Arts & Culture Galleries & Museums

There’s something about being on the remote western edge of the continent that awakens the imagination.

Tour the galleries around town and find something truly unique: a serene scene of Long Beach captured by a local photographer, pottery speckled with the misty gradients of gray that mark a winter's day, a painting created from the turquoise colours of the sea on a sunny afternoon, or a carving that tells the story of the animals who call this place home. 

Learn about Tofino’s past and present and visit the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum to uncover what makes this small, coastal village a truly unique corner of the world. 

People walking in town past the Roy Henry Vickers Gallery
Street view of the House of Himwitsa Indigenous gallery

Indigenous galleries

Built as a longhouse in the center of town with friend and artisan Henry Nolla, visit the Roy Henry Vickers Gallery to see Roy’s paintings and original prints which hang between carved totems and masks. Step into the House of Himwitsa, home to moving Nuu-chah-nulth and coastal Indigenous art pieces. Paintings, carvings, children’s books illustrated by Indigenous artists, and silver jewellery are presented here. Visit the workshop space to see where hand-adzing tools are used to turn pieces of cedar into works of art.

What’s an adze?

This carving tool has been used for generations to create wavy, rippled textures in wood. Keep an eye out for carvings around town to see this woodworking technique on display, including in the front facade of the Roy Henry Vickers Gallery and at the Wickaninnish Inn.

Inside a gallery with framed photographs on the walls
Shopkeeper framing artwork

Art galleries

Creative spirits abound here. Lose yourself in the realistic depictions of the West Coast in paintings at the Mark Hobson Gallery, or soak up the work of photographers Jeremy Koreski and Kyler Vos, who each dive deep into the surrounding landscape, offering a glimpse into the force and beauty of nature. Step into Henry Nolla’s Carving Shed or the Henry Nolla Gallery, off the Driftwood Café at the Wickaninnish Inn, to see rotating exhibits from local talent.

Exterior of Tofino Heritage Museum

Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum

Learn about the history of this small, remote fishing and logging town that has grown into an international destination. Displays educate visitors on the pre-and-post-contact history of the region, the culture of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, and the logging protests that have shaped the Tofino of today. Take a self-guided tour and grow your understanding of this land.

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Sculpture of ravens at Wickaninnish Beach
Public metal artwork

Self-guided art walk

Spearheaded by the Tofino Arts Council, visitors can cruise an hour-long loop through town to see totem poles, pop into art galleries, and stare up at the Weeping Cedar Woman towering over the Village Green. A two-hour walk (or a shorter bike ride) along the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii Multi-Use Path (MUP) offers even more local artwork installations to discover.

Take a stroll

Art is everywhere

Dive into history and see artists at work.

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