Storm is when you visit Tofino, on Vancouver Island in Canada, you’re in a wild and beautiful place. Here, the Pacific Ocean is powerful storm, surfers ride big waves, and the rugged coastline invites you to explore. Put on your hotel’s bright yellow raincoat, and come with me on an adventure in this stunning part of the world.
The Sound of Waves
As I head to Cox Bay beach, the loud crash of the Pacific waves surrounds me. It’s like being in a front-row seat in a movie theater with amazing sound, but it’s real, and it’s nature’s masterpiece. I can’t help but record this magical ocean noise on my phone, hoping to take a piece of it home.
Getting to Tofino
Tofino isn’t a place you find by accident; you have to make an effort to get here. You can take a ferry followed by a five-hour drive on winding roads or choose an exciting flight on a floatplane from Vancouver. The plane ride is thrilling as you descend over the Pacific Rim National Park and the Clayoquot Sound, and it makes your stomach feel funny in a good way. But in Tofino, the journey is as important as the destination. It feels like you’ve reached the edge of the world, where the wild beauty of Canada’s western coast is waiting.
Tofino’s Connection with Water
Tofino is all about the water. The sea is relaxing and nurturing and separates you from the mainland while providing a home for animals. It’s also where you can see incredible storms and waves that attract people from all over the world.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort: A Great Place by the Water
While I was in Tofino, I stayed at the Pacific Sands Beach Resort. It’s just a short walk from the ocean, and there’s more to do than just enjoy the views. You can learn to surf, relax in wood-fired saunas and dip in the Pacific Ocean, or just sit back in comfy lounging chairs.
Embracing the Storms and Their Perks
Tofino’s exciting storms sometimes bring inconveniences like power outages. That’s when Chocolate Tofino offers a sweet deal: 50% off their delicious gelato. What better way to handle a storm than with a scoop of their secret recipe ice cream?
Honoring Indigenous Heritage
Tofino is close to the Unesco Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region and is on the traditional land of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. The indigenous custodians, who have lived here for over 5,000 years, know the special qualities of this region.
Nature Walks and Whale Watching
I had the chance to take a nature walk with Elder Moses Martin from Clayoquot Wild. He showed me beautiful cedar totem poles being carved, showing the rich cultural history of this place. The company also offers tours to see whales and trips to Hot Springs Cove, where you can hear stories while soaking in the sacred pools’ healing waters. When you sail from there, the next land you’ll reach is Japan.
A Bit of Luxury by the Beach
Pacific Sands is a fancy yet relaxed place with rooms right by the beach, cozy fireplaces, and big bathtubs. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day of adventures and storm watching.
Boosting Your Mental Wellbeing by the Ocean
One evening, I walked along a cedar boardwalk path to Pettinger Point for dinner, where I enjoyed a Dungeness crab fresh from the ocean. Studies show that being near the ocean, or “blue spaces,” can make you feel better and reduce stress. The sound of the waves helped me find peace and balance, making my Tofino experience truly special.
In Tofino, the natural elements come together to give you an exciting and peaceful adventure. It’s a must-visit place for people who love nature and seek adventure.