Tofino is a beautiful end of the road town located on the tip of the Esowista Peninsula, on the edge of Clayoquot Sound. Once reliant on fishing and logging, Tofino has moved from an industrial past to a modern economy based mainly on tourism.
The town of Tofino was originally located on Stubbs (or Clayoquot) Island, where the first hotel and post office were located. The town site was moved to its current location in the early 20th century and incorporated in 1932. A military base and airport were built near Long Beach during the Second World War, and the airport still services the area. It wasn’t until 1959 that a paved road connecting the west coast to Port Alberni was opened. Though the road brought many visitors to the area (and to camp on Long Beach back in the day!), it wasn’t until the establishment of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in 1971 that tourism started to pick up.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, several logging protests took place in and around Tofino, including the infamous Clayoquot Sound blockade of 1993. The important effects of these protests on preserving the wilderness area of Tofino cannot be discounted. In 2000, the Clayoquot UENSCO Biosphere Reserve was officially designated. A trust was established and is managed today to bring educational and research programs to the area.
The area where Tofino is located is the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and their villages are located across the harbour at Opisat and near Long Beach at Ty-histannis and Esowista.
Now home to just under 2,000 year-round residents, the internationally known destination of Tofino swells to around 20,000 during the high season.
Tofino blends a small-town feel with world class food experiences, tours, activities and scenery. It’s truly a magical place to live or visit.
Travelling to Tofino:
Tofino is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and is accessible by car by travelling west along Highway #4 and north on the Pacific Rim Highway. It is located approximately three hours from Nanaimo where vehicle connection can be made via BC Ferries at the Departure Bay and Duke Point BC Ferry Terminals. Tofino is located roughly five hours driving distance from Victoria. Victoria is connected to the mainland of BC through the Swartz Bay BC Ferry Terminal (located in Sidney), and to Washington State via The Clipper Ferry (passenger service to and from Seattle), Black Ball Ferry Line (vehicle and passenger service to and from Port Angeles), and the Washington State Ferry (seasonal vehicle and passenger service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands and the Sidney ferry terminal).
Tofino is also accessible by air from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle via the Long Beach Airport.
The Comox Valley Airport is approximately three hours driving time from Tofino via Highway #19, Highway #4 and the Pacific Rim Highway.
Tourism Tofino – www.tourismtofino.com
Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce – www.tofinochamber.org
District of Tofino – www.tofino.ca
Tofino Census data (2016) - http://bit.ly/2tqxLli
Medical services: Tonquin Medical Clinic 250-725-3282, Tofino General Hospital – 250-725-4010 Emergency 911
Tofino weather - http://bit.ly/2s3uqUP
Surf report - http://magicseaweed.com/Tofino-Cox-Bay-Surf-Report/1122/
Surf Cam - Cox Bay http://surfcam.ca/2015/05/long-beach-lodge-resort-webcam/