When the opportunity arose for my friend and fellow blogger Christina and I to plan a girls trip with the pups to Tofino, we jumped at the chance for a quick getaway. Tofino is one of the most beautiful places in BC, and that’s not the only reason to visit! Besides being one of the only places in Canada you can surf, Tofino also has stunning sandy beaches, some great hiking trails, an incredible food scene, and beautiful resorts. The two of us had the most amazing time, and want to share with you our favourite places of this unique surfer town.
OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT:
We started off our first morning at Rhino coffee house to get our day started with local coffee (green tea for her) and in house made doughnuts. Not the healthiest of breakfasts, but sure delicious. Tofino also has some other great cafes such as Tuff beans and common loaf bake shop (great one if you’re vegan or GF).
For brunch our favourite was 1909 Kitchen. Named after Tofino’s first post office which opened in 1909. Such chic, but fun decor and beautiful waterfront patio. Or if it’s cold out there is still a jaw-dropping backdrop of mountains and coastline inside. Check out pictures below! They had a menu that has something for everyone; ingredient driven, sourced and foraged from Tofino’s oceans, shoreline and forests. We especially enjoyed the mango açai smoothie bowl and Baja breakfast burrito, I noticed they had my fiancé Chris’ favourite… cold smoked salmon. I will have to return here with him.
We also went to Bravacados for lunch, and I have to say for an all vegetarian restaurant (many vegan items available) it was fabulous. I wan’t left hungry or missing the meat. Highly recommend their panko crusted avocados and bravo burger. Shed I’ve also good things about but we never got there.
Dinner there was so many wonderful options but we spent our first night at The Hatch, and we definitely were impressed. Their local raw oysters were the perfect start to our west coast meal. Followed by their wood fired pizza and Baja tacos… my mouth is watering now just thinking about it. You are even able to bring your day’s catch for dinner if you wish, and their chef will prepare and cook it for you in their 1000 degree wood fired Mugnaini oven. Chris’ brother Sean, who is an avid fisherman would be all over this. They also had so many unique cocktails to try, we had such a great time I don’t remember the name of my favourite >< but it was refreshing and was garnished with mint and lime.
Our second night we had cocktails at Shelter, and then dinner at Wolf and Fog. The octopus there was to die for and we had a little fun and tried their absinthe which was a cool experience neither of us had partaken in before.
WHAT TO DO IN TOFINO:
We decide to check out the Cox Bay lookout deep in the forest at Cox Bay Beach. This is a great hike that is located on the south end of the beach. The walk up makes you feel like you are walking in the jungle, and the view at the top is stunning. There are a couple trails, but the most well kept and obvious one close to the water is what you want to take. The trail was very grown over and muddy, but there was only one way to go up, so you will not get lost. I would definitely recommend wearing rubber boots with tread. Not a trail for the elderly or young children, it’s quite steep and narrow and you even need to use a rope to get up one part.
Tofino Marina offers daily service to Lone Cone Mountain, Meares Island and Vargas Island which are some of the best hiking spots in the area, definitely look at doing this if you have the time as well as hike Radar Hill.
The Hot Springs Cove Tour is on our list for our next trip to Tofino. We were told you “experience these natural pools, fed by ethereal geothermal waterfalls. Take in a scenic 30-nautical-mile boat ride where you’ll see beautiful coastal wildlife, and wander through a majestic old-growth forest on the way to these enchanting hot springs.”
Whale watching, bear watching, guided fishing and surfing are all other popular activities in Tofino.
WHERE TO WORKOUT:
Well, we decided to try the Tuff Fit Gym at Tofino Marina and it had everything a fitness junkie would want. It over looks the Marina and has everything you need for a workout including free weights, squat rack, and much much more.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Resort selection in Tofino is quite amazing, but we decided to stay on the Marina at Tofino Marina and Resort and it didn’t disappoint. Its walking distance from town and is right on the water. We wanted a pet friendly place to stay so Tofino Marina was perfect. They were very accommodating to our dogs even leaving little treats and potty bags. I highly recommend staying here, affordable and beautiful suites.
Overall we had an adventurous, yet relaxing getaway in Tofino! Can’t wait to go back.
Want to see more? Check out my friend Christina’s blog, A Blonde Life, to see her thoughts and pictures!!