Surfers and nature lovers rejoice! Tofino is the perfect weekend hideout that you’ve been looking for. Tucked away in the Southwestern side of Vancouver Island, Tofino boasts miles and miles of white sand beaches where you can take out the old surfboard and ride some waves.
It also has scenic forests with hike trails that are buzzing with fauna where you can ogle at nature’s goodies or maybe even set up camp under the stars.
Whatever tickles your fancy, Tofino is a gorgeous district that has a lot to offer. Here are the best activities that we recommend you do there
The average adventurer might not know that Tofino has the best surf spots in all of Canada, but hardcore surfers would tell you that the surf culture there is very much alive.
This is not exactly hush-hush as Outside magazine gave it the title of Best Surf Town in North America last 2010, but most of us don’t associate surfing with the great white north. So we were quite surprised.
Drop by at Cox Bay where they hold international surf competitions all year and perhaps try out the waves yourself. You could rent boards from local shops if you would just like to test the waters
The Pacific Rim National Park is Tofino’s most popular hiking spot. The trails vary in difficulty, so you can be sure that there something for everyone from kids to expert hikers.
These trails are well-maintained and most of them lead to a beach, giving them a satisfying end point. You don’t arrive at a lackluster dead-end and walk right back down.
If you’re looking for something historical, the Canso Plane Crash Site is worth checking out. We’ll leave this one to the experts because it can be tough to navigate, but it’s so worth the hike
When it comes to a perfect west coast vacation, Tofino is definitely on our list of prime destinations. They like to keep it on the down low over there, so it’s far from being a congested tourist nightmare.
With rolling beaches and deep-rooted forests, what’s more to want? Here’s a list of things to check out while you’re in this beautiful town
This is an amazing spot to go whale watching. Every spring, around 20,000 grey whales pass by Tofino every year.
There is a number of boat tours you could go on, the most popular one being the tofino fishing tour around Hot Springs Cove. This isn’t a whale watching tour, but it’s likely you’ll across these majestic creatures anyway. That’s two activities for the price of one.
Only an hour from Tofino, you could take a dip in natural hot springs and see the whales up close on the boat ride to and from the springs. So you might want to pack a bathing suit if you decide to come.
Not only that, the forests are home to a diverse wildlife ranging from unusual birds to the Vancouver Island Black Bear
If you want to get a feel for Tofino’s local art scene, there are number of galleries you can visit. The House of Himwitsa houses native art pieces like carvings and jewelry. If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, the Eagle Aerie Gallery exhibits local art from fresh young artists.
If you’ve got a penchant for the past and visiting a town’s standard museums is always on your to-do list when you travel, then the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum is hard to miss. Located downtown, here, you’ll learn all about tourism Tofino’s history to give your travels some context.
Whether you’re a surfer or you just like to sit back and relax on the beach, there are a number of beaches to choose from in Tofino attractions, each with its own unique vibe.
Chesterman Beach is the most popular one where the locals like to hang out. Despite its visitors, this beach is kept pristine. The marine life is virtually untouched and you can still spot many tide pools, rich with anemones and starfish