It should come as no surprise that the town’s beautiful surroundings create an inspiring setting for artists. Roy Henry Vickers, a renowned First Nations Artist, established the Northwest Coast longhouse-design Roy Henry Vickers Gallery in 1986, in the centre of Tofino. As the small community changed and grew, so too has his work, and visitors will find an incredible collection of his traditional and contemporary-style prints on display and for sale. To marvel at the works of artisans who create across multiple mediums—textile, pottery/clay, sea glass, jewelry, metal, and more—visit the Tofino Market.
Even as a smaller, remote destination, Tofino has more than its fair share of excellent yet casual places to eat. Wolf in the Fog, Shelter Restaurant, and SoBo are three restaurants with such solid reputations that Vancouverites have been known to consider the five-hour, one-way journey just for dinner. Seafood, of course, dominates the menus so pay special attention to the items featuring local salmon, halibut, and Dungeness crab. If you suffer from a sweet tooth, don’t pass by Chocolate Tofino without stopping in for locally made gelato or a handful of whimsical chocolates. And just a few steps away you’ll find the Tacofino truck for a taste of Mexico, left-coast-style.