5 Things Yule Want to Know, Spending Christmas in Tofino

1. This season brings high tidings
As we travel closer to the sun during these winter days, we start to experience rising sea levels. It doesn’t take long for that vast sandy beach to become submerged in a cold, frothy king tide. As you sit on those rocks, staring out at the thrashing horizon, be sure to keep one eye on the exit. Surging seawater has the potential to maroon. What was your summer-time point break, now transforms into a private island twice a day.

Know your tides:
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2. On the first day of Christmas my true love parks for free…
Everyone loves to catch a break during the holiday season. We thought you would love to hear that as of Oct 1, 2016, pay parking is no longer in effect in the District-owned lots adjacent to the Municipal Hall. This is especially wonderful news for those who look to avoid parallel parking at all costs and in this case, the cost is $0.

Not only are you saving in town, the national parks are free too! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, park entry and parking is free of charge.

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With all the money you’ll be saving on parking, treat yourself to a bike rental. It’s great to cruise around this time of year as there are less cars on the road and the sand is a lot firmer for beach rides.

All you need is 2 feet and a heartbeat: Bike Rentals

3. Dashing through the snow…
Although we are generally snow free here on the coast, real winter weather is happening at higher elevations. If you want to get to Tofino, you have to cross two major peaks, the Alberni Summit and Sutton Pass. Winter tires are now enforced October 1st through to March 31st. During this time, it's good practice to travel during daylight and not before checking the trusty highway cams for plowing schedule. The sun may be shining in Coombs but the hwy 4 video will tell you what’s really happening above the clouds.

Be prepared:
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4. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…
Did you know, not all beaches allow campfires. Be sure to check signage before striking a match. You may also want to bring your own firewood. These days, the driftwood does a lot of drifting, leaving you with some pretty soggy logs.

No chestnuts? No problem, we’ll pack a fireside picnic for you!

5. Yule Want to Check out these Winter festivities and promotions!
Every year, Tofino keeps the dark days light with a colourful collection of winter-themed festivals, markets, and events!
- Festivals and Events
- Tofino Tidings
- Eat, Drink, & Be Married

Take part in Christmas and New Year's festing and feasting at the lodge!

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