URGENT Update: Travelling to Tofino during COVID-19

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August 24, 2021 UPDATE: BC is now thrilled to welcome fully vaccinated international travellers (including American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA). Find out if you can enter Canada, here.

Please understand that the current COVID-19 situation remains fluid, with government restrictions and health guidelines changing rapidly. We monitor provincial health updates closely to ensure both our visitors and residents remain safe and informed. For current travel information go to: https://www.hellobc.com/what-you-need-to-know/

Tips For Safe Travelling As Non-Essential Travel Resumes:

We want you to know that we are committed to making sure your visit is a safe and healthy one – for you, our staff, and our residents. To that end, we are following all provincial and WorkSafeBC health and safety regulations and we respectfully request that you also do your part by being informed of current regulations and recommendations and abiding by them. Please also be aware that some businesses may have mandatory mask rules in place and we ask that you respect these.

*where to get a travel Covid-19 test*

Travel tests are not available in Tofino.  Please plan yours in advance and consult this list of testing locations in BC.

Feel confident about your health

Your safety is our priority. We want our visitors to be confident that we’ve done our part to keep you safe and healthy during your stay. Our businesses have implemented rigorous sanitation, hygiene, and physical distancing practices in accordance with provincial and WorkSafeBC standards.

Bring your own PPE

As of August 25, 2021, people born in 2009 and earlier (ages 12+) are required to wear a face mask in any public indoor setting in British Columbia.  This includes  grocery and liquor stores, coffee shops, and restaurants (when not seated at a table).  Frequent hand washing or sanitizing is still recommended.  This Provincial Health Order will be reassessed when proof of vaccination and B.C.’s vaccine card are fully implemented.

We thank you in advance for your patience

No one enjoys waiting. Unfortunately, our new health and safety practices will likely result in line-ups and slower service times than we’d like. We ask for your patience as we work hard to keep things moving as quickly as possible, while providing a safe and healthy experience for all our visitors.

Physical distancing

It’s easy to stay 2m (6ft) apart on our expansive beaches but in other places, it’s a little more difficult. Please be respectful of others and use your best judgment to maintain distancing. On trails and sidewalks, walk single file and step to the right to allow others to pass safely.

Please: stay home if you’re sick

Limited health care facilities exist in Tofino. Before you travel please take stock of your health. If you or anyone traveling with you has been sick in the previous week, or currently has flu-like symptoms, we ask you to reschedule your trip. We’ll be here to welcome you when you’re feeling better.

Reserve your accommodation

Reservations for all accommodation types, including camping, are required. Not all hotels, campgrounds or other lodging providers may be open to full capacity or accepting walk-ins.

What’s Open

Businesses are open, some with modifications. Check here for a current list of openings.

Book your activities in advance

Our activity providers have adapted to maintain physical distancing, which means they will be hosting smaller groups on their tours. By booking in advance, you’ll ensure that you don’t miss out on a special experience.

Hot Springs Cove

Trips to the natural geo-thermal pools at Hot Springs Cove will be closed until further notice. Personal boats are also not permitted. Check with excursion providers for more information.

Highway 4 construction

Highway 4 between Port Alberni and the West Coast remains open, but travellers should expect delays throughout the summer due to ongoing construction around the east side of Kennedy Lake. Please check the Drive BC website for detailed road closure schedules prior to your visit.

Visiting First Nations

Currently, our local First Nations communities, including Esowista, Ty-Histanis, Opitsaht, Ahousaht and Hesquiaht are unable to welcome visitors.

Things change

The spread of COVID-19 in BC is diminishing—but the situation remains fluid, with government regulations and health guidelines changing rapidly. If the threat escalates, our community will respond to comply with provincial health protocols. We ask our guests to remain flexible and prepared to change plans according to the situation.

Latest BC travel information and updates

Destination BC is the authority on travel in our province. They provide know before you go facts and updates .

What to expect while you’re here:

What do I do if I am feeling ill?

If you are feeling ill use the COVID-19 online self-assessment tool at: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1.

What do I do if I am injured?

If you have been injured, go to the Tofino Hospital at 261 Neill Street. If you have respiratory symptoms call 250-725-4010 before visiting the hospital.

Remember to use hand sanitizer

Tofino’s grocery stores and specialty shops can provision you with everything you need. There’s no need to bring supplies from home—shop local and give our small businesses a helping hand. Please note that only a limited number of people per party may be allowed in the Co-op grocery store in order to abide by safety protocols.

Visit our restaurants—but please make reservations when possible

In accordance with provincial government health guidelines, our restaurants have reduced their seating capacity. We strongly recommend that you make a reservation, or order takeout.

Activities to keep you enthralled

Immerse yourself and connect with the natural world. Find information on whale and bear watching experiences, tours, fishing, kayaking, hiking, surfing and SUP and much more here, at Tourism Tofino.

Check out our unique shops and arts scene

Tofino is home to a vibrant, eclectic art scene. Make sure to check out our numerous galleries, artist studios and unique shops, and take home a bit of the West Coast with you.

Hit the surf the safe way

Interested in trying the West Coast’s most exhilarating sport? If it’s your first time, we strongly recommend you take a lesson. Lessons for all ages are provided. You’ll not only learn how to stay up on your board, but you will learn important etiquette tips, as well as safety information about riptides and offshore currents.

Parks and public spaces

While enjoying Tofino area parks and trails and neighbouring Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, be sure to follow the signs in parking lots, on the trails, and at beaches. Be self-sufficient by bringing your own hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, garbage bags, picnic tablecloths and masks when recommended by health authorities. And please, make sure to maintain physical distancing on the beaches, trails, and facilities.

Please respect various closures within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. For up-to-date information, please visit the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve official website.

Ocean safety

The ocean is a place of wonder. But it can also be a serious safety hazard for all ages. Learn how to keep yourself and your family safe on and around the water by being CoastSmart.

Single-use plastic free zone

Tofino residents are committed to live in a way that reduces our impact on the environment and we invite you to join us while you’re visiting. Bring re-usable bags, water bottles and coffee mugs.

Travelling from the US

US visitors should check www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca for border updates.

Helpful links:

Destination BC Travel Information

BC Centre for Disease Control – COVID-19
Helpful info on current COVID-19 information, along with tips on how to keep yourself safe.


URGENT Update: Travelling to Tofino during COVID-19


Updated Highway 4 Road Closure Schedule at Kennedy Hill