Welcome to Tofino BC British Columbia
Have you ever been to Paradise. Tofino, BC, is the Paradise of Western Canada. Where else can you experience temperate rainforests, abundant wildlife, long clean sandy beaches, beautiful surf and amazing people? Tofino, BC, is like nowhere else in the world, quite literally. As there is less than 3% of the world's temperate rainforest left in the world, just that makes Tofino one of the most rare places in the world. Couple that with the fact the city is at the end of a peninsula containing the world-famous Pacific Rim National Park and is in the Kennedy and Clayoquot watersheds, considered some of the most pristine wilderness in the world and designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
When you arrive in this Pacific playground you will quickly see why it is truly a world-class vacation destination. Beauty abounds at every turn; clean, uncrowded beaches at the end of every street. With a thriving eco-tourism economy, Tofino, BC, is the place for adventure. But wait, there is more. Perhaps you don't want to hike the rainforest trail, witness eagles swooping for salmon while you're hiking up Mears Mountain on Mears island. Or perhaps renting sea kayaks and paddling to the Broken Island group to camp in total isolation is what interests you. Maybe you've always wanted to try surfing? You can find some of the best waves in the world on the west coast of Vancouver Island! Maybe you just want to sit in the hot tub on the deck of your vacation accommodations and watch the waves roll in. Did you perhaps come for one of the amazing spas and resorts, or perhaps you would just like to do some fishing? Whatever fits your interest, Tofino BC is right there with you in all its beauty.
To travel by car to Tofino, you have a scenic four- to five-hour drive from Victoria North to Highway 4 in Parksville, and then west, across the island to arrive in Tofino and Ucluelet. As this area is so close to the natural ways of the past, there was no road until the 1960s and no paved access until the 1980s. Though fishermen have called the picturesque seaside town of Tofino home since the Spanish landed on its coast in 1792, Tofino's rich history dates much farther back, when the First Nation's band the Nuu-chah-nulth Indians habited the area for thousands of years. Now the traditional inhabitants of the area remain a strong presence by showing and sharing their arts, crafts, artifacts and culture. The town of Tofino, BC, has many spectacular galleries including that of Roy Henry Vickers, one of the most famous Native artists from the area.