Maquinna Lodge

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

120 First Street, Tofino, British Columbia, V0R 2Z0, Canada
Maquinna Lodge
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 58% more than similarly rated 2.5 star hotels

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Hot Springs Cove

by devmicha

I live in Victoria and ii can trave to Tofino by car. I am trying to find out prices for the ferry from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove.
Does anybody have any info?

Re: Hot Springs Cove

by madamx

We took an organized trip to Hot Springs Cove, which was about 6-7 hours, and it cost approx $90.00. I think an organized tour may be your only option to get to the hot springs.

We booked with Remote Passages, 71 Wharf Street (1-800-666-9833), and there was opportunity to see wild/sea life as well.

Re: Re: Hot Springs Cove

by Rickman77


I know you posted this question several months ago.
Have you made it to the hot springs yet?

If not let me know and I can give you some information.


Re: Re: Hot Springs Cove

by devmicha

Not yet... it seemed the only way to go cost way more than I have...

Re: Re: Hot Springs Cove

by Rickman77

If you check out my Tofino page I wrote a tip about visiting the hot springs.

When I was in Victoria I was staying at the HI Hostel. There was a shuttle that stopped by once or twice a day that transported people to Nainaimo and to Tofino. It wasn't cheap, something like $40 one way if I remember correctly. Anyway, once in Tofino then you still have to figure out how to get to the hot springs.

Another option for getting to Tofino is by hitchhiking. This should be safe but might take a few days. With luck you could make it to Nainaimo in one day and then Tofino in another day.

Good Luck.


Re: Re: Hot Springs Cove

by madamx

I'm pretty sure the only way to get to the Hot Springs is through a local boat tour (in Tofino) or by plane (booked from Tofino)

It is pretty pricy at $90.00, and if you want to splurge, make sure that it's worth it! Go when the springs are at their best, which is not during the Spring (due to spring run-off the water will be cooled). We went in the fall, and the water was really hot. We also made friends with the native guy who was running the boat and he gave us a sack of fresh fish that was caught that afternoon, and we saw a killer whale. The boat that you go in is small; we experienced rough seas and just about everyone was a little green.

Looking back it was a good experience, but since I've been once, I wouldn't return. It wasn't a hugely fantastic experience.

RE: RE: Hot Springs Cove

by skywalkerbeth

nothing new to add, just hope it's a nice day! I went in a pouring down rainstorm and it was kind of a bummer.

Travel Tips for Tofino

Surfing Information Pt. 1

by opiumpoppy

Tofino has a gorgeous array of beaches. I haven't even been to all of them!

Long Beach is the best known. It is indeed a gorgeous beach with relatively gentle waves. The water in Canada is COLD - it averages about 7 Celcius in winter, 9-11 in summer, so if you want to go in, you'll either go in VERY briefly, or you'll need a 4-6 mm wetsuit, depending on time of year and your tolerance to cold.
Winter you will also need booties, gloves (unless you're hardcore) and a hood (unless you love ice cream headaches).

The rubber on your body is worth it though, because the quality of the waves can be extremely good. A lot of the time they suck, especially in the middle of summer, when they can be extraordinarily tiny. If you like big waves, winter is the time - it's uncrowded, and can get BIG.

Long Beach is about 20 minutes south of the town itself - since it's a National Park, there are no hotels or homes on this beach. It's pure nature, and that is the best part about it.

Cox Bay is a great place for waves - the rip currents here can be nuts though so just be careful.
Most days though, as long as it's not choppy and the winds are offshore, can be gorgeous. Even in summer, it's not too crowded as most tourists head to Long Beach, which still isn't crowded because it's so...long.
Cox Bay can be a *** of a paddle, so if you want the clean breaks, prepare for a battle, or if you're brave, jump off the rocks.
See Pt. 2 for more. If you're not renting, bring these things:

+ sunscreen
+ surfboard (duh)
+ leash
+ 4 or 5mm wettie for summer, 5 or 6mm for winter.
+ boardbag
+ booties and gloves - not totally necessary in summer, a MUST for winter
+ a hood for winter - it be COLD, people.

Renting? Go to one of these places:

+ Long Beach Surf Shop (the cheapest and friendliest)
+ Storm
+ Live to Surf

a beach where you are entirely alone

by cherylll

Surprisingly this is not as well known as you'd think. A beautiful beach, not too far from Long beach. Its about a 30-40 minute walk through the woods, on a path, thru the rainforest and comes out onto the beach. Florencia Bay was also known as Wreck beach at one time as History tells us that a ship, Brigatine Florencia, drifted helplessly to the Nootka area, homeward bound to Peru, but shattered itself on the inlet in the known as Florencia bay~

take a boat out a few miles into the Pacific

by zrim

There are whales, orcas and sea lions just a few miles offshore. But you will never see them unless you arrange for a boat to take you out a bit. After you see the marine wildlife, a cruise around Meares Island is fun and certain to offer many views of soaring eagles.



A whales watching trip out of Tofino coast $60 for a 2 1/2 hour trip on a 30 ft rigid bottom Zodiac that can take 12 passengers .

You will be given a full body floater , which is water repellant but is not waterproof. If it is raining you get a rain coat . Waterproof under clothing helps, but if it is raining and the seas are choppy you will get WET

The Zodiacs have lots of power and if the seas are even a bit choppy the ride itself
is definitely worth it .

After 2 /12 hours of whale watching in choppy water you return to the dock a little tired and WET , but you feel that
have experienced something unique .

Meares Island

by lazyman_1

We went hiking on Meares Island which is a large island directly across the harbour. Meares island is home to the Big Tree Trail and it definately lives up to its name. The tree in the photo measured 6 meters in diameter! absolutely huge! The trail itself is not too physically demanding and takes about 40 minutes roundtrip. We booked our trip through Jamies Whaling station . It was only $25 including the boatride to the Island.


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Address: 120 First Street, Tofino, British Columbia, V0R 2Z0, Canada