An isolated gem on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Tofino could easily be described as one of the most beautiful places in the world. The main town of Tofino has a unique rugged feel with a few small surf shops, restaurants, and hotels making up the core downtown area. Surrounding Tofino is the Pacific Rim National Park which consists of thousands of acres of untouched rainforest and endless sandy beaches.
The most famous beach in the Pacific Rim is called ‘Long beach’ due to fact that it stretched over 25 km in length. There is unlimited space for surfers here even on the busiest summer days. This is a perfect beach for looking at small sea creatures and collecting washed up ocean treasures while dipping your feet in the icy pacific ocean. Situated on the north end of the beach perched up on a rocky point is the luxury resort called The Wickaninnish. Known for its elegantly rustic yet modern content, this resort provides one of the best locations on the coast for storm watching during the winter months.
To get a true feeling of the rainforest one can venture down a muddy trail from the top of Radar Hill. This trail is only marked by small pink ribbons so a hiker can fully immerse themselves into the forest and be surrounded by nature. However one must ensure to wear water proof foot wear, because on even the sunniest days the tails can be a muddy mess. Once you have made your way through the forest three fully secluded beaches will be awaiting you!
One of the best ways to experience this wild west coast is to stay with a local. This can be done through the private accommodation website Wimdu. While staying with a local host they will be able to inform you on a number of useful tips for your stay, whether you’re looking for fresh seafood or the ideal surf spot.
Tofino is easily accessibleby car from other parts of the island. If you are coming from the mainland you can take the ferry to Nanaimo and then drive, or fly into Tofinos small (and limited) airport.
Author Bio: Stacey Juss
Stacey is a Canadian student from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is currently interning for the marketing
team at Wimdu International in Berlin. On April 2013, she will be completing a triple major in international
business, human resources and management from Vancouver Island University. During her free time, she enjoy
outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, skiing and biking.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post.