Grab a board and tackle the gentle breakers at Chesterman Beach or sit back and look on as rookies and experts surf the waves together. The 1.7-mile (2.7-kilometer) white sandy expanse is a popular place for learning how to surf. It's also where you can walk to an island, see migrating whales and explore tidal pools for marine life.
Chesterman Beach is named after one of the first non-native settlers to the region, and occupies a bay that is flanked by a pine forest. It is divided into South Chesterman which faces south and North Chesterman which faces west.
Tofino's beaches have been popular surfing destinations since the 1960s. Don’t miss the opportunity to try your hand at surfing during your visit. There are a number of surf schools based in the district that offer first timers the chance to learn the basics at Chesterman.
Meanwhile, advanced surfers will love the bigger, more powerful waves that break further out to sea. All water users should be aware that the rip currents here can be very strong.
If you would rather keep your feet dry, relax and enjoy a spot of sunbathing. To spot some of the local marine life, wait until low tide to explore rock pools for crabs, starfish and other small creatures. Also, during low tide, make your way across the sand to Frank Island in the middle of the bay. From here, you can take in excellent views of the beach and the mountains behind it.
If you are visiting during the spring or summer, look out for dolphins and whales. At these times of the year, humpback, minke and pilot whales are often seen swimming close to the shore as they migrate down the coast.
Chesterman Beach is a 10-minute drive south from the town of Tofino. There are two parking lots and both have toilet facilities.
Nestled on the beach, this Tofino bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Chesterman Beach and Long Beach. Schooner Cove and Cox Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Tofino resort is within a 15-minute walk of Cox Bay and Schooner Cove. Chesterman Beach and Long Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chesterman Beach, Long Beach, and Maquinna Provincial Marine Park. Tofino Botanical Gardens and Schooner Cove are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Tofino hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tofino Botanical Gardens, Mackenzie Beach, and Maquinna Provincial Marine Park. Long Beach and Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chesterman Beach, Long Beach, and Schooner Cove. Cox Bay and Maquinna Provincial Marine Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Beach, Maquinna Provincial Marine Park, and Tofino Botanical Gardens. Chesterman Beach and Mackenzie Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Long Beach and Chesterman Beach. Maquinna Provincial Marine Park and Tofino Botanical Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).