Rugged Vancouver Island is a treasured spot for many Canadians—a dazzling gem on the country’s far west coast with shimmering sandy beaches, thick old-growth forests, surf-worthy swells and winding roads leading to tranquil coves. At its heart is the resort town of Tofino, a treasured escape for city slickers who seek respite at charming resorts like the Wickaninnish Inn where guests cozy up in front of a fireplace overlooking the ocean, and listen to the waves crashing against the shoreline as they drift off into a blissful sleep.
Tofino has an enviable perch on the tip of the continent, so what better place to test out a new smartphone that boasts an infinity display than the edge of Canada? That’s how I found myself on the coast, armed with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 for documenting one of the country’s most scenic spots.
After enjoying a whale watching tour in the morning where we enjoyed the company of massive grey whales spouting out fountains of air, our group set off for an easy hike along Schooner Cove Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The trailhead is located about 16 kilometres from the townsite, where a wooden boardwalk lined with vibrant green moss and foliage leads through an enchanting forest, complete with hanging vines and gargantuan cedars. To say the area is photo heaven is an understatement, and I loved being able to capture even the tiniest details with the Galaxy S8’s selective focus feature, which allows users to blur the foreground or background.
The easily navigable trail is only one kilometre from the Schooner Cove parking lot, meaning the whole walk only takes about 15 minutes until you hit the beach—unless you stop to take 100 photos every five steps like yours-truly. Despite our leisurely pace, it wasn’t long before we could hear the sound of waves lapping at the shoreline, and emerged from the forest’s shaded canopy to find an expansive beach spread out before us.
We’d arrived at Schooner Cove, located on the northern tip of Long Beach which traces the coastline for another 10 kilometres. The light was ethereal, casting a white glow over the golden sand and washing out the craggy rocks clinging to the shore. Like excited kids let out for recess, we all immediately set off in a million different directions, eager to explore the sandbars and scamper up the massive black boulders in search of the perfect shot.
The tide was low, the sun shone bright, and a hint of salt from the ocean waves made its way through the crisp, fresh air. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind: Schooner Cove was the perfect spot for this cast of camera-toting characters to test out their new toys.
Samsung Galaxy S8 specs:
Camera: 12MP rear camera, and 8MP front camera which works well in low-light conditions. It also has a pro mode, for shutterbugs who want to adjust settings like ISO, shutter speed, exposure, colour tone, manual focus and white balance. Who needs a DSLR anyway?!
Life proof: The S8 is water resistant (in 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes) and dust proof—perfect for all those outdoor adventures.
Storage: Along with its internal storage, the S8 also has a micro SD card slot.
Globe Guide explored Tofino as a guest of Samsung Canada. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.
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