Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Vancouver Island community tops list of most charming small towns in Canada


Tofino is home to just over 2,000 people, but during the summer season, thousands of tourists flock to this destination for its surf, food and quaintness. 

This week, renowned travel magazine, Condė Nast gave Tofino high praise as number one on their list of Canada’s most quaint small towns.

In the short writeup, Condė Nast called Tofino a surfer’s paradise as well as a nature-lover’s retreat. 

It’s true that Tofino is Canada’s most sought after surf spot due to the above-average conditions. The district features over 33 kilometres of surfable coast that consistently has waves that are accessible for all skill levels. 

For nature-lovers, Tofino is adjacent to one of only three UNESCO Biosphere Regions. The Clayoquot Sound region is known for its vast forests that are home to some of Canada’s most impressive old-growth trees, small islets which dot the coastline and the wildlife that call this region home, such as bears, whales and a huge array of birds. 

The Clayoquot Sound is the anglicized version of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations who have a rich history and culture and act as stewards for the land to protect this important region’s biosphere. 


The food in Tofino is also a highlight of Condė Nast’s Tofino feature. 

They pointed to three places in particular; the Wolf and Fog which serves west coast tapas with an emphasis on food that is farm-to-table whereas ROAR was pointed to for those seeking caffeination from locally roasted coffee beans with a side of a myriad of delectable pastry options. 

For those who don’t care about surfing and aren’t foodies, there are whale watching tours, hikes, saunas and spas, art galleries and countless cute shops.

The only other BC small town that made this list was Osoyoos, nestled in the Okanogan’s wine country. 

What is your favourite thing about Tofino? Let us know in the comments!

Curtis Blandy

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