Destination guide

Experience Tofino from a vacation rental

Get in touch with your inner outdoor spirit in Tofino, a district nestled on the tip of Esowista Peninsula and jutting out into Clayoquot Sound. Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, tourists flood the region to explores its lakes, inlets, sandy beaches, and rainforests. The area is also home to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, a popular spot for bird- and whale-watching, hiking, fishing, and even surfing. At the end of the day, retreat to its laid-back town dotted with galleries, shops, and cafes. Families, large groups, couples, and solo travellers can all choose from a flurry of charming vacation rentals, cabins, and inns scattered across town.

History

While surfers may be relatively new to Tofino, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations have inhabited the region for thousands of years. You can learn more about the tribe's rich history by visiting the scores of galleries in town, many of which highlight artwork by tribe members and celebrate their ancestors in the process. For an overall history lesson of the area, stop by the Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum which explores Tofino's storied past, from prehistoric times to the modern day. If you prefer to explore the past at your own pace, the Cox Bay Visitor Centre offers "A Walk in Time" map that points out historic sites around town.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Tofino

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do in the city? Travelers enjoy fun activities like surfing and whale watching. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Tofino a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Tofino Bike Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Ucluelet Aquarium (21.8 mi / 35.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Tofino

Travelers enjoy Tofino for its surfing. If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 62°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Tofino

Travelers appreciate the beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets, which is just a taste of what Tofino has to offer. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Tofino is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Tonquin Park (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Tofino Botanical Gardens (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Mackenzie Beach (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Lone Cone Trailhead (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Chesterman Beach (2.8 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Cox Bay Beach (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Tofino

Fly into Tofino, BC (YAZ), the closest airport, located 8 mi (12.9 km) from the city center.

How to get around

Navigating around Tofino from your vacation rental

While Tofino is located somewhat off the beaten path, you won't need a car once you arrive. During the summer, free shuttles transport visitors around the peninsula and are even equipped to carry surfboards. There's also a fleet of public buses and multiple taxi companies that service the region. For those who love the feeling of the open road, you can rent a car from Tofino-Long Beach Airport or hop on a bike and ride the paths that connect the town with the region's numerous beaches. If you want to access more remote points in the area, consider booking a seat on a helicopter or a seaplane.

Food & drink 

Tasty Tofino – dining on seafood and sweet treats

Seafood lovers are in luck in Tofino as the town serves up plenty of fresh fare caught from the surrounding waters. Dine on such dishes as smoked salmon, broiled beach oysters, and lingcod fish and chips while you soak up views of the sound. Japanese food is popular throughout the region, from sushi rolls to chili-infused ramen. No matter what you order, you can wash it all down with a pint of locally crafted beer. For those with a sweet tooth, finish any meal with a custardy corn panna cotta or a bowl of Okanagan peaches topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Essential info

Key facts for your Tofino vacation rental stay

The tiny town of Tofino features less than 2,000 residents. As is the case throughout much of British Columbia, the official language is English, although some street signs are in the Nuu-chah-nulth language. The Canadian dollar is the only accepted form of currency. For those planning a night of bar hopping, remember, the legal drinking age throughout the province is 19. Tips are not included when dining out and gratuities typically range from 15-20%, depending on the level of service. Crime is practically non-existent throughout Tofino, but you can dial 911 for police, fire, ambulance, search and rescue, and Coast Guard services.

Where to stay near Tofino?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 150 house rentals near Tofino. From 83 Houses to 22 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Tofino for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Tofino?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Tofino. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: 266 home rentals
  • Tofino Botanical Gardens: 163 home rentals
  • Mackenzie Beach: 163 home rentals
  • Tofino Bike Park: 162 home rentals
  • Alternative Tofino's Indoor Climbing Gym: 163 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tofino listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Tofino?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 83 Houses in Tofino. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Tofino include:

  • Cabins: 22 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 22 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 33 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Tofino?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 141 vacation homes with internet/wifi available in Tofino.