Tofino (Canada)

Tofino Travel Guide and Trip Resources


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Canada's surfing capital

Outdoors getaway for Vancouverites
Two parks nearby but the main attraction is Long Beach
Come here to surf, hike, fish, camp, whatever strikes your fancy

Okay, let us confess something here. We came to this destination by searching for what would be the best beaches in Canada. Being the ignoramuses that we are, we figured the results would be funny or non-existent. That was until Tofino's Long Beach was shoved in our faces and we had to eat humble pie.

It's not really this town on the west side of Vancouver Island that you will want to fly or drive/ferry in for (again we thought we were funny and did a search, this time we appeared to be proven right as one of the highest ranked results told us about the "top five trees" in Tofino). Rather than the town itself, the area surrounding it is what has made this place a hit with those traveling in from Vancouver to escape the city.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve lies next door, while the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is a short drive away. The combination of these attract lovers of the outdoors in all shapes and sizes, no matter whether they come for some serious salmon fishing, whale watching, surfing or hiking the trails.

Top attraction is Long Beach, the longest stretch of beach anywhere around here with beautiful scenery and great waves (especially if you dare to come during storm season). [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Tofino is a city in Canada's region of British Columbia. It has a population of 1,876, is situated at an altitude of 79ft and the best airport to fly into is YAZ (Tofino Airport, Tofino)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • Note Tofino is not a good point of entry for trips to Canada as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Calgary
  • The currency used in Canada is the Canadian dollar (CAD)

Other cities in the region (British Columbia, Canada)

Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler


Tofino Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
46 48 50 54 59 63 66 66 64 57 50 46

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
19.2 13.2 13 10.6 6 5.1 2.8 3.5 5.2 13.5 19.4 17.3

More Tofino travel resources

Read up on some basics of the Pacific Rim here, or check out the article that sparked it all (the one about the best beaches in Canada) here. Lonely Planet wrote a bit here while Wikitravel can be found here. If you're looking for a hike, Tofino Hiatus is a good one to check out.


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