" When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. "

Aldo Leopold 


Tofino is located on the Wild West Coast of Vancouver Island on the Esowista Peninsula in an area known as Clayoquot Sound, recently designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Clayoquot Sound has been home to the Nuu-Chah-nulth First Nations for 10,000 years. Tofino is presently home to 1,900 permanent residents. 

The Esowista Peninsula was first settled in the 1850’s. The coastal community of Tofino was established in 1909 on the northern tip of the peninsula. The area was only accessible by boat. The primary industries, like most of the West Coast, were logging and fishing. In 1959 a road was finally constructed from Port Alberni to Tofino, and a trickle of tourists began arriving. In 1970 the Pacific Rim National Park was created and by 1972 the road to Port Alberni was paved. Tourism then began in earnest. 

Today Tofino receives up to one million visitors annually. But they are not the only visitors. The annual gray whale migration passes by Tofino. The area is also a major flyway for birds. Hundreds of thousands of shore birds follow behind the gray whales on the way to the Arctic. Tofino is considered the Surf Capital of Canada and has some of the best surfing in the world. There is also hiking, biking, golf, beachcombing, fishing, and kayaking. There are 35 kilometres of sandy beaches, including the famous Long Beach, to explore. Fantastic storm watching makes Tofino a year round destination. 

For many years Tofino has been one of the fastest growing communities in British Columbia. It is a full service community with the exception of no high school. Tofino has its own hospital, there is full health care, and there are numerous galleries, shops, and services to meet all your needs. Long Beach Airport services Tofino and Ucluelet. There is also a public market in the summer months. 

If you are considering calling Tofino home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Tofino.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Tofino. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Tofino, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Tofino has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Tofino using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Tofino community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.

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