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Tofino is a great destination to visit year round. During the winter months it may be known for stormwatching, but the spring season brings many other activities to enjoy.

5 reasons to visit Tofino this spring


Krissy Vann
Presenter, The Weather Network

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 4:43 PM - Tofino is a great destination to visit year round. During the winter months it may be known for stormwatching, but the spring season brings many other activities to enjoy.

Learn to surf

Tofino is Canada’s surf capital. Winter storms generate enormous swells that expert surfers love. Although you can learn to surf anytime the spring conditions are ideal for the beginner.  Krissy Montgomery of Surf Sisters Surf School says the surf is more consistent and it is generally not too stormy making it a great learning environment. Just remember to wear your wetsuit. The ocean temperature in Tofino ranges from 7 to 15 degrees throughout the year and during the spring just edges into the double digits.

Go whale watching

The spring season marks the return of the whale migration. The season kicks off in March with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and runs through late October. You can expect to spot Pacific Gray Whales and possibly Humpback whales. In addition there is a variety of other wildlife you can see.  

Catch the sunset

Tofino is known for their spectacular sunsets anytime of year. The benefit of the spring season is that it is typically quieter than the busy summer months. This means you can enjoy the sunset from your own peaceful vantage point and watch it sink beneath the crashing waves. On Cox Bay beach at the Pacific Sands Beach Resort there is a Sunset Trail boardwalk through the rainforest. The rainforest walk is lush and peaceful and the vantage point at the end is breathtaking.

Feast the foraged

Tofino’s dining scene has been exploding. One of the key elements in the area is the use of local ingredients. Whether foraging in the rainforest or the ocean there are many delicacies provided by nature. It’s not just the restaurants using local ingredients. The latest stout made by the Tofino Brewing Co incorporates locally harvested kelp.

Enjoy a natural hot spring with an ocean view

Just a boat or seaplane ride away from Tofino is Maquinna Marine Provincial Park. After a quick and picturesque 30 to 40 minute hike you’ll be able to enjoy untouched geothermal hot springs. With less rain and a quieter time for tourists you’ll really be able to take in the experience and the sound of the crashing waves.

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