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TofinoCanada

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.

Top Hotels in Tofino

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
3.5 out of 5
1971 Harbour Crescent, Ucluelet, BC
The price is CA $128 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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 Lighthouse ...

4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"Clean room, great view , very quiet. Outdoor tub was awesome."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
Canadian Princess Lodge & Marina
Canadian Princess Lodge & Marina
3.5 out of 5
1943 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, BC
The price is CA $138 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 18

Located in the heart of Ucluelet, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound, Ucluelet Aquarium and Ucluelet Big Beach. Wild Pacific Trail and ...

3.8/5Good! (762 reviews)

"It was great that it was on the water, and close to different shopping for our daily needs, as well as things to do and restaurants. The staff were all helpful and courteous. We used the BBQ and the fire pit often. I was a little disappointed when we discovered the kitchenette was only a microwave, ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Canadian Princess Lodge & Marina
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
2.5 out of 5
1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $144 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Nestled on the beach, this Tofino hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)

"Amazing property. So clean and organized; breakfast, hot tub etc..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Best Western Plus Tin Wis 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.

Vacation Rentals in Tofino

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! (265 reviews)

"The property itself is nice. Our unit was not on water side and had no softub. Be sure to check form this when u book"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Reef Point Cottages
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC

Situated near the airport, this condo 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 Bike Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (111 reviews)

"Location is great for access to restaurants and stores. View from balcony is spectacular. Unit is older but pretty well maintained"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Cabins West
Cabins West
3.5 out of 5
258 Boardwalk Boulevard, Ucluelet, BC

Situated by the ocean, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Terrace Beach, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Ucluelet Aquarium. Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)

"The place was clean and well equipped. A good place to stay for going on nearby easy hikes. We had issues with the Telus cable that were not resolved during our three day stay. We did have access to Netflix which was good."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Cabins West
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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