8 of the Best Places to Stay in Tofino, British Columbia

Remote, wild and exquisitely beautiful, Tofino is a wonderland for nature lovers. But with such a huge choice in resorts, motels, B&Bs, campgrounds and hotels, choosing between places to stay in Tofino can feel like a difficult task. 

But I’ve got you covered. As a regular visitor to Tofino, I’ve stayed in a range of hotels, resorts, campgrounds and more. I’ve also visited dozens of others to compare the competition. 

Based on my own experiences and first hand research, this post will feature my ultimate favourite places to stay in Tofino. It also features a recommendation from my friend Leigh, author of hikebiketravel.com. Read on to get all the details!

IMPORTANT – At the time of writing (April 2020), Tofino is currently closed to tourists. This article is written in the spirit that one day, it will be safe to travel and visit beautiful places like Tofino again. Please do not travel to Tofino at this time
Distant beach view with sun gong down and silhouette of trees
Afternoon on Cox Bay beach, Tofino
Calm ocean with view back towards land, colourful houses of Tofino townsite
Tofino townsite from Clayoquot Sound
Three surfers walk along a misty beach in Tofino
Tofino is a surf mecca

Choosing a place to stay in Tofino

To make your stay in Tofino the best it can be, here are some essential tips:

  • Narrow down what kind of experience you want first. Do you want to wake up to oceanfront views? Or be right in the bustle of downtown Tofino? Is surfing important to you? Or how about elevated dining? Tofino is a small place and easy to explore wherever you stay, but the vibe and amenities vary between accommodations
  • Make a reservation early. Advance booking is essential to secure a great place to stay in Tofino, especially during the summer months when availability can be very low. Popular resorts and campgrounds sometimes book out six months (or more!) in advance for popular weekends and holidays.
  • If you can, visit off season. Not only does this offer more choice in accommodation, but prices are also lower. My preferred time to visit is October-December or March-May. January and February can be wonderful months for storm watching, but some resorts and facilities are shut for renovations during this time. 

This post includes affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I stayed at two of these properties (Ocean Village and Pacific Sands) with the help of Tourism Tofino. 

 

Rocky coastline with forest headland and sandy beach
Tofino’s coastal scenery is stunningly beautiful
Gemma standing on wooden boardwalk looking around at ancient rainforest
One of the rainforest hikes in Pacific Rim National Park
Crescent of sand with ocean waves and mountains
View from Cox Bay lookout

Middle Beach Lodge

Sitting on a headland between two beautiful sandy beaches, Middle Beach Lodge is an adult’s only sanctuary for visitors looking to connect with nature. The feeling of seclusion is fully maximized by a stay in one of the twenty rustic cliff-top cabins. Although less private, the lodge rooms have a similar aura of peace and quiet. 

Short hiking trails crisscross the 40 acre property, with one leading to a mile long private beach. You can either watch the sunset from here or return to the comfort of the Lodge at the Headlands, which features sweeping vistas, comfortable loungers, board games and more. 

Included in every stay is a continental breakfast, featuring freshly baked pastries, locally made bread and more tasty treats. Despite being incredibly central to Tofino’s attractions, Middle Beach Lodge is one of those places I could happily not leave during a short break (especially since dinner is on offer too, by reservation). 

Ready to book? Make a reservation at Middle Beach Lodge now – click here
Wooden two floor cabin with pink flowers blooming outside at Middle Beach Lodge, one of the best places to stay in Tofino
One of the rustic cabins at Middle Beach Lodge, Tofino
Rippled sandy beach with forest headland on misty day
Middle Beach

Pacific Sands Beach Resort

If you’re looking for upscale surf-in/surf-out accommodation in Tofino, Pacific Sands Beach Resort is a great choice. All of the palatial suites and beach houses are only steps away from the waves and there’s a surf school (with rentals available) located on site as well. 

Planning to stay dry? No problem. With 12 foot high windows and accommodation spread over multiple floors, the luxurious oceanfront beach houses offer a front row seat to all of nature’s glory. You can watch surfers play in the waves and listen to the roar of the ocean right from the sofa, patio or double soaker tub.

Not only are the waves on Cox Bay some of the biggest in Tofino, but the sunsets can be pretty epic too. Pacific Sands is definitely one of the most scenic places to stay in Tofino.

Read to book? Make a reservation at Pacific Sands Beach Resort – click here
The three story beach houses, just behind the golden sands of Cox Bay, make Pacific Sands one of the best places to stay in Tofino
One block of the Beach Houses at Pacific Sands Resort, Tofino
Balcony railing with views of sandy beach, trees and ocean at Pacific Sands
The spectacular view from our Beach House balcony

Long Beach Lodge Resort

One of my all-time favourite places to stay is Long Beach Lodge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Tofino. It’s an unpretentious, friendly resort – one you’ll have a hard time leaving.

I love it for its gorgeous, well-appointed rooms with a view (especially the rooms with an ocean facing balcony), the soaker tub, fireplace and lush robes. But what really strikes a chord with me is how a stay makes me feel – rejuvenated and relaxed. I also love the connection I feel with my husband when I come here and the long romantic beach walks.

While Tofino is known for its great restaurants, I have found the one in the hotel serves meals as delicious as any in town with a view. And nothing beats hanging out in your room, sipping wine watching the sun go down.

Recommendation by Leigh at hikebiketravel.com

Ready to book? Make a reservation at Long Beach Lodge Resort – click here
Two story Long Beach Lodge building with large windows, located just behind Cox Bay beach
Long Beach Lodge Resort is located just behind the golden sands of Cox Bay, Tofino. Photo courtesy of Leigh McAdam
View of dining tables and comfortable chairs in front of large windows looking out to beach
The Long Beach Lodge dining room has stellar views of Cox Bay. Photo courtesy of Leigh McAdam

Tofino Resort + Marina

Located a short walk from downtown, Tofino Resort + Marina is a quiet oasis on the harbour inlet. Recently renovated rooms provide stylish lodgings with a backdrop of mountains, islands and tranquil ocean views. 

Being a resort, it’s the amenities that really enhance a stay here. The on site Adventure Centre offers a plethora of wildlife watching tours plus guided fishing, paddleboarding and more. Our ‘Cook Your Catch’ adventure was a real highlight of our visit, including a private boat tour, crabbing and fresh crab supper.

The marina complex includes two restaurants – the Hatch Pub and 1909 Kitchen. The latter features a menu sourced and foraged from Tofino’s oceans, shoreline and forests, the work of recent Top Chef Canada winner Paul Moran. The food looks as stunning as it tastes. 

Ready to book? Make a reservation at Tofino Resort + Marina – click here
Marine Adventure Centre sign with Tofino Resort + Marina accommodation blocks behind
The Tofino Resort + Marina Adventure Centre
Plank of wood with various dishes incuding crab legs and lentil dish
Our ‘Cook Your Catch’ dinner at 1909 Kitchen, Tofino Resort + Marina

WILDPOD Glamping

Total disclosure, I haven’t stayed here (yet). But the concept and location of this place is just too good not to include on this list of best places to stay in Tofino!

Situated on the edge of Tofino’s scenic harbour, Wildpod offers a unique luxury glamping experience with six geodesic domes. Each dome has a huge panoramic window looking out to the ocean plus an en suite bathroom, kitchenette and propane fireplace.

If you like the idea of camping but don’t have the equipment or desire to sleep on the ground, these geodesic domes are the perfect fit! 

View of WILDPOD geodesic domes on shore from the water, surrounded by forest
The geodesic domes at WILDPOD, Tofino, are located right next to Clayoquot Sound

Ocean Village

For an affordable beachfront getaway, check out Ocean Village on Mackenzie Beach. The distinctive ‘beehive’ cabins sit right behind the sand, offering breathtaking perspectives of crashing waves and sunsets.

Rustic and compact, yet cosy and comfortable, the cabins have everything you need to feel at home. If you can, choose an upper studio suite. The elevated views offer just a touch more ocean for your money and you get to sleep under unique high arched ceilings. 

Protected by rock outcroppings, Mackenzie Beach tends to have smaller waves and winds than other beaches in the Tofino area. This, like the laid back vibe of Ocean Village, makes it one of the best places to stay in Tofino for families.

There’s also a heated indoor swimming pool (the only one in Tofino) as well as a hot tub, surfboard rentals, BBQ area and garden maze. 

Ready to book? Make a reservation at Ocean Village, Tofino – click here
Line of beehive cabins situated behind the sands of Mackenzie beach at Ocean Village in Tofino, one of the best places to stay in Tofino
The unique ‘beehive’ cabins at Ocean Village are located right on the beach
Sandy beach with ocean incoming, backdropped by mountains
Mackenzie beach is a spectacular stretch of sand

Green Point Campground

Green Point is the one and only vehicle accessible campground in Pacific Rim National Park. Situated on a forested bluff above spectacular Long Beach, campers can access the golden sands via a short (5 minute) downhill trail.

Most of the campsites are set into the forest, though a handful of oceanside sites have ‘peek through’ views of the beach. There are 94 vehicle accessible campsites (electrical service, access to showers, flush toilets) and 20 walk-in tent sites in the Green Point campground.

Reservations open in early January and can be made online or by phone. To stay at Green Point, campers must paid the National Park daily entrance fee in addition to campground fees.

Gravel drive in entrance to campsite with picnic table and fire pit, surrounded by forest
One of the vehicle accessible campgrounds at Green Point, Pacific Rim National Park 
Long Beach features 16km of pristine sand

Bella Pacifica Campground

Our pick for the best private campground in the Tofino area, Bella Pacifica Campground is situated right on beautiful Mackenzie Beach. There are oceanside, beachfront and forest sites available, offering different levels of privacy and service level.

What the beachfront sites lack in seclusion, however, more than make up with unrestricted views of the surf. All of the sites are within a very short walk of the beach and roaring Pacific ocean. 

Bella Pacifica is open from late February to late October each year and campsites can be reserved online. The campground has flush toilets, potable water, coin operated showers, laundry facilities and free wi-fi. 

Empty campsite with picnic table and firepit, just behind sandy beach
Some of the campsites at Bella Pacifica are located right on Mackenzie beach
Picnic table and fire pit from campsite just behind Mackenzie beach with panoramic views of the ocena
Do campsites get better than this?!

Things to do in Tofino during your stay

While Tofino may be small, there is an incredible about of things to do in the local area. And that is without even considering Ucluelet or the incredible road trip along Highway 4 to get there!

Here are my absolute favourite things to do in Tofino, based on many repeated trips and adventures in the area. I’ve done many of these twice or even three times! 

Calm ocean with boats, forest coastline and mist
Tofino’s coastal scenery is just gorgeous, no matter where you look
Ocean rock covered with sea lions, as seen on a wildlife watching tour in Tofino
Taking a wildlife watching tour is one of the best things to do in Tofino – you have the chance to see whales, bears, sea lions, sea otters and more
Walking tour group standing next to carved totem pole in front of Tofino harbour
Take a walking tour of downtown Tofino to discover more about earlier inhabitants
A boardwalk leads through a bog with stunted trees
The Shoreline Bog Trail showcases Tofino’s more unusual landscapes

Which will you do?

  • Go whale watching – you have the chance to see grey whales, orcas, humpbacks, sea otters and more
  • Be awed by giant trees on two rainforest trails in Pacific Rim National Park
  • Take a boat or floatplane trip to Hot Springs Cove and relax in the natural thermal pools
  • Walk on one of the many spectacular sandy beaches – my favourites are Long Beach, Cox Bay and Florencia Bay
  • Have brunch with a view at the Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn (keep alert for wildlife, we saw dolphins here)
  • Hike to the Cox Bay lookout for the most epic views of Tofino’s beaches and rainforest
  • Eat the best gelato in British Columbia (and buy handmade chocolates for later) at Chocolate Tofino
  • Learn fascinating stories about Tofino’s earliest inhabitants during a downtown walking tour
  • Take a surfing lesson or rent a surfboard and hit the waves
  • Walk the beautiful Tonquin Trail along the coast from Tofino to Middle Beach
  • Dine at spectacular 1909 Kitchen, home restaurant of recent Top Chef Canada winner Paul Moran
  • Join a guided First Nation paddle adventure to Meares Island and meet a 1000+ year old Western Red Cedar 
  • Brave the line (it goes pretty fast) and get take out at the legendary Tacofino truck
  • Walk the Shoreline Bog Trail and discover Tofino’s most unusual landscape
  • Enjoy happy hour in the Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort (2-6pm)
  • Discover more about the land, sea, sky and people of Tofino at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre
  • Taste local beers or grab a growler fill to go at Tofino Brewing 
  • Watch the sunset – head to any beach or, if you’re in town, 1st Street dock
  • Explore the whimsical 12 acre Tofino Botanical Gardens 
  • Take a day trip to Ucluelet – highlights include the Wild Pacific Trail and the best fish and chips in BC at Jigger’s

Looking for more info about Tofino? You may find these other blog posts helpful

11 Fast and Fun Hikes near Tofino, British Columbia

Where and How to Find Big Trees on Vancouver Island

A Complete Guide to Storm Watching in Tofino

Three Epic Beyond the Beaten Path Vancouver Island Road Trips

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