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

Public Consultation: Prohibition of Plastic Water Bottles 1 Litre & Less

December 14, 2023

The District of Tofino invites you to take part in the public consultation process regarding the proposed Prohibition of Plastic Water Bottles 1 Litre & Less.⁠ ⁠ Prohibiting the sale of plastic water bottles 1 litre & less within the…

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public notice

Local Traffic Only: Lynn Road & Chesterman Beach Road – November 15, 2023

November 14, 2023

Due to ongoing maintenance work on the sewer leak at the middle Chesterman beach access, Lynn Road & Chesterman Beach Road are closed to local traffic only. Click for further details.

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Special Siren Testing October 6, 2023

October 4, 2023

A special siren test that is much louder will occur on Friday, October 6, 2023.

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