Province/Territory: British Columbia

Pacific Coast Surf and Sand

  • 10 m (33 ft) high winter waves
  • 16 km (10 mi) of sand at Long Beach
  • 20,000 migrating grey whales

Bundle up and laugh into the wind as ocean mists blast you with nature's facial on the endless sands of Long Beach. Watch monster waves crash on shore and giant evergreens bow to the wind. Cozy up inside at a luxury oceanfront inn, listening to the storm whistle through the rafters while you slurp fresh briny oysters and sip on medal-winning BC wine. Learn to surf year-round and horseback ride on sand at Chesterman Beach. Take a whale-watching trip or bear-viewing safari to a wilderness hot springs. And find out why Canadian TV star Rick Mercer says Tofino "should be on everyone’s things-to-do-before-I-die list!”

Outdoor adventure

  • Travel by zodiac on a guided marine safari to take a "walk on the wild side" in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve—a UNESCO-designated reserve.
  • Go sea kayaking with whales on a four-day family tour with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures.
  • Board an all-weather tour boat on a seasonal safari to view bears, whale-watch or visit thermally heated, mineral-rich natural hot springs.
  • Learn to pop-up and wave-catch at a multi-day surf camp.
  • Horseback ride in the sandy surf at Pacific Rim National Park or go on a raincoast backroads adventure in the safety and comfort of a 4x4 vehicles.

Accommodation & Relaxation

  • Renew body and soul with a sea salt scrub at the oceanfront Ancient Cedars Spa, named the Top Resort Spa in Canada by Condè NastTraveler.
  • Warm your toes by the fireplace in your elegant room watching mighty Pacific waves.
  • Discover the joys of "glamping" in a comfortable candlelit tent at Clayquot Wilderness Resort.

Food & Drink

  • Enjoy afternoon hors d'oeuvres and fine local wines in an outdoor living room by a river-stone fireplace at a luxury camp.
  • Nibble on Clayoquot Blackberry Buttercream chocolates from Chocolate Tofino, made with hand-picked wild blackberries from Clayoquot Sound.
  • Eat "killer" spicy fish tacos with fruit salsa at SoBo in downtown Tofino.
  • Beachcomb and dig for razor clams at Cox Bay, the last cove at the end of Long Beach.

Nature & Wildlife

  • See porpoises, bald eagles and California sea lions, bonuses on a Tofino bear-watching tour.
  • Storm-watch indoors at the Wickaninnish Inn with 240-degree views of Chesterman Beach.
  • Listen to the blow of humpback whales from your kayak tour base camp.
  • Watch up to 20,000 migrating grey whales pass by Tofino and Ucluelet during the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March.
  • Hike the boardwalk on Bog Trail at Pacific Rim National Park surrounded by dwarfed, wind-twisted shorepine trees.

Weather

  • Tofino's weather is a prime example of a mild and humid coastal temperate rainforest. Summers are warm and fairly dry; mild fall weather leads to wild, wet winter storms with strong winds and massive breaking waves that attract visitors from around the world.
  • Daily maximum temperatures during the warmest months average around 20°C and rarely drop below 1.5°C in the coldest months.
  • Acess the Tofino Surf Report for information on waves, wind, and swells or check the Tide Report.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 28.6 sq km (11.05 sq mi)  
Year-round population: 1,600
Summer population: 22,000
Languages: English & French; English is predominantly spoken
Status: Official terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway and Canada's only paved road to the open Pacific Ocean. 

When to go
  • Whales can be seen in Tofino year-round, but the best whale watching is from March to October; greys migrate from March to May and orcas and humpbacks can be seen in the summer months.
  • Tofino’s storm-watching season lasts from November to March.
  • See marine life released back into the wild when the Ucluelet Aquarium closes in October.
  • Surf Tofino's biggest waves in the winter.
Getting Here
  • Driving is the easiest way to get around Tofino.
  • Tofino Bus connects to other Island destinations.
  • Tofino Transit operates during the busy summer season.