Tofino Accommodations Overview, Winter 2107
Winter is much mellower in Tofino. Thankfully folks can still arrive in Tofino on a Wednesday afternoon in winter and expect to find excellent accommodations available at a reasonable rate. In fact, the winter rates for hotels, cabins and suites are much more reasonable than many other Vancouver Island destinations.
Surfers particularly enjoy this time of year. With many beaches to choose from waves, there always seems to be a wave for experts and beginners alike during the Tofino winter.
While the rainy winter weather doesn't seem to bother surfers, be advised that if you are visiting Tofino between October and July, expect rain and quite possibly lots of it. It's not unusual for Tofino to register over 50 mm of rain in a day - that's over 2 inches of water! So please bring your raingear and gumboots, even if the forecast says it's going to be sunny.
The Bottom Line: We really recommend visiting Vancouver Island in the winter, especially the beaches of Tofino. There is something magical with the low coastal light that delights photographers and adventure seekers from around the world.
Need to Know
Finding accommodations in Tofino isn't that difficult, especially if you think ahead a little bit. Tofino has quickly become a year-round destination for travellers the world over, which has some consequences as far as renting accommodations is concerned. For instance, if you are traveling on a limited budge or making last minute plans, you may want to rethink your summer trip and plan on visiting Tofino in the Whale Watching Season (late February through March) or the Storm Watching Season (November through February) when it is much quieter and quite quaint.
The price of accommodations is often more affordable if you are traveling in the months before June or after September. The reduced cost, availability and the good chance that you'll get to do some storm watching has made the winter season in Tofino a trendy way to vacation. Surfers also prefer this time of year, as winter storms can produce exceptional surfing conditions.
One of the wonderful things about the global recognition that Tofino has received, is that there are now a wide variety of options for Tofino accommodations. You have your choice between bed and breakfasts, luxury resorts, private cabins and vacation rentals and modest but clean hotel rooms.
On Making Reservations
We can't stress enough that planning ahead is very important if you are visiting Tofino in the summer season (late June through the first week of September). There is a good chance that you will find yourself homeless if you show up in town without accommodations during this time of the year. Many people have spent the night in the ditch simply because they thought that Tofino was the same little fishing village that they visited in 1969. Well times have changed and the seasonal Tofino accommodations scene is a perfect reflection of these different days.
Now your Tofino activities will be filled with frothy lattes, 4 star restaurants and steams in the spa. But for those of you looking for adventure with your comfortable room, don't be alarmed - there is still wilderness to be had. There are more remote beaches in Clayoquot Sound than a lifetime of discovery could find. And the thrill seekers can go whale watching on a Zodiac or head offshore for some great salmon or halibut fishing. And of course there are still lots of things that will hearken you back to that quaint little fishing village that everyone remembers so fondly...