Rocky coastline along Middle Beach in Tofino
(Albert Normandin photo)


Surfer on Long Beach at sunset (Adrian Dorst photo)

Surfer on Long Beach at sunset (Adrian Dorst photo)

Tofino (population about 2,000), reigns as the jewel of Canada's west coast.

The stunning beauty and ecological diversity of Tofino's location in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the source of all activities.

Imagine, all in one place, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear-watching, bird watching, camping, hiking, storm-watching and First Nations cultural touring. Surfing is big here, and Tofino was named the best surf town in North America in Outside Magazine's 2010 Editors' Choice awards.

For all this glamour, Tofino remains the rough-and-tumble frontier town it has always been, easygoing, outgoing, enterprising, unpretentious and resolutely friendly. Yet it also boasts swank beachfront resorts, excellent restaurants and a dynamic arts scene rooted in nature and First Nations culture. Welcome to the end of the road.

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