Updated: Dec 14, 2018
Surfing in Canada is a luxury almost impossible here in Canada, however, Vancouver Island hosts one of the best surfing spots in North America. Tofino has grown in popularity from both surfers and tourists in recent years and for good reason. Surrounded in wild forest and equipped with long beaches hosting pretty decent surf all year round, Tofino is a beautiful getaway for the wild ones.
Located at the end of highway 4 on the tip of the Esowista Peninsula at the southern edge of Cayoquot Sound, Tofino has roughly around 1,876 residents. Surfing is one of the main attractions that is on offer, perfect for both beginners and experienced surfers. There are several beaches located around the area to provide everyone with their own place in the water including, Long Beach, Cox Bay, MacKenzieBeach, Chesterman Beach North and Chesterman Beach South. Water temperature generally ranges from between 7 and 15 degrees Celsius so it is wetsuit conditions when heading out in the water, most beaches do not have lifeguards so keep this in mind when heading out. Most travellers bring their own surfboards for what's on offer at Tofino, if your new or have the wrong boards for the conditions there are plenty of surf rentals available at resonance prices, some favourites include Live To Surf, Pacific Surf Co and Long Beach Surf Shop.
If surfing is not your style there is plenty more to experience, wild rainforests surround the area and provide the perfect walk in both sunshine and rain. The most popular walk based in the town is the Tonquin Trail, located less than 1km from the town centre the walk goes through the rainforest to Tonquin beach, Third beach and Middle Beach with views of the ocean. Another popular trail located in Ucluelet is the Wild Pacific Trail, which is roughly a 30 minute drive from Tofino. The trail offers long and short walks of up to 8kms with lighthouse views and panoramic views of both Barkley Sound and Broken Group Islands.
Food and dining is a big hit in Tofino, with a variety of food choices for every occasion. Wolf In The Fog offers a true west coast experience, based in Tofino and using locally sourced ingredients the creative menu really will indulge your senses of what lies in Tofino. Another restaurant which grabs the hype is 1909 kitchen located at the Tofino resort and marina, offering spectacular views and locally sourced food straight from the catch. A highlight for 1909 kitchen is without a doubt the pizza, using a traditional wood - fired oven and cooking in over 1000 degree heat, it’s a perfect post surf meal.
Overall for those finding themselves in Vancouver and are looking for a surf fix, Tofino is your go to destination. If your not a surfer or looking to start, Tofino is a destination to be experienced and explored. Unique and vividly beautiful there is something for everyone to experience, be sure to take in the scenery and stay wild.