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Tofino
Travel Guide

Find great surfing in Western Canada, see bears and whales, catch giant chinook salmon, hike in the wilderness, and relax on a beach watching a winter storm.

If you’ve never imagined surfing in Canada, you must come to Tofino. Sandy bottoms and clean water provide delightful surfing conditions when waves are right. Bring a wetsuit to participate or binoculars to watch your favorite athletes challenge the waves along the shoreline.

Those who are not already proficient surfers can take lessons locally. Alternatively, rent kayaks to go out on the water in Tofino Inlet or Clayoquot Sound on your own or with guides. Tofino’s fishing is great, with halibut and chinook available offshore. Bring your catch back to town to have it smoked or cooked by a local chef.

When wind and waves are very strong, especially in winter, head to observation points along the cliffs to watch all the fury the Pacific Ocean can muster. Hike along the miles of beaches and look for whales in the ocean and artisans carving whales from driftwood washed onto the shore. Follow boardwalks in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or take a boat to Meares Island and climb the Lone Cone for views over the sound.

Despite the town’s small size, dozens of restaurants, bars and coffeehouses provide exquisite food and drink. Try fine and casual dining and specialized locations including a local brewery, a charcuterie and a cake studio. Tofino has a summer market on Saturdays and has developed a bit of a foodie reputation, with restaurants incorporating local produce and even foraged berries and mushrooms. For a bit of culture, visit galleries displaying works by local artists, history of First Nations Nuu-chah-nulth people and locally made handicrafts.

Tofino goes a step beyond Canada’s famous friendliness with festivals throughout the year. Join in the fun of the annual New Years Day Polar Bear Swim in January, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March, the boat-to-table seafood Feast Tofino in May and numerous arts, athletic and other eclectic events.

Where to stay in Tofino

Top hotels in Tofino

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
2.5 out of 5
1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £94 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Located in Tofino, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"Really nice, clean, friendly staff on the ocean what more can I say😁"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
3.5 out of 5
1971 Harbour Crescent, Ucluelet, BC
The price is £105 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ucluelet hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ucluelet Big Beach, Wild Pacific Trail and Little Beach. Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ...

4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"A great location close to the center of town on the inlet side of the Peninsula. Rooms were clean and well appointed and very comfortable with great views of the inlet. Some construction underway in building 7 but it was not an issue for us during our stay. We enjoyed our time in Ucluelet and would ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet, BC
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Ucluelet resort is within a 10-minute walk of Ucluelet Big Beach and Wild Pacific Trail. Little Beach and Clayoquot ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (616 reviews)

"Excellent spot,the big beach right in front of the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2021

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Tofino

Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC
The price is £90 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Situated near the airport, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Mackenzie Beach. Eagle Aerie Gallery and Tofino Bike Park ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (128 reviews)

"Room was spacious with small kitchen unit. Easy walking to downtown area. I found the bed a bit uncomfortable, seemed to be saging in the middle slightly as well. Overall a very nice place with balcony and view of the water..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Reef Point Cottages
Reef Point Cottages
3 out of 5
1012 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, BC

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Terrace Beach and Little Beach. Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Ucluelet Aquarium are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (292 reviews)

"For a large truck parking is a little difficult the roadway is a tight/narrow Fridge had a noisy fan keep the wife up all night. Other than those issues. It was a very nice place."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2021

Reef Point Cottages
Mackenzie Beach Resort
Mackenzie Beach Resort
2 out of 5
1101 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC

Offering direct access to the beach, this Tofino cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) ...

3.5/5Good! (62 reviews)

"Fairly priced for Tofino. Bed was sunken. Towels were new but lint came off them. Friendly service. No welcome package upon arrival with instructions of the property/suite/tourist spots."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Mackenzie Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Tofino

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4/5 - Good

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31 Jul 2019

Quirky, informal

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jul 2019

Lovely town with great trips available. Some interesting shops too

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Jun 2019

NIce little town, clean and friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jun 2019

Tofino is definitely worth the drive however if you can, spend 3 or 4 days there minimum to really unwind and enjoy this special place. We were there in mid June, apparently it can get very busy during the peak holiday time.

4/5 - Good

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23 May 2019

Nice compact town, people seemed friendly and the shops I went into had friendly staff

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