Top Ten Summer Secrets in Tofino:
- Pacific Rim National Park: Some of the best beaches to get out of the summer's prevailing westerly winds are in the national park adjacent to Tofino. Get out to Long Beach, Wickaninnish Beach and see if you can find the secret gem in-between these two.
- Late Night Light: On June 21st -- the Summer Solstice -- Tofino has light until almost 11:00 PM. So don't rush to have a beach fire or get your surf on, because there's plenty of daylight to play.
- Reservations: Despite our small town appeal and feel, most restaurants do accept reservations well in advance. Planning a few of your dinners with a reservation before you arrive will help avoid that 'hangry' feeling waiting in line for a table.
- Whales and Bears: While we do have wildlife watching year round, the whales and bears are most prolific around Clayoquot Sound in the spring and summer months. Don't forget your camera!
- Hiking: Between Tofino and our neighbour, Ucluelet, there are over twenty hiking trails that are accessible by car. If you venture out on the water there are even more adventurous island beach hikes to enjoy. Lace up your hiking boots and get out there!
- Surfing is for All: There's almost always a beach that presents the right conditions for beginners and expert surfers
- Shopping: Downtown Tofino gets livelier and more shopping-friendly every year. Don't miss out on some of the hidden gems on side streets like Elements Pottery Studio on First St or the intimate art gallery at the Wickaninnish Inn.
- Ucluelet Day Trip: Our neighbour to the south, Ucluelet has a magnificent trail and some great places for lunch or dinner.
- Indescribable Sunsets: Go to First St Dock for the best summer sunset you've ever seen. This experience is a must.
- Remote Island Drop Off: Book a local water taxi to take you to a remote sandy beach that you will likely have all to yourself. Asks the charter company the best beach for the weather and tidal conditions and even though you may want to stay there forever, don't forget to book a pick up time because you might not have phone service in paradise.
Summer is 'On the Water' Season
Visitors to Tofino often ask us "What is one thing you recommend doing while we're in Tofino?". In the summer, our answer is always "Get out on the water -- however and whenever you can." Whether it's whale watching, surfing, a trip to hot springs or any other water-based activity, it's essential to experience Clayoquot Sound's expansive contrast of ocean, forest and mountains from the water.
One of the main reasons that visitors flock to Tofino is for our world-famous beaches, and winter is our favorite time to walk the beach or have a festive beach fire with friends and family. Bring a blanket, buy some dry kindling and firewood and experience the cozy, low-light winter mood that makes winter a favorite season for many visitors.
The hiking around Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park is exceptional anytime of year, but the crowds are gone in the winter and the rainforest has a certain mood that is hard to describe -- it's dark and light, friendly yet distant... all at the same time. You'll have to experience the forest's winter moods and solitude for yourself...
Getting to Tofino
While it is possible to fly directly to Tofino, most folks drive in their own vehicle. As such, we've prepared a getting here page, which details the amazing drive out to the wonderful west coast. We also have a full page of maps.
If you are looking for bus service to Tofino, please be aware that Tofino Bus offers exceptional scheduled bus and charter bus services from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and the Comox Valley. For more information about Tofino Bus, visit their website.