Surfing + Stand Up Paddle + Boarding

Fall is when the swell gets larger and Tofino residents (or Tofitians) gear up for the start of surf season. Canada’s surf capital offers some 35 kilometres of sandy beaches, energized by the open Pacific. On the inland side of the peninsula, quieter waters await for stand up paddle boarding tours of all levels to explore.

Group or private lessons and gear rentals make surfing in Tofino a fun and easy way to reinvigorate your Fall routine.

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Nature Walks + Hiking

The mist rolling in leaves a lush evergreen canopy for you to explore. Wander from peaceful forest light to open ocean beaches and back again. Walk with a local guide on their favourite paths, or hike further afield in stunning Clayoquot Sound through landscapes cared for by coastal Nations since time immemorial.

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Sea Kayaking

Paddling in salt water puts you at eye level with nature. Glide through inlets and islands, while seals, eagles and other wildlife carry on with their day, undisturbed. Take a detour from your regular fall commute with a guided tour for any level of adventure, from inner harbour calm to rugged shoreline navigation.

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Arts, Culture + Shops

Tofino is situated within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. These lands and waters are home to rich Indigenous history and a legacy of protection – including the many people who have preserved the coasts’ natural beauty.

Wander between public art installations, galleries and shops, and let Tofino introduce you to the history and inspiration of the West Coast.

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Food + Beverage

Time spent amongst this crisp coastal air and salt water can generate an appetite. Whether it’s apres-surf bites or elevated, yet casual, oceanside dining – there’s no shortage of inspired food and drink from the chefs who call Tofino home.

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Wildlife Watching

People aren’t the only ones preparing for the change of season. Whales can be seen breaching in Fall’s golden light until the end of October when they migrate south to their winter breeding grounds. Watch bears foraging for winter calories at the tide line while eagles, seals and other regulars continue their daily fall routines.

Tofino outfitters specialize in introducing you to these ‘locals’ in their natural habitat, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of the many creatures who share this spectacular coastal environment.

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See what else the West Coast fall offers

This fall, uncover the natural energy and beauty of Tofino for yourself.

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