our community

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.

Info to know

Kids jumping on beach


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

Explore recreation activities and programs

black bear on rocky sea shore

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

Water fountain at the Village Green.

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

Call for Applications: Accessibility Committee

September 22, 2023

The Committee will develop an accessibility plan to identify and prevent barriers to people with disabilities and will also develop a public feedback mechanism which establishes a process for receiving comments from the public on the accessibility plan and local barriers. ⁠

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Public Art Advisory Committee Seeks Visual Artist

September 22, 2023

The District is currently seeking a member of the public to fill the Artist Representative seat. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the vibrant Tofino arts scene and join a committee of talented curators and artists!⁠

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Downtown Pay Parking Begins July 17, 2023

July 11, 2023

The District of Tofino will be implementing downtown pay parking this summer to address long-standing parking and traffic challenges faced annually in Tofino’s downtown core.

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