Welcome to Tofino's longest-running website. You are probably not reading this from Canada's favorite beach & adventure town... yet. But hopefully you are planning your trip here, because this is the best place to start your travel research. Enjoy!

Accommodation & Activity Features

Remote Passages Marine Excursions

Whale Packages: Beachfront rooms + Zodiac tours!

Specials at Pacific Sands: Current Specials at the Beach Resort

Marina West

Marina West Motel: Best Room Rates in Tofino

Cox Bay Beach Resort: Stay 3 nights or more and save $45/ night!

Wickaninnish Inn

Seasonal Packages: Save $40/nt & enjoy daily breakfasts.

Middle Beach Lodge

Middle Beach Lodge: Last minute specials. Have a look!

Tofino Vacation Rentals

Wickaninnish Inn

Remote Passages

West Coast Aquatic Safaris

Clayoquot Eco-Tours at the Whale Centre

Tofino Fishing

Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Ocean Village Beach Resort

Jamie's Whale Watching

Long Beach Lodge Tofino

Winter in Tofino

Our Stormwatching page details some of the fun you can have in our sleepy village and on the expansive beaches during the wet winter months.

Many of the town's restaurants and tour companies close down for weeks or more to enjoy holiday time. With fewer visitors between November and February, Tofino businesses often lose money remaining open during these months. If you have your heart set on a certain restaurant or experience, it's best to check ahead to make sure the business is open when you will be here.

Shhhh... Winter is the Best Time to Visit

While we may be giving this secret away, it's true: Winter is the absolute best time to visit Tofino. If you don't mind a bit of rain and occassionally wind, here are a few reasons why we belive you should be here in depth of December:

  • the super laid back social atmosphere
  • low sun at 49 degrees creates gorgeous natural light
  • great beach break - consistent surf for experts and beginners
  • lots of woodstove heat and hot tubs
  • fast changing, moody beach walks (Pardon me: the weather's moody; not your family members.)

About Tofino Guide

The information we provide in these pages is intended to be current, relevant and useful as a research tool for your next trip to Tofino. But perhaps most importantly, we hope to display Tofino's unrivaled beauty and appeal to potential new and long-time visitors alike. If you find anything that seems out of place or that needs to be updated, please contact us and we will update the information right away.

Humpback Whale Breaching

Winter Whale Watching

The prime season to see whales in Tofino is mid-March through September. That's when 25,000 gray whales are mingling between Baja and Alaska during their annual migration. Whale watching in the winter months is possible, depending on the weather. There are a few resident gray whales and transient orcas around. And lots of other sea life...

Chesterman Beach Sunset

Tofino's Beaches

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 here. We have plenty of stretches of sand to choose from and plenty of beachcombing opportunities. Read about beach fire regulations, the best beach to walk your dog and more...

Surfing at Chesterman Beach


Tofino calls itself the Surf Capital of the Canada for a reason. Wheter you're new to the sport, a seasoned vetran, or a longboarder just looking for a few waves, Tofino has something for every surfer. There are consistent beach breaks year round here, no matter what the swell size. In the winter, a 5mm hooded wetsuit with gloves and booties is mandatory...

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.