Guest post courtesy of ethicalDeal Victoria Local Ambassador Candice Csuchocki Weir
Visit Tofino and try not to fall madly in love – I dare you. Filled with surfers and set on a spit of land surrounded by beaches, forests and a scattering of ancient islands, I think you’ll more likely find your inner Tofitian taking over – begging you to put on a pair of wellies and hop on your surf board bearing touring bike.
Hear are five reasons to check out Tofino for your next eco escape:
1. Respect for nature
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – The Long Beach section of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is an amazing spot for beach walks, surfing, camping and checking out the 20,000 grey whales that migrate through the park waters.
Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Building a relationship between community and nature, the Bioshpere Reserve builds a sustainable ecosystem within the region while respecting the Nuu-chah–nulth First Nations “living” philosophies of Iisaak (living respectfully), Qwa’ aak qin teechmis (life in the balance), and Hishuk ish ts’awalk (everything is one and interconnected). To learn more, check out the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Trust website to learn more.
2. Community values
Tofitians care so much about their community that they have rallied to ban chain stores like Starbucks and McDonalds. Check out local artisan shops and restaurants on your next visit.
3. Wildlife wonderland
Boasting a healthy population of wildlife to view and learn about, Tofino is one of the best places to see black bears, whales, and a variety of birds. Also, don’t miss Tofino’s 26th Annual Whale Festival March 17th to 25th.
4. Eco adventures
From surfing, to storm watching, and from hotsprings tours to hiking local islands, Tofino has got you covered.
5. Local seafood
Enjoy fresh caught salmon, crab, and spot prawns. Just ask a local what’s in season.
Check out Tourism Tofino for more tips on making the most of your Pacific Rim eco adventure!
And don’t forget to check out this weekend’s ethicalDeal in Vancouver and Victoria for a whale watching getaway for 2 at Weigh West Marine Resort in Tofino!
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