Sand, sea + simple pleasures


Read the story of Pacific Sands Beach Resort

40+ years of sun, fun, surf, and the good life

Only Pacific Sands Beach Resort can take you this close to spectacular Cox Bay on Vancouver Island. Spend some time on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, just a short scenic drive from Long Beach and the charming, seaside village of Tofino. Our guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades. Maybe it’s the s’mores and board-games around the fire. It could be the best surfing in Canada, or sunset boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point. Others say it’s the ocean air as you relax on your private deck, a home-cooked meal from your fully-equipped kitchen, or venturing out to Tofino’s many restaurants. Guests enjoy year round activities including spring/summer whale-watching, winter storm watching, and all season beach-combing. Nestled in old-growth forests and powered by the beat of pounding surf, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers a range of beachfront and ocean view accommodations steps from the beach. The perfect convergence of land, sea, and simple pleasures.

Family First: The history of Pacific Sands Beach Resort

In 1972, Bill Pettinger—a real estate developing visionary, risk taker, and lover of the land—found his next bet when his brother Barry called about an ad for a motel in Tofino, British Columbia. Which at the time, was a  little-known area on the west coast of Vancouver Island. They ventured out on the majestic drive, and six hair-raising hours later (now far less, and smoother) they laid eyes on Pacific Paradise Motel and breathtaking Cox Bay for the first time. The rest is—as they say—history. The property would become Pacific Sands Beach Resort. The family rolled up their sleeves, methodically and lovingly growing the resort to 77 beach houses and suites.

New Perspective

In 2015—after almost 42 years of friends, family, and legendary stories—the Pettingers passed ownership to Nelson Investments Inc., another family-run resort operator. With a vision for ‘staged development’ that embraces Tofino’s unique setting, the new team looks forward to carrying on the resort’s rich legacy, greeting the many loyal guests who come back year after year, and helping to create new generations of memories and stories.

Pacific Sands Beach Resort Services

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Pet Friendly


Pet Friendly

Woof! Your pets have a beachfront home at Pacific Sands! We love furry friends and have dog dishes, treats, and pet towels for their arrival. And after a hard day of playing on the beach, we have pet wash stations as well as biodegradable dog bags and disposal containers. To reserve a pet-friendly suite for your visit, call us toll free 1.800.565.2322.

Pacific Sands Pet Policy

On behalf of the entire Guest Services Team, we are pleased to welcome you and your canine companion to Pacific Sands Resort. In our attempt to make you and your pets’ stay with us as pleasant as possible—without impacting on the cleanliness and quiet enjoyment of our other guests—we would appreciate your cooperation.

• Limit of 2 pets per unit.
• Please register your pet at time of check in.
• Pets of non-registered guests are not permitted. Pets are permitted in “Pet Friendly” Suites only, if you are visiting friends or relatives staying at the resort, please ensure that your pet does not enter other Suites.
• A one-time charge of $40.00 per pet will be charged to your guest account.
• A $200.00 damage deposit will be taken upon check in. Your suite will be inspected by a staff member before your deposit is returned.
• Dogs must be leashed at all times.
• Cox Bay is considered a public area and a Tofino By-Law prohibits unleashed dogs on all local beaches. Please pick up after your companion; doggy bags are conveniently located throughout the Resort.
• We would ask that you do not leave your pet unattended in your Suite for extended periods of time.
• Dogs that bark excessively, act in an aggressive manner or disturb other guests or resort staff will be asked to leave the resort.
• Dog rinsing and washing areas are provided for your convenience.
• We provide pet towels to dry your companion.
• We request that pets do not sit directly on furniture or bedding.
• Pet owners are reminded that Cox Bay serves as a natural habitat to many migratory shorebirds and to please ensure their pet is under control.

Eco Friendly


Eco Friendly

Being green comes naturally here on the west coast. Everyday we are inspired by the beauty of our area and the wildlife and habitat we live in. We’re committed to sustainable practices that preserve the balance of this incredible destination and the resources we use. For us, that means our geo-exchange system, recycling materials and using pine beetle infested materials, adding electric and Tesla car charging stations, low flush toilets, and making sure any materials we use set an example for future generations.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program Gold Level
We are proud to be one of the recognized hotels that engages in environmentally friendly practices, making it easier for travellers to find and book a greener stay.

Green Key Eco-Rating Program
We are thrilled to be awarded a 4 out of 5 key rating for excellence in environmental and social responsibility in all operational areas.

In-suite Amenities With a Conscience
We’re done with wasteful in-suite amenity bottles, and all over the natural goodness of Sea Wench, in eco-friendly pumps. Wait until you experience the healing essence of Clayoquot Sound in body lotions and hair-care.