Plan Your Trip Getting Around

With so many gems to uncover, you’re going to want to hop from point A to B with ease. When you can, go carless to avoid congestion and paid parking areas.

Join the locals on the Tofino Multi-Use Path, cycle along the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii Multi-Use Path, scenically stretching from Tofino to Ucluelet. Come summer, there is also a free summer hop-on, hop-off shuttle from the Tofino town core to Long Beach and back, or you can pre-book taxi and shuttle services to destinations within and around Tofino. 

Reach the beach

There are two beach wheelchairs available at the Visitor Centre. Bookings can be made through the Visitor Centre to help everyone enjoy the iconic beaches of Tofino.

Self powered

The best (and most refreshing) way to get around is on foot or by bike. The newly-built ʔapsčiik t̓ašii pathway, along with the Tofino MUP, makes getting around the beaches and beyond a breeze. The coastal temperate climate here allows for cycling throughout the year, too. You’ll quickly notice the number of residents riding, walking, and scooting around with wetsuits on and surfboards in hand—it doesn’t get more West Coast than that.

Bus and shuttle options

The free summer hop-on, hop-off shuttle service operates between Downtown Tofino and Long Beach from June 24 to September 6. 

The summer shuttle will be posted here soon.

The regional public bus system connects the communities of Tofino, Ty-Histanis, Esowista, Ucluelet, and hitac̓u.  The bus runs daily and includes stops at the Tofino Visitor Centre and Pacific Rim Visitor Centre at the junction of Highway 4 and the Pacific Rim Highway.

View the West Coast Transit schedule.

To go beyond Tofino, there is a Tofino Express passenger bus option to travel to Ucluelet, Port Alberni, and many other communities on Vancouver Island. 

Book the Island Link Tofino Express Bus.

This motor coach bus service travels between multiple destinations on Vancouver Island including Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, and Tofino.

Book the Vancouver Island Connector.

Locally owned and operated, TikiBus offers a Call-A-Bus service, as well as special event charters.

Book with TikiBus. 

Other ways to move

Travel in the air, on the sea, or along the road with more options to get where you want to go.

EV charging stations

There are multiple charging stations for EVs in the region, including two at the Tofino Visitor Centre. Additional charging locations can be found here

Parking 101

Parking in Tofino, particularly in the summer, can be limited. We recommend first trying to use alternate transportation when moving around. If you do bring your vehicle, be sure to read the signage, pay the parking fees (when in Tofino) obtain your National Park pass (when in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve) and be respectful to residents when parking near their driveways

Everyone who stops to visit the National Park Reserve must have an entry pass. These passes include parking, and are available for purchase at entry points to the Park Reserve. Visitors can choose from a four-hour, daily, or annual pass. Parks Canada also offers a Discovery Pass which gives access to all National Parks in Canada for one year. 

View Park passes.

Pay parking is in effect at most beaches. Be sure to check signage and pay fees where applicable. View this map of paid parking close to beach access points, available here

Find parking.

Downtown offers a mix of free and paid parking areas. Parking regulations are indicated by signs at various locations. Off-shore parking is strictly reserved for residents of the surrounding island communities.

Find parking in town.

Tofino has parking for Recreational Vehicles (RV's) in specified areas. Vehicles must be always parked on the right-hand side of the road, in the direction of traffic. There is currently no public parking space for boat trailers within the District of Tofino.

View RV parking map.

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