About Tofino

Everything in Tofino is connected: from the kelp in the Pacific Ocean to the black bears in the rainforest, to the people who call this place home. There is an energy here, something you can’t quite shake once you’ve experienced it.

This pocket of the Pacific Northwest is situated within the territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and in the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region. Sandy beaches and quiet coves are backed by a rugged, rainforest-blanketed shoreline of hidden boardwalks, beckoning for you to wander these trails. This coastal village on the western edge of Vancouver Island is a truly unique corner of the world. 

First Nations paddlers in a dug out canoe at sunset
Fishing boats in the harbour

Cultures coincide

Tofino (Načiks) is situated within the Hahuulthi (territory) of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation who have called this place home since time immemorial. More recently,  Tofino transitioned from being a fishing and logging town to one focused on ecotourism. We work together to honour the past, celebrate the present and steward a bright future.

Past & present
Child and adult eating tacos on a log at the beach

A laid-back lifestyle

Tofino is a place of contrasts. An entrepreneurial go-getter spirit blends with a slower pace of life. This rural hub with a hint of urbanity attracts surfers and skaters alongside artists and creators. The town’s character is a melding of deep Nuu-chah-nulth history, a culture of interconnectedness, and a community of people dedicated to the activist roots that originally helped protect and steward the landscape around them.

West Coast culture
Boats in the harbour

Jeremy Koreski

View from a seaplane looking down at islands

Jeremy Koreski

People mingling on a patio in town

Kyler Vos

Surf, sand and beach from above

Jeremy Koreski

Two islands set with beach and mainland in the background

An iconic National Park Reserve

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is home to Long Beach, an impressive stretch of sand spanning 16 km with Florencia Bay, Wickaninnish Beach, Combers and Schooner Cove along its expanse. Visitors come here to wander the boardwalk trails, storm watch, surf, and camp in one of Canada’s most stunning protected areas.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
ʔiisaak pledge

Guests are welcomed with open arms in Tofino, but they are expected to respect the land, animals, people, and community while travelling within the Hahuulthi (territory) of the ƛaɁuukwiatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) Ḥaw̓iiḥ (Hereditary Chiefs). Take the ʔiisaak Pledge to ensure that you travel here thoughtfully.

Star fish on a rock with kelp in the background

An abundance of life

The sea, land, and sky surrounding Tofino are teeming with life. Tidepools hide sea stars and colourful anemones while Grey and Humpback whales roam the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The spongy forest floor is home to slugs and bright green ferns while Douglas fir and old-growth cedar trees stretch to the sky. Elusive creatures like wolves and bears comb the shore. Everywhere you look there is life.

Flora & fauna
People walking with surfboards on the beach

Many moods of Tofino

The seasons here flow into one another bringing moody contrasts, new life, and fresh perspectives. The power of turbulent winter storms is witnessed from inside cozy cabins while spring brings budding blossoms and migrating animals. Summer is a time of activity and movement while finding comfort in a slower pace of life is welcomed in fall.

Clayoquot Peace Camp in 1993. Courtesy Maureen Fraser
Child holding a plant ready to be put in the ground

Thriving together

Tofitians are passionate about the place we call home. Living every day as responsible recreationists, spiriting community pride, and being activists for issues that matter are part of the community's DNA. There is a long history of logging protests to protect this land and Tofitians continue to stay united in stewardship of the awe-inspiring natural and cultural environments that surround us today.

Community & stewardship
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