Province/Territory: British Columbia

Luxury meets nature on the edge of the world

  • 20 foot swells
  • 240-degree panoramic views
  • 11 kilometers of sandy beach

You stand on the edge of the world in Tofino, with nothing but water between you and Japan. You’re here to watch one of the legendary winter storms that rise out of the Pacific between November and February to pound this pristine stretch of Vancouver Island coastline. Donning raingear, you venture out into a seething, foaming squall. Soon, you’re shouting and laughing as the salt spray stings your lips.

Later, curled up with a glass of BC wine, you watch 20-foot waves pound the shore from your fireplace-warmed suite at the legendary Wickaninnish Inn – pure rustic elegance on nature's edge. After indulging in a West Coast Sacred Sea treatment at the Ancient Cedars Spa, you tuck into local delicacies like dashi braised Pacific octopus and boiled Dungenes crab in The Pointe restaurant as Mother Nature unleashes her full fury on the other side of the panoramic picture window.

Why you should visit
  • Pull on your rain slickers and boots and feel the raw power of the Pacific waves crashing on the shoreline.
  • Experience the fury of the West Coast storms from the comfort and style of a luxury lodge in Tofino.
  • Explore the wild shore for great beach-combing finds after a storm.
  • Enjoy being pampered at the Wick's spa while the waves and winds rage outside your door.
  • Feel your skin refreshed with the fine mist of ocean air, otherwise known as a West Coast Facial.
  • Lounge in your soaker tub sipping a soothing glass of wine while the salt spray mists your window.
  • Drop by the on-site carving shed to see local artisans at work.
  • Savour wild salmon, spot prawns, and side stripe shrimp at the Wick’s award winning The Pointe Restaurant.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Storm watching in Tofino is now very popular and it's wise to book your stay well in advance.
  • Tofino it is not a major urban centre, but it offers plenty of big city amenities - from five star gourmet dining to luxury accommodations.
  • Tofino is located in the pristine Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Visit in mid-March and experience the Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrating the annual return of migrating Pacific grey whales.
When to go
  • Tofino's prime storm watching season is November until March.
Need to know
  • Tofino is very pet friendly, although there are some areas where local wildlife habitat prohibits pets.
  • Casual attire is ok at even the most upscale restaurants.
  • Dress in layers with lightweight shirts, a sweater or fleece layer, raincoat, gumboots and a hat or scarf.
  • Pack a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses for kayaking or whale watching on Clayoquot Sound.
  • Getting around without a car is inconvenient although the Tofino Bus provides transportation to the beaches and trails of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to and from town.
Getting Here
  • Tofino is as far west in Canada as you can drive and is still the only paved road to the open Pacific Ocean in Canada.
  • Orca Airways operates one daily scheduled flight throughout the winter between Vancouver and Tofino.
  • The nearest major airport is the Victoria International Airport (YYJ), a 5-hour drive away.
  • The drive from Vancouver, via Nanaimo is approximately 7 hours including the ferry ride.