7 Top-Rated Campgrounds in Tofino, BC
Wake in an old-growth forest beneath giant trees or along the shores of the Pacific Ocean with waves rolling in on the beach. Camping in Tofino allows you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area and immerse yourself in the environment. The main attraction in the area and where many visitors look to camp is Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, but you can find camping from the town of Ucluelet in the south right up to Tofino to the north of the park. Campgrounds range from tent campsites along the ocean to RV resorts. Some campgrounds have their own unique vibe, like those that cater largely to surfers, while others are more geared towards families. Below is a list of the best campgrounds in the Tofino area:
1. Wya Point Resort Campground
This campground has the most beautiful setting of any campground in the area. The dark-sand beach and surrounding rocky shoreline is wildly scenic and remote enough that you won't see tourists wandering by. Wya Point has a mix of drive-in and walk-in campsites. Some of the walk-in tent sites are set in the trees that line the top of the beach and are just a short distance from the parking area. You can wake to the most incredible view and step out onto the sand. The drive-in sites are located a little farther back and up the hill from the beach. On one end of the beach are a line of oceanfront yurts.
To reach the campsite requires driving a few kilometers down a dirt road but this is a real plus because you are removed from the highway and any traffic noise. Sites are all very private and come with a picnic table and fire pit. Facilities include flush toilets and showers.
2. Green Point Campground
Green Point Campground is located within Pacific Rim National Park. This is a large campground in a heavily wooded area and very centrally located. The campground is set high above the ocean in the trees, and some sites at the front of the loop have views out to the ocean, looking over a hillside. However, sites are not truly oceanfront because you can't walk from your campsite to the water's edge. Sites are all very private with plenty of vegetation between sites. The area has huge trees, and sites vary in size. Those closest to the ocean are smaller and more suited to tents, while sites on the forest side of the loop are larger and suitable for big RVs.
The campground has 94 drive-in sites, all with electricity, and 20 more primitive walk-in forest sites. All sites are reservable, and the summer high season dates book out almost immediately when registration opens up in January. Book in advance or come in the spring or fall if you want to have the best chance of securing a campsite.
3. Bella Pacifica Campground
Bella Pacifica is a lovely campground, close to town, but in a true forest setting. The tent sites here are incredible, all of which are very private and surrounded by huge trees. Many of the tent sites have ocean views. The RV area is not the same. This section is a long open area with no privacy between sites. Nonetheless, this campground is in an extremely convenient location. Four boardwalks allow campers access to the stunning wide-open spaces of McKenzie Beach. The campground has three restroom facilities with flush toilets and showers. Basic supplies are available from the campground office.
4. Crystal Cove Beach Resort: Cabin and RV Resort
Crystal Cove has a mix of RV sites and quaint log cabins for rent. The grounds here are immaculate, with beautiful gardens and common areas, and the front of the property offers views to the ocean. Some RV sites cater to long-term guests, but others offer short-term stays. A colorful children's playground offers play structures and fun activities for kids. This truly has the feel of a "resort" and not just a campground. It's also just outside of Tofino and incredibly convenient for accessing the town, grocery shopping, or seeing some of the nearby attractions.
5. Surf Junction Campground
Set on the inland side of Highway 4, this campground is funky and fun. The campground is targeted to surfers and as a result has some unique amenities, including a hot tub and sauna, perfect for warming up after a day in the frigid North Pacific Ocean. You'll also find wetsuit washing facilities and drying racks. The 49 tent and RV sites are large and mostly level. The flush toilets and restroom facilities were recently upgraded. Surfboards and equipment rentals along with instruction are available on-site. If you are a surfer and camper, this is definitely the place to camp.
6. Long Beach Campground
Despite the name, which suggests it may be on Long Beach, this campground is tucked back in the woods near the airport and the Long Beach Golf Course. The 76 sites include a mix of large sites in a heavily forested area and a few brighter sites located in more open areas on grass. The campground is in an exceptionally convenient location. All of the things to do within Pacific Rim National Park are a short drive away, and the main beach is just across the highway. The town of Tofino is only a few minutes down the road. Golfers will also find this campground especially well located as the golf course is on the same property and within easy walking distance from the sites. Long Beach Campground has flush toilets, laundry facilities, and free showers in the main building. Dogs are allowed, but there is a one-time fee.
7. Ucluelet Campground
This campground is set right in Ucluelet, about a 40-minute drive south of the town of Tofino, but only about 20 minutes from Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. While this is in town, it is still a scenic place to set up camp. Some sites overlook the pretty harbor, while others offer mountain views. Camping here has the feel of being in a city park rather than a rainforest. For those who prefer more trees, semi-private forested sites are also available. The campground has 125 sites but note that only 15 amp service is available. The Wild Pacific Trail, which includes two separate sections, is a short drive away.
Where to Stay in Tofino if You Decide not to Camp
Often the weather doesn't cooperate when you plan a camping trip. If you decide to ditch the camping and check into a room, be aware, cost-effective hotels are difficult to find in the Tofino area. Below are a few reasonable options for travelers not looking for more modestly priced hotels.
- Mid-Range and Budget Hotels: Right in the center of town is the Tofino Travellers Guest House. It's a funky and fun spot with a homey type of atmosphere. Have a look through the bookshelves or meet other travelers in the common areas or over the free breakfast. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, the Tofino Resort + Marina is a little more expensive, but the rooms have recently been renovated. Be sure to ask for the rooms that have balconies overlooking the harbor. If you'd prefer to be on the beach, Ocean Village Beach Resort is a good option and offers a pool and hot tub. This resort has a number of unique wooden cabins in different sizes and prices. Garden suites and studios have the lowest rates, but two-bedrooms can be a good deal for groups.
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