Arts + Culture

There’s something about living on the remote western edge of the continent that can awaken the imagination. In Tofino, artistic expression embellishes the most unexpected places. In coffee shops, at the playground and even in a shed on the beach, artists interpret their world in vastly different mediums. The Tofino Public Market, running from mid-May through September, is where you’ll meet a number of local creators. Two annual festival focused on the arts are Carving On the Edge and the Cultural Heritage Festival, both in September. Our art galleries showcase high quality pieces from regional artists, including First Nations carvers. Watch our events page for upcoming workshops and exhibits.

Meet a Tofino Artist

The history of tofino

While the village of Tofino and our buildings are relatively new and still in development, this region has been inhabited for thousands of years by the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.  History buffs will want to visit the one-room Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum for an overview of the events and people who have shaped this place.  You can also pick up the “A Walk In Time” self-guided history map at our Cox Bay Visitor Centre.

These books are excellent sources of information on the cultural and natural history of Clayoquot Sound:

Long Beach Wild, by Adrienne Mason

Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History, by Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy

Voices from the Sound: Chronicles of Clayoquot Sound and Tofino 1899-1929, by Margaret Horsfield

Chasing Clayoquot, A Wilderness Almanac, by David Pitt-Brookes