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West Coast

On the way across Canada, Tofino represents an important point. This small town of 1900 inhabitants is a place that every travelers want to see while visiting Vancouver Island. Situated on the Pacific coast, Tofino is well known for its numerous beaches and its vacancy vibe. Surfers from everywhere come there and try to surf its waves. Most of them come during summer time, but the most experimented will meet during Winter season as the waves are bigger. The most popular beaches are probably Cox Bay, Chesterman Beach and Long Beach. Note that Cox Bay held in May the Rip Curl Pro surf’s competition which welcomes surfers from every in the continent.

Stormy season

The Winter season is also known for its storms. Those big storms has even become the subject of a touristic activity. The ones that want to see this different natural show should come from November to March and enjoy the salt followed by a hot chocolate.

Around town

If you do not surf, Tofino still have more to offer. This tiny town do not built his charm only around this activity. From a simple walk in its village or a hike in the  Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino would surely pleased you. Its beaches are also nice for any other paddling or water sports.

Kayaking in Tofino

While we were there, we decided to do a kayak tour around the islands surrounding Tofino. in fact, Tofino is the door of multiple channels to explore. Over there, you may have the opportunity to observe wildlife and marine life.

We did our tour with the company called Black Bear Kayak. We thought it would be preferable to join a tour as we do not know the environment and we are glad we did it. Our tour guide, TJay, has been amazing. He knows a lot about the history as much as any information concerning wildlife and vegetation that we found on the islands or in the water. In between all the information he had to share with us, he was able to entertain the group with his own adventures. Being a graduate student in Adventure Tourism Business Operations, we knew we were in good hands and it was obvious that he knew what he was doing.


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The people at the registration desk were also really nice. They explained us the different tours and departure times.  When we booked, there were two tours available. A 2 hours and a half tour on water only and a 4 hours tour on water add to a hike on one island. On the last one, you have more possibilities to see wildlife. There were also different time departure depending on the tour you take and the day. We suggest you to go to Black Bear Kayaking the day before, to book your tour and to know at what time you should go. There is no guarantee the departure time will always be the same. In our case, as we were short in time, we joined the first tour.


What do you need?

It was a very friendly tour. You do not need to prepare too much before going there. The only thing you would need to bring is your smile. Otherwise, everything is included with the tour (kayak, skirt, paddle, life jacket and a water resistant bag). The guide also took picture during the trip and shared them with us after on the company’s website. Indeed, you don’t have to worry about bringing your camera with you on water.

This activity can really fit everyone. The water is pretty calm and you do not have to be a professional kayaker to have fun. For the youth, they can easily share a double kayak with an adult and enjoy the activity.

One important thing that you should know is that the West Coast is also called the «Wet «Coast»  by the locals has there is a lot of rain over there.  Be sure to check out the weather before the activity to know what you should wear. Otherwise, if you listen well to the indications of your guide, you should not fall in the water and should come back as dry as when you left for the tour.



Catch your wave

The activity cost 60$ CAN / person and it gives you the opportunity to see Tofino from another side. After it, you could also say that you have catched a wave of this fabulous peninsula.

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