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Hidden among almost limitless, lush pines and rolling countryside along the Western coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino and Ucluelet are a true paradise for nature and outdoor lovers of all stripes. Soft golden beaches run in arcs across the mainland and lush islands dot the rich blue waters of the area. As a result, there's plenty of activities to enjoy, whether you prefer peaceful, relaxing walks through the sweeping hills or testing your mettle surfing the impressive waves.

Things to see

Beach lovers will want to explore the rich bronze sands of the appropriately named Long Beach sooner rather than later - the wide curving coastline offering a haven for water sports, especially surfing. There's also a lot of marine life in the area, and if you're lucky you might even catch the dark, glinting torso of a whale in the distance. The beach is expansive enough to be perfect for romantic sunset walks or secluded picnics, and comprises a part of the Pacific Rim National Reserve. The reserve itself is fantastic for hiking, exploring, and nature spotting. The tall, swaying pines that swamp the area, along with the rugged cliffs, are home to a number of animal species such as bears. Chesterman Beach is also recommended, the soft pale sands forming a sun bronzed arch along the coast – again, great for surfing, or leisurely walks along the wavy dunes.

Hotels in Tofino

If you're looking for a top quality experience, then luxury hotels in Tofino – Ucluelet usually come in the form of scenic beach side lodges with all mod cons, such as WiFi, restaurants, and bars. You'll even find mouth-watering, smoky barbecue grills and fitness facilities too. There's also a great range of discount hotels for those wanting to spend more time outdoors than in, and you'll find affordable accommodation scattered throughout the area, many of which are located near campgrounds and other nature sites. These are a great option for affordable, fun family holidays.

Where to stay

If you're looking to spend as much time as possible in the Pacific Rim National Reserve, then finding accommodation towards the southern end of the Pacific Rim Highway is recommended, and there's plenty of high end lodges in the area if you're looking for a little luxury after a day exploring the wilderness. Alternatively, the Bella Pacifica Campground and surrounding area can be a good choice for families, and there's also access to local amenities and attractions here. Heading into Tofino itself is also a good all round option, especially for visiting the numerous islands just off the coast.

How to get to Tofino

If you're traveling from an international destination, by far the easiest way to reach the area is a connecting domestic flight from Vancouver Airport, but there's also a number of coach and bus services that run from Vancouver and Victoria, and thanks to the sweeping, scenic routes, can be quite a relaxing way to arrive. Alternatively, car hire can be a good choice, although expect around a 6 hour trip from Vancouver, including a ferry ride. Again though, the scenery of the trip can be a great, and is recommended if you're not in a rush to arrive.