Pacific Sands Guide to Year-round Activities + Adventures

Get ready to explore your wild side

Whether you relax at the Resort and let the day unfold, venture out to experience Tofino’s celebrated food scene, or head off to explore Tofino’s many year-round activities, let’s help you get your bearings.

Perched on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park close to Long Beach and bordering Chesterman Beach, consider Pacific Sands Beach Resort a natural adventure hub to pristine beaches, ancient rainforests and the world-renowned, majestic fjords around Meares Island and Clayoquot Sound.

Located just 7 kilometres south of Tofino, you’re a short drive, jog or bike ride to a cultural hotbed of native artisans, restaurants and friendly locals.


Fun, relaxing, and not to mention great exercise, surfing offers the ultimate connection to you, the ocean and an inner balance that surfers call “tapping the source.” And they say, you’ll never look at life quite the same way again.

At Pacific Sands Beach Resort, you have world-famous surfing right outside your door. And with our convenient, onsite Surf Shack, featuring lessons and equipment from Surf Sister Surf School, you’re in good hands.

Paddle Surfing

Tofino Paddle Surf offers Standup Paddle Boarding tours, lessons and rentals in Tofino, BC, Canada. Quality equipment and quality instruction focusing on skill, safety, etiquette and an appreciation for our coastal environment.

Join us at our beach front location for Standup Paddle Boarding and Surf rental, retail, learning and fun! Lifelong local surf experts offer you an experience of a lifetime and introduce you to an epic way to be on the water, enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.  Get a fun workout and learn something new!!

Group and private lessons and tours available. Beginners to intermediate. Flatwater and surf. Learn from Tofino’s ORIGINAL Standup Paddle Board and Surf Crew, Tofino Paddle Surf.

Wilderness Tours

An adventurer’s nirvana, the Tofino/Long Beach area is showcased and celebrated by some of the most experienced and distinguished wildlife tour operators in the world.

If watching a pod of whales breeching or bears beachcombing intrigues you, ask us how. We’ll match your inner-Discovery Channel with the wilderness experience you’ve always dreamed of.

Pacific Sands recommends several world-class adventure tour operators including Jamie’s Whaling Station Remote Passages and West Coast Aquatic Safaris.

Contact us for more info at 1.800.565.2322

Air Tour of Clayoquot Sound

You think you’re ready for it, and then you see it in all its majesty. As leave-you-breathless as it is world-renowned, enjoy a birds-eye view of Clayoquot Sound with incredibly scenic 20 and 45 minute tours in Cessna and Beaver float-planes. For more information visit Atleo Air or Tofino Air.


The Kennedy River Watershed is Traditional Tla-o-qui-aht Territory. A view from above would reveal this hidden treasure, a fantastic canyon only steps from Highway 4. Hidden by dense rainforest and cut from centuries of flowing white water, the canyon plunges to over 100 ft. below the road level. The river drops and pools its way through the canyon as it narrows and forces the water through spaces so small the only way to see it is from above…on a zipline. For more information visit West Coast Wild Zipline Tours.

Pacific Rim National Park

The exposed open coast of the Pacific Coast Mountains make up the spectacular surroundings of Pacific Rim. Composed of three areas—Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands—unique highlights include an island archipelago, old-growth coastal temperate rainforest, and archaeological sites.

To really immerse yourself in this amazing marine and forest environment, interpretive programs are available throughout the summer.

Please note that Day Use Fees apply:
Adult (17-64)   $7.80
Senior (65+)    $6.80
Youth (6-16)    $3.90
Family/Group  $19.60

For more information visit Pacific Rim National Park

Raincoast Education Society

The Raincoast Education Society is an independent, non-profit society and registered Canadian charity. The Society’s aim is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of shaping this future for our region and for our planet.

For more information visit Raincoast Educational Society.

Spa Days

Don’t go too far! Check out our onsite ‘By The Sea’ Massage & Bodywork Wellness Services.

With a holistic approach to international styles of massage, Sacred Stone Spa offers a diverse roster of bodywork on Tofino’s waterfront.

And for a range of services inspired by Tofino’s natural surroundings, visit the award winning Ancient Cedars Spa at The Wickaninnish Inn.

Tofino Restaurants

Tofino may be a small corner of the world, but our restaurants speak loudly in culinary circles. From casual fare to award-winning deliciousness, choose from a wide range of unique, local flavours.


Bravacados – Delicious, creative and unique vegan cuisine 🌱 whether you’re vegan or a meat-lover, stop in for this unique dining experience and let us show you how amazing plant-based foods can be.

Pizzamoto – Modern artisanal pizza, salads & sweet treats in the heart of Downtown Tofino.

Hatch Pub/1909 Kitchen – Discover the taste of Tofino at 2019 Top Chef Canada, Paul Moran’s 1909 Kitchen. Ingredient driven menu, sourced and foraged from Tofino’s oceans, shoreline and forests. There’s no better place to enjoy your meal than on our jaw-dropping waterfront patio, or inside against a backdrop of mountains and coastline. Bring your day’s catch if you wish, and our chef will prepare and cook it for you in our 1000 degree wood fired Mugnaini oven.

RedCan Gourmet – Open concept kitchen with inspired west coast dishes for take-out; local favourite for catering.

Shelter – Boasting a sophisticated yet uncomplicated seasonal menu with a relaxed attitude.

Shed – Warm, relaxed stop serving burgers, healthy bowls & brews plus year-round patio seating & take-out.

SoBo – A renowned local treasure showcasing simple, fresh, locally produced ingredients.

Rhino Coffee House – Tofino’s best coffee shop also offers breakfast bagels, burritos, wraps, sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked donuts. Free WiFi Internet with a surf-inspired vibe.

Surfside Grill – Classic beach menu including fish & chips, fish tacos, churros and ice cream. Located onsite, by the Surf Shack.

Tacofino – Popular Baja fare out of an old film catering truck at the back of the Live to Surf parking lot.

The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn – Relais & Châteaux Pacific Northwest cuisine with a stunning ocean setting.

The Schooner – A premier seafood and chop house with over 50 years of celebrated history.

Wildside Grill Bistro – An eat-in/take-out eatery with a ‘source to table’ philosophy on food and an upscale twist on fish and chips.

Wolf in the Fog – With a focus on fresh, wild food, this bold, new, award-winnning restaurant features split-level dining options and an eclectic art collection.

Chocolate Tofino

Discover this chocolate-lover’s happy place that’s so delectably delicious, it was named “the best handmade chocolates and gelato on Vancouver Island” by Frommer’s Travel Guides.

From chocolate creations using handpicked berries to a signature Hot Chocolate Elixir described as “heaven in a cup,” this artisan shop often has line-ups out its adorable red door.

Tofino Brewing Company

This burgeoning microbrewery started handcrafting liquid gold like Tuff Session Ale and Hoppin’ Cretin IPA in 2011, and is now being poured and sold in stores and pubs throughout Vancouver Island and Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Drop by for a tour and tasting in their retail store from 11am to 9pm daily.

Chances are you’ll leave with a smile and a signature “Growler.”

Roy Henry Vickers - Eagle Aerie Gallery

From the symbolic 2010 Olympic Winter Games Inukshuk, to totem poles you see showcased all over British Columbia, it’s easy to get immersed in the First Nations art scene. And its local artists like Roy Henry Vickers that have put First Nations art on the map and walls of galleries worldwide with a colourful 40-year career.

Read about Tofino’s world-renowned Eagle Aerie Gallery and how Roy thanked Pacific Sands for making it happen.  [ more ]

Tofino Craft Distillery

Handcrafted Premium Spirits

Come visit the Tofino Distillery Tasting Room to try some of our Mini-Cocktail tasters and to see what new infusions we have on the bar this week!

Our flagship spirits include our Small Batch Vodka, Jalapeño Vodka, West Coast Gin, Old Growth Cedar Gin and our extremely unique Psychedelic Jellyfish Absinthe!  Additionally, we offer a Rose Hibiscus Gin (our pink gin!), Espresso Vodka and the all-new Tofino Beach Fire Cinnamon Spirit.  If you visit us in person, the menu is always evolving with new creations to sample.

In addition to our lineup of 375 mL and 750 mL Bottles of Spirits for sale, we also offer branded glassware, T-shirts, hoodies and other great gifts as well as Craft Tonics and Tofino Kombucha To Go to complete your beach day or camping kit!

The Factory Tofino

Handcrafted Leather Goods, Hand Forged Jewellery, Original Photography & Printshop. Made In Tofino.

Tofino, B.C, Canada is a small beach town; woven tightly together by community-oriented values, and fuelled by entrepreneurialism.  By fostering this local energy, these three small business owners have designed a work-life that is supportive and balanced.  Connection is the main theme amongst the trio, and through this co-operative effort comes the opportunity to welcome a larger audience to their own personal crafts. The Factory space highlights the shared passion for creativity and high-quality craftsmanship.  Each brand is handcrafted and designed to last; be it precious metals, leather, or photographs, these are keepsakes that will help you remember your trip to the coast for as long as you let them.

Jeremy Koreski Photo Gallery


Located in the heart of Tofino on Vancouver Island, we are home to the photographic work of local outdoor photographer Jeremy Koreski. We are open to the public 7 days a week, and prints are available to order online 24/7. Our team would be happy to help you select the perfect piece for your space.

Lux.Fino - Custom Beach Picnics

Introducing Lux.Fino – Tofino’s first-ever luxury pop-up picnic experience!

Lux.Fino provides a luxuriously cozy picnic while offering a unique experience and sense of adventure. Lux.Fino tables are eco-friendly, locally sourced, and inspired by the majesty of the island. Please take a seat and enjoy a twist on a timeless tradition!

Whether you choose to indulge in a romantic dinner, celebrate an engagement, elopement, corporate event or a gathering of friends, Lux.Fino is here so you can spend less time creating and planning and more time basking in beautiful lasting memories.

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Cleanline Sportfishing

Located in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia on Vancouver Island’s stunning west coast, Cleanline Sportfishing Ltd. offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing experiences. Our premium charters are fully guided and outfitted, combining local knowledge and passion for the sport with attention to comfort and safety of our clients. Cleanline Sportfishing experiences can be fully customized for all ages and ability levels, and with every excursion we focus on best environmental and ethical fishing practices.

We offer Off Shore Salmon and Halibut fishingFreshwater Fishing Experience and Salt Water Fly Fishing Experiences all based from our beautiful Tofino BC location. We also offer a unique inshore family fishing experience for those looking for a relaxing and educational adventure for the whole family. Visit us online at or call us at 18557263828 to book your Tofino fishing trip today.


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