Vancouver Island Destination Is First Canadian Recipient of Prestigious Travel and Lifestyle Industry Accolade

Tofino, BC, July 20, 2016 – Tourism Tofino today announced that Tofino has been recognized by Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) Sunset, the premier guide to living in the West, with the 2016 Sunset Travel Award for “Best Beach Town in the West.” Located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, Tofino is known for its miles of sandy beaches, outdoor adventures including surfing and whale watching, variety of accommodation options and boat-to-table-cuisine.

Recently in Tofino, Sunset’s Deputy Travel Editor Christine Ciarmello, one of the judges for the 2016 Sunset Travel Awards, observed: “Tofino’s beaches are top notch, as is the town surrounding them. There’s great food, fresh grilled salmon at every turn, seaweed beer made locally, and quick access to hiking, kayaking and surfing. This is a Western gem.”

Tofino is one of 20 winners of the 2016 Sunset Travel Awards which are chosen by Sunset’s editors to honor the West’s top destinations in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure, attractions, and more. Tofino, along with all the winners of the 2016 Sunset Travel Awards, is currently featured in the August issue of Sunset and on, reaching almost five million consumers per month. A full list of winners can be found online at

“We are thrilled that Tofino has been recognized with a 2016 Sunset Travel Award,” said Kirsten Soder, Executive Director, Tourism Tofino.  “This is a special place that’s as much about the stunning location, food scene, activities and beach culture as it is about the people who value it as home.”

About Tofino

On the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, located in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Tofino typifies the majesty of the Pacific Northwest, boasting flawless natural beauty accentuated by a tapestry of vibrant communities.  With a resident population of just under 2,000, Tofino is home to a thriving local food scene producing innovative, boat-to-table cuisine.  The area also inspires many renowned artists, artisans and makers who capture the magic of the area in their works. Tofino’s mild year-round coastal climate summons outdoor enthusiasts and curious travellers from all corners of the Earth.

About Tourism Tofino

Tourism Tofino is a destination marketing organization (DMO) promoting Tofino’s extensive attributes, local events and hospitality industry businesses. Tourism Tofino also partners with other tourism organizations to create awareness of regional tourism initiatives for visitors worldwide.

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