About Tofino

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Natural Beauty

The small coastal village at the western edge of Vancouver Island is surrounded by the vast, breathtaking expanse of the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region—a area treasured for its great biodiversity and environmental culture. Tofino is situated beside the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and its gorgeous beaches sit next to an ancient coastal rainforest. This wild and remote area is a picture-perfect setting for a relaxing or adventurous discovery.

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Adventure Awaits

Tofino isn’t short on things to do. This sleepy seaside town has earned a solid reputation as an ideal outdoor destination and visitors can surf, hike, bike, explore nature, bird watch, whale watch, fish, kayak, or take a dip in hot springs, just to name a few. But you don’t have to be an outdoorsperson to love Tofino. Foodies can come and discover the best gastronomic experiences that Tofino has to offer. There is deliciousness everywhere!

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Arts and Culture

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the town’s beautiful surroundings influence and inspire artists to create some stunning work. You’ll find extraordinary works by regional artists at local markets, art festivals and galleries throughout the village. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples have called the area home for over five thousand years and continue to share their passion for their history with storytelling, museums, art galleries, canoe tours and more.

Just Beachy

Tofino’s Long beach is 16 kms in length and is known for its surfing and enormous marine life presence. After you’ve crossed the fine and soft sand, take a dip into the ocean. The water temperature ranges between 7 to 15 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Popular Spots

Cox Bay

Home to the majority of Tofino's surf competitions, this crescent-shaped beach offers consistent surf, tidepool exploration and solitude.

Pacific Rim National Park

Lush greenery, surrounded by ancient trees and majestic wildlife. Home to the legendary West Coast Trail and other trail networks.

Meares Island

The island features an abundance of wildlife viewing tours and some of the tallest trees in British Columbia.

Tofino Gallery of Contemporary Art

An elegant and intimate gallery featuring Canadian contemporary artists in painting, sculpture and photography.

Tours in Tofino

Enjoy an incredible beachfront experience, search for wildlife in their natural habitat, and go at a relaxing pace to discover hidden gems in the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region.
Take a relaxing trip to a coastal village in B.C. with quiet inlets, old growth rainforests, ocean views, rich culture and an abundance of wildlife. The ideal spot to unwind and connect with nature.

Staff Suggestion

Build Your Own Tofino Tour

Let’s make a west coast trip that’s uniquely yours! You decide how long, which activities, number of inclusions, everything. Start planning now and make your dream trip a reality.

Featured Attraction: Whale Watching

In spring, around 20,000 Gray whales swim past Tofino’s shores on their annual migration from birthing waters by the Baja Peninsula north to the Bering Strait by Alaska. Some stay in these waters for the summer, giving ample opportunities for viewing until October. Gear up in warm clothes and board a whale watching trip to spend around 2.5 to 3 hours on the open water in search of these massive mammals.

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Did You Know?

The Clayoquot Sound islands and mountains are covered with coastal temperate rainforest. This kind of rainforest is the rarest in the world, covering less than 0.2% of the Earth’s land surface.

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Still Have Questions?

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