Named after the 18th c. Spanish cartographer and hydrographer Vincente Tofino de San Miguel, Tofino is a small, coastal community on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in Clayoquot Sound, Tofino is in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-quiaht First Nations, where the Tla-o-quiaht Village of Opitsaht on Meares Island is believed to have been continuously inhabited for at least the past five thousand years.
In January 2000, Clayoquot Sound was designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve. It offers an extraordinary landscape and diverse ecosystems; it is a place of pristine beaches, majestic old-growth rain forests, and abundant marine and wildlife. Outdoor adventure abounds, from whale and bear watching, to kayaking and hiking, and surfing! Tofino is Canada’s surf capital, home to outstanding local surfers who compete on the international stage. Each year, Tofino hosts the Rip Curl Pro, Canada’s largest surf competition open to all divisions.
Tofino welcomes visitors from around the globe who seek not only nature and great surf, but culture and boat-to-table cuisine too. Seafood is abundant and fresh. And while Tofino’s population is small at approximately 2000 residents, it is big on festivals: the Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March; the Tofino Shorebird Festival in April; the Tofino Lantern Festival in August; and the Clayoquot Oyster Festival in November. Tofino has a rich, thriving arts scene as well, with Indigenous arts to jewelry, painting, photography, wood carving and pottery.
Tofino has much to celebrate, and so much to offer. Plan your Tofino Time now to relax, recharge and revel in its ‘end of the road’ culture.