Tofino Family Activities make this your perfect getaway or staycation. Share memory-making moments by introducing your children to Tofino crabbing and the thrill of their first fish on the line with fishing charters on Vancouver Island. Imagine their delight as they spot whales & wildlife and enjoy bear watching. In this family-friendly beach town, Tofino activities summer never end from boogie boarding in the surf to building sandcastles while your kite soars on an ocean breeze. Treat yourself to homemade ice cream and visit our Village Green’s new playground complete with explorer ship and popular skate park next door.
Prime bear watching Tofino is at low tide when black bears sample the coastal buffet of crab and other delicacies onshore. Spot bear cubs who remain with mama their first year from a safe, bear-aware distance. A keystone species, black bears positively impact Clayoquot Sound’s ecosystem. Spreading salmon spoils in fall, black bears enrich the soil, helping rainforests thrive. Vancouver Island bear watching is special since this subspecies (ursus americanus vancouveri) is believed to be older than mainland coastal bears. 10,000-year-old ursine skeletons discovered in caves near Port Hardy suggest these black bears were stranded here after glaciation.
For an authentic west coast experience, crabbing Vancouver Island is unparalleled. As locals, we’ve got the inside track on favourite Tofino crab fishing spots for delicious Dungeness and Red Rock Crab. Kick back on our boat to enjoy whales & wildlife while crustaceans swarm bait-traps like hungry crows. All you need is a crab fishing license, and an appetite for fun.
Despite legendary lore about ‘crab wars’, Tuff City tradition once required an exchange of beer for ‘poached’ crab, and cheeky ‘80s souvenir t-shirts. Today, sunsets still cast happy families in silhouette trying their luck at our local Crab Dock.