Information & Facts
There are a number of activities in Tofino and its surrounds,
with plenty to enthral and entertain holidaymakers year round.
Kayaking here is excellent; numerous bays and inlets provide a
great way to explore the area in a sheltered manner, while the more
adventurous can head out into the open ocean or opt to kayak with
Orcas. Whale watching is also a popular activity as pods of
migratory grey whales frequent the area in mid-spring, with guided
tours on offer by various charter companies. Tofino and
neighbouring Ucluelet celebrate this event with the entertaining
and interesting Pacific Rim Whale Festival from mid-March to
mid-April. Other activities in Tofino include top-class fishing,
scuba diving, windsurfing, hiking through the rainforest or beach
hiking, golfing, beach combing, eco tours, cultural tours and even
winter storm watching, as winds whip up the ocean and create huge
waves that crash spectacularly on the shore. Surfing, of course, is
immensely popular in Tofino, with Long Beach offering the best surf
in the country, particularly in winter and a unique Surf Camp is
available, as well as an all-women surf school.
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
Holiday visitors can find a number of restaurants in Tofino,
ranging from pizza and sushi to regionally grown and organic
handmade foods, fresh seafood, as well as Nuu-Chah-Nulth First
Nations cuisine, deli-style offerings and classic Italian. There
are also a number of catering services available.
There are plenty of shops for holidaymakers in Tofino, with many
specialising in First Nations art and crafts. The Bella Boutique on
the Pacific Rim Highway specialises in unique Canadian fashion,
jewellery and art; while the Tofino Gift Company carries a
selection of traditional Vancouver souvenirs like sweaters, local
art, and woodturnings.
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT
-3.5 in the east.