The coastal community of Tofino is located within Clayoquot Sound, one of Canada’s environmental treasures due to its diverse alpine, marine, wetland, and rainforest ecosystems.
The Clayoquot region is a region of unparalleled biodiversity, home to Vancouver Island’s largest tract of undisturbed temperate rainforest known as much for its abundant marine life, as for its breathtaking stands of old growth trees. For example, a short water taxi ride out of Tofino is Meares Island, home to some of Canada’s largest trees! Tofino’s ocean and rainforest wilderness leaves visitors marveling at the bustling sense of everything being alive from the ocean to the sky.
Efforts to protect the magnificent biodiversity of Clayoquot Sound from development and exploitation have resulted in its designation as a UNESCO biosphere reserve as well as the establishment of protected areas throughout the area surrounding Tofino. Close to Tofino are the Pacific Rim National Park, marine and freshwater protected areas, and areas of undisturbed rainforest protected from logging and development. Many of the resident species of Clayoquot Sound are listed as endangered or rare and a visit to Tofino is one of the few ways to experience them in a pristine natural environment.
Tofino is one of Canada’s last truly wild places and first-time visitors will be in awe of the diversity of life throughout the region. Everything from hikes through sand dunes and rainforest vegetation, to viewings of shorebirds, bears, and whales can be experienced within a short trip from the Long Beach Lodge through guided or solo excursions.