About Tofino Beaches & Parks

Beaches and parks are where the community comes together.

Wide, sandy stretches hug a coastline of wind-swept trees. It’s at the beaches where dogs and owners take sunrise walks, surf sessions end in high fives, and winter storms are experienced with caution in boots and windbreakers. Venture into Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to immerse yourself in the rainforest or mingle in the local parks as the pulse of the community comes alive with markets, spirited events and artful gatherings. 

Long vista of a sandy beach with surf and forests in the distance

Endless stretches of sand

The sandy shores surrounding Tofino are famed for their unique traits: the surf at Cox Bay, low tide walks along the tombolo off Chesterman Beach, exploring Incinerator Rock perched on Long Beach, storm watching from the viewing deck of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre, overlooking Wickaninnish Beach. There are more tiny inlets, coves, nooks, caves and bays to uncover here, at the end of Pacific Rim Highway - the gateway to the Pacific Ocean. The culture of the West Coast is to spend time outside, and being on the beach is one of the best ways to do it. 

Find your beach
Beach safety

There are no lifeguards on the beaches in Tofino or Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Before you visit the beach, learn how to stay safe from potential hazards like riptides and unexpected waves. 

Forest meets sandy beach, rocky outcroppings and blue surf
Two people walking on the beach carrying surfboards in the sunset

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Some of the region's most iconic beaches are located within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, including Long Beach, the longest stretch of sand on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Surfing, bird watching, and camping are popular here, with over 100 beachview and forested sites at Green Point Campground. Within the Park Reserve, visitors can hike or walk nine different routes or cycle along the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii Multi-Use Pathway. Join an interpretive walk, talk, or theatre show in summer to explore tide pools, learn about ancient trees, and see the land and water from an Indigenous perspective.

Uncover the Park
Community kids' playground

Community parks

The Village Green is where community gatherings and events are held while little ones make friends at the playground and kids practice kickflips at the Tuff City Skatepark. This wide-open green space hosts the weekly Tofino Market and live music throughout summer. Grab an ice cream and stroll down to Third St. Lookout (Anchor Park) for a view of Meares Island and Tofino’s working harbour while standing before the totem or čiinuł honouring the Ha’wiih (Hereditary Chiefs). For basketball and bocce courts and a sheltered picnic area head to Centennial Park, on the way to the entrance of the Tonquin Trail.

Come play
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.

Forested peninsula on a stormy day with surf crashing

Jeremy Koreski

Surfers unpacking their gear on the beach

Jeremy Koreski

Two people shopping at the local outdoor market

Cristina Gareau

Person looking at the massive anchor on the lawn of a community park with a totem in the background

Kyler Vos

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