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“Grey in the morning with sunny afternoons”
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Glasgow, Scotland
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Grey in the morning with sunny afternoons”
Reviewed September 1, 2008

This was our last stop before returning to Vancouver and our flight home. We had read about the area and weree looking forward to our stay and were not disappointed.
Firstly coming from Scotland poor weather does not concern us so when the mornings were found to be cold, grey and dreich we were not put out. It's just that the sun takes till late afternoon to burn off the cloud then you are left with some memorable sunsets and pleasant evening sunshine. However don't be fooled by the grey wear high factor sun screen especially if you are on the beach.
The beaches are pristine and very long and we spent a lot of our time walking there.
We stayed at Westcoast Accomodations on Lynn Road which was a large house divided into flats. The house was 100m from the lane that led directly onto the beach. The accomodation was spacious well appointed and a tremendous location and well priced for self catering.
Tofino, itself was picturesque and had a good variet of shops. The cooperative was a typical supermarket and offered a fair selection of groceries. We ate out in the evening at the Shelter on our first night and felt it was a bit over priced for the quantity on your plate. However it is reputed to be the best restaurant in Tofino and is well attended so reservations are generally required in season. We also bought fish and chips from a take away/ restaurant just down the road from the Shelter on another occasion and this was poor value. But when you go to Tofino remember you are a captured clientele.
At the south end of the penisula is Ucluelet a small working port which has a different feel to it, and nicer, than Tofino. Over the harbour you can see bald headed eagles circling and waiting to pick up scraps from the fisshermen.
The lighthouse walk is excellent giving different views of the shore and inlets. We were lucky to spot sea otters and sea lions.
All in all it's a wonderful place to see but the only downside is that the Pacific is bloody freezing and you can appreciate why the surfers are head to toe in drysuits.

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Vienna, Austria
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 helpful votes
“My favorite place in Vancouver Island (Canada)”
Reviewed March 29, 2008

Beautiful, relaxing, picturesque small town surrounded by mountains and the ocean! Terrific place to be, friendly people, good restaurants (sushi!), surf spots close-by, good place to be and to feel lucky in between the peaceful nature!
I definitely want to come back!

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Calgary, Alberta Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Tofino is definitely worth the stop and long beach is a beautiful”
Reviewed December 8, 2007

Tofino is definitely worth the stop and long beach is a beautiful. Though if you travel during the summer months make sure to reserve a hotel otherwise you'll end up in a dive or no place at all.

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Warlingham
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
17 helpful votes
“Tofino fun”
Reviewed September 12, 2007

We are in our 60's and wondered if we would feel overaged there........not a bit. During our 10 day stay we had wonderful experiences.
We stayed overnight on Vargas Island, taken on the half hour boat trip there by Neil, the owner of the Vargas Inn. We stayed in a wooden A frame lodge, which was snugly heated, which sat right next to the most beautiful beach. There was one other couple who had kayaked staying in another tiny lodge. The next day we hiked across the island to yet another beach, through very wet rainforest for about an hour and three quarters. The cougars and wolves that inhabit the wild there, luckily kept to themselves!
Another great day was a trip to the hot springs. This was another boat journey, driven by Ike whose knowledge of the local wild life was superb. On the way we saw brown bears feeding on crabs on a beach, a bald eagle gliding near her nest, porpoise, harbour seals and racoons. The board walk to the springs took about 40 minutes, and although a little crowded, it was good to laze in the hot, rocky pools . On the way back we watched for whales, and were rewarded by seeing a huge grey whale, spouting and flipping its tail as it repeatedly dived.
Every trip to a beach was memorable, different and beautiful. Always clean golden sand, with a variety of sea conditions, from wild surf to glassy calm lagoon. Out visiting our daughter who teaches surfing there, we expended much energy in having a go at that! ...not altogether successfully!
Sea Kayaking, crossing the inlet and visiting nearby Meares Island was also fun, and not too hard , even for us beginners. We landed and walked around the 'Big tree Trail' there. Our guide shared his deep knowledge of the area. He pointed out many things, but one that I will always remember , is the fallen eagles nest, which, when it had been examined, contained 18 dag and cat collars! Crabs and star fish and other sea creatures were part of the exploration gliding through the bays in our kayaks.
The scenery there is amazing. The restaurants are a source of excellent food, and the sea plane trip we took on a small part of our journey home was exciting.
We were very lucky to go, and to have such good weather. if you get a chance go!

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Upstate NY
Level 4 Contributor
9 reviews
58 helpful votes
“Tofino & Clayoquot sound”
Reviewed January 29, 2006

We stayed in Tofino on the Clayoquot Sound for several days in the summer of 2005. It is a chaming little harbour town, mostly centered around tourism. We enjoyed a kayaking tour of the sound, and shopped in the local souvenir and handcraft stores. There are also a number of coffee shops and nice restaurants including a fun sushi bar. I recommend staying just outside of Tofino to save a little money if you have a car to get around. Nearby Long Beach is also a wonderful afternoon trip and makes a fabulous afternoon beach stroll.

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