DescriptionA fishing and resort village with sandy beaches, Tofino is on the western side of Vancouver Island at the end of Hwy. 4. The area was the site of Fort Defiance, where Boston fur trader Robert Gray and his men spent the winter of 1791. The fort was stripped and abandoned the next spring, and all that remains are scattered bricks and ruins.
Near Clayoquot Sound and the northern end of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the town's shoreline and waters are popular with scuba divers and beachcombers. In the spring whales often can be seen migrating along the coast. The Whale Centre and Museum, 411 Campbell St., exhibits scientific and artistic displays, photographs and artifacts depicting past and present whale encounters.
Several companies, including Adventure Tofino Wildlife Tours, (250) 725-2895; Remote Passages Marine Excursions, (250) 725-3330; and The Whale Centre, (250) 725-2132, offer whale-watching excursions on Clayoquot Sound. Tours lasting up to 3 hours may afford sightings of sea lions, porpoises and eagles. Combination whale-watching and hot springs cruises that last approximately 6.5 hours also are available.
Visitor InfoTofino Visitor Centre 1426 Pacific Rim Hwy. TOFINO, BC V0R 2Z0. Phone:(250)725-3414 or (888)720-3414
Things to SeeRemote Passages Marine Excursions