Canada’s West Coast Playground

Activities and Adventures

In part two of the West Coast Playground series we’re going to explore the wonder and adventure that Vancouver Island has to offer as you explore and get lost in the lush rain forest. The history of the last of Canada’s untouched lands has withstood the years. Crisp salty ocean breezes, dense lush forests and a myriad of animals calling from the wild, you’ll never experience anything more alluring. Whether you choose to relax, fish, hike, boat or surf, you’ll never be at a loss of things to do.

If you’re the adventurous type, a lover of nature, history and a little mystery, the pull of the west coast of Vancouver Island around Tofino and Ucluelet with its panoramic views and modern conveniences nestled along the coast is one of the island’s best kept secrets. Home to the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, a tribal council of five indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest on Vancouver Island, one of the few indigenous peoples who hunted whales as part of their culture and spirituality and often reflected in their stories, songs, names, family lines and numerous places throughout their territories. Let’s explore just a few of the activities and adventures that await you hidden within this super natural paradise.

Adventure Tofino Wildlife Tours is a family owned company offering personalized of up to 12 people. With the use of open zodiacs, you can enjoy a once in a lifetime adventure of whale watching, bear watching and even a hot springs tour. Experienced tour guides are happy to share their knowledge and passion for their history, wildlife and nature. Watch bears roam along the rocky shores feeding on crabs and shellfish. Enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean in search of whales, otters, seals and bald eagles. And then relax in Hot Springs Cove with the majestic ancient rain forest.

If surfing is more your style, why not indulge in Live to Surf, the original Tofino surf shop. Since 1984 they’ve been offering surf lessons and rentals along Vancouver Island’s west coast. Considered to be one of Canada’s pioneers of the surf industry, they house and maintain the largest rental selection in the country. From its humble beginnings to its worldwide recognition sponsoring some of the best in the surf world offers family and individual lessons. Open virtually 365 days a year unless nature has something to say about it, even Hollywood A-listers have been known to participate, lured in by the west coast’s beauty and magic.

It’s hard to not enter these ancient forests and not want to be swept away into a relaxing dream. The Tofino Botanical Gardens are 12 acres of gardens, forest and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature. This non-profit registered Canadian charity offers educational programs perfect for all ages. With a network of paths and boardwalks you can easily take a stroll through nature. And don’t forget to visit the Ucluelet Aquarium, only a short drive away in Ucluelet and explore the local marine biodiversity down to even the tiniest creatures through their ongoing education and conservation programs.

And it wouldn’t be Vancouver Island if you didn’t explore Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing. Tofino’s most recommended full service fishing outfitter since 1996. With a fleet of fully guided, insured and certified vessels you can book a charter and try your arm at trying to wrangle Chinook, Coho Salmon, Halibut and even Cod on vessels which even include a covered cabin, toilets and open back decks. Whether you’re an avid angler or just starting to get your rod wet, they have something for everyone.

Honestly, there are literally are so many outdoor activities and provides along Vancouver Island’s west coast that it’s near impossible to not find something to do. If you’d like to check out more activities and adventures which await you, go to: