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Located on a bay on Vancouver Island’s west coast, this resort town offers forest hikes, surfing beaches and whale-watching tours.

Once a tiny Vancouver Island fishing village, the town of Tofino is now a beachside resort town. Its wild surroundings within the Clayoquot Sound provide plenty of room to find peace. Surfing, whale watching and storm chasing are just a few of the ways to explore Tofino’s landscape.

During the summer, relax on Tofino’s beaches. Chesterman Beach is the closest to the village of Tofino. Explore the tide pools or head to Frank Island, accessible only at low tide. Trek into Pacific Rim National Park to find the aptly named Long Beach, where huge waves attract surfers. Sign up for surf school to build your skills.

Pacific Rim National Park also features excellent hikes. Beginners can take Big Tree Trail, lined with redwoods up to 1,500 years old. See the Hanging Garden Tree, which is a whopping 60 feet (18.3 meters) wide. If you are an experienced hiker, attempt the near-vertical Lone Cone Trail. From the peak of Lone Cone, enjoy a fantastic view of the hills and countless islands of Clayoquot Sound.

Get close to Tofino’s incredible wildlife on a boat tour. An estimated 20,000 whales pass along the west coast of Vancouver Island each year, so you are likely to see a gray, humpback or orca whale on a whale-watching tour. Bear-watching boat tours are available as well; safely watch black bears feeding along the coastline at low tide.

Explore Clayoquot Sound on your own in a kayak. Paddle 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) west to reach a beautiful, remote beach on Vargas Island. Fish in the sound to catch delicious salmon.

While outdoor activities are Tofino’s main attractions, another great way to enjoy the area is to relax in a cozy waterfront cabin during winter and watch heavy storms roll in. Visit between November and March, when Tofino receives more than 10 storms per month.

From Vancouver, take a ferry to Vancouver Island, then make the 3-hour drive to Tofino. Beach resort meets remote mountain village in this Pacific paradise.

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
The price is ¥10,337 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

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! (998 reviews)

"Beautiful beach front walk out suite. We were able to take our fur baby. Hot tub over looks beach. Wonderful stay"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
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! (614 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
3.5 out of 5
1971 Harbour Crescent, Ucluelet, BC
The price is ¥13,133 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"The view was amazing! Each unit as nicely separated."…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Waters Edge Shoreside Suites
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Vacation Rentals in Tofino

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! (285 reviews)

"We just stayed 8 nights in Studio A. Before we arrived, management was very helpful communicating with us taking any questions we had. Studio A is a cozy, self-contained cabin suitable for a couple and a pet. The kitchen comes stocked with basics that allow you to have simple meals during your stay. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Reef Point Cottages
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC
The price is ¥9,678 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Situated near the airport, this condo building 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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)

"A location you can’t beat! Amazing views! Place was simple in decor but had everything we needed for a weekend. Will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
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! (60 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 Oct 5, 2020

Mackenzie Beach Resort
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