10 Top-Rated Resorts in Tofino, BC

Written by Lana Law and Bryan Dearsley
May 4, 2020

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Tofino, British Columbia, is home to some of the province's top wilderness and adventure resorts. Located on the western shores of Vancouver Island on Clayoquot Sound, Tofino offers nature lovers and fans of the great outdoors countless reasons to stay for a vacation: incredible scenery, ancient rainforests, rugged coastlines, beautiful lakes, mile-after-mile of sandy beaches, plus numerous opportunities to enjoy the area's abundant wildlife.

Pacific Rim National Park, home to the area's famous Long Beach, is one of the main attractions, and all of the lodges listed here are within easy driving distance of the park.

From historic and quaint oceanfront lodges to hip surfing-centered resorts, Tofino is the perfect spot for those wanting to get away from it all in comfort and style. This is the place for romantic getaways, fun family vacations, or active outdoor pursuits. Plan where to stay with this list of the top resorts in Tofino:

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. The Wickaninnish Inn

Photo Source: Wickaninnish Inn
Photo Source: Wickaninnish Inn

One of the best known of Tofino's lodges, The Wickaninnish Inn welcomed its first guests back in 1955 and has been offering a luxurious coastal wilderness experience ever since. The 75 luxury accommodations include everything from cozy standard rooms, with large soaker tubs and separate showers, fireplaces, and private balconies offering stunning views over the ocean, to much larger suites with additional living space and bigger balconies.

One of the main attractions is the resort's stunning setting, looking out over the north end of Chesterman Beach. The Pointe Restaurant, set on a high rocky point, has some of the most outstanding views and offers a fine dining experience. On the more casual side is the Driftwood Cafe, looking out over the beach. This is a great place to come and relax over a meal while watching surfers riding the massive waves. Also on site, the Ancient Cedars Spa is the perfect spot for some relaxation and pampering.

If you're traveling with pets, let the resort know in advance, and they'll pamper your pooch with goodie bags and bedding, as well as providing services such as dog sitting and grooming.

The resort closes for a period of time each January to focus on improvements and upgrades. This tradition means the resort is always in top condition.

Address: 500 Osprey Lane, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: The Wickaninnish Inn

2. Long Beach Lodge Resort

Long Beach Lodge Resort
Long Beach Lodge Resort | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Just down the beach from Pacific Sands, Long Beach Lodge offers an intimate experience, with just 20 cottages and 41 lodge rooms. Set on eight acres of oceanfront, the property has stunning views from the seaside rooms and the post-and-beam-style Great Room.

Even if you are not staying here, it's worth stopping by to enjoy a meal in this fantastic dining room and watch the surfers playing in the waves. The sun filtering in during the afternoons makes this a place you'll want to linger.

While couples will find the lodge rooms ideal, larger groups and families will enjoy the chance to spread out in the Rainforest Cottages (some pet-friendly), each with its own full kitchen, large living and dining space, fireplace, and two bathrooms. Large decks are also provided on which to relax and enjoy the views, an especially fun activity from the comfort of your own hot tub.

The resort also has an on-site surf center offering everything needed to enjoy this increasingly popular sport.

Address: 1441 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Long Beach Lodge Resort

3. Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Pacific Sands Beach Resort | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Set on a beautiful stretch of beach on Cox Bay, Pacific Sands Beach Resort is the perfect place for families, couples, people traveling with a dog, or anyone interested in surfing. Surfers take advantage of the waves, while guests lounge in hammocks at the top of the beach, below the towering pines.

A mix of accommodation styles offers a full-range of options for visitors. Traditional beachside cottages, with wood trim, fireplaces, and some with high, open ceilings and massive windows looking out to the ocean, are just steps from the beach.

In 2018, a fabulous new extension saw the addition of modern condo-style suites. These luxury, oceanside condos offer surf-in, surf-out convenience with a pavilion for storing your surfboard. Walk barefoot from your unit, grab your board, and be on the beach in no time at all. The new units have a sleek, modern design and come complete with balconies, fireplaces, kitchens, and one to three bedrooms.

The resort has its own surf shop, where you can rent a board or take lessons, and a convenient take-out restaurant. But you don't have to be a surfer to enjoy this area. Lounge on the beach, take a stroll on a trail that runs through the property, or head over to Pacific Rim National Park, just a few minutes away.

Address: 1421 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Pacific Sands Beach Resort

4. Middle Beach Lodge

Middle Beach Lodge
Middle Beach Lodge | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Boasting more than a kilometer of unspoiled beach, Middle Beach Lodge offers a quiet peaceful retreat, particularly wonderful for couples. You can sit in front of a huge stone fireplace on a rainy day and enjoy the complimentary fresh-baked cookies, or lounge in a patio chair from the outdoor deck soaking up the sun on blue sky days.

From the deck, set high above the ocean, a set of stairs delivers access to the beach below, perfect for a long walk in rain or sunshine. Raincoats and umbrellas are provided free of charge. The resort's beach connects with a further nine kilometers of beach, meaning guests can explore the coast for hours.

The property includes Lodge at the Headlands and Lodge at the Beach, as well as 20 quaint cabins. Lodge at the Beach offers adults only rooms overlooking the beach or the forest. Stand-alone two-bedroom cabins facing the ocean offer guests everything needed to be completely self-sufficient during their holiday, including a kitchenette and hot tub.

Address: 400 MacKenzie Beach Road, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Middle Beach Lodge

5. Ocean Village Resort

Photo Source: Ocean Village Resort
Photo Source: Ocean Village Resort

Located on Tofino's MacKenzie Beach, the cabin-style accommodations at Ocean Village are particularly popular with families. Along with its direct beach access and proximity to provincial parks, there's no end of fun things for young and old alike to enjoy. On-site amenities include a large heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, communal covered BBQ, surf shack, plus plenty of fun board games and beach toys for the kids.

Built in 1976, all cabins have undergone renovations and upgrades, with special attention being paid to lessening their environmental impact. Options include well-appointed one- and two-bedroom cabins, each with full kitchens, queen beds, and a queen pullout sofa for extra guests, and great ocean views (the larger two-bedroom variant has a set of twin beds in the second bedroom and sleeps six comfortably). A number of smaller studio cabins and garden suites are also available.

Address: 555 Hellesen Drive, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Ocean Village Resort

6. Best Western Tin Wis Resort

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Photo Source: Best Western Tin Wis Resort

Another fun family resort situated on Mackenzie Beach, Best Western Tin Wis Resort makes a great base from which to explore beautiful Clayoquot Sound. It's just a short distance from Pacific Rim National Park. The resort has an on-site surf shop providing rentals of boards and other equipment.

You can also choose to simply relax on the private balcony or patio of their one- or two-bedroom suites while enjoying the view. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast but does not have a restaurant. Other amenities available to guests include an exercise room, hot tub, fire pit, and barbecues.

Address: 1119 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Best Western Tin Wis Resort

7. Cox Bay Beach Resort

Photo Source: Cox Bay Beach Resort
Photo Source: Cox Bay Beach Resort

Situated just a few minute's drive from Tofino, adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park, Cox Bay Beach Resort offers a great choice of accommodation options. Consisting of just 40 one- and two-bedroom suites in the main Beach House building, guests can enjoy features such as private master bedroom, pull out couch, gas fireplace, full kitchen, a large deck area, plus great views over the beach and ocean.

On-site amenities consist of a fitness center with sauna, an outdoor hot tub, a large lounge area for mixing and mingling with friends and other guests, and a peaceful pavilion overlooking Cox Bay Beach. The resort also has direct beach access, allowing guests to enjoy watery pursuits like kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming.

Address: 1431 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Cox Bay Beach Resort

8. Brimar B&B

Brimar B&B
Brimar B&B | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

While this is not a lodge, Brimar B&B is an exceptional property that will suit anyone looking for a romantic getaway and luxury accommodation. You can't get any closer to the beach, and the setting on Chesterman Beach is spectacular.

Large windows in the rooms and breakfast area of this fantastic three-story home look out over the waves rolling onto the beach. You can watch surfers from sunrise to sunset, take leisurely strolls along the beach, or relax in front of a bonfire in the evenings.

If you are looking for something truly special, book the top floor loft, with a woodburning stove, clawfoot tub, and bay window. The other rooms are slightly smaller but offer plenty of windows, giving them a bright and airy feeling, along with great views.

Address: 1375 Thornberg Crescent, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Brimar B&B

9. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Photo Source: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Photo Source: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

For those looking to connect with nature, few accommodations can match the unique experience offered by Tofino's Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Guests are treated like royalty in what the resort calls its "safari experience" (think glamping) which includes a variety of sumptuously decorated and furnished canvas-covered rooms and suites.

Elegantly furnished, each of the 25 tents overlook Clayoquot Sound and are set on the banks of an estuary. Interior highlights include ample living quarters, king beds, washrooms with full tubs, showers, and heated floors. Those opting for the larger suites - complete with expanded seating and lounge areas - can cook in their own fully-equipped kitchen when not enjoying a meal in the resort's dining tent or log Cookhouse.

Address: 1 Clayoquot, Tofino, British Columbia

Accommodation: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

10. Crystal Cove Beach Resort

Photo Source: Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Photo Source: Crystal Cove Beach Resort

Suitable for families seeking rustic West Coast cabin accommodations (or for those bringing their own RV), Crystal Cove Beach Resort is a good option for those on a budget looking to enjoy everything Tofino has to offer.

Consisting of 34 charming, rustic log cabins with ocean or rain forest views, fireplaces, private hot tubs, full kitchens, decks, and barbecues, the resort is perfectly situated for explorations of the adjacent Mackenzie Beach and coastline, as well as serving as a base for visiting Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park.

An alternative to the resort's cabins are its nine large "5th wheel" RVs, available for rent and providing all the modern comforts of home. For something a little different, book one of the resort's unique two-story treehouse cabins, also with full kitchens, wood burning fireplaces, private decks, and even a treehouse just for the kids. A number of pet-friendly units are also available.

Address: 1165 Cedarwood Place, Tofino, British Columbia

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to stay at a resort in Tofino?

The summer is the best time to visit Tofino, when the sun is shining and the weather is at its best. However, Tofino has a mild climate and is a great escape at any time of year if you don't mind a little rain. Fall through to spring sees much more precipitation.

You can surf year-round and find countless things to do in Tofino and the surrounding area in any season. It's not uncommon to see an occasional February day look like the middle of summer, with sunny skies and people on their boards enjoying the waves. In November, visitors come to Tofino specifically to storm watch. Huge waves roll in the beaches and crash against the headlands. This is the perfect time to cozy up to a stone fireplace and gaze out at the ocean.

What are the most popular activities in Tofino?

The town of Tofino has several galleries and shops to wander through. You can also find fabulous restaurants with fining dining or casual fare. If you want to get active, the hiking trails in Tofino are outstanding. You can walk through the ancient trees, over headlands, or along the beaches. Other activities include kayaking, whale watching, and flightseeing tours.

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