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SAMANTHA GEER
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778.996.5956

PACIFIC SANDS BEACH RESORT - BACKGROUNDER

SURF, SAND, SOLITUDE & INTOXICATING OCEAN AIR
TALK ABOUT GETTING BACK TO NATURE

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.

PACIFIC SANDS BEACH RESORT - STORY STARTERS

Pacific Sands Expands

Pacific Sands is celebrating nearly 45 years of welcoming guests to Tofino – and this year, the resort will be adding forty-three new suites. The addition will consist of one and three bedroom Oceanside Suites, perfect for romantic retreats and family getaways, and the signature two bedroom Edgewater Suite which boasts an impressive 700 square foot deck and private hot-tub, ideal for storm-watching and staring out at the surfers. Renovations of the Sand Dollar Suite, Beachfront and Light House Suites are now complete and include updates to bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, lighting, new premium furniture, stainless steel appliances and a fireplace to cozy up to during the cold months. Also added are covered BBQ’s for grilling with friends and a hammock row for relaxing and taking in the endless shoreline. A newly refurbished reception area also brings a warm welcome to guests’ oceanfront oasis.

 

The $10 million expansion is targeted for completion in spring 2018, bringing the total beachfront accommodations to 120, along with the exclusive four bedroom Sunset House at Rosie Bay. Further upgrades are set throughout 2018 and include work to the Lodge Buildings’ suites.

 

Surf In, Surf Out

Pacific Sands Beach Resort is a year-round surfers paradise, with crashing waves (and a chilly 12C water temperature) that keeps surfers out on the water whatever the weather. All suites at the resort offer an ocean view and beachfront access making it the perfect place to surf in and surf out each day. Cox Bay, just steps from the hotel, is home to some of the area’s best surfing and the neighbouring Surf Sister runs lessons for beginners and pros from the resort’s Surf Shack. Queen of the Peak and the West Coast SUP Symposium surfing contests (both in early October) bring renowned surfers and paddlers to Tofino each year.

 

Live the best beach life at Sunset House

Get a taste of Tofitian life with a stay at Sunset House, the newly renovated four-bedroom vacation home that features open indoor and outdoor living spaces in a secluded Rosie Bay location. Hidden away in a favourite surf spot favourite, this previous owner’s home offers unique Tofino touches and incredible sunset views that can be enjoyed from the deck. Complete with a six-person hot tub, barbecue and outdoor fire pit, the 2,400 square ft. living space is a fully-equipped with a gourmet kitchen, dining area and breakfast bar and a living room that is ideal for cozying up in front of the gas fireplace and HD TV entertainment centre. Two queen bedrooms are featured alongside the king bed master bedroom, which has ocean views and a full bathroom.

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served, Pacific Sands Style

Post-surf snacks are served up at the beachfront Surfside Grill, with fresh fish and meats on the menu for hungry guests. New for this season is the Surfside start to the day, with breakfast items such as smoked salmon bagels and Kaisers as well as the new Espresso Bar. As deliciously aromatic as it is convenient, guests can swing by for specialty coffees, teas and hot chocolate to enjoy on a beach walk or take back to the comfort of their Beach House. Led by commercial fisherman Jeff Mikus and chef Jesse Blake, much of the fresh seafood you’ll enjoy at Surfside Grill is caught by Jeff just hours before in coastal waters, while Jesse whips up daily specials from the boat to the kitchen.Charcuterie and seafood platters can be purchased as part of a new in-room dining menu and Surfside Grill also offers catering for any party or occasion, from a taco bar menu for larger birthday groups to a private seafood dinner for two. Open year-round, hours vary seasonally.

 

Art on the edge: local artisans

Artists flock to Tofino thanks to its unique scenery and nature’s amazing palette of colours. Pacific Sands’ rooms are adorned with a variety of local Vancouver Island art and furniture, supporting the community and showcasing the regional artisans. Much of the resort’s artwork is by Jeremy Koreski, a born and raised Tofino photographer, who effortlessly captures the raw beauty of the west coast through his images. A coffee table created by the talented woodworker Paul Owen sits inside the Guest Services office. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Tofino town centre, where artwork by acclaimed First Nations Artist, Roy Henry Vickers, is on show at his Eagle Aerie gallery. Tofino is also home to two renowned craftsmen – Sol Maya, the charismatic glassblower who can be found in his studio just off the highway near Pacific Sands, and scavenger Artist Pete Clarkson who creates art installations from marine debris sustainably harvested off Vancouver Island shores.

 

Taste Tofino

The small town of Tofino boasts an ever-emerging food scene, with visitors coming from far and wide to experience one of the west coast’s hottest foodie destinations. Those travelling with their tastebuds have helped develop the taco culture that began with the infamous Tacofino food truck and continues with fish tacos a firm local favourite. Japanese comfort food at Kuma, killer margaritas and local fare at Sobo, award-winning west coast cuisine at Wolf in the Fog and fresh favourites at Shelter leave plenty to be explored. Visitors should head to Chocolate Tofino for sweet treats made on site and Tofino Brewing Co. is on hand to serve up local craft beers.

 

Complimentary Family Activities

Pacific Sands offers daily kids camp in collaboration with the RainCoast Education Society through July and August. These coveted programs help young guests understand the ecology of the beach, ocean, tidepools, rainforest, wildlife and their relationship with one another. Other complimentary family friendly activities include organized beach games, hosted fireside S’mores roasts and movie nights all summer long.

 

Fun extras

Whether you’re 5 or 75 Pacific Sands also has a fleet of Beach Cruiser Bicycles to roll into town or ride along the shoreline. If you would rather get your zen on we are pleased to offer onsite complimentary yoga classes, every Saturday morning all year long and additional classes throughout the summer.

 

Turning a vacation into business: Young Tofino Entrepreneurs  

Where the average age is 30-35 years old, and the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in the tight-knit community, new businesses are thriving in Tofino. Young people especially are attracted to the surfers lifestyle and creative vibe of Tofino and many come to work there for a season before returning to set up a business and call it home. Companies that begun like this include Tofino Brewing Co., founded in 2011 by three young guys who wanted to find a more fun way of making money than working on the tug boats, and Rhino Coffee House, which was founded by Duane Bell after leaving his stockbroker life to surf. Tofino is on the map thanks to young entrepreneurs like Tofino Towel Co., which promotes the beach lifestyle across Canada, and Pacific Sands’ owner and resort director Shane Richards, who spent time in California working in natural food sales before moving back to BC to manage Pacific Sands in 2015. Collaboration is key for the young business owners of Tofino and Shane continues to support the on-site surf package partnership with Surf Sisters Surf School. Founded by Krissy Montgomery after a college vacation turned into a long-term stay in Tofino, she went on to establish her fun and educational surf school and the all-female Queen of the Peak annual surf contest.

 

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