大家好！我从梅根生活方式博客美＆有限公司and I’m so excited to be introducing you to all the secret spots of my home country, Canada. We’re kicking it off today with one of my favorite little hideaways, the small surf town of Tofino in British Columbia, Canada.
This hippie-surfer town on the edge of Vancouver Island is enveloped by Clayoquot Sound (a UNESCO biosphere reserve), the 150,000-acre Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and some of North America’s best surfing spots— and now is the perfect time to visit. During the summer season, visitors will find bigger and better waves, plenty of patios for social distancing, and all-season hiking trails.
A Travel Guide to Tofino, Canada
Travel Logistics For Tofino
Getting to Tofino: While there is an airport in Tofino, it can be incredibly expensive. Instead, fly into Vancouver Airport, grab a rental car, and take the ferry over to Vancouver Island. It’s a bit of a drive, but the views along the way make it all worth it!
内托菲诺运输: You’ll definitely want to grab a rental car for this trip! The area is relatively remote with no bus routes, but ridesharing appWhistleand bike rentals are available if you want to stop by the breweries in the evening—everything is relatively close.
Currency & Money | $ CAD: Credit cards are accepted everywhere. Cash can be good for tipping or small purchases. There are only a few ATMs on the island, so I’d recommend grabbing cash at the airport before heading out.
Book in Advance: As Tofino is a smaller town, book everything online up to a month in advance of your trip. I would recommend making reservations for hotels, car rentals, and acclaimed restaurants.
Weather: The weather in Tofino can change rather quickly, even during the middle of summer. It’s also located on Vancouver Island, which is known for its rainy season, so I’d highly recommend packing a heavy-duty rain jacket and umbrella. Also, be sure to bring multiple options for layering that will fold down into a daypack.
Where To Stay In Tofino
Hotel Recommendation: Pacific Sands Beach Resort
The resort also offers complimentary morning yoga sessions, coffee and grocery delivery, bike rentals and childcare. But the real highlight? The onsite surfboard and paddleboard rentals — not to mention, lessons with冲浪姐- 刚刚从海滩和你的前门步骤。
Other Accommodation Options: Private Cabins and Airbnbs
Where to Eat & Drink in Tofino
Wolf in the Fog
If you’re looking for the perfect brunch spot, look no further. This open-only-on-the-weekend spot is an upscale Canadiana restaurant serving farm-to-table fare. The space overlooks the water with wide windows and centers around a cozy wood-burning fireplace. Try their signature dish, the West Pacific Seafood Smoked Salmon Rösti, with crunchy potatoes, poached egg, fried capers, and fresh-from-the ocean salmon.
This spot is perfect for social distancing with a huge patio to be enjoyed in the rain or shine. One of Tofino’s premier dining spots, they specialize in oysters fresh from the ocean plated alongside vegetables grown from the on-site garden.
There is no better spot in Canada for seafood than the West Coast and that’s exactly what SoBo specializes in. Classically trained chef, Lisa Ahier, serves up fresh fish, like cedar-plank salmon, alongside locally foraged ingredients for a fresh take on dinner.
For a unique mix of California-meets-Mexican fare, Tacofino has the best beach food in town. With a wide variety of tacos, including options for vegetarians, this remains one of the top spots in town year after year. While you can eat outside on their picnic benches, I’d recommend calling ahead and placing a pick-up order to skip the long lines.
What to Do In Tofino
Take a Surf Lesson on Cox Bay
Hike Pacific Rim National Park
This trail is famous for its rugged coastline, but the Lighthouse Loop Trail is especially popular for spotting animal wildlife. During this quick 2.6-kilometer loop, we spotted otters, cranes, muskrats, and even a far off whale!
Hot Springs Cove
Sacred Stone Spa