OCEAN PLAY­GROUND

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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.

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