Tofino is the most iconic and picturesque destination I've ever traveled to in Canada. Tofino can be just a short flight from Vancouver, which makes getting there quite simple. Bordered by the ocean on three sides and the Pacific Rim National Park to the South, this destination attracts anyone from outdoor MEC-wearing enthusiasts to art lovers and farm-to-table organic foodies.
I've travelled to Tofino twice and my parents were also staying at another property while we soaked up this beautiful spot during our short visit.
'The Wick' is the most luxurious property in Tofino. The location cannot be beat and as a guest you can grab an almond milk latte at the Driftwood Cafe and then stroll right onto Chesterman Beach for a morning walk. Guests can unwind at the Ancient Cedars Spa or celebrate something special at the famous Pointe restaurant.
This deluxe one bedroom suite is perfect for two people. The massive king sized bed, heated bathroom floors and jacuzzi overlooking Chesterman Beach will make you never want to leave. It's also the property right beside the Wickaninnish Inn so you can rent this suite with more space but pay half the price of the Wick.
The Cedar Shack is perfect for a four person family or traveling couples. It's less than a minute away from Chesterman beach so surfing everyday is definitely an option. Our favourite features were the DVD selection while it rained, propane fireplace, jacuzzi with private backyard and spacious two bedrooms.
My favourite meals of our road trip were the ones we savored in Tofino! I would go back to the restaurants below in a heartbeat:
Holy moly everything from the potato crusted oyster (I could have eaten a million of these little guys) to the wild Tofino salmon or the sticky toffee sundae was amazing. Oh, and not to mention a couple of their famous cedar sours - absolutely delicious.
A must try for any Tofino first-timers. Brunch was a great way to get the juices rolling after traveling, especially since it involved Blue Mountain Brut. The view of surfers riding Canadian waves while chowing down on eggs benny makes for quite the experience - not your average brunch!
Cam and I waited for over an hour to grab our lunch from this trendy food truck (twice!). It was well worth the wait for this local favourite. My favourites included the fish and tuna tacos.
Long Beach Lodge
My favourite spot to unwind and watch the sunset. Famous for their fresh seafood and basil gin caesars. I've recreated the delicious cocktail here.
Tofino is one of those travel spots where once you arrive, it's totally acceptable to just do nothing at all. My family and I had fun walking Chesterman beach everyday with the pups and watching the surfers. However, there is no shortage of activities. Some of the other things I enjoyed during our stay were:
Our day surfing was an incredible experience and I found it to be pretty addicting. Once you're in the water, you want to just keep trying to either stand up or stand up longer than your last wave. Our day flew by with our private instructor and the water seemed completely warm with our head to toe wetsuit.
Daily yoga classes are held in the rainforest haven room. My morning yoga class was semi-private and energized my body and mind for a more calming day. It's also a great way to experience the Wickaninnish Inn without being a guest.
This geographical gem is located 27 nautical miles from Tofino so it's only accessible by boat. Soak your worries away in the series of pools while gazing at the waterfall. Doesn't sound half bad, right?
This ultra hip and trendy spot features craft beer designed for a west coast lifestyle. Come visit this warehouse looking building for a flight of all of their beers or grab a pint and some cool swag.
Think Tofino sounds like your kind of travel spot? Check out Tofino Tourism for more information on the food scene, five star spas and rewarding hikes in the Tofino area.