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!