So, you are ready to leave for Tofino, but aside from your lodging, you have not planned much else. Tired of the daily grind, you yearn for the great outdoors, adventure and spontaneity. In your possession are few snacks, a pair of runners, a toothbrush, and a duffle bag with a change of clothes. With your loot in tow, you hit the road for the great outdoors. 

Low Cost Activities to Try When You are on Island Time

Lucky for you, many of Tofino’s outdoor activities are inexpensive and do not require the extra requirement of booking ahead. Find out more at

Exploring Long Beach

The longest beach in Tofino offers beautiful costal views and lush stretches of coastline. It is a popular destination for both surfers and beach goers alike. Low tide is a prime time to walk the coastline and explore for yourself what the area has to offer. 

Exploring Cox Bay Beach

Located just south of Chesterman Beach, is Tofino’s Cox Bay Beach. 

Rugged coastline and fast-moving waves make this spot a favorite destination for those seeking adventure. Here you can spot surfers riding the surf and families gathering around tide pools.  

Walking the Rainforest Trail

 If you wish to stretch your legs after your long drive, head on over to the Rainforest Trail located at the Pacific Rim National Park. Here you can walk inside a temperate rainforest, on a raised wooden path. Once on the trail, make your way through a canopy of old growth trees and marvel at the forest’s beauty. 

Exploring the Tofino City Centre

Take a gander inside the local shops. Perhaps browse through the Roy Henry Vickers gallery or take a stroll through the LoveCraft gallery.

Visiting the Tofino Market

Visit the local market and have glance at the local produce and artisan arts and crafts. The Market is on Saturday, from 10:00 am-2:00pm. Located at the Village Green. 

Hiking up Radar Hill

Explore the historic Radar Station and take in the exquisite views by hiking Radar Hill. Discover the Canso Plane Crash site and use the lookout points to spot wildlife. 

No Reservation Required

Despite its small population, Tofino boasts an impressive list of restaurants appealing to a variety of palates and tastes. Thankfully, there a quite a few options available for when hunger strikes, and you want to grab something quick and without fuss. With takeout, you can enjoy your meal anywhere. Why not devour a gourmet pizza, while strolling the beach? In Tofino anything goes.  

Tocofino Cantina

The original Tacofino truck is a local favorite serving up tacos, burritos, gringas and more. Pop on by any day of the week between 11:00 am- 6:30pm. Tables and chairs are located nearby for casual dining. Located at 1184, Pacific Rim Hwy. Tacofino

Chocolate Tofino

This Tofino hotspot serves up homemade gelato. Flavors include Dutch chocolate, mint chocolate flake, lavender honey, cherry chocolate flake, and toasted smore. Located at 1180A, Pacific Rim Hwy. Hours of operation are from 10:00am- 7:00pm weekends and weekdays. ChocolateTofino

RedCan Gourmet 

Craving pizza? The RedCan Gourmet offers excellent takeaway pizza that can be customized to your liking. Located at 700, Industrial Way. Hours of operation are from 11:00am- 8:00pm Tues- Sunday. Redcan Gourmet

Rhino Coffee House 

To satisfy your breakfast cravings head on over to Rhino Coffee House where they serve all day breakfast to hungry locals and tourists. Try the Tofino favorite “The Bro Nut”. Located at 430, Campbell St... Hours of operation are from 7:00 am-4:30pm Monday- Friday, and 7:00am-5:00pm Saturday. RhinoCoffeeHouse