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10 reasons why you should visit Tofino-abundant wildlife and all-season hiking trails

Updated: Jun 27, 2023


If the idea of spending time in a place that feels like it's straight out of a fairytale appeals to you, then you should plan a trip to Tofino.

The scenery is breathtaking.

10 reasons why you should visit Tofino.

Tofino is located on the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island, Canada. With a population of only 2,000 people and an area smaller than 10 sq km (4 sq mi), it's not hard to see why this town has been dubbed "the jewel of Vancouver Island." Tofino's natural beauty is stunning: it's surrounded by mountains and ocean; there are many hiking trails and wildlife; as well as beaches that offer views of whales or orcas swimming offshore.

The scenery here is breathtaking! Here are 10 reasons why you should visit tofino.

It's a surfing town with a laid-back vibe.

10 reasons why you should visit Tofino. Tofino is a surf town. It's no secret that this place is known for its beaches, and you'll find plenty of shops where you can rent boards or buy new ones. Surfing is one of the most popular activities here--and it's not just for surfers, either! Tofino has some great spots for beginners who just want to try their hand at riding waves.

There are other things to do besides surfing in Tofino: you can hike along the trails of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or visit one of their beaches like Long Beach (where seals like to hang out). You could also go whale watching or visit Clayoquot Sound, which contains many islands that are only accessible by boat or plane (or sometimes both).

There are so many ways to explore the nature around you.

Tofino is a nature lover's paradise. There are so many ways to explore the nature around you, whether it be hiking, kayaking and whale watching or surfing. You can also visit the local First Nations community if you want to learn more about their culture and history.

Stay in an oceanfront, luxurious cabin resort instead of a hotel.

If you're looking to save money on accommodation, but still want a comfortable place to stay that's close to the action of town, consider staying at one of Tofino's oceanfront cabin resorts.

If you're interested in trying out one of these options, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Cabins typically sleep 4-6 people comfortably. They come with beds and linens provided.

  • Some cabins have kitchens while others do not--if yours does not have one then plan ahead by bringing snacks from home before heading out each day!

If you're looking for something really special, book a stay in one of these dreamy cottages.

If you're looking for something really special, book a stay in one of these dreamy cottages. Tofino has a number of beautiful cottages on offer--from cozy cabins to luxury lodges and everything in between. They're great for families, couples, groups or individuals who want to stay in an intimate setting by themselves. Cottages are also often located close to the water, which means that you'll get the best views possible when waking up each morning!

You can see whales - and lots of other wildlife - right off the coast.

If you're a nature lover, Tofino is the place for you. The town's most popular attraction is its close proximity to wildlife and whales. Whales are especially abundant during the summer months when they travel from Alaska down to warmer waters near Vancouver Island. You can see them from land or boat--and even get up close and personal if you take one of those tours! Seals and otters are also common in this area, so keep an eye out while exploring along beaches or hiking trails through thick forests full of temperate rainforest trees such as Douglas fir trees (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and western hemlock trees (Tsuga heterophylla).

It's an outdoor adventure paradise.

  • Hiking trails: The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is full of hiking trails that can take you through rainforests, along the beach and up to lookouts.

  • Kayaking: Get ready for some paddling action when you visit Tofino! You can rent kayaks or join an organized tour with a guide who knows all the best spots to explore.

  • Surfing: Surfers flock here year-round because they know they'll get waves no matter what time of year it is! And if surfing isn't your thing? No worries--you can still enjoy watching others do it from shoreline viewpoints like Long Beach or Chesterman Beach Park on Quadra Island just off Vancouver Island's west coast (about two hours away by ferry).

You'll want to eat everything at these 5 must-try restaurants in Tofino.

  • Tofino was named one of Canada's best food towns by Saveur magazine, and it's not hard to see why. The restaurants here are some of the most popular in all of British Columbia.

  • If you're looking for a place to grab a bite, these are some of our top picks:

  • The Bear Bier Haus features fresh seafood dishes as well as salads made from local ingredients. With an extensive menu that includes everything from burgers to pasta bowls, there's something for everyone at this casual spot near Tofino Harbour.

  • Head over to The MAQ Cafe for breakfast or lunch options.

Tofino is an amazing destination for people who love nature, food, and relaxing on the beach!

Tofino is an amazing destination for people who love nature, food, and relaxing on the beach!

Why Tofino?

  • It's an excellent place to see whales and other wildlife. There are many guided tours available that will take you out into the wilderness to view orcas or humpback whales up close. You can also go whale watching from town on your own if you have a boat license or want to rent one from local outfitters like Pacific Whale Foundation ( If birds are more your thing than mammals (or vice versa), there are plenty of birdwatching opportunities too!

  • The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful at all times of year because this area has such diverse ecosystems within its boundaries: rain forested mountainsides meet sandy beaches; wildflowers bloom alongside towering old growth forests; rocky shorelines border tranquil waterways teeming with fish & marine really is like nowhere else on earth!

  • Tofino has some great restaurants where you can try local cuisine like seafood chowder made with freshly caught crab meat & clams along with fried oysters & shrimp baskets served right off their boats right before they head out into deeper waters where they'll catch their next batch of fresh seafood - all cooked up right there on site by skilled chefs who know exactly what goes into making each dish delicious but don't skimp on ingredients either ;)


We hope this has convinced you to plan an escape to Tofino. The scenery is breathtaking, there are so many ways to explore the nature around you, and it's an outdoor adventure paradise - all wrapped up in one beautiful package!

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