Green is the color of practically everything in Tofino, aside from the Pacific Ocean. It’s also the color of envy, though certainly this lush, coastal town wants for nothing.
Hiding on the western coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island, Tofino manages to elevate a salt-of-the-earth attitude familiar to the Pacific Northwest of the United States with a touch of luxury thanks to cozy lodgings and five-star local fare. Affectionately called the Tree-Loving Capital of the World, Tofino has an abundance of outdoor activities to feed one’s sense of adventure; for those who also have an adventurous appetite, the culinary wonders here astound. Bask in the verdant bliss of this corner of British Columbia with the help of this guide.
Immerse yourself in the region’s famous flora as you wind your way along the boardwalks on the bog trail at Pacific Rim National Park. Rare shore pine trees grow along this path in eye-catching, abstract shapes. It’s best for early morning hikes.
There’s no shortage of wildlife viewing in Tofino, whether by land or by sea. Hop on a whale-watching tour with Adventure Tofino to see if you can spot some humpback, gray, minke, or orca whales. Back on land, book yourself a bear-watching tour, too.
Luxury-seekers flock to the famously idyllic Wickaninnish Inn, where adventure meets elegance on Chesterman Beach. Discover some of the best views of the water from the Pointe, one of the Wick’s top-rated restaurants.
Catch one of those famous West Coast sunsets as you knock back a few hoppy ales at Tofino Brewing Company. You’ll be joined by plenty of locals who are proud of the quirky offerings—particularly the Kelp Stout, made with local, sustainably harvested kelp.
With direct access to magnificent MacKenzie Beach, Ocean Village is the original oceanfront retreat in Tofino. The cabins are cozy, with refined charm set against rugged beauty.
If getting in the water if the goal, head over to Pacific Surf Co., which offers rentals as well as surfing lessons and stand-up paddle boarding tours suitable for all ages and abilities.
Seafood aficionados will salivate over locally foraged Clayoquot oysters and mussels at this restaurant, where sustainability is always top of mind.