On the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, you’ll find a small town called Tofino. You might not have heard of it before, but it’s well-known among nature lovers and surfers who consider Tofino’s beaches the surfing hub of Canada. It’s quiet. Laid back. Coastal. Full of things to do.
In other words, it’s a perfect place for a getaway from city life. For our honeymoon, we did a Vancouver Island road trip, and Tofino was one of the highlights of the trip. In this article, we’re going to give you 10 magical places to stay in Tofino, BC.
Surfing. Stand up paddle boarding. Ziplining. Biking. Hiking. Storm watching. Scenic flights. Whale and bear watching. The list of things to do and see in Tofino is nearly endless. The postcard-perfect beaches, lush emerald forests, and remote tranquil islands are the perfect setting for unforgettable outdoor adventures.
If you are passionate about the outdoors, Tofino is the place to visit. But you’ll want to find the perfect Tofino accommodation for your travel style.
While there are only about 2,000 permanent residents in Tofino, more than 600,000 visitors come to this area each year (that’s 2019’s figure).
If you decided to put this amazing surf town on your bucket list, here are the 10 best places to stay in Tofino, BC.
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Where to Stay in Tofino, BC: 10 Unforgettable Places to Stay
Whether you’re looking for a secluded retreat with oceanfront views, or to wake up in a forest-wrapped cottage, there is a place to stay in Tofino to suit your style and budget.
In Tofino, you’ll find affordable apartments, to luxury coastal resorts, and even a boutique hotel with A-frame cabins.
Quick Picks: The Best Places to Stay in Tofino:
Places to Stay in Tofino: Beachfront Resorts
The stunning Long Beach that stretches for 20 kilometers between Tofino and Ucluelet BC is the famous epicenter of surfing in Canada. So, if you are here for surfing and love beachfront resorts, check out these wonderful places to stay in Tofino, BC.
Long Beach Lodge Resort *TOP PICK*
Long Beach Lodge Resort is a perfect place to stay in Tofino for outdoor enthusiasts.
This lovely resort offers two room-styles. Depending on your preferences, you can book one of 20 two-bedroom Rainforest Cottages or choose from 41 rooms in the luxury beachfront Lodge.
All of the rooms are decorated in calming natural colors and fabrics. The Lodge has a restaurant and a bar/lounge with breakfast available. You can enjoy the spa tub, fitness center, business center, free WiFi and parking, and 24-hour front desk.
Long Beach Lodge Resort is located on Cox Bay Beach. However, there are other popular Vancouver Island beaches like Chesterman Beach and Clayoquot Sound, just minutes away. The Pacific Rim National Park is just 3.9 mi/6.3 km away.
Lodge Rooms: Deluxe Beachfront, Oceanview, Standard Rooms, and Penthouses
Deluxe beachfront rooms on the ground level have patios with direct beach access. These rooms also feature one king bed or two double beds, high-speed internet access, cast iron glass fireplace, flat-screen TV, fridge and coffee/tea making amenities, luxurious bathroom amenities, luxurious bathrobes and towels, warm duvets, and more. There are waterproof rain jackets available to resort guests too.
The Oceanview rooms offer partial panoramas of the coastline. Here, you’ll find an in-room safe, WiFi, flat-screen TV, cast iron glass fireplace, fridge, coffee/tea making amenities, balconies and seating patios with direct access to the beach (ground level), and more.
Their standard rooms offer stunning forest views and come equipped with king bed or two double beds, flat-screen television, high-speed internet access, fridge and coffee/tea making amenities, luggage racks, luxurious bathrobes and towels, hairdryer, waterproof raincoats and umbrellas, and other amenities.
The resort has two penthouse suites with stunning Pacific views. These luxurious rooms feature cast iron gas fireplace, a shower and double soaker tub with outstanding coastline views, high-speed internet access, flat-screen television, in-room safe, luxurious bathrobes and towels, and more.
These cozy, luxurious Rainforest Cottages are nestled among the coastal forest, only a 20-minute walk from the Long Beach Lodge Resort and the beach. If you’re looking for a perfect romantic getaway or some quiet time with your family, Rainforest Cottages are the best Tofino accommodation choice for you.
Each 1000 sq. ft. the cottage features a master bedroom on the ground floor and the main living area with a gas fireplace, cozy seating area and dining area with fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy a soaker tub and separate shower in the bathroom as well as semi-private hot tub on the master suite’s patio.
And if you’re bringing your pets along, settle in one of four pet-friendly rooms in the Lodge or one of six Rainforest Cottages.
If you’re a nature lover wondering where to stay in Tofino, BC, the answer is Long Beach Lodge.
Middle Beach Lodge
Situated on the secluded West Coast oceanfront, Middle Beach Lodge features two impressive lodges, the Lodge at the Beach and the Lodge at the Headlands with ocean and forest-facing rooms and twenty charming self-contained cabins. Perched between the spectacular quiet pristine beaches and rugged bluffs, this resort is the perfect place if you’re seeking a quiet and peaceful getaway.
Built from recycled timbers and rocks from the local river, the cabins perfectly blend in the surroundings. Everything inside from fine furnishings to a massive fireplace is made from recycled natural materials.
The available room types at the Middle Beach Lodge range from standard rooms to cabins and deluxe six-plex ocean-facing suites. If you’re considering where to stay in Tofino and are looking for a quiet resort, Middle Beach Lodge may be the right Tofino accommodation for you.
With a range of room choices, this ultimate getaway 3 km from Tofino will suit all your travel needs.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort
The perfect Tofino escape, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers the ultimate Pacific experience at every step. The resort provides onsite surfboard and paddleboard rentals as well as surf lessons. After amazing surfing, enjoy surfside grill or join yoga by the ocean – private or group classes, it’s up to you.
Rent a bike at the resort and explore Tofino on two wheels. The resort offers childcare services for all guests and a great selection of family and adult board games, for the whole family to enjoy. There is also complimentary high-speed internet available throughout the resort to keep you in the loop. And in the dawn, enjoy stunning panoramic ocean views with breathtaking sunsets from your suite’s patio while sipping on sunset cocktails.
The Tofino accommodation options at Pacific Sands Beach Resort include beach houses, oceanside suites, lighthouse suites, beachfront suites, lodge suites, signature suites and Sunset House at Rosie Bay. All the suites have fully-equipped kitchens while some of the suites can accommodate up to eight persons.
The resort is pet-friendly, with a limit of two dogs per unit.
Where to Stay in Tofino If You Want a Hotel
If you are a nature enthusiast seeking a comfortable, clean, and affordable Tofino accommodation, there are plenty of great hotels with easy access to the beaches and local amenities.
Here are the three best hotels in Tofino where you will have easy access to Pacific Rim National Park, and the beaches, sunsets and hiking trails that make Tofino special.
The Shoreline Tofino *TOP PICK*
The Shoreline Tofino is a beautiful boutique oceanfront hotel that consists of a lovely A-frame house and two A-frame cabins nestled in a natural landscape.
The A-frame house is perfect for families and groups of friends traveling together, as it accommodates 4-6 people. This beautiful Tofino accommodation offers remarkable views of the Tofino harbor and the ocean beyond. On warm summer days, you can take advantage of the hot tub and outdoor shower and during the winter nights, you can unwind next to a retro wood burning fireplace.
The Shoreline Tofino cabin suites are perfect romantic couple retreats with waterfront views. Some are pet-friendly for an additional charge.
The recently renovated MAQ boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the village of Tofino. The hotel is overlooking the harbor and features beautifully decorated brand-new rooms with new bathrooms and organic, locally sourced bath products, great food, high-speed internet access, and full or partial harbor views. The accommodation includes king and queen rooms and spacious suites.
There is also a beer, wine, and spirits store located right in the hotel, as well as the onsite pub if you want to relax at the end of the day.
Located in the stunning waterfront of the Tofino Botanical Gardens, The Ecolodge is a 12-bedroom B&B that offers quiet and affordable accommodation for up to 32 people. It’s a great Tofino accommodation choice for larger groups of travelers such as educational groups, weddings or team-building excursions. Breakfast is included, and in most rooms you’ll have a shared bathroom.
You can enjoy free WiFi in all rooms, the outdoor fire pit and the patio with a communal BBQ and free admission to the Tofino Botanical Gardens. There is also a surf wash and dry station at the lodge to fulfill your surfing experience in Tofino.
Where to Stay if You Want an Apartment
Whether you’re coming to Tofino for some amazing surfing, hiking and mountain biking, wildlife watching or simply to retreat from day-to-day life, this serene Vancouver Island area with lush green rainforests, rocky shorelines, and long beaches will soothe your soul and boost your energy.
If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in Tofino where you’ll have plenty of space and privacy, check out these apartments.
Fred Tibbs Island Village Properties *TOP PICK*
Located in the downtown Tofino, the Fred Tibbs Island Village Properties offer beautiful oceanfront views through large windows and balconies. The apartments are only short walking distance to the town’s amenities like restaurants, cafes, groceries, galleries, and more. The Tonquin Beach is 15 to 20-minute walk away through the beautiful lush rainforest trail.
We actually stayed in this complex, and the location really couldn’t be better. It’s close to downtown, and some of the units have great views of the water and the landing sea planes. Plus, on a stormy day (there’s sure to be at least one during your visit unless you’re there in peak summer), the cozy fireplace is a great place to hang out.
All condos feature fully equipped kitchens, queen or double beds, free WiFi, a flat-screen television, natural bath amenities, and everything else you may need during your stay.
Situated only a five-minute drive from Tofino and a two-minute walk from beautiful Chesterman Beach, Chesterman Hideaway features immaculate spacious suites, each of them facing into an emerald green forest. The suites are adult-only. However, you can inquire with the owner regarding child-friendly or group options. Also, they offer pet-friendly suites. An added plus.
Sienna’s Harbour House
Sienna’s Harbour House is in a quiet, secluded location at the oceanfront, but is still close to the amenities in downtown Tofino. The property offers two bedrooms, free Wifi, two bathrooms with a shower, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a dishwasher. You can also enjoy the open living space and access to the patio with amazing ocean views.
Sienna’s Tree House
Sienna’s Tree House features one and two-bedroom apartments with a living room, spacious rooms, a kitchen/kitchenette, a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and a barbeque. It’s a little further out than the Harbour House. However, it’s only a 6-minute walk from Chesterman Beach, 1 km from Tofino Botanical Gardens, and a few minutes away by car to Pacific Rim National Park. If you want something quiet, this is one of the best places to stay in Tofino, BC.
Best Airbnbs in Tofino
When I travel, I usually prefer to stay in an Airbnb where I have my own space and I can get a fleeting taste of local life despite being a tourist. Tofino has some amazing beachfront resorts and lodges, which we’ll get to in a second if that’s more your style.
Tofino has plenty of incredible Airbnb options ready and waiting to be a perfect home base for your trip. Here are five that caught my eye.
Cedarwood Cove Retreat – Waterfront Cabin (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom) – This place includes free use of surf boards, wet suits, bikes, and more, which will save you some money on rentals. Plus, ocean views from the hot tub!
Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage Tofino (1 bedroom + sofa bed / 1 bathroom) – Perfect rustic getaway for a couple or a family of four with a sofa bed downstairs for the kids.
Harbour Hideaway Oceanfront Condo (1 bedroom + sofa bed / 1 bathroom) – We stayed in this complex on our trip, and it’s truly the perfect location if you want to stay in Tofino itself. It’s less than five blocks to basically anything in town, and has plenty of parking for the longer trips.
Ray of Sunshine (2 bedrooms + sofa bed / 2 bathrooms) – Private hot tub, outdoor shower, and centrally located between the southern beaches and Tofino itself? Sign me up! Great for a family or group of friends.
The Anchor at South Chesterman Beach (2 bedrooms + sofa bed / 2 bathrooms) – A 12 minute walk from Chesterman Beach, this rustic retreat has a full kitchen and a huge, light-filled living area thanks to the vaulted ceilings. There’s even an outdoor shower, which I’m always on board for.
Cox Bay Cottage (2 bedrooms + sofa bed / 2 bathrooms) – Modern and stylish cabin nestled in the rainforest. It’s within walking distance of Cox Bay, but not beachfront. Nice outdoor patio area with a fire pit, and another outdoor shower!
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Tofino
There you have it – a complete guide covering where to stay in Tofino, BC.
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