Tofino is Canada’s ocean playground, offering a serene, pristine setting on the northwestern edge of Vancouver Island.
The community of less than 2,000 people is tranquil and quiet, not to mention beautiful. It’s often talked about in connection with Ucluelet, another coastal community age just down the windy, country road.
World-famous Long Beach, where the white sand and surf attracts as many as one million visitors each year, lies between the two.
The Broken Group of Islands is also nearby — an archipelago of more than 100 islets in Barclay Sound — and it’s often a spot where wildlife abounds, including seals and whales.
The rugged 77-kilometre West Coast Trail is a popular, if challenging, trek for the adventuresome.
In the heart of Clayoquot Sound is the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve — an internationally recognized area that includes terrestrial and marine environments bordering the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
It’s a large area of close to 50,000 hectares of land and sea.