Events, Arts, Culture and Heritage

The basis of Tofino’s small-town cultural identity comes from the natural setting. Tofino’s artistic expression flows from its cultural identity, which is rooted in the community’s small-town ambiance and natural environment.

The presence of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in Clayoquot Sound dates back at least 5,000 years. The traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht people includes the land upon which the District of Tofino is located. The name “Clayoquot” comes from an interpretation of the word Tla-o-qui-aht, and was used by early traders, surveyors, and cartographers.

Tofino’s definition of culture encompasses not only traditional art forms (e.g. drama, music, and painting), but also includes the lifestyle and activities of residents and visitors. When looked at through this broad lens, it is evident that culture contributes significantly to the quality of life in Tofino. This strong, diverse culture attracts new residents, retains talent, fosters economic endeavours, provides a setting for strong, collaborative partnerships, and cultivates a shared community identity.

Find your creative medium through the following Events, Arts, Culture and Heritage programs and topics.

Filming On Location In Tofino
Tofino Heritage
Public Art
Tofino Poet Laureate

Creative Sector Directory Form
Event Listing Form


District of Tofino Working with Cultural Sector on Creative Sector Directory
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June 12, 2019

In collaboration with the cultural sector, the District of Tofino recently formed the Events, Arts, Culture and Heritage (EACH) Working Group to deliver the strategies and actions identified in the Tofino Arts, Culture and Heritage Action Plan, which was adopted by Council in October 2018.

The Tofino Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) Action Plan is intended to bring resources and momentum to the ACH sector. It will help bring to life the initiatives outlined in past cultural plans and build upon Tofino’s current cultural sector to harness, promote and elevate “the sum of the parts”. The plan will help all ACH interests promote, collaborate, perform, exhibit, seek funding and work collaboratively, enabling the entire sector to rise to greater success. The plan does not focus on any one specific arts or culture discipline, as this initiative is intended to advance the entire sector and provide greater opportunities for all disciplines.

On behalf of the Working Group, the District of Tofino is building a database of Tofino's artists, musicians and creatives  - the people and organizations who bring the community’s arts, culture and heritage sector to life. We hope to see an enthusiastic response over the summer months. The submitted listings will then serve as an on-line database so that the community can connect better with creative professionals and to also help the creative community connect better with each other. Ucluelet residents doing creative work in Tofino are welcome to participate.

In order to better promote cultural offerings, Tofino's monthly events listing is expanding to include arts and culture happenings. If you have an arts, culture or heritage event, workshop or other program, please submit it through the form link on the District’s website . We can then promote more programs through our monthly festivals and events calendar and on-line listings.

If you would like to be included in the creative sector directory or wish to submit an arts, culture and events listing, please visit the following forms by clicking on the image below: