Planning a trip to Victoria & Vancouver Island and need some inspiration? You’ve found the right resource! Clipper’s team of Pacific Northwest travel experts has compiled this great list of 150 ideas for exciting places to see and things to do in Victoria & Vancouver Island to kick start your next trip! Whether you are looking for an adventure, fresh Northwest fare or a relaxing beachside stroll, there is truly something for everyone. Get inspired and book your trip!
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No matter the season, The Butchart Gardens are sure to put on a show. Stroll through the Spring Prelude garden in winter, the tulips in spring, “Night Illuminations” fireworks on Saturday evenings in the summer, and in the fall a stunning parade of red, russet and golden maples greet the eyes.
Overlooking Victoria’s majestic Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings are a 19th century icon, and one of the finest commemorations of Canada’s independence.
Discover authentic artifacts and specimens from distant times and places displayed in the Royal BC Museum’s interactive exhibits. Slide back into the Ice Age or stand next to grizzlies in a massive forest in the Natural History Gallery or check out intricately carved totem poles in the First Peoples’ Gallery.
Created in 1946 by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, the gardens are known for their majestic trees and dynamic, evolving plantings. Stay for lunch or afternoon tea in the original home, where you’ll feel like a personal guest of the Abkhazis.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown district has plenty to see, we suggest exploring by foot on Discover the Pasts’ historical walks. Visit Fan Tan Alley, discover a maze of courtyards and pathways, and find everything from theaters to one-of-a-kind restaurants.
The highlight of Chinatown, this landmark is modeled after the entrance gateway to the famous Dunhuang Caves in northwestern China. The two Chinese verses on the front of the arch mean “to work together with one mind” and “to help each other to achieve harmony.”
Take a quick jaunt around the Inner Harbour or spend the afternoon exploring Old Towne or Beacon Hill Park.
Hit up LoJo (that’s lower Johnson Street for the uninitiated) to check out great shopping boutiques and pick up some new threads.
When the Victoria Harbour Ferries were originally brought to Victoria in 1990, the Skippers were amazed at their maneuverability. Every Sunday from May to September and all weekend in July and August, these little boats put on an acrobatic display of beautifully choreographed sequences.
Often called “The greatest little show on earth,” Miniature World is a one-of-a-kind Victorian experience. The perfect activity for the young and young at heart, this little museum brings everything from historical battles to childhood fantasy lands to life in miniature.
Off the Beaten Path
Soak in Vancouver Island's Spectacular Vistas
Jump in the car or hitch a ride on a hop on hop off tour bus and take in the spectacular waterfront views along Victoria’s coastal roads.
Set up along a former rail line, this trail can be taken as far west as Leechtown and north up to Swartz Bay.
A bustling walkway circling the Inner Harbour, the Causeway is our go-to spot for people-watching and taking in Victoria’s stunning sunsets.
Tour Victoria and the Gorge Waterway aboard a cheerful harbour ferry. The 45-minute narrated tour departs every 15 minutes.
One of Victoria’s most popular swimming beaches, the shallow waters are perfect for small children and get quite warm in the summertime.
The artsy neighborhood of Fernwood radiates out from the intersection of Gladstone and Fernwood Roads, where you’ll find The Cornerstone Café, Belfry Theatre and night markets in the summer.
Take an exhilarating flight aboard a Helijet helicopter from Vancouver to Victoria, and see the city from a brand-new perspective.
Tucked away in Victoria’s Fairfield neighborhood, this eclectic corridor is home to several organic food markets and coffee houses. Explore by foot and you’ll find antiques, reclaimed furniture workshops and accessories stores.
Depart downtown Victoria on an exciting whale watching expedition in an enclosed, 40-person catamaran with above-deck viewing. Learn about wildlife from a knowledgeable onboard naturalist and meet the real locals in their natural habitat.
Accessible via Dallas Road, Clover Point juts out into the Salish Sea, giving astounding, 360-degree views. Walk along the seawall for an immersive waterfront experience, and keep an eye out for hang gliders and windsurfers!
Culture & Attractions
Get a Taste of Victoria’s Vibrant Island Culture
Browse impressive artwork displays at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Swing by the first Tuesday of every month for pay-what-you-can admission.
All of these venues guarantee a memorable performance, be it a symphony, dance or play.
Head over to Bullen Park in July and August for select screenings of new flicks and cult classics under the stars.
Discover the works of legendary Canadian wildlife and landscape painter Robert Bateman through his extensive collection at the Centre. Don’t forget to stop by the Gallery Shop for a unique selection of books and handmade pottery, woodwork and textiles by other local artists.
If a jazz night is what you’re looking for, check out Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria’s oldest live jazz venue. Located between Blanshard Ave. and Douglas Street, this downtown gem is the go-to for island jazz cats looking to get down with the groove.
The popular Russell Books is one of the best spots in Victoria to score a new or used book to enjoy on your trip.
You get the feeling you’re in a really good book store as soon as you set foot inside Munro’s. Settle in and you’ll feel right at home in their friendly, peaceful shop.
Vancouver Island is home to several annual music festivals, including the four-day Rifflandia festival in September, featuring over 150 artists. Come summertime, Rock the Shores and JazzFest entertain the ears across all genres.
Check Out Victoria’s Popular Tours & Attractions
Minutes north of Victoria, the tropical jungle of the Victoria Butterfly Gardens is home to thousands of butterflies – some 70 species to be exact! Inside you’ll also find lush gardens inhabited by exotic plants and fruits of the world.
Cycle your way to mouth-watering sips and bites on the Rolling Barrel’s 15-person pedal-powered trolley! Cruise around the city under the guidance of your expert driver and pay a visit at 3 iconic Victoria pubs where you’ll enjoy some of the best food and beverages Victoria has to offer!
Victoria is known as the most haunted city in BC, and there are plenty of spots to visit. Bastion Square, formerly a courthouse ruled by “the hanging judge,” Sir Matthew Ballie Begbie, is one of Victoria’s most haunted spots.
Get up close and personal with live walking sticks, praying mantis and glow-in-the-dark scorpions! Discover 50 fascinating species, including Canada’s largest ant colony, at this must-see miniature zoo.
Covering one full city block, The Bay Centre is downtown Victoria’s premiere shopping destination. Fill your bags with gifts and goods from over 90 unique shops and boutiques.
Just across the water, the Esquimalt Farmers Market is the best place to score local produce and art, as well as tasty eats from local food trucks. The outdoor market runs from May-September in Memorial Park.
If you need a quick pit stop while exploring downtown Victoria, look no further than the city’s army of delicious food trucks. From sweet and savory waffles at the WannawafelCart to grilled cheese or macaroni at Grilled to the Mac, you’ll be tempted to try them all while you’re in town!
Discover the Past at Victoria’s Numerous Historical Sites
Originally serving as a dormitory for cadets at Royal Roads Military College, it is now the administrative center of Royal Roads University and offers daily tours.
Take a tour of this ornate Victorian castle built by the coal baron Robert Dunsmuir between 1887 and 1890.
At the edge of the Esquimalt Lagoon, this lighthouse was the first on Canada’s West Coast!
Fully furnished with the O’Reilly family’s original and personal belongings, this Italianate bungalow presents one of the most complete collections of Victoriana anywhere in North America.
Built in 1860, the Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Green thumbs rejoice, the grounds’ 36 acres are divided into numerous zones according to plant life and garden style. A seasonal tea house is the perfect pit stop for a steaming cup of herbal tea and pastries.
An opera house and concert hall designed in 1912, the theater retains its original Rococo/Renaissance Revival style décor.
An icon from the mid-1800s, St. Ann’s is a magnificent historic treasure older than both The Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings.
Discover the birthplace of Emily Carr and learn more about the painter and writer who was heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Looking more like the work of a 14th century Parisian architect than a cathedral, the Christ Church Cathedral was built in 1929. Open daily for tours, the building’s stone foundation is impressive both inside and out.
A weather station for 75 years, the observatory now stands as a scenic heritage building in the Gonzales Hill Regional Park. Toward sunset, make the quick walk up to the top for a breathtaking waterfront view.
Located next to Beacon Hill Park, Mile “O” of the Trans-Canada Highway marks the start of the 8,000km road spanning the length of Canada.
An iconic waterside landmark, if you have a good eye, you might spot this iconic lighthouse off to the right as you enter the Inner Harbour. Once on land, the lighthouse is easily visible from Clover Point or Beacon Hill Park’s waterfront.
Sips and Bites
Sip Fine Tea Like a Local
For over 100 years, the Empress’ elegant Lobby Lounge has been the place to visit for an authentic British tea and pastry experience.
Get a taste for traditional afternoon tea at The Butchart Gardens paired with a selection of warm delicacies and house-made sweets while you gaze out at acres of beautiful blooming flowers
Established in Canada in 1894 by John Murchie from Scotland, the store is a Victoria icon.
Since 1992, they’ve been creating fine, fresh organic teas, as well as sweetly-scented skin and body products.
Indulge in a phenomenal afternoon tea with an overflowing lineup of locally-produced goodies at the Pendray Inn’s stunning, 1890 heritage property.
Sip Beer, Cider or Cocktails at a Local Watering Hole
Travel on the brew bus and taste regional brews from three unique breweries. At each stop, get a behind the scenes tour and the chance to learn local brewery history as well as the art of craft beer from the best brewers in the business.
Located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula, Sea Cider is housed on a beautiful piece of farmland where their cider apples are grown.
A local favorite, Sean Hoyne’s signature brews are as flavorful as they are sudsy.
One of Victoria’s original brewpubs, Spinnakers marries delicious handcrafted brews with a menu full of exceptional, locally grown treats.
Opened in 1885 as the Bank of British Columbia, the building now serves as a historic Scottish-style pub pouring whiskey and drafts.
Named one of the top Irish pubs outside of Ireland by the Irish Times newspaper, this is one of the best places in Victoria to tuck into for a Guinness and bratwurst, hands down.
Duck Into a Café for a Cup of Locally Roasted Coffee
Using exact measuring instruments and unique in-house recipes, the folks making your coffee here are more bartender than barista.
At once welcoming and accessible, “Disco” coffee is a local favorite, with four locations sprinkled throughout the city.
Featuring beans roasted by Bows & Arrows Coffee in Victoria, Habit’s business model vocabulary is dotted with terms like “locally sourced,” “community involvement” and “sustainability.”
Get a Taste of Local Bites, Brunch and Desserts
The quintessential seafood joint in Victoria, this waterfront walk-up eatery is a modern take on the old fish ‘n’ chip shop.
Translating to “hungry” in Chinook Jargon, this restaurant will leave you anything but, with plentiful fresh, farm-to-table dishes.
On a hot day, there’s nothing better than a frozen treat to cool off with. Head down Fan Tan Alley and you’ll find Kid Sister, specializing in fruity popsicles and rich, small batch ice cream. Cold Comfort is another local favorite, with deliciously unique flavors of ice cream as well as other delicious sweets.
For the sweet of tooth, Rogers’ Chocolates is the perfect answer to your sugar craving. As Canada’s first chocolatier, they know a thing or two about crafting irresistible treats.
A hip but homey little spot, Jam Café is one of the top spots in the city for an all-important weekend brunch. Pulled pork pancakes and Bailey’s infused French toast? Say no more.
If you’re spending a leisurely afternoon exploring Victoria’s Inner Harbour by kayak, paddle up to Grilligans, the only seaside restaurant offering a paddler pick up window!
Spend the Whole Day Window Shopping
Venture to the edge of Victoria’s Chinatown neighborhood to Smoking Lily for nature-inspired garments sewn by hand at the shop’s Wharf Street studio.
Thrift vintage gems at great prices at this men’s and women’s retail clothing shop on lower Johnson Street.
From seasonal handpicked clothing selections to craft scents and fragrances, Citizen is the go-to for a man in need of some fresh threads.
Arguably Victoria’s foremost fashion retailer, Still Life has both “for him” and “for her” boutiques on Johnson Street.
Swing by the charming Lore General Store on Government Street for lavender-infused honey, natural apothecary items and an impressive array of handmade and vintage ceramics.
Just a ten-minute drive east of Victoria, the small seaside town of Oak Bay offers a surprising variety of boutique shops, art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as miles of beach.
Located in the cozy Up Island town of Coombs, the Old Country Market is famous for international foods, imported gifts, in store baked goods and delicious family restaurants. Keep your eye out for the four-legged critters overhead, the market is famous for its rooftop-dwelling goats!
Victoria has many treasures for you to discover. Johnson Street, Pandora Avenue and Yates Street are all prime spots for well-stocked thrift shops.
Pick up Local Artisan Goods at Victoria’s Markets
Constructed in 1912, the Market now features soaring concrete ceilings and is home to a coffee shop, hot yoga studio and, of course, local artisan tables and an acclaimed farmers market.
Stretching from the waterfront to downtown’s Government Street, this open-air market brings vibrancy to Bastion Square every Thursday-Sunday from May to September.
On select summer weekends, wander down to the Ship Point Pier (Inner Harbour) for a taste of Victoria’s local foods and craft community.
Active & Outdoors
Grab a Kayak, Golf Club or Bike and Get Active!
Enjoy a leisurely day paddling the calm, protected waters of the Gorge as well as the world’s most photographed harbor, Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
AdrenaLINE is, as the name suggests, the heart-pumping outdoor adventure that whisks you above the tree canopies along a seven-stop course.
Learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding in Victoria’s Inner Harbour with a three-hour introductory course. See the city from the sea!
Journey through Victoria by bicycle! Take a two-hour guided tour past iconic landmarks of Chinatown, Beacon Hill and Cook Street Village.
Birds aren’t the only thing in the air on a sunny Victoria day. Head to Beacon Hill’s waterfront and watch as adrenaline junkies take to the skies.
Three hours Up Island, Mount Washington is home to a beautiful mountaintop ski resort. After a day of skiing or hiking (the lifts are open year-round) head to the water for a seaside bicycle ride or scuba diving in Vancouver Island’s famously crystal-clear waters.
Explore the Island’s Outdoor Offerings
On December 1st, watch as the switch is thrown and The Butchart Gardens is transformed into an illuminated, twinkling array of lights. Throughout the month, enjoy ice skating, carousel rides and the 12 days of Christmas displayed throughout The Gardens
Also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, the Kinsol Trestle provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River north of Shawnigan Lake.
A popular hike in Goldstream Provincial Park, this impressive bridge was once a functioning railway trestle.
A spectacular walkway jutting out about 800 meters from the shore, this is the go-to spot for catching the perfect Victorian sunrise.
Not too far out of town, Mill Hill Regional Park is an easy 200-meter climb.
Come summer, there’s nothing better than a refreshing swim in one of the region’s many lakes. Thetis Lake and Matheson Lake are a couple local favorites.
A farm in the middle of the city awaits within beautiful Beacon Hill Park. Children can get up close and personal with pigs, donkeys, chickens and peacocks. Catch the “running of the goats” at 10 a.m. daily and witness a furry, bleating stampede underfoot!
The grounds make for a beautiful walk, so be sure to have your camera ready. Keep an eye out for the graves of some of Victoria’s famous citizens (Emily Carr! Judge Begbie!).
Stroll between colorful houseboats and be sure to visit the playful harbor seals!
Enjoy the gorgeous ocean view atop the 4km roundtrip trail. Be sure to bring plenty of water and use caution, this trail can get very steep.
Located in Goldstream Provincial Park, this waterfall is especially impressive in the fall. Time it right and watch the salmon run, likely followed by an eagle looking for a feast. This is the Northwest at its best!
Next to the Royal BC Museum, Thunderbird park is home to many totem poles and other First Nation monuments. On a sunny day, it’s a peaceful slice of Zen in the heart of downtown Victoria.
Cross the Johnson Street Bridge and take the trail just across the bridge to the beautiful walkway to the West Bay Marina. Soak up the views from across the Inner Harbour, then take a Harbour Ferry if you don’t want to walk for your return trip.
On a sunny day, Langford’s City Centre Park is packed with amusements like 18-hole mini golf, an outdoor water park and an indoor play-zone for the kiddos. In the winter, an ice arena transforms the park into a glimmering winter wonderland.
This regional park is one of the best viewpoints on the island. Enjoy vistas of the Malahat, the Highlands, Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains. The hilltop is an excellent spot for bird watching, keep an eye out for bald eagles, ravens and turkey vultures riding the winds.
Spend a few hours in the bush without leaving the metropolis with a hike up the small (debatably a large hill), Mt. Tolmie. The summit gives sweeping, wraparound views of the city as reward for little physical effort.
At 188 hectares, Mount Douglas Park contains the largest urban forest on the Saanich Peninsula. Discover forest wildlife on 21 kms of trails of varying difficulty. Enjoy a view of the water from the top, and watch for passing seals and orcas!
Pack Your Bags for an Up Island Road Trip
The coastal town of Campbell River is known as the salmon capital of the world! In addition to being a boon to fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty of luck hiking and camping in this beautiful and remote forested region.
Just north of Saanich, this family farm offers up all kinds of fun, attractions such as a petting farm, produce market and their famous corn maze scavenger hunt!
Not far from Victoria, this oceanfront park features forest trails with stairs and benches along the way. A huge hit with the kids!
Explore Vancouver Island’s impressive underground cave system, formed by water actively flowing throughout it. Tours are offered daily and include all equipment.
Best known for its tide pools teeming with marine life, Botanical Beach is an other-worldly arrangement of unique rock formations, forested wooden walkways and rugged coastline.
In the summertime, the Saanich Peninsula is the place to be. Just North of Victoria, Elk and Beaver Lake Regional Park is the local favorite, where swimming, canoeing, kayaking and water skiing are all popular ways of cooling off. Both have sandy beaches, perfect for relaxing in the shade or tanning in the island sun.
If you’re really trying to get out of town, take the day and travel up the Malahat Highway (Hwy 1) toward Mill Bay, taking time to soak in the views along the way. Enjoy a dockside lunch at Bridgeman’s Bistro before hopping on the Mill Bay Ferry across Saanich Inlet. Once you’re on the Saanich Peninsula, take Highway 17A to the Butterfly Gardens at Keating Cross Road, and work your way back to Victoria, stopping by the farms on Oldfield Road.
Visit Victoria’s Sister City, Sidney by the Sea
One of the most popular family attractions in Sidney, the museum has more than 20 unique aircraft on display!
Beginning in Beacon Park and continuing along the waterfront toward the ferry terminal, this outdoor art gallery uses Mount Baker and the Salish Sea as its backdrop.
With a dozen bookstores scattered in a five-block area around Beacon, there’s no short supply of reading material for bookworms.
Duck into this small walk-in shop winter or summer, and indulge in with handmade goodies, and delicious coffee and ice cream.
A fun and funky Vancouver Island gem, Toast Café is adorned with rock-n-roll posters and serves chocolate whipped cream on their coffee drinks. Need we say more?
Sit and take in the sunset and watch as the waves crash on the shores of “Sidney by the Sea.”
Part aquarium, part cultural center, the Shaw Centre brims with 160 species of marine life, as well as unique, regional Coast Salish art.
Tour the Scenic Cowichan Valley
Unwind Up Island with a Cowichan Valley Wine Country Tour. Whether it’s a romantic date escape or a girls’ weekend getaway, a visit to the valley’s world-renowned vineyards along roads with awe-inspiring viewpoints will surely leave you feeling refreshed.
An active community-based maritime museum operated by the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society. Learn about traditional boat building techniques and restorations with exciting hands-on courses.
The BC Forest Discover Centre is a 100-acre, open air museum with an operational railway operating both steam and gas locomotives. Hop aboard and enjoy a tour of the grounds. A great destination for the kids and young at heart, be sure to stop by during the holidays for the Christmas train.
Located on picturesque Comiaken Hill, the original mission church for the Cowichan Indian tribe was built in 1870, but has been abandoned for more than 100 years. Its name comes from the sales from the dairy herd on the mission’s farm, which funded the construction of the church.
Pick up a genuine Cowichan sweater handmade by Coast Salish Knitters.
One of the oldest lawn tennis clubs in the world and the oldest club in Canada are still playing on grass.
A small, seaside village, Cowichan Bay is the perfect pit stop on an Up Island road trip. Stop in at the Maritime Centre, admire the nearby boats and floating homes in the marina, and then grab a bite at True Grain Bread bakery.
Located halfway between Duncan and Nanaimo, this small seaside town of about 3,000 people is best known for their 39 world-famous murals.
Take a “hawk walk” or an “owl prowl” and experience the winged wildlife of the Pacific Northwest up close. Staffed by knowledgeable biologists, you’ll learn all about bird conservation and how humans and birds coexist on the island and across the Northwest.
With plenty of cool small-town shops and outdoor resources, Duncan has something for everyone. Be sure to check out the awesome Kinsol Trestle pedestrian bridge on the way there!
Also known as “The Malahat,” this 15-mile portion of the Trans Canada Highway 1 runs along the west side of Saanich Inlet and is home to some downright breathtaking views. Along the highway, pullouts allow for scenic rest stops as you make your way Up Island.
Visit the Harbor City of Nanaimo
A destination unto itself, there’s no better place to stay than Tigh Na Mara when embarking on an Up Island road trip. Located just north of Nanaimo in beautiful Parksville, Tigh Na Mara’s unique log constructed units are set amid 22 forested acres beside the ocean.
Get a glimpse back to a time more than 1,000 years ago, when First Nation peoples created these traditional carvings.
Take a self-guided adventure through the streets of Nanaimo in search of the many delicious and creative interpretations of the famous Nanaimo Bar. Stretching from Lantzville to Yellow Point, the trail features 39 businesses offering their take, from Nanaimo bar ice cream martinis to chocolate-y coconut Nanaimo Bar spring rolls.
Plunge into the clear waters surrounding Nanaimo and slip into a different world. Explore nearby sunken ship wrecks inhabited by rock fish, octopus and sea stars. If you prefer to be less submerged, go for a dip with the playful harbor seals found in the shallow waters just off the coast.
A rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem, the largest of these massive trees tower an impressive 75 m (250 ft.) high and are about 800 years old.
Switch to Island Time on Salt Spring Island
Every Saturday, June through October, local artists and food producers descend on the island for a day of live music and a chance to browse some truly unique gifts.
A southeast gem with ragged shorelines and gnarly old-growth forests. Yeo Point Beach is a great spot for a waterfront picnic, and a stroll up to Yeo Point yields a great spot to relax with a view.
Specializing in brews made from water piped straight from the region’s spring, this local brewery serves up some of the freshest suds around. Be sure to visit their “tasting loft,” which is like a little cabin in the woods.
Catch Some Waves in Nearby Sooke, BC
To one side, the beautiful, protected Sooke Basin and to the other side, the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A popular spot for surfing as well as windsurfing, and there are two designated camping areas for those looking to spend a night under the stars.
Located at the end of a moderately difficult 45-minute hike from the parking lot, white sands, a rock arch and a waterfall await.
Deep, polished rock pools with crystal clear water make this a wonderful spot for a picnic and a quick dip.
The beach and forest trails of this huge, 1,422-hectare park offer hikers everything from casual strolls to challenging, full day treks.
For the truly adventurous, an hour-long tough hike to the ocean from Loss Creek culminates in a rewarding view of two sea lion caves and a suspension bridge above the creek about 20 minutes further. The sea lions are usually gone for the summer but return for the fall and winter.
Get Your Feet Wet at the Oceanside Surf Town of Tofino
In the summer, it’s the perfect spot for surfing. In the winter, hunker down and storm watch, as 20-foot swells roll in toward the shore.
With plenty of kayak tours to choose from, novice paddlers can easily paddle Tofino Inlet’s calm waters.
The magnificent backdrop to Tofino Village, Meares Island is a haven for outdoor adventurers. Walk along Big Tree Trail or try your might on the demanding but rewarding Lone Cone hike.
Discover Tofino’s untouched, natural hot springs located in the Maquinna Provincial Park.
A favorite all around BC, Tacofino’s food truck in Tofino is your best bet for a quick taco or two before hitting the road again.
Stop by for a cool brew or even a handsome refillable growler and you’re ready to hit the beach!
If you’re looking for a souvenir from your trip, Merge is your place. With handmade ceramics, local magazines and other textiles, there’s no shortage of goodies to choose from.
Tofino’s reputation for great surf is known across the island, and the town caters to beginning surfers with a handful of fantastic surf schools. A drive along North Tofino’s Campbell Street should turn up more than a few options for getting you out into the swell. Cowabunga!
This expansive conservation area includes the sandy Long Beach between Ucluelet and Tofino and the Broken Group Islands, an archipelago of more than one hundred islands and rocks. It’s also home to the West Coast Trail unit, a 47-mile backpacking route along temperate rainforest, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, caves, sea arches and beaches.
Clipper trips to Victoria and Seattle and whale watching are discounted for active and retired US or Canadian military personnel, children and seniors.