This spring, awaken in Tofino
On the farthest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, waves thunder to their journey’s end on beaches that stretch into misty infinity. Standing here, the very air takes you away to a time when nature was all.
Springtime emerges subtly in Tofino. It is a lengthening of sunrise to sunset, where wildlife and humans alike return to breathe deeper of the Pacific air.
Oceanside forests invite you to explore quiet trails, and as you emerge to the sea, your very soul awakens. The surf washes the sands clean, inviting you to keep walking.
Take the first step.
The energy of the season encourages you to explore. Awaken discovery with something totally new or go deeper with an experience that fills the heart and clears the mind.
Depart through morning mist, in search of salmon, halibut, ling cod, rockfish, Dungeness crab or steelhead. Charter guides can take you on an immersive experience in local waters and ecosystems, from offshore angling to fresh water fly fishing.
With layers of ocean and rainforest as far as the eye can see, you’ll soon realize humans are truly guests of nature. Tofino outfitters specialize in introducing you to ‘locals’ in their natural habitat. Whale watching season starts in spring with a mind boggling 20,000 Gray whales migrating past these shores. From April through October, meet the Vancouver Island black bear, Ursus americanus vancouveri, on bear watching tours that let you safely view these cute, but very capable, characters. Eagles, seals and seabirds may also observe, as you get a rare glimpse into the lives of the creatures who share this coastal environment.
The timeless roar of Tofino’s waves is even more exhilarating when you are riding them. Canada’s surf capital offers some 35 kilometres of sandy beaches, swept by the swells of the open Pacific. On the inland side of the peninsula, quieter waters await for stand up paddle boarding tours of all levels to explore. Wetsuits, lessons and stand up paddle boarding options make surfing in Tofino a perfect spring activity to infuse you with the power of the sea.
The lap of waves accompanies the rhythmic dip of your paddle as you glide through inlets and islands. Seals, eagles and other wildlife carry on with their day, undisturbed. Book a self-propelled tour and go from outer exploration to inner calm.
Amble from dappled forest light to open ocean beaches and back again. Embark on an epic hike in Clayoquot Sound through forest that feels as primal as time itself. Unfold a map or engage one of Tofino’s local guides to show you their favourite paths. The journey is yours to begin.
Tofino is situated within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. This is a land of legend; pictures and stories emerge from every part of the landscape, both living and man-made. Wander from gallery to shop to market, and let the creativity of the west coast change your way of seeing.
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The very air in Tofino feels like it has enough energy to sustain, but for genuine West Coast flavour and hospitality, local purveyors of food and drink will do more than satisfy. From fine dining on the freshest regional ingredients to famous local food places, your taste has horizons to explore.
People connect to the natural energy and beauty of Tofino in more ways than you can imagine.
Open your mind to the possibilities here.
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