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Photo Essay: A Weekend Adventure in Tofino, British Columbia


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Welcome to Tofino, British Columbia—the most relaxing (and exciting) place in Canada.

In This Tofino Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • The Best Surf Beaches
  • The Joys of Flightseeing
  • Misty & Wild Pacific Shores
  • Sumptuous Local Eateries

I’ve loved Tofino my whole life. I was born and raised just a couple of hours away, yet it always maintained an elusiveness—every trip was special. Even today, with dozens of visits under my belt, Tofino is one of my favourite places on Earth. I’ve scarcely seen a beach that rivals the beauty of those in and around Pacific Rim National Park. The only difference, of course, is the water on Vancouver Island’s west coast is, well, fucking freezing.

But because of its climate, this Pacific biosphere is resplendent with life—from the world’s largest black bears, to a unique subspecies of wolf; to offshore humpback whales and orcas, to soaring bald eagles and distant albatross; to starfish or sea anemones in the intertidal zones, to the towering evergreens for which the Pacific Northwest is famous.

My wife, Erin, and I recently spent a weekend in Tofino. I wrote about our experience in the Winter 2015 issue of explore (out now), and will be writing about it again in British Columbia Magazine in 2016. (Don’t miss!)

Here are 16 photos from our weekend in Tofino to entice a trip of your own. Enjoy!


The Wickaninnish Inn has walkout access to North Chesterman Beach—perfect for a toast to the sunset.


The famous Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino’s premier hotel property—and epicentre of its tourism industry.


Touchdowns are included in a flightseeing tour with Atleo River Air Service.


Flightseeing with Atleo River Air Service—a highlight of the trip.


Learning the basics with Pacific Surf School. (I’ll be a surfer, one day.)


Allan Pearson, instructor at Pacific Surf School, heads into the waves at North Chesterman Beach.


Surf break.


Surf’s up, 12 months of the year.


Torino is home to a vibrant culinary scene—try Rhino Coffee House, Shelter Restaurant, The Pointe Restaurant and Tofino Brewing Co. to start.


The two stages of a visit to Tofino.


Storm watching from North Chesterman Beach.


Beach walks, classic cold-weather Tofino recreation.


Gooseneck barnacles—foodstuff to indigenous peoples for millennia.


The stickiness you feel when you touch a sea anemone is actually a tiny electric shock. #StuffYouDidntKnow


Roaming North and South Chesterman beaches.


Gorgeous all-oceanfront rooms at the Wickaninnish inn—a Relais & Chateau hotel that lives up to the hype.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

1 comment… add one
  • Jeff Hester Jan 6, 2016 Link

    Great post, I’ve traveled a bit but have actually never been anywhere in Canada, everything I see is beautiful though! Keep going!

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