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Beachfront Tofino- For Families!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Lovely large private suite, family- friendly, private sandy beach 20 steps from the door! Floor to ceiling windows throughout giving panoramic views towards the open Pacific, Lennard Island Lighthouse and Tonquin Beach. The new Tonquin Trail begins at the end of Tonquin beach and leads through virgin rainforest, platform lookouts over Templar Channel and two more beautiful sandy beaches.The UNESCO Biosphere of Clayoquot Sound is at your doorstep. Discover the story behind the wreck of the Tonquin!

The three bedroom, two bathroom suite, large living room, dining room, with hand adzed beams, wood-burning fireplace, and sundeck create an ambiance not replicated in other Tofino homes. There is a king sized bed in the master bedroom with adjacent three piece en-suite, queen bedroom with completely new shower en-suite, and twin bedroom with extra long twin beds. The living area is spacious enough for games, the fireplace, and flat screen TV. The dining room table has space for 8 comfortably. A large south facing sundeck wraps around the three bedrooms, overlooking Tonquin Beach. At the main entrance, there is a small covered deck with large barb-b-que.

Following the steps down to the beach on a short trail, there is a beautiful pocket sandy beach, perfect for sunsets, outdoor beach games or a hot dog roast. A long beach walk can be enjoyed from the private beach to Tonquin Beach and beyond at low tide. Tonquin Beach is a hidden treasure, with cultural history, scenic coves, and a natural freshwater pool perfect for young children to enjoy. We also have a trampoline on the property that is available with supervision ! For those interested in fishing, you can fish right off the rocks in front of the house at high tide !

If you prefer, you can walk the 1 km. road into town to enjoy an evening meal or go shopping.

We have boogy boards available to borrow at no extra cost! Enjoy the simple Tofino experience of surfing, fishing, and hiking and eating at the best restaurants on Vancouver Island ! We will provide all the information you need to make your experience here memorable!

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Cathy Thicke
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Cathy Thicke

We bought our house in 1989, and began doing Bed and Breakfast in Tofino in 1990, as one of only 5 homes to do so. In 1998 we converted the main floor of the large house into a private vacation rental suite, allowing guests to share our experience of living 'on the beach'. My husband works at the hospital in Tofino, as a physician, and I serve on the District of Tofino Council, Tonquin Trail Committee, and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

Cathy Thicke purchased this house in 1989

Why Cathy Thicke chose Tofino

We chose this property for its 1.3 acre south and west facing beachfront, and its proximity to town and the local hospital! It is a very unique property, with two beaches, hiking trail, great kayaking, 'supping' opportunities, whale watching, breath-taking sunsets, and the best low tide viewing on the Tofino coastline. You can even surf on Tonquin Beach in the winter! The sunsets here are sublime!

What makes this house unique

Beach walking and the new Tonquin Trail through old growth rainforest and sandy beaches, SUP-ing, kayaking, fishing from beach ( June to September ), whale watching from the beach in front, surfing, storm-watching, trampoline on property, and wonderful food- Tofino has many Canadian culinary delights ! ( Sobo, Tacofino and Shelter are our favourites!)


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Tofino, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Heated tile floors
    Queen/ Twin - toilet , shower , Newly renovated, heated tile floors
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen - 1 queen , Newly renovated Shower ensuite
    Master - 1 king , Master Ensuite has Shower/ Bath, heated tile floors
    Twin - 2 twin/ single , Twin Beds are deluxe and extra long
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
On the Beach suite is the main floor of a large house. The owners and managers live in a separate suite in the house. If you enjoy peace, nature, and lots of lapping waves this is the place for you. We do not allow parties, weddings or loud music !


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average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews

Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful spot, very private, but easy walking distance to Tofino and very close to Tonquin Park and the walking trails that lead to the beaches on the other side of town. The accommodation was very well appointed and perfect for three couples. We enjoyed meeting our hosts😃and our stay in Tofino.

  • Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda and family. We so enjoyed having you stay at On the Beach !
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Indian Harbour Beach, FL

Idyllic Beauty

  • 5 of 5

An excellent choice for our 10 days in Tofino (only wish it was longer). Spacious living space, comfy beds, well furnished kitchen and views to knock your socks off ! Cathy and Steven are gracious hosts and very knowledgeable of the area. We truly felt relaxed and at home.

  • Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The highlight of an incredible trip.

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure where to start.

- The house: clean, comfortable, spacious and beautiful

- The private beach: breathtaking and soul replenishing

- The host: Cathy is warm, friendly, knowledgeable of the area and is an all around lovely and generous host.

Tofino was 4 nights of a 10 night vacation for my family and I. And it was all we could talk about for the remainder of our trip, and more than likely for many years to come. The town is small, quiet and peaceful (at least during this time of year). The weather was beautiful and the people that we encountered both local and tourist alike were friendly. The hiking is phenomenal. The restaurants are good with a few hidden gems. Ask Cathy for recommendations. Trust me she know her stuff.

I could go on and on about all of the incredible experiences that we had while visiting in Tofino but this isn't a travel blog. But I would like say that my family and I do travel quite a bit, and this trip is one that will always hold a very special place in my heart and I owe much of the credit to Cathy, her home and her incredible insight into the community.

Cathy, I can't thank you enough for the role that you played in making this trip as special as it was for us. I hope to see you again soon. Aloha and a hui hou.

  • Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely to meet your family, who travelled from so many points of the US to be here ! Thank you for your appreciation, we enjoyed your visit so much!
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A wonderful stay on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Another fantastic week in Tofino. Even had some sunshine. Hospitality from Cathy and Steven was wonderful as always. Thank you for making our trip so easy. House very well stocked in the kitchen and loads of games for kids of all ages. Thanks also for accommodating the extra kids!

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your return visit to On the beach. It is wonderful to see your family again enjoying the beach, the trail, and the property ! Cathy
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Coquitlam, BC


  • 5 of 5

Staying at On The Beach was a fantastic experience. I started looking for a place to accommodate our annual girls trip. We were six women over 40, which is actually irrelevant as the layout can really accommodate almost any grouping.

I was initially concerned when I read the owner lived onsite as that can sometimes be a deterrent. I was definitely wrong! Cathy is amazing and a wonderful hostess. We convinced her to join us for a glass of wine on the first night and if she didn't have to go out of town I know we would have asked her back. She'll give you all the great restaurants & best trails so don't be shy to ask.

The location is stunning, you wake up see the ocean & walk down the stairs to a private cove. Breathtaking! The accommodations themselves are quite big. The bedrooms and bathrooms are situated just a few steps up from the main area and behind a door so chatting into the wee hours of the night doesn't disturb anyone already sleeping.

There are lots of games, books and DVDs. Just a note, check the TV cords before you think you're going crazy - the last person switched them all around which delayed the start of our movie night. But we figured it out!

One of the ladies on our trip is a chef and she was able to whip up some lovely dinners in without complaint so the kitchen is fine. The wine glasses are stemless, except one - so if you're picky bring your own.

The property is a 10 minute walk to town & steps from the beach & trails. You really can't find anything more convenient.

I highly recommend On The Beach - you will have a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy with a view

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, lovely view of Tonquin beach, spacious and comfortable. We loved staying here and walking down to the beach, even with our morning coffees. Close to town and everything great in a Tofino!

  • Submitted: 1-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Long Beach Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
220 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 4a
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Mount Washington, B.C.
Nearest Beach
Tonquin Beach
Car: necessary

Tofino is a beautiful small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is known as the Surf Capital of Canada, with the average age of 36! Tofino is in the midst of the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve, a world -reknowned UNESCO designation. There are less than 600 Biosphere Reserves in the world and 16 are located in Canada. Tofino is adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park, Provincial Parks, Tribal Parks, and in a World reknowned shorebird flyway. Tonquin Beach, a municipal park is adjacent to the house. The Tonquin Trail is at the top of the driveway, 2 kilometer trail, with spectacular views over the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere, and the wreck of the Tonquin ( 45 min. round trip). At low tides, Tonquin Beach is the best beach in the area for tidal pool viewing. Whales, eagles, and fish abound and may be seen from the sundeck or beach in the spring and summer. Tofino is the best place to learn to surf in Canada ! There are many stores providing lessons, with Surf Sister generally thought to be the best. Whale watching or bear watching by boat is also an option, with Remote Passages offering family packages. Sobo restaurant, only 1 km. away offers very healthy food at affordable prices ( child friendly menu), and the best margaritas in Canada! There is bear watching, sport fishing, hiking, beaches galore, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and culinary delights in this small jewel of a town.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Tofino, British Columbia

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018
Jun 10 2018 - Sep 15 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 16 2018 - Nov 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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