THINGS TO DO IN TOFINO
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.
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 Remote Passages or 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 .