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Life at the end of the road

The community of Tofino is situated in Tla-o-qui-aht territory at the tip of the Esowista Peninsula in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast, and is home to approximately 1,932 residents (2016 Census).

Once a quiet coastal town, Tofino is now a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from around the world. Tourists and residents alike come to enjoy the natural beauty and participate in activities ranging from surfing and kayaking, to fishing and storm watching.

Nuu-chah-nulth culture, pristine wilderness and our eclectic community of locals carry Tofino’s charm and warmth through the rainier months, making life at the end of the road a special and unforgettable experience for all.

Our Community Vision

Located in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Tofino is a vibrant, resilient and progressive community, home to people of all backgrounds who together build for the future, care for one another, connect with and protect the natural environment, and celebrate the rich First Nations culture.

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Recreation

The Tofino Recreation Department hosts a wide range of activities and classes for all ages throughout the year.

Explore recreation activities and programs

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Be Bear Smart

Bears that become highly food-conditioned and habituated to humans are often destroyed because of concerns for human safety. Early reporting of a bear in a neighbourhood helps address the underlying issues before it becomes a problem.

Learn about bears in Tofino

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Single-Use Plastics

In 2022, Tofino became the first municipality in British Columbia to ban single-use plastic utensils, including spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks and stir sticks. The District of Tofino continues to work with Surfrider Pacific Rim to reduce single-use plastic within our community.

Learn how Tofino is becoming more sustainable

Community News

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Winter & Spring 2022 Recreation Guide

January 14, 2022

Thank you for your patience while district staff worked hard to ensure recreation programming could continue in line with current PHO Orders and guidance.

This year’s Winter & Spring 2022 Recreation Guide is now out and has a wide variety of programs for all ages.

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Letter from Mayor, Council & Staff

November 30, 2021

The District of Tofino Mayor, Council and staff would like to thank the community of Tofino during these past few days of the Atmospheric River events. The preparedness and actions taken by the community as a whole demonstrates the resilience of Tofitians.

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Public Notice

Peterson Drive Tonquin Trail Access Closure

October 20, 2021

Access to Tonquin Trail via Peterson Drive is due to close on Monday, October 25, 2021.
The trail closure is necessary to allow construction of the first Headwaters affordable rental housing building at District Lot 114 to commence.
Tonquin Trail will remain open and accessible from the trailhead at the Community Hall, via the Tonquin Connector and Tonquin Park Road.

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