Sand, sea + simple pleasures


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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. Come 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 has something to do with making memories building s’mores and playing board-games around the fire. It could be that Pacific Sands is steps from 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, enjoy a home-cooked meal from your fully-equipped kitchen, or venture out to explore Tofino’s food scene, including many award-winning restaurants. And from spring/summer whale-watching and winter storm watching, to all season hiking and beach-combing, you can take your pick of year-round activities . 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 . 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 Gordon Nelson Inc. (now solely owned by 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

Pet Friendly


Pet Friendly

Woof! 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.

• We welcome dogs only; limit of 2 dogs per unit.
• Please register your pet at time of check in.
• Pets of non-registered guests are not permitted. Dogs 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.
• Dogs must be leashed around the Resort property 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; please ensure your pet is under control.




Being green comes naturally here.

Each and every day, we can’t help but be inspired by the beauty of our area, the wildlife, and the habitat we get to live in. And as a pioneering property in the community since the 70s, we’re committed to sustainable practices that preserve the eco-balance of this incredible destination and the resources we use.

Add in the fact that Clayoquot Sound was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 2000, and sustainability of our precious ecosystem is beyond best practices—it’s a mandate.

Read on for information on:

  • Environmental standards/ratings programs we are a part of
  • In-suite amenities with a conscience
  • Eco-initiatives around the Resort
  • Campaigns and programs we support with Surfrider Pacific Rim and Coastal Restoration Society