Read Our Insider Guide To Tofino, Ucluelet + Pacific Rim

Tofino Visitor + Resort Guide

Ready to explore or already enjoying the views at Pacific Sands? Dive into our Tofino Visitor Guide to discover our top picks for hikes, dining, and local activities. Whether you’re planning ahead or looking for your next adventure, find everything you need to make your stay memorable right here.


Resort Guide + Map

Guest Services + Contact Info

Guest Services (7am-10pm)


  • Network: Pacific Sands Resort
  • Sign-in using last name and suite number

After Hours Contact
In case of a lockout, noise disturbances, or emergency, please call 1.250.726.6380 or use the emergency phone outside Guest Services.

Provisions + Extras

Available at Guest Services

  • Complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
  • Provisioning fridge, freezer and pantry stocked with grocery items and snacks.
  • Board games, DVD rentals and umbrellas.
  • Gift Shop (8am to 10pm) with locally sourced goods

Behind Guest Services

  • Ice + water refill station
  • Vending machine
  • Beach chairs
  • Beach Toys
  • Outdoor games + sporting equipment
Getting Around

Pacific Sands is located 7km from Tofino and 11km from Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.  If you didn’t drive here, there are still options to get around:

Free Summer Shuttle

  • Travel between Long Beach (Pacific Rim National Park) and Downtown Tofino with the free summer shuttle.
  • Hop on at Tourism Tofino, across the road from Pacific Sands

Bike Rentals

  • Onsite Tofino Bike Co has rentals available year-round for pickup onsite

West Coast Transit Bus (paid)

  • Travel between Tofino + Ucluelet, with pickup at Tourism Tofino, across the road from Pacific Sands
  • Fares are $5.50 and can be purchased via the Token Transit App

Taxi, Private Shuttle + Ride Shares


Responsible Visitation: Pets + Beach Fires

Dog-Friendly Tofino

  • Dogs are welcome at Pacific Sands in select pet-friendly suites and must be kept on a leash on resort grounds and on all public beaches.
  • Please clean up after your pet.

Beach Fires + Fireworks

  • Beach fires of any kind are not permitted on Cox Bay.
  • Mackenzie Beach + Chesterman Beach allow fires in clean burning or reduced smoke fire appliances.
  • Fireworks are not permitted in Tofino except between the hours of 5 PM and midnight on the following days: January 1, July 1, July 4, October 31, and December 31
Resort Map
Pacific Sands Beach Resort Map showing location of all suites and amenities.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort Map (click to enlarge)
Emergency Procedures
Click to open Emergency Procedure PDF

Where to Eat

Onsite Eats
Tofino Restaurants

Restaurant Tour

Elevated Dining

Sit Down Restaurants

Takeaway + Outdoor Restaurants

Sweet Treats


Wolf in the Fog Tofino

What To Do

Boat Tours

Boat Wildlife Tours + Hot Springs Cove Excursions



Seaplane + Helicopter Tours
Paddle + Surf

Surf Schools + Rentals

Kayaking + SUP


Resort + Local Events

Resort Events

Complimentary Seasonal Events

Rainforest Dinner Series

Pacific Rim Events

Seasonal Markets + Free Outdoor Concerts


Tofino Events

Pacific Sands Events - Rainforest Dinner Series
Pacific Sands Wellness - Surf + Sauna

Wellness On Site

Complimentary Summer Beach Yoga
  • 5 days a week, 10am  (available June 29 – September 2, 2024)
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Pre-register with Guest Services
By The Sea Massage & Bodywork
Tuff City Saunas
  • Beachfront private Nordic Saunas
  • Two saunas available, with showers, change rooms, and Adirondack loungers
  • Booking in advance is recommended.
    • NOTE: Tuff City Saunas has multiple locations in Tofino – use the link above to book the saunas at Pacific Sands
Tofino Bike Co
  • Bike + gear rentals
  • Beach Bikes,  Geared Bikes, Kids Bikes, Mountain Bikes , Chariots,  Child Seats, Surf Racks + more
Forest Bathing on Pettinger Point

Take a stroll down our Sunset Boardwalk to Pettinger Point and unwind with a refreshing forest bathing session. Wander through the coastal temperate rainforest, and let the calming sounds of the sea guide your peaceful stroll toward epic ocean views.

Wellness in Pacific Rim

Hot Springs Cove

Geothermal springs + a small waterfall in the heart of Nuu-chah-nulth territory – this day trip by boat or sea plane is a must do.

  • Get there with a Boat or Sea Plane tour provider
  • Expect a 27 mile journey from Tofino to the Cove + a 30 min walk along a cedar boardwalk through a temperate coastal rainforest before reaching the pools
  • The boardwalk contains stairs and access to the pools + waterfall are via uneven, sometimes slippery, rock surfaces
  • There is a rustic bathroom and change room available at the entrance to the pools

Want a more exclusive Hot Springs Cove experience? Ahous Adventures has sole access to the springs with their 8am tours.

Float Tofino
  • Restricted environment therapy tanks – aka float pods in the heart of downtown Tofino
  • Soak aways worries + stress in one of two private tanks loaded with epsom salts
Floating Sauna @ Tofino Boating Co
  • A floating wood-fired sauna surrounded by nature and calm waters in Lemmons Inlet complete with kitchen, bathroom, paddle boards, hammocks + more.
  • Advanced booking is highly recommended.
Moon Jelly Bathouse
  • The Clayoquot Sound’s first seaweed floating day-spa
  • Private floating sanctuary and self-led experience with an aesthetic dock, 2 wood fired saltwater hot tubs, firepit lounge, paddle boards + more.
  • Advanced booking is highly recommended.
Pettinger Point Boardwalk


Sunset Boardwalk to Pettinger Point (onsite)

An exclusive cedar boardwalk to Tofino’s most epic sunset spot, Pettinger Point!

Head to the path behind the Beach Houses and watch for the boardwalk entrance to an easy cedar boardwalk to the point. When the boardwalk ends, you can look to your left for a view back of the resort, head to the right to views over Rosie Bay and Chesterman beaches, or continue straight ahead up the stairs to climb the rocky point for views of the wide open ocean.  Don’t forget your camera!


Multi-Use Path, ʔapsčiik t̓ašii

Spanning Tofino to Ucluelet, the multi-use path, or “mup,” features over 38 km of paved trails from the downtown of Tofino, through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, to the heart of Ucluelet.  Another name for the trail’s 25 km section in Pacific Rim is ʔapsčiik t̓ašii [ups-cheek ta-shee].

Access this trail across the road from the entrance to Pacific Sands and walk, bike, roller blade, skateboard in the direction of your choosing.

Rainforest Loops (Pacific Rim)

Located in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, take one of two scenic cedar boardwalk loops through temperate coastal rainforests.

Trails include stairs and note that parking may be limited. A National Parks Pass or paid daily entrance fee is required.

Shore Pine Bog (Pacific Rim)

Located in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, this short 800 meter boardwalk takes you through coastal shore pines near Wickanninnish Beach + Florencia Bay.

Boardwalk condition may vary – watch for gaps between boards and uneven surfaces. A National Parks Pass or paid daily entrance fee is required.

Lighthouse Loop (Ucluelet)

Located at the edge of Ucluelet, 30 minutes from the resort, Lighthouse Loop is a 2km coastal loop with epic coastal views and the historic Amphitrite Lighthouse.

Trail is unpaved with small sections of steep hills. Can be done as part of the Wild Pacific Trail or as a standalone trail.

Wild Pacific Trail (Ucluelet)

With several entrances in Ucluelet, 30 minutes from the resort, Wild Pacific Trail is an 8km coastal trail that can be broken down into sections or completed at once.

Trail is unpaved with small sections of steep hills. Some entrances have limited parking on the side of the Pacific Rim Highway.

Big Tree Trail (Meares Island)

Located on Meares Island, Big Tree Trail is only accessible via water taxi or tour provider, such as Paddle West Kayaking. Explore the historic site of Wah-nah-jus-Hilthoois Tribal Park where Tla-o-qui-aht activists started the “War of the Woods” to protect old growth forests.

The trail can be done in sections or completed as a 4.2 km loop.

Tonquin Trail

Explore Tonquin Beach and other beaches only accessible by trail 3 blocks from Downtown Tofino.

Pacific Sands Beach Resort Neighbourhood Maps