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Located just seven kilometers from the village of Tofino, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers a cozy front-row seat to nature’s most dramatic waterpark. The resort’s 41-plus acres take in more than 1,000 feet of beach and 1,500 feet of undeveloped coastline on the crescent beachfront of Cox Bay.

That’s not to say guests are roughing it. The only all-suite resort in Tofino, every room at Pacific Sands is oceanfront or offers an ocean view, and there is an abundance of comfy amenities, including fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces, organic coffees and flat-screen TVs. The selection of suites and beach houses provide a range of floor plans that appeal to both couples and families. All units are also equipped with private decks or patios facing the beach.

Guests can choose from a variety of activities or just breathe in the intoxicating ocean air. Pick up some fresh seafood and prepare it in your own kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local flavours. Renowned for year-round fun, it’s the perfect destination to explore fishing, whale watching and golf, winter storm watching and all-season beachcombing.

Built on family, romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades. From s’mores and board games in the gazebo, to surfing adventures and boardwalk strolls, it’s a haven for making memories.

Pacific Sands Tofino — the perfect convergence of land, sea and simple pleasures.



There is no better way to enjoy the wild West Coast than from the comfort and luxury of Pacific Sands’ private Beach Houses. The relaxed and roomy three-level Beach Houses offer oceanfront living in a breathtaking setting. From airy, 12-foot ceilings and cozy comforts to a gourmet kitchen and double soaker tub, guests can stretch out in the indulgence of it all just steps from the beach. With 1,350 square feet of space to unwind, the Beach Houses can sleep six comfortably and make ideal accommodations for a group trip or family get-together. Beach House features include a fully-equipped kitchen with dining area; living room with outdoor deck; gas fireplace; entertainment centre including HD TV, DVD and iPod dock; ocean view bedroom with a king bed, gas fireplace, HD TV, outdoor deck, full bathroom and raised view double-soaker tub; a second bedroom with two queen beds, full bathroom and HD TV & DVD; in-suite laundry and main-level powder room.


This spring and summer, Pacific Sands Beach Resort partners with the Raincoast Education Society to offer a new kind of West Coast kids camp. Children get their feet wet and their hands in the sand as educators deliver quality outdoor programming around themes such as Otters and Whales; Salmon; Animal Tracking; Intertidal Games and Rainforest Scavenger Hunts. One day they could be learning about a whale’s baleen or how to hunt for treasures in the rainforest, and the next day they might learn to make their own fishing rod. The programs keep children engaged and entertained by incorporating natural history, first nations culture, and art, all in the West Coast outdoors.


All this surf and sand can tucker a person right out, and sometimes guests just don’t want to get dressed (in the best flip-flops, of course) for a meal in town. Fortunately, when easy and effortless are on the menu, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers an abundance of culinary options for guests who want to eat in. Have a continental breakfast, with homemade granola and fresh-baked goodies delivered to the door, or order a picnic to go. There’s always the ‘do it yourself’ option. Pick up some grocery basics along with a fresh-pulled espresso drink at Beans on the Beach at Guest Services. That’s also where guests will find tasty menu options — like Southwest White Bean & Chicken Chili or Lasagna Bolognaise — from Zagat-recognized SOBO Restaurant To Go, or pre-order a dinner that can be easily heated in your in-suite kitchen. And most recently, the Surfside Grill – a sister site to Tofino’s Wildside Grill, offers up fresh fish & chips, fish tacos, burgers, and all the classic mouth-watering beach food steps from your suite.


Beach walks and bonfires, marshmallow roasting and memory making; these are the times that are custom-made for friends and family to come together. Whether it’s a wedding, a reunion, or a corporate retreat, Pacific Sands offers a perfect meeting place. The Pacific Beach House — the embodiment of luxury design with sweeping sea views, a large gourmet kitchen and open dining area — is well-suited for entertaining, as well as for nature-inspired corporate meetings and retreats. The resort’s gazebo is the natural gathering spot for beachfront barbeques, event fires and marshmallow roasts for up to 40 guests. And there’s room enough for everyone: with Beach Houses and Suites ranging from 520 to 1,400 square feet, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers flexible Tofino accommodation that can comfortably sleep up to eight people, and even four-legged family members, since the resort is pet-friendly. Families unite naturally at Pacific Sands Beach Resort.


The real draw when visiting Vancouver Island’s west coast is nature — and there is no shortage of ways to take it in, from ocean fishing and whale watching to riding the waves. Pacific Sands Beach Resort has partnered with several local adventure operators to ensure you enjoy the very best the Pacific Rim has to offer. Catch a floatplane ride to Hot Springs Cove, where guests can soak in a series of sulphur-heated pools that cascade to the ocean, or take the boat ride of a lifetime to see a pod of whales breaching or bears beachcombing. Both Jamie’s Whaling Station and West Coast Aquatic Safaris will get guests where they want to go. If it’s wave riding you’re after, Surf Sister can introduce both women and men to the sport of surfing in a safe, fun, and supportive environment, and offers advanced technique classes too. Finally, if guests are in the mood for some two-wheeled locomotion, Pacific Sands has its own fleet of cushy cruiser bikes for perfect pedaling on the Tofino Bike Path, which runs right from the resort into town.


For such a tiny town at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Tofino is blessed with a surprising abundance of top-notch eateries; it has become a culinary mecca for many city chefs looking for a lower-key lifestyle. Take a seat in the Spotted Bear Bistro for well-crafted cuisine made with quality products available on Vancouver Island, or slide into a booth at cozy Shelter restaurant and nosh on approachable, organic cuisine.
Since 2002, SOBO restaurant — short for Sophisticated Bohemian — has been winning hearts and taste buds with fresh, vibrant food, like humpback prawns and polenta fries; while even on a rainy day, Tacofino, the outdoor food truck, is the place to be around lunchtime for luscious, high-rise fish tacos. You should also dress for the weather while visiting the outdoor Wildside Grill, where commercial fisherman Jeff Mikus and professional chef Jesse Blake team up to deliver the freshest seafood around; and if you want a meal to go, don’t miss chef Tim May’s RedCan Gourmet where a beautiful open concept commercial kitchen allows you to interact with the chefs as they create inspired west coast dishes.


Just one glance at the crashing waves and sky-high conifers of Cox Bay and the need for sustainable practices that preserve the delicate natural balance of this magical place is clear. From a geo-exchange system and the use of wood killed by pine beetles to participation in the Clean the World program, eco-friendly is an understatement at Pacific Sands Beach Resort; which is why the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has awarded it a 4 out of 5 Key rating for excellence in environmental and social responsibility in all operational areas. Green Key is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels and resorts around the globe that are committed to improving their environmental performance. With the recent rollout of its Master Resort Development Plan, Pacific Sands is committed to even more sustainable policies and to striving for that fifth Key.


Back in 1972, the Bill Pettinger, a real estate developing visionary, found an ad for a motel in Tofino, British Columbia. At the time, Tofino was not the surf-centric and picturesque west coast destination it is today. The rest as they say is history.

In 2015 – after almost 42 years of friends, family, and legendary stories – the Pettingers passed ownership to Gordon Nelson Inc., another family-run resort operator with a passion for Tofino, and owners of nearby nieghbour Ocean Village.

Both families shared a vision that embraces Pacific Sand’s unique setting and rich legacy, catering to the many loyal guests who come back year after year, helping to create new generations of memories and great stories.


At the north end of the Esowista Peninsula sits the village of Tofino, a tranquil community notched in among sweeping bays and the towering rainforest on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The town is part of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Biosphere Reserve, an internationally recognized area that includes terrestrial and marine environments and extends from the southern boundary of the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to just north of Estevan Point. The reserve includes approximately 350,000 hectares of which nearly 83,000 hectares are marine. It’s no surprise that the stunning vistas, kilometres of pristine sandy beaches and amazing wildlife draw more than 1 million visitors a year, making Tofino one of B.C.’s premier vacation destinations. Visitors can spend the day strolling beaches, sampling local cuisine, taking an exhilarating eco-tour or shopping for original west coast art. There’s nowhere like it. Visit Tourism Tofino online.

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