Vancouver Island - TOFINO
Updated: Aug 18, 2019
Visit Canada’s wild West Coast and experience the unique natural scenery. Fell in love with ancient rain forests, lakes, inlets and sandy beaches with year round surfing. Experience hikes, surfing, yoga, coastal art, whale watching, wildlife, biking, beer tasting and good vibes. Pick one of our vans and go EXPLORE!
We fell in love with Tofino at a 'first sight'. This little coastal village has something that will make you want to stay forever. The vibe, mystic mornings, afternoon fog and peace.
'Tofino lies in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, at the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region.' This little coastal village is located at the western part of the Vancouver Island. The abundant natural surroundings makes this place special.
If you love being in nature, there are many outdoor activities starting with hikes in a rain forest up to scenic flights and sea kayaking. In Tofino you can experience some good surfing all year round. If you are a yoga person, there are plenty of yoga lessons and studios. Interested in art? You are going to the right destination. Artistic expression can be found in even the most unexpected places—from coffee shops to beach sheds. Meet local creators at the Tofino Public Market, which runs from mid-May through to September. You’ll also find extraordinary works by regional artists at local art festivals and galleries throughout the village.
For more info visit https://tourismtofino.com/plan-your-trip/about-tofino/ .
SURF & SUP RENTALS
There are many surf and paddle surf rental facilities in Tofino as well as surf schools. They are open all year round and we picked some of them for you:
- Long Beach Surf Shop - Downtown
- Tofino Paddle Surf - located right on Mackenzie Beach
- Storm The Tofino Surf Shop - Downtown
- Pacific Surf CO. - Downtown
- Surf Sisters Surf School - Downtown
- Tofino Surf School - Downtown
- Tofino Surf Adventures - Downtown
🌊 For swell and wind forecast check http://www.tofino-bc.com/surf-report/ .
Pack your snack, put on outdoor shoes and take one of the hikes. You can choose a trail according to lenght, difficulty or terrain. Beautiful beaches and ancient rainforests will make your hiking experience unforgettable. Here are some of the hikes you can take in every season of the year:
- Radar Hill trail 0.2km
- Hot Springs Cove 4km
- Canso Crashed Plane site 5km
- Big Tree trail 3.5km
- Halfmoon Bay trail 1km
🌲Visit https://www.tofinohiking.com/ for more trails and information
Interested in wildlife watching? Visit Tofino Whale Centre and book one of their tours! The Whale Centre offers educational Tofino Hot Springs Tours, Whale Watching, Tofino Bear Watching, Bird Watching and Private Tours in Tofino. Another great way to explore Tofino and its surroundings is to take one of the scenic flights.
🚁 For more informations about scenic flights and reservations visit https://www.atleoair.com/helicopter-tours.html
What can be possibly better than the freedom of travel in a four wheer home? Wheather you prefer wild camping or estabilished campgrounds there are many possibilities in Tofino's surrounding. If you haven't done yet, download the app iOverlander for both options or visit http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/map.html to see all the possibilities of camping managed by BC parks Canada.
⛺ There are several camp and RV sites in Tofino. You can park right by the beach or spent the night in the forested part of the campground. We made a list of these facilities for you below. Fire pits and fire wood available:
- Mackenzie Beach Resort
- Bella Pacifica Campground
- Crystal Cove Beach Resort - Cabins & RV Camping
ARE YOU A BEER LOVER?
Then you might find your home at Tofino Brewing Company located on Industrial Way. In this cosy brewery they brew small batch, handcrafted beer using high quality malted barley and pacific northwest hops. Enjoy a pint of beer before or after surfing. Cheers!
🍺Tofino Brewing Company, 691 Industrial Way 👍