Must-Do Winter Activities in Tofino
While Tofino is known for its legendary endless summers and chill west coast vibe, winter is a different kind of cool. From majestic storm watching and misty beach walks to rainforest hikes and a celebrated food and artisan community, winter is when everything in Tofino—including tourist traffic—slows down and the breathing space gets even easier. Fireside reading and guilt-free naps should be part of your vacay plan, but when it comes to must-do winter activities in Tofino, check out the following unique experiences.
Relax off-grid on a Floating Sauna Tour
As you’ve likely noticed, the practice of sauna bathing and alternating cold plunges is having a ‘moment’ right now, especially the link to therapeutic health benefits including releasing toxins, increasing circulation, improving cardiovascular fitness, and strengthening immunity.
Now, imagine soaking in jaw-dropping Clayoquot Sound views from your hammock or fireside Adirondack chair as you rest between sessions in a wood-fired floating sauna that’s so remote, you feel like you have the whole bay to yourself… because you do.
Tofino Boating Co.’s Dan Currie makes that happen with Floating Sauna Tours for up to 5 hours of relaxation for 4 to 6 people. Grab your towel and meet Dan in Tofino Harbour for a 15-minute boat ride across the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound to a calm, private bay where he’ll drop you off, light the sauna fire, and show you around. Amenities include a firepit, paddleboards, stereo, washroom, and a kitchen to warm up and serve your packed lunch. It’s also stocked with complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and tea.
After your day of soothing sauna heat and refreshing ocean dips—and as you gaze out at the pristine shoreline watching for wildlife on the boat ride back—chances are you’ll feel lighter, energized, and more connected to yourself and nature.
Book a fishing trip in Clayoquot Sound
The spectacular waters of Clayoquot Sound are a fisherman’s playground and adventurer’s paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or never fished before, Charter Tofino offers guided fishing trips for 1 to 8 people by the hour, half, or full day.
While all the action happens on the back deck of the 30-foot Sea-Wolf with your Captain, Kelly Aspinall, the vessel also offers indoor, heated comforts and facilities.
Are you excited about going fishing but also want to do some scenic touring around Clayoquot Sound’s many islands, inlets, and highlights like Hot Springs Cove? Or how about bear or whale watching from the safe comfort of the boat? Kelly can customize your day and experience—just ask!
Experience an immersive, guided day-tour to Hot Springs Cove
Owned and operated by the Ahousaht First Nation, Ahous Adventures offers an opportunity to explore Clayoquot Sound’s Ahousaht Territories through the lens of the Ahousaht.
From bear and whale watching excursions on a fleet of zodiac and covered cruisers to their signature day trip—the Hot Springs Eco-Tour—get immersed in Ahousaht’s culture, language, history, and storytelling narrated by experienced, indigenous guides.
The Hot Springs Eco-Tour is a one-of-a-kind, 6-hour day tour that will take your breath and stress away. Enjoy wildlife sightings and a 1.5 km boardwalk through old-growth rainforest to a secluded, geothermal-heated pool carved out of the rocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
In short? Hot Springs Cove is a spectacular, natural hot tub with open-ocean views you have to see to believe. Combine that with an indigenous learning experience by the experienced guides from Ahous Adventures, and this is much more than a day tour—it’s a deep dive into the spirit and rich, cultural fabric of Clayoquot Sound.
Spoil yourself with a signature massage treatment
When self-care is calling, there’s nothing quite like the healing touch and soothing tranquillity of massage to feel more balanced and restored. By the Sea Massage & Bodywork—located right here at Pacific Sands—offers a range of signature services, with priority booking for Pacific Sands guests.
Expect relaxing local tea on arrival and a sensory experience from start to finish—including your choice of aroma blends—and the melodic sound of the surf in Cox Bay. All steps from your suite.