At the southern end of Wick beach is the Kwisitis Visitors Center. It’s a grand old building which houses a Parks & Rec visitors center and museum. There used to be a restaurant here, but it’s closed now. With it’s full window walls and glorious ocean views, it must have been a terrific venue once upon a time.
Kwisitis means “other end of the beach” in the Nuu-chah-nulth language. It’s appropriate because it’s at the southerly end of Wick beach, which itself is the southern most part of a stretch of beach that becomes Long Beach, the longest beach on Vancouver Island.
When I took this picture it was early afternoon. Two days of cloud and rain had finally given way to sun. Depending on the shift of wind, blankets of fog drifted along the beach. It created an almost gothic effect. With it’s weather worn woods and craggy facade, the building looks like a Bronte inspired mansion, in a Pacific north west kind of way.
Kwisitis Visitors Center, Wick Beach. July 2019