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Planning a Vacation Trip to Tofino, Canada

Transportation to Tofino:

Whether you’re scheduling travel to Tofino from Victoria, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Whistler or Frankfurt, this information may help you to prepare for the journey. You can choose any of following travel methods to Tofino.

Car Travel Car travel

The majority of travelers to Vancouver Island like to drive. Mainlanders reach their destination via BC Ferries terminals, Departure Bay, Duke Point in Nanaimo and Swartz Bay (for the people of Victoria). Car travel time can differ depending on your stay at BC Ferries. A one-way reservation costs about $15 (in addition to regular fees). The highway is straight and wide from Victoria and Nanaimo.

Bus & Public Transportation

Tofino Bus offers affordable bus travel to Tofino (via BC Ferries) from Victoria, Nanaimo, Ucluelet, Vancouver, Coombs and Port Alberni from Parksville. Contract bus services are also available. Driving time to Tofino from Vancouver Island is around 7 hours (including BC Ferries trip). The IslandLink Bus and the Greyhound Canada Bus Lines provide services between several islands and Tofino. The local Beach Bus drives once daily but in summer twice daily between Tofino and Long Beach and also from all points in Pacific Rim.

Air TravelAir Travel

Tofino airport is located 11km south of town. There is both commercial and private airplane access to Tofino Airport. Travelers can reserve a flight to numerous airports. Daily scheduled flights are available from Vancouver International Airport, Victoria International Airport, Comox Valley Airport, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Contract flights are accessible through Atleo River Air and Tofino Air Service.

Tofino Accommodations
Tofino offers you a variety of accommodation choices to match all tastes, needs, budgets and wishes. Tofino accommodations include everything from a reasonable motel, campsite, and guesthouse to a four star hotel with every luxury you could want. The styles of accommodation are exceptionally diverse.

  • Tofino Campgrounds and RVs
  • Tofino Hostels & Dormitories
  • Tofino Motels
  • Tofino Hotels & Lodges
  • Tofino Vacation Rentals & home for a holiday

1. Tofino campgrounds & RVs Holiday

If you want to spend a summer vacation, spring break or a long weekend, Tofino campgrounds, with or without a recreational vehicle (RV), is a great choice. Tofino campgrounds will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the rainforest with your family and friends beside a campfire; you can also enjoy your nights listening to the ocean and of course stargazing by Clayoquot Sound. Following are some campgrounds in Tofino.

Crystal Cove
Bella Pacifica
Pacific Rim National Park – campground
Surf Junction Campground
Tofino Water Taxi

2. Tofino hostels & dormitories

Tofino hostels and dormitories are the preferred choice for travelers who are budget minded. These hostels are budget-friendly and you can expect a relaxed and friendly stay. A reservation is needed for peak season in summer.

Tofino Travellers Guesthouse
Tofino Trek Inn B&B
Clayoquot Field Station

3. Tofino motels

If you want to stay in town, out by the tranquil waters of the Inlet and very close to several beaches, then choose Tofino: motels. These ranges from simple to stylish and recommended motels are listed below.

Tofino Inlet Cottages
Tofino Swell Lodge
Tofino Harbourview Motel Ltd.
Whale’s Tail Guest Suites
Dolphin Motel Tofino
West Coast Motel on the Harbour

4. Tofino hotels & lodges

Hotel and lodge accommodations in Tofino are well-known for their superior hospitality. Tofino hotels include many popular luxury and oceanfront lodges.

Cox Bay Beach Resort
House of Himwitsa Lodge
Middle Beach Lodge
Ocean Village
The Inn at Tough City
Tin Wis Beach Resort
Tofino Guide
Weigh West Resort
The Wickaninnish Inn

5. Tofino vacation rentals and homes for a holiday
Tofino vacation rentals and homes offer you a variety of rentals for your friends, family or corporate gathering. Many of these rentals are secluded in the forest, or offer extraordinary beachfront homes.

Abalone Inn
Affinity Guesthouse
Bluewater Beach Homes
Blue Heron House
Cabins at Terrace Beach
Casa Vedova
Clayoquot Cedar House
Cobble Wood Guesthouse Suites
Gold Coast Retreat
Judi’s Seaside Cottage
Nalu House

There are some exceptional cabins located in the deep rainforest, in quiet places on islands or in private locations. So take a glance at these listings, check their websites and click for your perfect match.


Albert, a travel and adventure enthusiast from Vancouver, Canada, wrote this article after an outstanding trip to British Columbia in 2011.

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