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 $139 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Located in the heart of Tofino, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mackenzie Beach and Chesterman Beach. Eagle Aerie ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (303 reviews)
"It's a short walk to restaurants and downtown Tofino. They allow for single night bookings, which are difficult to find in Tofino."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Tofino Resort & Marina
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
2.5 out of 5
1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $144 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"Amazing hotel, its uodated, right on the beach, amazing staff. Thank you Ally, she is awesome and friendly. Best experience ever"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2022

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Middle Beach Lodge
Middle Beach Lodge
3.5 out of 5
400 Mackenzie Beach Road, Tofino, BC
Situated near the beach, this romantic lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mackenzie Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Chesterman Beach. Clayoquot Sound and Tofino Botanical ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (455 reviews)
"Middle Beach Lodge is a true gem in Tofino. Perfect setting for a relaxing stay, and the sunset views were epic!"

Reviewed on Jan. 3, 2022

Middle Beach Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $138 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (188 reviews)
"We loved our stay here and can't wait to come back. It's right at the water so we woke up to the waves crashing on the rocks! The room was clean and kitchen was stocked. The beds were both comfy. The fireplace made it warm and cozy as it was snowing outside. The parking lot is a little small for ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2022

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 $145 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
With direct access to the beach, this Tofino cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Clayoquot Sound, Mackenzie Beach, and Chesterman Beach. Tofino Botanical Gardens ...
3.5/5 Good! (69 reviews)
"Our cabin(3) was beachfront. Awesome ocean view. The beds however were awful no one slept well, and the cleanliness of the cabin left a bit to be desired(don’t look under the bed for that dropped pen, or in the corners) The kitchen was well stocked and the pots and pans were awesome not cheap crap. ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

Mackenzie Beach Resort
Luxury Oceanfront Condo @101
Luxury Oceanfront Condo @101
Tofino, BC
Situated on the beach, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mackenzie Beach and Chesterman Beach. Eagle Aerie ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Sweet birthday getaway
"Home was cozy and spacious. Great view and easily accessible to downtown Tofino. Downsides include lack of check in information (ie passcode) and that there was another guest that had gained access to our unit by ‘mistake’. This made us feel paranoid for the rest of our stay."

Reviewed on Dec. 25, 2021

Luxury Oceanfront Condo @101
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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