Tofino Information and Maps
HOW TO GET TO TOFINO
Our full service Fly and Tackle Shop and Charter Booking office is located at 561 Campbell Street, and is only steps away from the 4th Street Dock as well as several private accommodations guesthouses such as : Bedwell Place and Clayoquot Vista.
Tofino is situated at the tip of the Esowista Peninsula on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino is a small, yet growing, coastal community (pop 1549 census 2001) with a history steep in fishing, forestry and tourism development.
Tofino is located within one of the most dramatic and pristine landscapes in the country, and is surrounded by the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere Reserve is an internationally recognized area that includes terrestrial and marine environments and extends from the southern boundary of the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to just north of Estevan Point. The Biosphere Reserve includes approximately 350 000 hectares of which nearly 83 000 hectares are marine.
Over 60% of all employment opportunities in Tofino are directly related to the tourism industry and an additional 14% are classified as tourism-dependent. Other industries include aquaculture, shipping/transportation, and construction.
The temperatures in Tofino range between 0-25 degrees Celsius (approx. 30-80 degrees Fahrenheit). The average water temperature is approximately 7-11 degrees Celsius (approx. 44-52 degrees Fahrenheit). Annually, the temperatures do not vary greatly, earning Tofino the right to claim the greatest "mean" temperature in Canada.
Located in the heart of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere, Tofino continues to thrive while maintaining unsurpassed natural beauty for generations to come.
THINGS TO DO IN TOFINO
Scenic Flight - jump on board with Tofino Air and explore Clayoquot Sound from the Air Soar over our majestic inlets and vast sandy beaches, spotting whales and other wildlife, or head up to Hot Springs Cove for the afternoon.
Winter Storm Watching - experience the drama of a winter storm from the luxurious surroundings of the various resorts, Vacation homes, or B & Bs. The best time for Storm Watching is November through to February, but please don't be disappointed if your "storm" is interrupted by sunny days with blue skies.
Whale Watching- Experience the migration of the Pacific Gray Whales on their annual 10,000-mile spring journey from Baja, Mexico to Alaska. The annual Whale Festival takes place during the month of March and coincides with BC's Spring Break schedule, however the whales are found within Clayoquot Sound from early March to October. Tofino is home to several top notch whale watching operators offering covered vessels and open zodiacs.
Beachcombing - Wander one of Tofino's wide sandy beaches in search of ocean treasures and explore the magic of life in a tidal pool. Chesterman Beach, Tonquin Park, Mackenzie Beach, Cox Bay and the Pacific Rim National Park's Long Beach are waiting for you to explore. Please remember to take only photos of your discoveries, as the sea creatures are live and don't travel well.
Rain Forest Walks - enjoy a leisurely walk through one of the world's largest intact, ancient temperate rainforests. The Big Tree Trail on Meares Island will lead you to the "hanging garden tree", the largest known living red cedar in Clayoquot Sound.
Sea Kayaking - Regardless of your skill level, the numerous kayak outfitters of Tofino will be able to assist you with a kayak voyage. Explore the quiet inside waters of Clayoquot Sound and watch for river otters, harbour seals, bald eagles and a variety of shorebirds. Contact Tofino Sea-Kayaking Company for details.
Hot Springs Cove - A natural succession of hot pools, which are fed by underground hot springs and lead directly to the sea. Each wave creates a soothing mixture of alternating hot and cool as the seawater mixes with the spring waters. Hot Springs Cove is accessible by boat or floatplane.
Birdwatching - The west coast of Vancouver Island represents one of the most important routes for many species of migratory birds. Whether you opt to explore on your own or with a local guide, the variety of species found along the beaches and the inter-tidal flats of the many inlets will astound you.
Golfing - Long Beach Golf Course, located within the Pacific Rim National Park offers 9 challenging holes, playing long and narrow to 3,149 yards. It has a par of 72 and a slope rating of 116.
Surfing - This sport is "full-on" 12 months of the year, as the ocean temperatures remain fairly constant. Tofino hosts several surfing schools and the waves of the Pacific attract surfers from around the globe. Boogie boards, surfboards and wetsuits are all available for rent at several local shops.
Cougar Annie's Garden - . Surrounded by rainforest and mountains, this garden has endured for over eighty years and is found at the head of Hesquiat Harbour, off the West Coast of Tofino. The story of Cougar Annie is as intriguing as the scenery of her West Coast world.
Take a Spa Day - Ahhhhhhh!!! Choose from a stone massage, accupressure or reflexology treatment or a deep tissue massage and revitalize your body from head to toe. Booking your appointment early is highly recommended, as massage treatments are a popular past time in Tofino. Please contact the Ancient Cedars Spa at The Wickinninish Resort or the Sacred Stone Spa