Our location on the remote western coast of Vancouver Island can make Tofino a place of extremes, golf and gardens included.

 

These aren’t your mother’s botanical gardens. With twelve acres of paths and boardwalks winding through old growth forest, gardens and down to the shoreline, this is more Narnia than manicured rose gardens. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s temperate coastal rainforests. Nestled along the way are art installations, built to withstand our wet weather, and several garden buildings, like the pondside storytelling hut, built by local driftwood artist, Jan Jantzen.

If hitting the green is your thing, Long Beach Golf Course, situated near its namesake beach, is a 15 minute drive from Tofino. This nine hole, par 36 championship course is visited by wildlife (Earl the black bear was a regular visitor for years) and the narrow fairways are lined with forest. The 18-hole mini-putt makes for a fun family outing, and its full-length driving range offers nine hitting mats. There’s also a pro shop, a restaurant and a loyal local following. Insider tip: The course is situated on a RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) base that served the coast between WW2 and 1957. Check out the old bunker – now staff housing – on the driving range grounds as you perfect that swing.