Tofino British Columbia sits on Vancouver Island’s wild west shore. Enjoy expansive beaches, birding, surfing, kayaking, wildlife cruises such as whale watching and bear watching, native arts, fine dining, festivals, even storm watching, in lodging from tents to resorts.
Learn much more about Tofino below, including photos.
Tofino (Tuff-eee-no) British Columbia is in a class of its own. Whatever draws you to plan your initial visit, you’re bound to discover many more reasons to return again and again once you've made the initial visit.
This tiny district of just under 2,000 residents located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Colombia, Canada, is a magnet for anyone looking for outdoor adventure or to simply soak up its many scenic features, not to mention the food and an impressive assortment of yearly festivals located in Tofino British Columbia.
Would you expect to find palm trees
in Canada? Well, you can in Tofino British Columbia, along with many other
species! Tofino is the self-proclaimed tree-loving capital of the world. Known
for its mild summers, Tofino British Columbia boasts average summer
temperatures in the mid to high 60s; planning a visit during the months of
June to September is ideal.
Tofino, BC, is also one of the wettest places in Canada during the winter and therefore is a popular attraction for storm watchers. Regardless the time of year you arrive, be sure and check travel conditions! Summertime fog can interfere with both air and auto traffic.
Whether you’re planning to arrive via boat, plane, or car, this website has all the details you need: https://tourismtofino.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/.
Tofino is located at the west side of Vancouver Island and is connected by Highway 4 to Port Alberni on the east side of the island, about a three hour drive through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. During the summer a free shuttle bus travels between nine stops ranging from Tofino to Cox Bay. If you arrive by air and would like to rent a car, make sure to book one in advance. For a closer connection to your surroundings, rent a bicycle and enjoy the multi-use path to and from town and the shore.
Once you arrive, there is certainly no shortage of activities to choose from. The ever-popular whale watching, wildlife tours (including bears), and fishing charters and tours are rewarding, as well as sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and surfing.
But if those are not your thing, no worries! There are plenty of land-based activities to enjoy, such as hiking, bird watching, and natural hot springs.
For a small, 2,000-resident village, Tofino British Columbia hosts a plethora of themed festivals, some lasting a day, others lasting two weeks or more. Consider planning your visit around one of these festivals depending on your interests.
Included below are websites listing current (and some not-yet-current) dates and event activities. Be sure to check these websites well in advance of your desired travel dates so you can book hotels, make accurate plans, and/or contact the event planners for updated information.
(Note that some websites were not updated to the current year's dates at the time of this page's publication.)
After your adventurous self has worked up an appetite, check out a few of these Tofino restaurants. There is certainly no shortage of delicious places to eat in Tofino British Columbia, especially when it comes to incredibly fresh seafood.
Tofino has a little bit of everything: resorts and hostels, motels and inns, camping and glamping, bed and breakfast, vacation rentals, and RV camping. Book early because vacancies won’t last, especially during the summer!