While there's an abundance of outdoor activities in Tofino, B.C. like kayaking, fishing, hiking, and even surfing, it's whale watching that might attract visitors the most. This tip is a small glimpse to a little known and off the grid secret destination unknown to most.
Visiting Tofino around the right time of year can allow you to experience some impressive wildlife viewing, from the marine variety such as orcas and grey whales to others on land like bears, wolves and more. Additional info at this guide about things to do when visiting the area.
Surrounded by old growth rainforests are numerous world-class hiking trails, some providing exceptional views such as the mountain top of Lone Cone trail (above) overlooking Clayoquot Sound.
Much to the surprise of most, Tofino is also home to much of Canada's best surfing along places like Long Beach, Cox Beach and other locations in the area. There's a few professional surf events held annually as well, attracting surfers from all over North America and beyond. Winter might be cold, but surfers will wear wetsuits and dive in, because that's when the big swells come to the area.
Tofino is home to a small community of creative types along with being a bit of a foodie haven, with places like Sobo, Wolf in the Fog, 1909 Kitchen, and many others being favorites to visitors and locals alike.