Whale Packages: Beachfront rooms + Zodiac tours!
Specials at Pacific Sands: Current Specials at the Beach Resort
Tofino Resort and Marina: Tofino's Newest Waterfront Resort
Cox Bay Beach Resort: Stay 3 nights or more and save $45/ night!
Seasonal Packages: Save $40/nt & enjoy daily breakfasts.
Middle Beach Lodge: Last minute specials. Have a look!
Summer in Tofino!
OK -- you've heard how busy our 'quaint little fishing village' gets in late July and early August. While we agree that Tofino is busy, we firmly disagree that it is overcrowded. Take, for example, our supposed parking problem. Our office is located smack-dab in the middle of downtown Tofino and we have yet to have a problem finding a free parking space less than one block from our front door.
Another myth you may hear about Tofino is that it's always foggy in the summer. While it is true that coastal fog pulses onto the Esowista Peninsula fairly frequently in July and August, this year (2017) has been notably fog-free. When the fog does arrive, there are almost always daily sunny breaks. When all else fails, hop on a bear watching trip and head up Tofino Inlet where the fog doesn't reach.
We do admit, however, that Tofino is busier this year than it has ever been. The good news is that there are lots of new businesses and expansions that make Tofino activities more accessible than ever before -- even though there may be a few extra people wandering the beaches and streets.
Reasons to Visit Tofino Summer 2017:
- There have been a few great new restaurants added to the scene with at least two more on the way.
- With a few new expansions and boats, there is more capacity for whale watching, bear watching and hot springs trips than ever before.
- And of course because we have so many amazing long sandy beaches to choose from, they never seem crowded -- even on the hottest summer days.
Top Five Tofino Summer Secrets:
- The Tonquin Trail: A coastal trail with incredible scenic ocean overlooks and a secret little sandy beach. The beach is a perfect picnic location after your hike.
- Swimming at Mackenzie Beach: You don't need a wetsuit at high tide to swim in the cool but bearable water at this favorite local's beach.
- Kennedy Lake: That's right, there's a lake close enough to Tofino for a day trip (~25 minute drive) and it's a great spot to cool off and get a taste of the area's fresh water. Hint: you passed this lake on your drive to Tofino.
- The Salad Bar at the Co-Op Grocery: One of our favorite secrets is this gem of a salad bar that has reasonable prices. Get your healthy food fast and ready for take-out!
- Flat Water Paddle Boarding: You don't need to go the open ocean to experience SUPing. Our favorite part of this sport is heading out to the inlets from the kayak launch at 1st Street. Make sure you are experienced in coastal waters and wear/carry proper safety equipment or you hire a guide
Summer is Salmon Season
The best fishing that you will experience in our area is through late July and all of August. This is when the region's salmon are at peak-migration. The best part of this time of year is that the coho (silver) salmon come in to the near-shore to get ready to finish their migration to their home streams. Check the local regulations and pinch your hook's barbs -- and go get 'em!
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...
Tofino calls itself the Surf Capital of the Canada for a reason. Whether you're new to the sport, a seasoned veteran, 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. As we move into spring, your mandatory 5mm hooded wetsuit with gloves and booties will change to a 4mm suit (hood optional)...
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.