wickaninnish Restaurant.
From the bridge,