Tofino

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Tofino showing boating, a coastal town and a bay or harbour

Located on a bay on Vancouver Island’s west coast, this resort town offers forest hikes, surfing beaches and whale-watching tours.

Once a tiny Vancouver Island fishing village, the town of Tofino is now a beachside resort town. Its wild surroundings within the Clayoquot Sound provide plenty of room to find peace. Surfing, whale watching and storm chasing are just a few of the ways to explore Tofino’s landscape.

During the summer, relax on Tofino’s beaches. Chesterman Beach is the closest to the village of Tofino. Explore the tide pools or head to Frank Island, accessible only at low tide. Trek into Pacific Rim National Park to find the aptly named Long Beach, where huge waves attract surfers. Sign up for surf school to build your skills.

Pacific Rim National Park also features excellent hikes. Beginners can take Big Tree Trail, lined with redwoods up to 1,500 years old. See the Hanging Garden Tree, which is a whopping 60 feet (18.3 meters) wide. If you are an experienced hiker, attempt the near-vertical Lone Cone Trail. From the peak of Lone Cone, enjoy a fantastic view of the hills and countless islands of Clayoquot Sound.

Get close to Tofino’s incredible wildlife on a boat tour. An estimated 20,000 whales pass along the west coast of Vancouver Island each year, so you are likely to see a gray, humpback or orca whale on a whale-watching tour. Bear-watching boat tours are available as well; safely watch black bears feeding along the coastline at low tide.

Explore Clayoquot Sound on your own in a kayak. Paddle 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) west to reach a beautiful, remote beach on Vargas Island. Fish in the sound to catch delicious salmon.

While outdoor activities are Tofino’s main attractions, another great way to enjoy the area is to relax in a cozy waterfront cabin during winter and watch heavy storms roll in. Visit between November and March, when Tofino receives more than 10 storms per month.

From Vancouver, take a ferry to Vancouver Island, then make the 3-hour drive to Tofino. Beach resort meets remote mountain village in this Pacific paradise.

Tofino Resort + Marina
Tofino Resort + Marina
3 out of 5
634 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $269 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in the heart of Tofino, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Mackenzie Beach. Eagle Aerie Gallery and Tofino Bike ...
4.1/5Very Good! (288 reviews)
"I liked that while in a "tourist trap" town the location combined both the tourist side and the working side of what actually drives the town. It is not just about tourists but supplying the local businesses and nearby islands with needed supplies. Too often one gets lost in the bustle to provide ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Tofino Resort + Marina
Hotel Zed Tofino
Hotel Zed Tofino
3 out of 5
1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $279 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
This family-friendly Tofino hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Chesterman Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (373 reviews)
"We spent a night at Hotel Zed in Tofino in hopes of getting some surfing done. The whole experience was fantastic and very unique. The theme of the place and all the amenities combine for a one-of-a-kind experience. The food at the restaurant “Roar” is absolutely fantastic, highly recommend their ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Hotel Zed Tofino
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
2.5 out of 5
1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
Located in Tofino, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"Liked the large rooms, ocean views and good location. The breakfast was very average but a nice added feature nonetheless."

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2021

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Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $185 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated near the airport, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Mackenzie Beach. Eagle Aerie Gallery and Tofino ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)
"The location is perfect! We got to watch the sea plans take off, gorgeous sunsets and the stars at night are remarkable. All around perfect location, comfy bed and it was clean and easy check in."

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2021

Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Mackenzie Beach Resort
Mackenzie Beach Resort
2 out of 5
1101 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $185 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Offering direct access to the beach, this Tofino cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Alternative ...
3.5/5Good! (67 reviews)
"Cozy and lovely! Our little cabin had everything we needed. Would come back and stay again in warmer summer months for sure."

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

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South Chestermans Beach Retreat
South Chestermans Beach Retreat
3.5 out of 5
1342 Chesterman's Beach Road, Tofino, BC
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mackenzie Beach and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"Large house with lots of space"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2021

South Chestermans Beach Retreat
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