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.

Where to stay in Tofino

Hotel Zed Tofino
Hotel Zed Tofino
3 out of 5
1258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC, V0R2Z0
The price is CA $148 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Tofino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy beds in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (512 reviews)
"Overall Hotel Zed was an amazing place to stay. The location was fantastic very close to downtown but also to all the beaches. The surf shop right at the hotel is awesome and it has all the rentals you need. The staff are all amazing and very nice, they provide fresh French press grounded coffee ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 3, 2022

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
2.5 out of 5
1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC, V0R2Z0
The price is CA $230 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this beach hotel in Tofino. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
":) Beautiful resort. Would absolutely recommend visiting"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2022

Tofino Resort & Marina
Tofino Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
634 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC, VOR2Z0
The price is CA $199 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tofino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (355 reviews)
"Marina bay view is really nice"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2022

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Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Tofino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (247 reviews)
"Comfortable beds and next to the most amazing pie shop! Great breakfast, scones, and definitely coffee."

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2022

Mackenzie Beach Resort
Mackenzie Beach Resort
2 out of 5
1101 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0
Stay at this beach cabin in Tofino. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant in our reviews. Popular attractions Mackenzie ...
3.6/5 Good! (73 reviews)
"Beautiful location right on the beach live music at Little Ronnie’s barbeque E bike rentals and surf rentals all right their love this little hideaway"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2022

Floating Cabin
Floating Cabin
Tofino, BC
Stay at this cabin in Tofino. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bedrooms, and an in-room fireplace. Popular attractions Eagle Aerie Gallery and Tofino Bike Park are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Tofino by water
"The owners and care takers of the property were fantastic. Always available to assist and we shared each evening socializing. Took us fishing and also a boat trip to see the area from the water and swimming. We became friends in the short time we were together"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2022

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