About Tofino ( Area
Tofino is a fishing village at the tip of Esowista Peninsula near the entrance
to Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino is a rapidly
growing tourist centre for Long Beach and other Pacific Rim destinations. Once
a timber and fishing town, Tofino has become a favoured destination for travellers
from around the world during all seasons.
Tofino was named in 1792 after the Spanish Hydrographer Vicente Tofino de San
Miguel (1732 - 1795) who was Rear Admiral of the Spanish Naval Academy in Cadiz.
The first trading post and hotel was established on Stubbs Island around 1875,
where the building remained until 1905 before being moved to present day Tofino.
Tofino was incorporated in 1932 and connected to the rest of Vancouver Island
in 1959, when a gravel road was built to Port Alberni.
Tofino boasts miles of sandy beaches to the south, islands of old-growth cedar,
migrating grey whales, hot springs, sea lions, and a temperate climate.
Tofino's docks bustle with local fishermen and act as launching points for
numerous sea kayaking, whale watching, wildlife, hot springs and cultural tours.
Local boats also supply the residents of five Nuu-chah-nulth communities and
others who make their homes on the nearby islands and secluded shores of Clayoquot
The economy of the relaxed, vacation destination of Tofino is largely dependent
upon tourism and aquaculture.
Literally at the end of the road, Tofino is located on the west coast of Vancouver
Island, accessed via Highway 4 from Parksville, 26 miles (42 kms) north of Ucluelet
and 81 miles (130 kms) west of Port Alberni. Driving time from Victoria is approximately
4 to 5 hours.
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