Vancouver Island Travel: Tofino and the Pacific Rim

Parks & Gardens

Just at the edge of the world – situated on the Pacific Rim – is this secluded jewel of coastal Vancouver Island called Tofino. With a population of only 2,000 people, this contrasting combination of communing in solitude with nature, and being pampered in spa resorts makes for a dream vacation spot. In fact, Tofino is so popular that if you’re planning on visiting during the summer months, I suggest you book your reservations soon. There is so much to do in this rural retreat, I think it’ll surprise you.

Tofino is a place where you can go fishing, kayaking, surfing; go bird, bear and whale watching; hiking trails; visiting natural hot springs, hang out in a spa, do some yoga, and have a massage, facial, mani-pedi; attend a festival celebrating any number of things; all while being treated to the breathtaking views of the Pacific Rim.

Looking for something a little different to see on your holiday? There’s the ecologically educational environment of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, in Clayoquot Sound, the first designated land of its kind in BC.

Pacific Rim National Park

The Pacific Rim National Park will offer you the most unsullied lands around at the nature reserves so don’t be surprised if you find yourself forgetting your crowded highways and city streets – this is one place where you can relax and breathe in the pristine island air.

Interested in some art? There are numerous Art Galleries, celebrating the First Nations history and culture. And the Botanical Gardens, which encompass a formal garden, forest and seashore, is a work of art and an unexpected treat.

Despite luxurious resorts, spas and cultural events, both artistic and historic, Tofino retains its rustic, friendly and down-to-earth charm. So when you’re ready to feast, you can count on excellent Seafood with an indigenous feel, a variety of cafes and coffee shops serving up everything from pizza and burgers to sushi and burritos, as well as some luxurious resort dining rooms, feeding your soul as well with some amazing views of the Pacific.

And not surprisingly for this warm and friendly town, Tofino has many festivals all year long. From March’s Pacific Rim Whale Festival, to the Tofino Food & Wine Festival, the Pacific Rim Summer Festival, to “Oyster ember” , the Oyster Festival in November, and more, you will always find festival and festivity in Tofino.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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