Cycling in Tofino

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Tofino & Ucluelet

Head for Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island for a surfing adventure. Ride big (or little) Pacific swells, see grey whales in the wild, hike the Wild Pacific Trail, soak in a hot spring, or just stroll along a wave-tossed beach. In winter, cozy up in a seaside inn to watch dramatic storms play out against the shore.

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Surfing on the Pacific Rim

Catch the perfect wave in the west coast village of Tofino, named “Best Surf Town in North... Read more America” in Outside Magazine's 2010 Editors' Choice Awards. Step into a wetsuit and paddle out to meet the swells – this is cold-water surfing at its finest. Pacific Surf School or Surf Sister Surf School can have you geared up and catching waves in no time. After a day at the beach head to SoBo Restaurant for fish tacos and other tasty treats. Be sure to check out the Eagle Aerie Gallery featuring the artwork of acclaimed First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers or Storm Surf Shop for funky local art and clothing.

Pacific Surf School

Lush rainforests, sandy beaches and world-class waves - come surf the Pacific North West! Pacific Surf School has been offering the highest quality standard products and services since 1998. As an active member of the surf and SUP community, there...
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Surf Sister Surf School

Learn to surf with Tofino's most established & longest running surf school. All experienced, friendly instructors are BCASI certified. Lessons are two to three hours in length, all gear is provided & great for all ages & abilities! See our website...
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Beaches in the Pacific Rim

The west coast of Vancouver Island, and in particular the area around Tofino and Ucluelet, is home to a string of pristine beaches that look out over the open Pacific Ocean. These long, sandy stretches are perfect for beachcombing or for just relaxing in the sand, and the ocean swells make for some of the best surfing around. Be sure to check out some of the most popular spots, including Chesterman, Cox Bay and Long beaches.

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Hiking on the West Coast of Vancouver Island

For the feel of the West Coast Trail without the multi-day commitment, try some short hikes... Read more around Tofino and Ucluelet.  The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet winds through rainforest and around rugged headlands, offering an easy and accessible taste of the area’s magnificent coastal scenery. Near Tofino, the trails in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve include the lovely Schooner Cove Trail, a 2-km/1.2-mi round trip that leads to a secluded sandy beach. Or hike Long Beach; its forest-backed, driftwood-strewn sand is the ultimate beach walk.

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Hiking the West Coast Trail

Test your mettle on the West Coast Trail. This iconic wilderness hike is a rugged, week-long, 75-km/47-mi hike on the island’s wild western shore. Scramble up steep headlands, walk surf-swept beaches and sleep under the stars. Reservations are required well in advance during peak season (June 15 – September 15), and proper gear and preparation are essential.
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Wild Pacific Trail

For the feel of the West Coast Trail, without the multi-day commitment, try some short hikes around Tofino and Ucluelet. Hike around rugged headlands and through coastal rainforest on the Wild Pacific Trail. This shoreside path in and around the village of Ucluelet, offers an easy and accessible taste of the area’s magnificent coastal scenery.
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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

In Long Beach, run barefoot through the sand, surf the waves, stroll along a boardwalk trail, and camp under the canopy of the rainforest. At the Kwisitis Visitor Centre discover the rich history and vibrant traditions of the Nuu-chah-nulth people...
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Storm Watching on the Pacific Rim

Every winter, dozens of storms blow across the open Pacific, lashing Tofino and Ucluelet with rain, high winds, and crashing6-m/20-ft high waves. Do residents complain? Of course not! Storm watching is all part of the fun here, and you’re invited. Grab a seat by the window at a cozy seaside inn and watch nature do her worst. Top spots? The Wickaninnish Inn, Pacific Sands Beach Resort, and Long Beach Lodge Resort all offer ringside seats.

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Whale Watching on the Pacific Rim

Up to 20,000 grey whales migrate along the coast here each spring. Join the people of Tofino and... Read more Ucluelet in welcoming them at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival held every March in both towns. Can't make it in March? You can spot grey whales, humpbacks and Orcas (killer whales) in the area all summer long.

Jamie's Whale Watching

We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original whale tour company & offer whale watching, bear watching & Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cru...
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Hot Springs Cove

Spend a serene day at Hot Springs Cove. These rustic geothermal springs, about 80 minutes by sea from Tofino in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, are accessible year-round by boat or floatplane. Several water taxis and tour operators offer trips to the park. After gliding past forested islands, spotting marine mammals and birdlife on the way, you stroll along a forested boardwalk to the springs. Here, a steaming waterfall cascades into a series of pools carved into the shoreline and cooled by ocean swells, making it an idyllic setting for a relaxing soak.
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Tofino, tucked on a peninsula on Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, is a funky little... Read more beach town attracting well over half a million visitors annually with its compelling mix of wilderness, creature comforts, and laid back surf-haven vibe. Join the locals for a coffee at the Common Loaf Bake Shop, pick up some handmade treats at Chocolate Tofino, and enjoy the serenity at Eagle Aerie Gallery, where the works of Tsimshian artist Roy Henry Vickers hang in a long house setting. Just south of town, spot indigenous plants, art, and local history along the pathways of the Tofino Botanical Gardens.

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Eagle Aerie Gallery

Renowned and highly respected First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers operates the Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino. This stunning gallery, housed in a traditional Northwest Coast longhouse, displays the unique and sought-after paintings and carvings of this prolific artist. If you’re lucky, you may happen to visit when Roy himself is in the gallery, telling stories about his life and his art.

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Tofino Botanical Gardens

Tofino revels in its beaches, laid-back vibe and outdoor lifestyle, and a journey through the Tofino Botanical Gardens is like visiting a small slice of outdoor paradise. This 5 ha/12 ac plot of waterfront, gardens and shoreline celebrates the coastal rainforest ecosystem with a network of trails that wind through gardens, ponds, funky art displays, homestead buildings, waterfront mudflats (great for birdwatching) and lush forest. After exploring the grounds, visit the Darwin Café and enjoy the cozy ambiance and healthy snacks, or dine al fresco in the colourful gardens.

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T'ashii Paddle School

Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a handcrafted dug out cedar canoe on one of our first nations canoe tours and learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along thousand-year-old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail of Meares Islan...
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The tiny fishing village of Ucluelet, just 40 km/25 mi south of Tofino, is a destination in its... Read more own right thanks to its stunning coastal scenery and some great dining and lodging options. Tucked between two sections of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the village is a great base for halibut and salmon fishing, and for diving and kayaking in nearby Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands.  Head out with Archipelago Wildlife Cruises to see whales, bears, sea lions, and more, then enjoy a stroll along the Wild Pacific Trail, an accessible route offering stunning views over crashing surf and rugged headlands.

Ucluelet Aquarium

This tiny but impactful aquarium offers a unique experience to visitors. All creatures on display were collected from local waters, so you’re truly getting a glimpse into what lies beneath the surface right outside the aquarium’s doorstep. The facility is very hands-on, with lots of opportunities to handle marine life and learn from knowledgeable aquarium staff. After a time, all creatures are released back into the wild and replaced, so every visit to the Ucluelet Aquarium is a new experience.

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Archipelago Wildlife Cruises

For an experience unlike any other, treat yourself to this unforgettable west coast adventure. Join us aboard our luxurious yacht for a relaxing whale & wildlife cruise. The Raincoast Maiden is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom & comfortab...
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Tofino and Ucluelet Restaurants

For small towns, Tofino and Ucluelet boast a wealth of fabulous restaurants – most tending... Read more toward local and organic with seafood fresh from the docks. Start the day with breakfast at the Common Loaf Bake Shop, Tofino’s original coffee and muffin hang out. Lunch? Try the creative menu at popular Ukee Dogs in Ucluelet, or grab a fish taco at SoBo, where the chef takes inspiration from local ingredients and global street food. Dinner? Head to Ucluelet to experience the award-winning Norwoods Restaurant, or dine with a view of the crashing surf at Fetch in Ucluelet's Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.

Shelter Restaurant

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Mexican, Food Stands
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Common Loaf Bake Shop

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Sobo Restaurant

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Seafood, Breakfast & Brunch
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Ukee Dogs

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Hot Dogs
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Norwoods Restaurant

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Seafood, Wine Bars
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Places to Stay

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Tofino Swell Lodge

Small waterfront lodge, overlooking mountains. We have twin, queen & king size beds, large shared kitchen & sitting area, outdoor hot tub, guest moorage & fishing charters. We specializing in small groups.
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Wickanninnish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property since 1997, overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a rocky point on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast, near the eclectic town of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Two contemporary cedar buildings, s...
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Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Surf, sand & solitude on Vancouver Island's rugged West Coast. Pacific Sands Beach Resort is located on Cox Bay, just 7 km (4.2 mi) south of the picturesque village of Tofino. Our oceanfront suites & beach houses offer a wide range of floor plans ...
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Water's Edge Resort at Pacific Rim

Water's Edge is the only property with access to both the serene Ucluelet Harbour & the boarding marina from every suite. We're nestled on the peaceful water's edge of an island joined by a causeway within the Harbour. Nothing else compares, as we...
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Long Beach Lodge

Tofino's luxury adventure resort on the spectacular sandy beach of Cox Bay; relaxed & inspirational West Coast setting; award-winning architecture. Great Room with massive granite fireplace, gourmet dining & lounge. Beachfront Lodge with ocean vie...
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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Join us at the magnificent Black Rock Oceanfront Resort with spectacular accommodations, awe-inspiring views & friendly service. The 71 room Lodge & 62 Wild Pacific Trail suites offer a variety of studio & one & two bedroom suites with all the com...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Tofino and Ucluelet

BC Ferries sail every few hours from Horseshoe Bay, just north of Vancouver, to Nanaimo on... Read more Vancouver Island. From there, it’s a three to four hour drive through Vancouver Island’s mountain scenery to the coast. Travelling car-free? Tofino Bus Island Express runs daily service from Nanaimo to Tofino and Ucluelet. Orca Airways fly to Tofino from Vancouver International Airport.

Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10 busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights.

The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...

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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ)

The Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ), situated 11 km (6.9 mi) southeast of the town of Tofino and 30 km (18 mi) northeast of Ucluelet, is bordered by Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park and Long Beach Golf Course.

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