Tofino Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07

Tofino Things to Do

  • Get creative with driftwood at Long...

    (work in progress)Somehow most things just seems to be 'larger than life' on Vancouver Island - maybe it's all that rain? - and that even includes the driftwood.I am used to driftwood of fairly modest proportions - a branch here, a root there - but the waters around Vancouver Island are full of whole tree trunks which get washed down rivers by the...

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  • Storm chasing- turning bad weather into...

    (work in progress)I just love the concept of 'storm chasing', where people actively seek out bad weather: it's just so counterintuitive!As a marketing concept, it's hard to beat. Rather than be apologetic about the atrocious weather, simply turn it to your advantage and attract visitors in your low season with slogans along the lines of, "Weather...

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  • Kite surfing off Long Beach

    (work in progress)It's hard to see from the photo - and even harder to fathom - but even in the teeth of torrential rain, one hardy kite surfer was still doing his thing on Long Beach!It's not hard to see why this spot would be so popular with kite surfers and more conventional surfies. The wind blowing in from the Pacific generates excellent waves...

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  • A spot of bog trotting

    (work in progress)Of all the attractions that the Tofino/Ucluelet area has to offer, the 'bog walk' is perhaps the most distinctive. Compared to the towering splendour of the Rainforest Walk and Cathedral Grove, taking a stroll on a boardwalk through a bog may sound like rather a tame prospect, but actually it's a terrific experience and well worth...

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  • Chesterman Beach

    Beautifully broad beach with fine sand and great views out to the sound and also to a nearby island which is you can walk to during low tides. There is a convenient parking lot close to the coastal road south of Tofino, and Chesterman Beach is also accessible from the "Tofino beach bus" as well.This is said to be Tofino's favorite beach. There's...

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  • Tonquin Beach

    Tonquin Beach is a little off the beaten path but well worth the detour. It's a secluded beach that looks out over a quiet cove and a small island in the bay. We enjoyed the interesting rock formations and the array of sea life found in tidal ponts around the beach area.Tonquin Beach is about a 15 minute walk to the south of Tofino Village. Take...

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  • Nuu-chah-nulth Trail

    Interesting bog and rainforest trail that winds through the woods to the south of the Kiwitis Visitor's Center. The trail ends at Florencia Bay, a dramatic clearing that leads down to a pristine beach.

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  • Kwisits Visitor Center

    Interesting displays of local First Nations Peoples and their interaction with the remarkable environment on this side of Vancouver Island. Indigenous peoples themselves were directly involved with the planning and design of the visitors center, and were also responsible for the name. Members of the Yuu-thlu-ilth-ath First Nation recommended and...

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  • The Whale Center, Tofino

    There are a number of different outfits that offer whale watching trips in and around Tofino Bay. I can just report that I was extremely satisfied with everything about the experience my friend Al and I with the Whale Center. Our guide/boat navigator was experienced, knowledgeable, and wry, and we really appreciated the clear sense that we were in...

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Tofino Hotels

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Tofino Restaurants

  • Great view - if the weather allows you...

    After our spectacular meal the previous night at SoBo, we debated returning, but instead decided that we should try something different.The Greenroom Diner is pleasant spot, whose most outstanding feature is its location, right on the Marine West Dock, overlooking Clayoqout Sound. I can only imagine that it would be a superb view in clear weather,...

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  • Simply the best ceviche I've ever eaten!

    (work in progress)The reviews that we read of SoBo before we arrived suggested that it served the best food in Tofino - and based on our experience, I'd say that they're absolutely right!SoBo is a stylish but unpretentious restaurant two blocks up from the dock (just behind the Common Loaf) and serves what I supose is best described as 'modern...

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  • Slightly off-key?

    We might have just hit an off-night, but I wasn't that pleased with my meal at the Sea Shanty. The portion size of my pasta with shrimp was underwhelming, and the service that we experienced was unimpressive. It wasn't that the restaurant was understaffed or busy - we could see our server at the front of the house chatting away with friends and...

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  • Take Shelter Immeidately!

    This is part of the change that long-timers talk about in Tofino - the presence of a quality, urban-style, sophicated restaurant that emphasizes fresh ingredients and skillful presentation, with high quality service to boot. Tofino isn't just a remote artsy fishing village, and now it has the accomodations and restaurants that you might expect to...

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  • Lovely cafe with excellent breakfast

    Excellent spot for hearty breakfast. If you are in Tofino, you are probably an active traveller, someone who is hale and hearty and into all sorts of strenuous exercise. You know that aerobic activity requires excellent nutrition - and of course breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, you are exactly the kind of person who will like...

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  • Food from a Truck!

    About a year ago, Tacofino was on the Food Networks "Eat St." My two best friends and I decided to take a day trip to Tofino to have some girl time. Brittney wanted to try Tacofino for lunch. It was amazing! I was a little uneasy about eating food out of a random food truck, but hey, what the hell, right :) Brittney ordered a Kimchi Pork Taco, and...

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Tofino Transportation

  • Tofino Bus

    One of the only ways to get to and from Tofino without a car is to use Tofino Bus. Tofino Bus is a private motorcoach company that transports people from the major cities on Vancouver Island (like Victoria and Nanaimo) to Tofino. They also do drop offs and picks ups in Ucluelet. I took Tofino Bus back in December 2003. At the time, their vehicle...

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  • Driving to Tofino

    You can either fly to Tofino from Vancouver or drive. We did the latter as our visit here was part of a driving holiday. Allow plenty of time for the drive across Vancouver Island on Highway 4 – partly because the road is slow and winding, and partly because the scenery is fantastic and you’re sure to want to stop to take photos or just admire the...

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  • BC Ferries

    If you're going to Tofino, you have to find your way onto Vancouver Island first. Since there are no bridges connecting Vancouver Island to the mainland, you have to either take a ferry, a plane or a helicopter. Most people take ferries because, although slower, they're a lot more affordable!The BC Ferries are the only ferry system connecting...

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Tofino Shopping

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  • Learn about Tofino - Read a Local Book!

    Tofino is very lucky to have a wonderful independent bookstore that also sells a variety of carefully selected kites and other toys. It's especially helpful if you are interested in learning more about the history, culture, and folkways of Tofino and of Vancouver Island in general. I went into the store knowing very little, so I asked the clerk to...

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  • First Nations art

    Tofini is a great place to browse for First nations (native) art. Galleries we liked included the Eagle Aerie Gallery , which is located in a traditional Northwest Coast longhouse and features the work of a single artist, Roy Henry Vickers, one of Canada's premier artists. We also liked the Himwitsa Gallery, a First Nations owned and operated...

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  • Probably the cheapest clothing in Tofino

    It's a cute little place located behind another clothing store, beside a gelato store. It had some of the cheapest stuff I could find in Tofino. The stuff was in very good condition. Anything you want, but know that everything is second-hand. I got a nice, soft skirt for $8. I saw earrings for $1, and shirts there seemed to be $7-8.

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Tofino Local Customs

  • First Nations languages

    Chances are that while you are visiting Tofino you'll encounter a sign, placard, or notice transcribed in a First Nations language. It's good to see these as evidence of the way in which local indigenous culture is valued, appreciated, and maintained in the 21st century.The photo is from an exhibit that was on display as the Kwisitis Visitors...

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  • Check Out the Boards

    The way to find things, or find out about things going on, is the boards - the one outside the Co-Op, and the one inside the Common Loaf Bakery are the two most common ones used. Looking for a used surfboard, a place to live, random junk, yoga lessons, a bike, an event - look here first.

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Tofino Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful of rip currents off Long...

    (work in progress)Long Beach is perhaps the best known of Tofino's surf beaches, and is a magnet for amateur and professional surfers who are keen to sample the unique cold water charm of Canada's surfing capital.However, the cold water isn't the only hazard off this beach, which is characterised by strong rip currents. Rip currents occur when two...

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  • Floating logs are a hazard for kayakers...

    (work in progress)Somehow most aspects of nature seem to be bigger on Vancouver Island, and whereas driftwood on beaches elsewhere in the world may consist of twigs, branches and the occasional root, in this neck of the woods, it comprises whole tree trunks!The outsize nature of the driftwood bears testament to the powerful nature of local tides...

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  • Limited mobility and the Rainforest Walk...

    (work in progress)Having had considerable experience of pushing both a pushchair (stroller) and a wheelchair on holiday, access for those with limited mobility is something that I tend to focus on when I'm visiting a new place.The Rainforest Walk near Tofino is certainly not negotiable if you're pushing anything with wheels and would also be...

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Tofino Off The Beaten Path

  • Explore Flores Island...."Walk the Wild...

    You can grab a water taxi to get to Flores Island...they run regularly between Tofino and Flores Island.The boat leaves from the Government wharf in Tofino and lands in the First Nations community of Ahousaht....on Flores Island.The travel takes an hour max...and the trail will take you as long as it takes...This is primarily a community of people...

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  • Visit the "Ancients"..Meares Island...

    The ancient stands of mostly cedars is a MUST SEE when visiting the Tofino area.Its just simply AMAZING that these old beauties can grow to the size that they do.The trail is part boardwalk and part MUCK....or at least it was the last time that I was there.The trail itself is few kms long and is not too difficult a walk.If you can make this little...

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  • Back Roading...Tofino area...

    This is a great way to get yourself onto the "edge"of some great backcountry...see some amazing country and whats at the end of the road...something for sure....These pics were taken when my mother and father came to visit with me in Victoria...my mother was not feeling well this day ...she had undergone chemotherapy the week previous to they're...

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Tofino Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing Information Pt. 1

    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,...

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  • Surfing Information Pt. 2

    Rosie Bay is really only a good idea if you know what you are doing. At low tide it is a beautiful walk around, as there are tons of rocks to climb on, starfish, purple and green sea anemones, and a big cave to roam in (but nothing exciting lurks inside).On high tide, forget surfing there unless you want to smash into the rocks.South Chesterman can...

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  • Tofino Surf

    If you have interest in going to Tofino, then there is a good chance you wanna check out the surf. There are 3 surf shops in town that will rent or sell you gear. I used Storm the Tofino Surf shop. Surfboards were available to rent $25 for 8 hours. Boogie Boards $20/8hrs.

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Tofino Favorites

  • An excellent (free) map of Tofino

    (work in progress)This excellent , easy to use map is available free of charge from tourist information and is ideal for navigating around Tofino.It has an attractive 'cartoon' format and is printed on sturdy paper that is less likely to rip than more conventional maps that are printed on flimsier paper.Tofino isn't large populationwise, but it is...

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  • Harbour

    The harbour area in Tofino is a great place to hang out. You can watch the boats come and go, see the occasional float plane take off, or just find somewhere to sit and watch the world go by. Despite the activity it’s a peaceful scene, mainly because the views across the water of Clayoquot Sound to the small off-shore islands are so restful.You’re...

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  • Driftwood for miles

    If you like looking at driftwood, Long Beach is one of the best places in BC to go. The fierce waves of the Pacific have pounded the old wood here smooth and into all sorts of shapes.

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