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Community Events & Festivals this Fall

As Tofino winds down in the fall, the events seem to ramp up. September and October are brimming with activities, making these months a wonderful time to visit. Whether you join in on the action or spectate from the beach, here are a few standout annual events to be enjoyed by all!


September 1 - 7, 2018: Clayoquot Salmon Festival


Salmon play an integral role for coastal livelihoods, cultures, and ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound. And they lead incredible lives, starting in fresh water then migrating to the ocean. Salmon stay at sea for years before their homing instincts guide them back, to the fresh water systems they were conceived in, to reproduce. Celebrating this magnificent species is what inspires Friends of Clayoquot Sound to organize the annual Clayoquot Salmon Festival!


September 8 - 9, 2018: Surf’s up for Autism

  Surf’s Up For Autism was established in 2012, and today our unique and special event continues to grow every year. One weekend a year in September, families take time out of their hectic lives dealing with Autism, and can just be a family. It’s a surf weekend in Tofino where people can leave behind their daily grind, and try to forget about the costs and stresses of Autism that burden their families. This event empowers the parents and includes the siblings that often feel left behind.


September 6 - 9, 2018: Carving on the Edge Festival

  The Carving on the Edge Festival is an annual gathering that celebrates traditional and contemporary carving arts. This year’s theme, Totems & Tributaries, will explore carving as a visual language. Totem Poles stand tall, telling stories of the land and its peoples. Tributaries connect our coastal communities to those upstream, uniting us along ancient salmon migration routes. The festival offers something for everyone – from lovers of arts & culture to carvers of all skill levels.


September 28 - 30, 2018: Queen of the Peak - Women’s Surf Championships

  The Queen of the Peak - Women's Surf Championships was created in 2009 by Surf Sister and Shelter Restaurant to celebrate and showcase the amazing surf talent here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The contest itself spans over 3 days in Tofino Canada and offers amenities to competitors such as a complimentary welcome dinner, free childcare, free beachside massages and more. In 2017 more than 100 women and children competed for cash and prizes in Longboard, Shortboard and Princess of the Peak divisions. This community event has grown into a week long festival with fun accompanying events such as Zumba, Yoga, movie premiers, and dance parties. We hope you can join us as and celebrate the Queen's of the Peak! Dates for 2018 are set for September 28-Septeber 30th, 2018.

October 5 - 7, 2018: Tofino Folk Festival *NEW for 2018

Tofino Folk Festival is a community-based celebration of live music.  This year, the festival happens on Thanksgiving Weekend, October 5th, 6th, and 7th.  Live music will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Tofino. The festival’s headquarters is The Maq Hotel and Pub, located in the heart of Tofino.  During the festival you can catch free shows in the afternoon at The Maq Hotel Lounge, and in the evenings, your Festival Pass will get you into performances from your favorite folk acts. Bring your friends for an unforgettable Thanksgiving weekend surrounded by the breathtaking nature of the West Coast, and experience all Tofino has to offer!

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