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In the middle of Clayoquot Sound, on Vancouver Island’s Pacific coast, revitalising Tofino is surrounded by crashing waves and towering rainforests.

Recently designated British Columbia’s first United Nations Biosphere Reserve, Tofino and the surrounding Pacific Rim National Park are a haven for nature lovers. Thanks to the reasonably mild winters, many visitors and local enthusiasts continue to hit Tofino’s excellent surf, warming up by a fire afterwards. The waves are much stronger here in the winter, so we recommend that only experienced surfers attempt them!

Storm watching is one of the most popular winter activities in Tofino, and the weather here is often dramatic and powerful. The best way to experience one of these exciting storms is from the comfort of your cosy accommodation, or from an atmospheric restaurant with a drink in hand and a hearty meal. Beach-combing is a great activity here, even on a winter’s day, and though they are few and far between in the colder months, you might be lucky enough to sight a breaching whale.

The town itself is a real pleasure to visit, and has an incredibly calm atmosphere, although somewhat quieter in the winter. It’s easy to walk around and has a good range of restaurants, craft shops and art galleries.

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    Accommodation choices for Tofino

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tofino. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

      Wickaninnish Inn


      The Wickaninnish, a member of the luxury Relais and Châteaux association, offers utter comfort and sophistication within a beautifully rugged oceanfront setting.