Discover the stoke
You have booked your stay in Tofino and now want to make the most of it! Here are some helpful links that we, as locals, think are Tofino highlights.
Get your fill!
For such a small town, Tofino has big time choices and talent when it comes to dining - all owned and operated by locals! From the a.m. to the p.m., there is a place to find the right appies, meals, drinks and ambience for what you crave.
Breakfast and Coffee
Tofino can sometimes feel a little limited for breakfast options, especially when you’re up early for a fish charter or departure.
Rhino – This coffee shop can be pumping in the busy season! We like to call in our order to beat the line up. Large selection of sandwiches, wraps, bagels and donuts. Hey, you’re on vacay.
Common Loaf: Look for the red house on 1st Street, across from the Hospital. A family run affair, they serve up Coffee, sandwiches, wraps, fresh baked items (loaves of bread included) in a unique Tofino vibe. One of the oldest, long standing businesses in Tofino. Cash only!
Tofino Roasting Company 605 Gibson – Quaint roastery and café with locally made pastries. Does not hav a full kitchen. Check out their roastery up Industrial Way- and grab a growler from Tofino Brewery while you’re at it.
Pointe Restaurant 501 Osprey Lane – Located at The Wickaninnish Inn on Chesterman Beach. Stunning beachfront location featuring locally inspired fine dining menus. We love splurging on brunch at the Wick Inn as a great way to experience this beautiful property. You can also pop into the Driftwood Café for a hot drink before strolling Chesterman Beach to watch the surfers.
Lunch & Dinner
Shelter 601 Campbell St – a long time local favourite! Cozy and fun restaurant with an awesome patio (rain or shine). Shelter Restaurant is great for a date night, a night out with friends or a Canucks game.
Shed - Family friendly, burger joint. Sweet patio for people watching.
Sobo 311 Neil St – Only serving until 5pm dine in and take out. Try the polenta fries, Sobo margarita and the broiled oyster!
Schooner 331 Campbell St – Classic Surf + turf dining experience. This may be Tofino's oldest restaurant - opened in 1949!
Tacofino 1184 Pacific Rim Hwy – grab a fish burrito and a freshie and head to the beach! Tucked into the back of the Live to Surf complex, serving delicious Mexican fare. It’s so good they have opened other locations in Vancouver and Victoria, but Tofino is the original truck. You guessed it; can be long lines.
Wildside - Take out / outdoor dining. if your group wants more than just tacos you’ll be happy and satisfied getting food from Wildside Grill also located in the Live to Surf complex. We love their pulled pork poutine! They also have vegan and gluten free items. Keep your receipt to get 10% off at Chocolate Tofino, located right next door.
Don't stop there! We have amazingly talented pastry chefs too.
Ouest Patisserie - Locally owned pastry shop specializing in beautiful macarons, French pastry, and cookies. They offer delicious luxury wedding and celebration cakes that are handcrafted by a passionate duo. Contact them ahead of time to arrange a cake if you are celebrating a special occasion while you are in Tofino. Plus they have a Great Dane named Bon Bon.
Chocolate Tofino - Huge assortment of chocolates and gelato in the Live to Surf Complex. Line up can be long so you can actually call it in and pick up on the Tofitian side entrance.
Hot Springs – closed due to Covid. It was a great experience and we are hoping it will open again.
Golf – Long Beach Golf
Surfing & SUPing:
Everyone is new at some point, and Tofino surfers love to share the experience of the waves with others. Book a rental or a class.
Swell Tofino - Our pals at Swell will give Blue Crush renters 10% off! Ask for your referral code. They surf, paddle and rent in two locations.
Surf Sister -
Hiking & Biking
There are many trails & beaches to be explored, whether that's on foot or on wheels.
Beaches - Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay & Tonquin Beach which are all connected by the Multi-Use-Path along Highway 4. The MUP is 6km long and connects the town centre to all the beaches.
Beach fires - Depending on the weather, beach fires in an approved pit are allowed in Tofino on Chesterman and Mackenzie beaches. Firewood can be purchased at most gas stations and grocery stores (please do no burn the driftwood).
Trails - tofinohiking.com has great information of the trails in the area, including the Rainforest trail.
For the Toddlers
When our extended families come to visit, the little kiddos need something to do as well! Here's a list that our kids, nephews and nieces love to do.
Here are our top 5 tips to make the trip as smooth as possible.
- Spend 3 or more nights if you can swing it. With so many beaches to explore, and a long drive in with littles, you’ll want to be able to relax and enjoy the surrounding area as much as possible. Tofino is made for leisurely beach walks or beach cruiser rides into town (“downtown” Tofino which consists of basically 4 blocks).
- Take advantage of Blue Crush Concierge’s Delivery service and arrange for your basic groceries to have at your rental upon arrival-milk, breakfast stuff and a few kid friendly snacks to keep your toddlers happy and you’re good to go. This is a lifesaver when travelling with littles and saves time and valuable car space! We are all about optimizing beach time!
- Bring gum boots and a muddy buddy no matter what time of year you visit (for all members of your party, but some people may need to settle for proper rain gear as we don’t think adult sized muddy buddy’s exist just yet haha) This way you can stay on the beach until the kids fall asleep, leaving the adults more valuable evening hot tub and libation time. Mackenzie Beach is a little more sheltered for little ones wishing to do a little wading, although remember that the water is very cold in Tofino (temperature peaks at about 17°C or 63°F). Even if it is sunny, bring layers and towels.
- Bring minimal beach toys. You don’t need them, honestly. The kids will be happy for hours digging holes in one of the many sandy beaches and playing with seaweed, shells, and driftwood.
- Order some food to go from a restaurant and eat it picnic style on the beach-an easier, stress free mess free way to enjoy some of Tofino amazing local cuisine with your toddler, because who cares if they spill something while on the beach you can wash them off in the ocean 😉 Tacos on the beach from Wildside Grill or Tacofino is a favourite of ours!
Some other hot spots:
Village Green - The kids hub of our town, with playground, Tuff City Skate Park, and basketball courts, across from the CoOp Grocery
Elementary school field and playground
Find outdoor education activities at the Raincoast Education Society
Tofino Botanical Gardens - Now open + under new ownership.
Mini Golf - the Long Beach Golf Course has a mini golf course.
Ucluelet Aquarium - only 40 Km + 40 minutes from Tofino. Here is a site of other activities to do in our neighbouring town: Ucluelet with kids
Check out https://tourismtofino.com/events/ for more information on special events