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Tofino
Travel Guide

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.

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
3.5 out of 5
1971 Harbour Crescent, Ucluelet, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $143 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ucluelet hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ucluelet Big Beach, Wild Pacific Trail, and Little Beach. Amphitrite Point ...

4.4/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

"The location and the suite were beautiful. We throughly enjoyed the proximity to all that Ucluelet has to offer & the ability to come back & relax in the suite."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
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 $209 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

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! (989 reviews)

"We thought the staff was excellent. Helpful, hospitable and friendly. The grounds are beautiful and the location is fantastic."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet, BC
The price is CA $219 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ucluelet resort is within a 10-minute walk of Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific Trail. Ucluelet Aquarium and Clayoquot ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (621 reviews)

"Beautiful location with spectacular view. Good access to the beach for exploring and the trails for walking. Only limits were Covid related- difficult to get a table at the restaurant and seating in the lounge was difficult with kids."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2021

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
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.
Reef Point Cottages
Reef Point Cottages
3 out of 5
1012 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, BC

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Terrace Beach and Little Beach. Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Ucluelet Aquarium are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (298 reviews)

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Reef Point Cottages. Check-in was very easy, everything was in excellent condition, and the location is within easy walking distance of the beautiful Wild Pacific Trail."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 7, 2021

Reef Point Cottages
Mackenzie Beach Resort
Mackenzie Beach Resort
2 out of 5
1101 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC

Offering direct access to the beach, this Tofino cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) ...

3.5/5Good! (63 reviews)

"Lovely little beachfront cabin with everything you need for a couple or family get-away. Can watch the sand and surf from the comfort of couch or kitchen table during rest or meals."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Mackenzie Beach Resort
Waterfront Condo by Onlybc @202
Waterfront Condo by Onlybc @202
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 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great location

"The place was very clean, the view was really nice and everything is only steps away. We enjoyed the privacy while being so close to restaurants, shops and trails."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2020

Waterfront Condo by Onlybc @202
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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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 19, 2020

It was unfortunate that we were here during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we didn't go anywhere other than hikes and our house. We didn't go to town and didn't eat out at all.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 14, 2020

Beautiful beach and great trails. Good places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 18, 2020

A little piece of heaven on Vancouver Island.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 8, 2020

Great restaurants like Shelter and The Hatch - good food and reasonable prices. Close to resort. Yoga offered in the area but didn't make it there. Beach walking/storm watching were excellent. Road construction is taking place which slows traffic

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 13, 2019

Paradise at the end of the road.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 9, 2019

A great little town.

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