Bring your camera and sense of adventure

Whether you relax at the Resort and let the day unfold, or venture out to experience Tofino’s celebrated food scene and year round events & activities, let’s help you get your bearings.

  • Resort Activities

    Located beachfront in spectacular Cox Bay on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, there’s so much to do at Pacific Sands Beach Resort, we hope you can fit it all in!

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    • Sunset Trail Boardwalk through the rainforest
    • Beach-combing around Cox Bay
    • FREE Kid’s Camps July & August
    • Surf fun with beach toys
    • Games and puzzles
    • 500+ DVD Library
    • Daily surf lessons spring, summer and fall with Surf Sister Surf School, located at our onsite Surf Shack [more on surfing]
    • Onsite take out eatery Surfside Grill
    • Guided interpretive walks
    • Beach cruiser bike rentals for adults and children - May thru October
    • Complimentary on site yoga classes

    For parents looking to enjoy some worry free one-on-one time, we’re also pleased to provide babysitting and childcare.

  • Tofino Restaurants

    Tofino may be a small corner of the world, but our restaurants speak loudly in culinary circles.

    From casual fare to award-winning deliciousness, choose from a wide range of unique, local flavours.

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    Pacific Sands Beach Resort proudly recommends:

    Ice House Oyster Bar – Perched dockside in a heritage building with a sunset patio, enjoy local, Ocean Wise seafood.

    KUMA – Intimate, neighbourhood eatery serving humble, Japanese inspired comfort food, including share plates and a selection of sake.

    RedCan Gourmet – Open concept kitchen with inspired west coast dishes for take-out; local favourite for catering.

    Sea Monster Noodle Bar – Now open!

    Sea Shanty – First Nations seafood specialists with a renowned, adjacent art gallery.

    Shelter – Boasting a sophisticated yet uncomplicated seasonal menu with a relaxed attitude.

    SoBo – A renowned local treasure showcasing simple, fresh, locally produced ingredients.

    Surfside Grill - Classic beach menu including fish & chips,fish tacos, churros and ice cream. Located by the Surf Shack at Pacific Sands Beach Resort.

    Tacofino - Popular Baja fare out of an old film catering truck at the back of the Live to Surf parking lot.

    The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn – Relais & Châteaux Pacific Northwest cuisine with a stunning ocean setting.

    The Restaurant & Lounge at Jamies Rainforest Inn - Relaxed eatery offering breakfast until 2pm, nightly features, live music and shuttle service.

    The Schooner – A premier seafood and chop house with over 50 years of celebrated history.

    Wildside Grill Bistro – An eat-in/take-out eatery with a 'source to table' philosophy on food and an upscale twist on fish and chips.

    Wolf in the Fog - With a focus on fresh, wild food, this bold, new, award-winnning restaurant features split-level dining options and an eclectic art collection.


    Take Home a Taste of Tofino with our Cookbook

    In celebration of Pacific Sands Beach Resort's 40th Anniversary, Flavours of Tofino – a delicious collection of recipes from Tofino’s finest chefs and eateries – honours the abundance around us, and those that have shared memories around the table here for generations.

    Available in Guest Services - $24.95

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  • HIDDEN GEMS - Unique Tofino experiences

    Read on for some quintessential Tofino tastes, artisans and adventures you may want to add to your next visit.

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    Chocolate Tofino

    Discover this chocolate-lover’s happy place that’s so delectably delicious, it was named “the best handmade chocolates and gelato on Vancouver Island” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. From chocolate creations using handpicked berries to a signature Hot Chocolate Elixir described as “heaven in a cup,” this artisan shop often has line-ups out its adorable red door.  [ more ]

    Spirit of the Fire Glass Studio & Gallery

    Glass meets rain forest at this magical glass blowing studio where Tofino artist Sol Maya plays with fire. Sol’s love of surfing and the ocean as well as a passion for the solar system inspire his unique creations that have been exhibited at galleries all over BC, California and New Mexico. You may be lucky and catch Sol in action with his red-hot blowpipe in “The Glory Hole.”  [ more ]

    Tofino Brewing Company

    This burgeoning microbrewery started handcrafting liquid gold like Tuff Session Ale and Hoppin’ Cretin IPA in 2011, and is now being poured and sold in stores and pubs throughout Vancouver Island and Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Drop by for a tour and tasting in their retail store from 11am to 9pm daily. Chances are you’ll leave with a smile and a signature “Growler.”  [ more ]


    From the symbolic 2010 Olympic Winter Games Inukshuk, to totem poles you see showcased all over British Columbia, it’s easy to get immersed in the First Nations art scene. And its local artists like Roy Henry Vickers that have put First Nations art on the map and walls of galleries worldwide with a colourful 40-year career. Read about Tofino's world-renowned Eagle Aerie Gallery and how Roy thanked Pacific Sands for making it happen.  [ more ]



    If you’re a fan of wearing jewelry, you know the difference between everyday earrings, bracelets and necklaces versus “statement pieces.” But what if you could find jewelry that makes a unique “everyday statement?” Talented Tofino artist Christy Feaver creates just that with her handcrafted metal collection inspired by love, life, the sea and her travels in the South Pacific.  [ more ]



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