The Guardian newspaper has ranked Tofino’s Chesterman Beach among The 50 best beaches in the world.
Listed among beaches from Barbados, Antigua, Greece, Thailand, Australia and other idyllic locations, the article states:
“You could almost pick any beach off the ocean side of Vancouver Island, but Chesterman has the edge. It’s the kind of place where you might see kids pedalling along barefoot with a surfboard under one arm. With a bit of luck, and keen eyesight, you might spot orcas out beyond the breakers.”
Chesterman Beach is a 2.7 kilometre (1.7 mile) white sandy beach and the most popular beach destination for Tofino residents.
From Tourism Tofino:
- Explore tidepools with the kids at North Chesterman Beach at low tide and you may see delightful seastars, anemones and umpteen marine lifeforms.
- Drop by the Carving Shed by the Wickaninnish Inn, also on North Chesterman, where friendly and especially talented wood carvers hone their art.
- Walk the tombolo (sandspit) to Frank Island, also to be done at low tide, for the views of the entire beach with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop.
- Get comfy in the sand on South Chesterman Beach as you watch surf instructors teaching eager students the basics of riding their first wave. Better yet, register with a Tofino surf school for your first lesson or bring your gear for a surf on this magnificent beach. For more information on surfing Chesterman Beach, click here.
- Fly a kite!