The district of Tofino is home to about 1,800 full time residents and lies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, within the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the tip of the Esowista Peninsula, at the southern edge of Clayoquot Sound. The area was named Tofino in 1792 after the Spanish cartographer Vincente Tofino.
Tofino is a very popular destination throughout most of the year, especially the summer when the local population swells to many times its winter size. It attracts adventure seekers of all kinds, surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers, bear watchers, and anyone looking to escape the rush of the city. In the winter the crowds subside, however, many people still visit Tofino and the west coast to watch and experience storms on the Pacific Ocean.
The beauty and peace that is found in the rainforests and waters off Tofino are known throughout the world and impress thousands of international tourists year after year.
The District of Ucluelet (or Ukee, as it is known by locals) is home to about 1600 residents and is located on the northern Edge of Barkley Sound just 40km (24 miles) south of Tofino, along the Pacific Rim Highway. Ucluelet means ‘people of the safe harbour’ in the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) language.
Boasting lush rainforests and a rugged coastline, Ucluelet has lots to offer wildlife lovers, nature buffs and adventure seekers.
About the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It consists of 3 major park areas, Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the famous West Coast Trail. The park, in its entirety, is 511 sq. km (197 sq. miles) of land and ocean.
Long Beach is located between Tofino and Ucluelet and is the most visited of the three areas. It boasts an assortment of trails including rainforest loops, bog walks and of course lots of sandy beaches, over 4 km (2.5 miles) of beach in fact!
The park is pay-per use and passes are available for purchase at most trails and info centres in the area.