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Tofino and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast offer lessons in the inter-connectivity of life and the hishuk ish ts’ awalk philosophy of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, who have called the area home since Time Immemorial. In this belief, every being is accorded respect for its own unique value and contribution to the greater good. This sacred ideology is rooted in the spectacular cultural landscape and embodied in local enterprises like Tofino Botanical Gardens, the Wickaninnish Inn and Sobo restaurant.
Ile d'Orleans is just 15 minutes from Quebec but once over the Pont d'Ile, you are transported to a pastoral, by-gone existence that is a microcosm of traditional Québecois culture. Making the loop on the island's “Royal Road" takes you through Île d’Orléans’ six parishes and its "New France" history.