Short Term Rentals and B&Bs

On this page you will find the following:

For convenience, please find below a List of Licenced Short Term Rentals/B&Bs in Tofino.

What is considered a Short Term Rental?

Short-Term Rentals and Vacation Rentals are terms that are used interchangeably. From a land-use and zoning perspective, they are commercial uses rather than residential uses. Short-term rentals are defined as rentals for a period of less than one month.

The District of Tofino Zoning Bylaw defines the terms as follows:

  • Short-Term Rental means temporary accommodation use located in a secondary suite, caretaker cottage, or principal residence.
  • Bed and Breakfast means a business located in a single family dwelling that provides temporary accommodation to the travelling public and includes the provision of breakfast by the owner/occupant.
Where are Short Term Rentals permitted?

Short-term rentals are allowed in the R1, R4, RA1, RA2, RA3, A1, A2, A3, A4, C2 and CD(EL) zones, as well as the Fred Tibbs condos.

To find the zoning of a particular property, use our GIS Portal.

What are the rules?

Regulations regarding Short Term Rentals are found in two Bylaws:

This Bylaw requires owners or operators of buisnesses to hold valid business licences, sets the licence fees and establishes different regulations for different classes of business.

*NEW* An amendment passed at the December 14th, 2017 Council meeting requires owners or operators of tourist accommodation businesses to display their valid District of Tofino business licence number on any marketing, advertisements or promotions for the business. (Bylaw No. 858.09, 2017)
See more.

This Bylaw divides the District of Tofino into zones, and provides regulations governing the use of land, buildings, structures, parking, and landscaping. 

Proactive Enforcement

Since 2016, District of Tofino Council has authorized a proactive approach to enforcement of unlawful short-term rentals. This means that staff are actively enforcing compliance in this sector through inspections and investigations.

The Enforcement Process:

District staff gather information about existing short-term rentals in Tofino using “Host Compliance” software. "Host Compliance" allows staff to find current and past advertisements of short term rentals listed on a variety of online platforms using proprietary software and methods. Staff’s review of the listings indicates that there are several categories of non-compliance:

  • Short-term rentals offered and occurring where there is no business license;
  • Short-term rentals offered and occurring where not permitted by zoning:
  • Short-term rentals offered where there is no primary resident;
  • Multiple short-term rentals offered and occurring where only a single short-term rental is permitted.

Actions Taken:

  1. Send letters to every property owner in Tofino outlining what is permitted and prohibited for short-term rentals as well as the District’s plans for moving toward proactive enforcement. (July 2016 Letter)
  2. Amend short-term rental business license fees to meet enforcement costs. (Bylaw No. 858.08)
  3. Dedicate more resources to allow for direct and proactive enforcement. (Business Licence Inspector)
  4. Using Host Compliance and onsite inspections, prepare a list of vacation rentals that are in compliance with District bylaws and compare against information of known short-term rentals. (See List Below)
  5. Contact observed non-compliant property owners.
  6. Increase enforcement activity on non-compliant properties that includes:
    • Consideration of suspending business licenses.
    • Issuing fines to businesses operating unlawfully.
    • Issuing fines to agencies facilitating unlawful rentals.
    • Prosecution of bylaw offences in BC Supreme Court and Adjudication.

Over 65 Tickets have been issued in 2017 for Short Term Rental non-compliance

To view Adjudication Notices for tickets that are being disputed, Click Here.

Staff are committed to working with all owners to come into compliance. 

How to get a Business Licence for Short Term Rentals

To obtain a District of Tofino Business Licence, make sure you have taken the following steps:

List of Licenced Short Term Rentals and B&Bs

Please find below a list of the short term rental properties that have 2017 District of Tofino Business Licences.*

*NOTE: While current business licences have been issued for 2017, this does not confirm compliance with all District bylaws. The District of Tofino is currently reviewing business licenses and working with owners to gain compliance with all applicable bylaws.

This list will be updated monthly by District staff. 

Last Updated: December, 2017

*PLEASE NOTE: This list will be updated in February, 2018, after annual Business Licence Renewals have been processed.

Owner Name Suite Street Number Street Name
PORTOFINO 103 230 MAIN STREET
CLAYOQUOT VIEW 104 230 MAIN STREET
HARBOURFRONT GUEST SUITE 105 230 MAIN STREET
FRED TIBBS #6 106 230 MAIN STREET
VISTA HERMOSA ENTERPRISES, DBA VISTA HERMOSA 2 201 230 MAIN STREET
FRED TIBBS CONDO #10 202 230 MAIN STREET
S & T HOLDINGS, DBA SHORELINE SUITE 203 230 MAIN STREET
TOFINO WATERFRONT STUDIO 205 230 MAIN STREET
EAGLEVIEW 207 230 MAIN STREET
ALISON MURFITT 208 230 MAIN STREET
FRED TIBBS #17 SEA SHELL 209 230 MAIN STREET
CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS 301 230 MAIN STREET
FRED TIBBS #19 302 230 MAIN STREET
UNIT 20 FRANK TIBBS 303 230 MAIN STREET
HARBOUR HIDEAWAY 304 230 MAIN STREET
FRED TIBBS CONDO 22 305 230 MAIN STREET
SUNSET LOFT TOFINO 306 230 MAIN STREET
CARRIE MARSHALL VACATION RENTALS 307 230 MAIN STREET
MEARESVIEW 308 230 MAIN STREET
TIBBS 26 309 230 MAIN STREET
VISTA HERMOSA ENTERPRISES, DBA VISTA HERMOSA 250 MAIN STREET
TOFINO TREK-INN B&B   371 MAIN STREET
TOFINO TRAVELLERS GUESTHOUSE   231 MAIN STREET
JARMOS   240 CAMPBELL STREET
241 CAMPBELL STREET   241 CAMPBELL STREET
LONE CONE GUEST SUITES   170 SECOND STREET
TOFINO - OSPRAY LODGE B&B   450 NEILL STREET
THE BIRDS NEST   210 FIRST STREET
RAVENS NEST   355 NEILL STREET
THE BEACON GUESTHOUSE   371 NEILL STREET
GOLD'S COTTAGE   255 GARRARD RD        
THE FLOWER FOREST GUESTHOUSE   210 FOURTH STREET
ARTISTS NOOK VACATION RENTAL   268 FIRST STREET
STORM WATCH SUITES   120 ARNET RD          
MEARES RETREAT   140 ARNET RD          
TIDES INN BED & BREAKFAST   160 ARNET RD          
PACIFIC RETREAT   321 ARNET LANE        
HILLTOP HAVEN   300 FOURTH STREET
TONQUIN BEACH SUITE   310 TONQUIN PARK RD   
FIREBIRD GUEST HOUSE TOFINO   191 ARNET RD          
ON THE BEACH GUEST SUITE   351 TONQUIN PARK RD   
WATERS EDGE   331 TONQUIN PARK RD   
BLUE BEAR BED & BREAKFAST   327 TONQUIN PARK RD
371 TONQUIN   371 TONQUIN PARK RD   
BEACH NEST   361 TONQUIN PARK RD   
TONQUIN POINT STUDIO   367 TONQUIN PARK RD   
OSA HOUSE TOFINO   336 PETERSON DR       
MACKENZIE DYNAMICS CONTRACTING   335 LEIGHTON WAY      
CAMBRIAN ARBORICULTURE CONSULTANTS   325 LEIGHTON WAY      
OCEAN HILL HOUSE   211 ARNET RD          
STAY COLD HOLDINGS LTD   608 ALBERTO RD
GREY WOLF GUEST SUITE   606 ALBERTO RD
WARDOWEST DOCKSIDE LODGE   615 CAMPBELL STREET
THE HYGGE HOUSE   610 PFEIFFER CRES     
STORMFRONT TOFINO   606 PFEIFFER CRES     
CEDAR NOOK   609 PFEIFFER CRES     
SAND DOLLAR GUEST HOUSE   611 PFEIFFER CRES     
ADVENTURE TOFINO B&B   615 PFEIFFER CRES     
WILD LIGHT TOFINO   641 VINCENTE PLACE
LIGHTHOUSE INN   345 LONE CONE RD      
TOFINO CEDAR HOME   335 LONE CONE RD      
SALT VACATION RENTAL   355 LONE CONE RD
THE TUG BOAT INN   290B LONE CONE RD      
LA VIE EN ROSE A101 151 EIK RD
OCEAN BREEZE A102 151 EIK RD
EAGLES NEST A103 151 EIK RD
RAVENS RETREAT A104 151 EIK RD
SPYGLASS A201 151 EIK RD
ADRIENNE'S LOFT A301 151 EIK RD
JUDI'S SEASIDE COTTAGE A302 151 EIK RD
HIGH TIDE B101 151 EIK RD
SUPREME EIK LANDING WATERFRONT VIEW B103 151 EIK RD
PORT-O-CALL B104 151 EIK RD
COSTA AZUL B201 151 EIK RD
MOON SHADOW B201 151 EIK RD
ISLAND VISTA B301 151 EIK RD
DREAM CATCHER B302 151 EIK RD
EBB AND FLOW GUEST HOUSE   632 NEILSON PL
LUCKY EAGLE GUEST LODGE   638 NEILSON PL
TOFINO HOUSE   644 NEILSON PL
DANCING CEDARS GUEST HOUSE   650 NEILSON PL
ANGLER'S INN   637 NEILSON PL
THE BLUE CABIN   311 OLSEN RD          
PADDLERS POINT   701 BOND LANE         
STORM BAY GUEST HOUSE   709 BOND LANE         
CYPRE SUITES   521 CYPRE CRES
STORM BAY B & B   680 CAMPBELL STREET
SHOREWIND PLACE   697 CAMPBELL STREET
TOFINO OYSTER CATCHER SUITE   650 YEW WOOD RD
ROCKFISH GUESTSUITE   646 YEW WOOD RD
WEST COAST FAMILY HOME   638 YEW WOOD RD
YEW WOOD RETREAT   630 YEW WOOD RD
YEW WOOD STAY B&B   622 YEW WOOD RD
TOFINO SKYLODGE   619 YEW WOOD RD
ADAM SMALLWOOD   627 YEW WOOD RD
TOFINO FAMILY HOME & HOBBY FARM   631 YEW WOOD RD
SEA CHANGE , DBA/THE DEN   639 YEW WOOD RD
HERTAS B&B   831 CAMPBELL STREET
OCEAN DREAM   800 CAMPBELL STREET
RUSTY ANCHOR   810 CAMPBELL STREET
BROWNING PASS CABIN   890 CAMPBELL STREET
THE EAGLES NEST TOFINO   1054 CAMPBELL STREET
TIGH-NA CLAYOQUOT   1040 CAMPBELL STREET
CLAYOQUOT CALM   1024 CAMPBELL STREET
ALDERVIEW TOFINO   1018 CAMPBELL STREET
TOFINO VIEW HOUSE   1016 CAMPBELL STREET
SEABROOK   1010 CAMPBELL STREET
RED CROW GUEST HOUSE   1064 PACIFIC RIM HWY
CEDAR SURF   1096 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
SALAL FOREST SUITE   1092 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
BOTANICAL HOUSE   1080 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
HUMMING BIRD B&B   640 MACKENZIE RD      
RAINCOAST RETREAT   1126 ABRAHAM DR        
TOFINO CABINAS   1125 ABRAHAM DR        
SAILFIN SUITE   1130 ABRAHAM DR        
WEST COAST CEDAR SUITE   1131 ABRAHAM DR        
THE LOFT   1126 FELLOWSHIP DR     
SUITE SANCTUARY   1118 FELLOWSHIP DR     
BIRD SANCTUARY HOUSE & SUITES   1110 FELLOWSHIP DR     
THE OSPREY SUITE   1102 FELLOWSHIP DR     
SUMMERHILL GUEST HOUSE   1101 FELLOWSHIP DR     
COBBLE WOOD GUESTHOUSE   1115 FELLOWSHIP DR     
FOREST EDGE ACCOMMODATIONS   660 TO 695 SHARP RD          
RAY OF SUNSHINE   1156 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
CHESTERMAN BEACH COTTAGE SUITE   1230 LYNN RD           
ZOES @ NORTH BEACH   1216 LYNN RD           
CHESTERMAN COTTAGE   1262 LYNN RD           
GULL COTTAGE B&B   1254 LYNN RD           
WEST COAST ACCOMMODATIONS   1238 LYNN RD           
NOOTKA HOUSE   1238 LYNN RD           
SEAFARER'S   1212 LYNN RD           
STELLER'S JAY RETREAT   1216 HOWARD DRIVE
ERISKAY   1220 HOWARD DRIVE
PACIFICA RENTALS   1177 LYNN RD           
COASTAL HAVEN   1173 LYNN RD           
THE WHIMBREL CABIN   1252 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
WITSEND   1260 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
CEDARWOOD COVE   1292 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
SUMMERISLE COTTAGE   1268 PACIFIC RIM HWY
NATURE'S EDGE GUEST HOUSE   1314 PACIFIC RIM HWY
EMERALD FOREST B & B   1326 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
BY THE BAY   1338 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
TREE FROG GUEST HOUSE   902 TREE FROG LANE
DAVID AND LEANNE RIVARD   1228 HOWARD DRIVE
FERNWOOD BY THE SEA   1230 HOWARD DRIVE
MAXWELL HOUSE - FIR SUITE   1232 HOWARD DRIVE
DUNES CABIN   1217 HOWARD DRIVE
THE DUNES   1223 HOWARD DRIVE
MANA HOUSE   1170 POWNALL PLACE
CHESTERMAN BEACH ESTATES SUITE   1174 POWNALL PLACE
TOFINO DREAM COTTAGE   1182 POWNALL PLACE
CHESTERMAN BEACH FINE ART VACATION HOUSE 1235 HOWARD DRIVE
CHESTERMAN CABIN   1245 HOWARD DRIVE
SUNRISE SUITE   902 BLACK BEAR LANE
HEMLOCK HIDEAWAY   918 BLACK BEAR LANE
BLACK BEAR GUESTHOUSE   926 BLACK BEAR LANE
TREE FERN GUEST HOUSE   919 BLACK BEAR LANE
TIDAL VIEW   913 BLACK BEAR LANE
TAPASA   901 BLACK BEAR LANE
WOLFS DEN JENSENS BAY   912 JENSENS BAY RD    
TIDAL RETREAT   920 JENSENS BAY RD    
DON LEWIN   956 JENSENS BAY RD    
TOFINO RETREAT   978 JENSENS BAY RD    
RAINFOREST RETREAT   901 SANDPIPER PLACE
TSUGA VACATION HOME   913 SANDPIPER PLACE
BLUE HERON HOUSE   925 SANDPIPER PLACE
SURF SANCTUARY   937 SANDPIPER PLACE
VIEWWEST VACATON RENTALS   949 SANDPIPER PLACE
TRANQUIL ACCOMMODATIONS   993 JENSENS BAY RD
THE NOOK   1022 JENSENS BAY RD
J-BAY GUEST HOUSE   1032 JENSENS BAY RD
BAYVIEW   1035 JENSENS BAY RD
TOFINO PANORAMA   1027 JENSENS BAY RD
SUNSET HOUSE ON ROSIE BAY   1421 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
THE COZY CURLEW   1418 PACIFIC RIM HWY
CEDAR SANDS   1422 PACIFIC RIM HWY
COX BAY CABIN   1436 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
FOREST VIEW CABIN   1434 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
SLACK TIDE INN   1430 PACIFIC RIM HWY
COX BAY HOME   1374 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
CASITA TOFINO   1386 PACIFIC RIM HWY
TOFINO TREE HOUSE   1394 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
WEST COAST HIDEAWAY   1392 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
TOFINO SURF CABIN   1396 PACIFIC RIM HWY
CLAYOQUOT ASSOCIATES, DBA CLAYOQUOT CEDAR HOUSE 1398 PACIFIC RIM HWY
THE HEARTS GARDEN TEMPLE AND SPA   1397 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
COX BAY RETREAT   1391 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
SEA STAR BEACH RETREAT   1294 LYNN RD           
SAUNA HOUSE B&B   1286 LYNN RD           
NETTY'S BED & BREAKFAST   1284 LYNN RD           
WHITEWATER   1391 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
SPINDRIFT   1373 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
BRIMAR B & B   1375 THORNBERG CRESCENT
TOFINO BEACH OASIS   1367 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
CHESTERMAN BEACH B&B   1345 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
SEASIDE   1343 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
BEACH BREAK LODGE B & B   1337 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
SANDPIPER BEACH HOUSE   1327 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
NALU HOUSE   1358 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
SALAL   1362 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
THE ANCHOR AT CHESTERMAN BEACH   1368 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
GOLD COAST RETREAT   1338 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
CEDARSHACK   1336 CHESTERMAN BEACH RD
TOFINO FOREST HOUSE   1321 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
ABALONE INN   1341 PACIFIC RIM HWY   
ALAQUA  0739317 BC LTD   1319 LYNN RD           
SEASPRAY   1307 LYNN RD           
THE BRICK HOUSE   1322 LYNN RD           
MARK SAGER   1314 LYNN RD           
HARVEY HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST   1310 LYNN RD           
THE POINT AT CHESTERMAN   1302 LYNN RD           
TOFINO SEASCAPE   1289 LYNN RD           
TOFINO BEACH HOUSE   1285 LYNN RD           
BEACH LOFT   1269 LYNN RD           
MICHELS CABIN   1241 LYNN RD           
YACHT HOUSE   1233 LYNN RD           
CHESTERMAN HOUSE   1293 LYNN RD
STARLIGHT SUITE   1328 PACIFIC RIM HWY
CATHERINE STOREY   1301 LYNN RD

To learn more, contact:

Jayson Towers
Business Licence Inspector
jtowers@tofino.ca
250-725-3229 ext. 605