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Tofino Travel Guide: 173 reviews and 390 photos

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Location: 49 9' North, 125 54' West
Population: 1,655 (2006 Census)
Incorporated: February 5, 1932

What was once a local's secret has recently become one of the most popular vacation destinations in Canada. Tofino, generally unheard of at first, is a small fishing village on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Lying at the northern tip of a peninsula, Tofino is home to about 1600 residents, a fishing wharf, a few shops, restaurants, and galleries.

While generally small fishing towns are not huge tourist attractions in BC, Tofino, the village, isn't really the main draw. Most people who say they're going to "Tofino" are actually going to explore the nearby peninsula just south of the village. They're going to experience the rugged wilderness on this remote coast of Vancouver Island, where old growth temperate rainforests kiss the Pacific Ocean.

Sounds too dramatic?

Then it sounds like Tofino!

I liken a visit to the Tofino area to a religious experience, simply because the nature and the atmosphere makes it practically spiritual. It's a nature-lover's paradise, and definitely a must-see for those looking to escape hectic pace of everyday life. Whether you want to beachcomb along the tidal pools, sea kayak, whale watch, surf, hike along the boardwalk trails, fish, or indulge yourself at a nearby resort, Tofino's the best place to visit to simply relax.

While I have only been to Tofino twice in my life (once as a family vacation in August 1994 and once as a weekend getaway in December 2004), my visits have made strong, lasting impressions.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pacific Rim National Park, the rainforests, the fresh air, the views, the scenery, the wildlife, the resorts, the Pacific ocean!!! the surfing, the outdoor sports, hitchhiker friendly, bohemian hippy friendly, great food/bakeries, friendly locals
  • Cons:Limited accommodation means high demand and high prices in the summer months - some hotels even require 2-3 night stays minimum. Not a daytrip destination because it's too big and too far away. One road in, one road out.
  • In a nutshell:The west coast paradise ideal: mountains, rainforests and the Pacific Ocean
  • Last visit to Tofino: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    What a shame, lost another one it seems. Anyhow, should you return some day, thanks for the tips. Cheers, Ian

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    An interesting Tofino Page. When we were there last April, I forgot to take pictures in town so will do that the next time.

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Hello Robyn, your Tofino photos are beautiful. It was cloudy when we were there last year, unfortunately.

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    very nice photos of Tofino and Cox Bay did you get to know any of the Nuu-chah-nulth People??

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    I was first to Tofino and Long Beach in about 1962...before the road was paved. I rode my Lambretta scooter across the miles of dusty road. And I camped right on Long Beach.

  • DanOlson81's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    i remember that boardwalk trail from when i was a kid... i love Tofino.. we used to go every year...

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2006 at 11:08 PM

    Very good information & nice photos of Tofino. I nearly visited Tofino in 2005, but landed up visiting the atlantic side of canada instead :)

  • rcargo's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2006 at 2:27 PM

    Thanks, your travelogue really takes me back to the afternoon I spent in Tofino! Judging by your photo interests, you would love Grand Manan Island off New Brunswick - Grand Manan Hotel Tips by rcargo

  • skywalkerbeth's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 2:07 PM

    great info on Tofino!

  • opiumpoppy's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2005 at 3:25 AM

    hey! it was funny to check out the tofino tips and see my photo! hehehe


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