Sitting along the Pacific Ocean Tofino is well known for its storms. People flock from around the world to cozy up in their cabins and watch the storms roll off the ocean. But what do you do in Tofino when it’s raining and you still want to get out and explore this beautiful coastal town?
We had the opportunity to experience a true Tofino rain storm where it rain over 150mm of rain during the day we were planned on exploring. Well we didn’t let a little (A LOT) of rain stop us. The most important thing when coming to Tofino is come prepared for the rain. Make sure to check out our post on what to pack while visiting Tofino.
Here is our guide on what to Tofino when it’s raining!
Rainforest Trail Hike
Head to the Rainforest Trail just outside of Tofino when it’s raining. This beautiful hike is covered under the thick canopy of the rainforest that cuts the rain significantly. Located in Pacific Rim National Park this scenic Rainforest Trail is one of most popular hikes amongst visitors and locals alike. The trail has two loops one on each side of the highway. We opted to explore loop A that is a 1.2km loop on the wooden boardwalk weaves you through the rainforest with thousands of year old trees. The loop should take you no more than an hour with stopping at each of the interpretative signs to learn as you go. On a rainy day you wont see many others out on the trail so you will have this majestic forest all to yourself.
Bundle Up and Walk the Beaches
People come from all over the world to watch the storms – why stay inside and miss the beauty of Tofino in the rain? Head over to Cox beach and watch the swells roll into the beach and slam against the rocks. Go for a walk along the beach you will be surprised how many other adventurers you will find out amongst you but it will still be very peaceful!
Head to the Long Beach Lodge Resort Grab a Drink or Bite to Eat & Play Games
Where can you go watch the rain but stay dry in Tofino when it’s raining? Head over and check out the Long Beach Lodge Resort. Go in for a full meal or just a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to warm up! Make sure to grab a seat by the floor to ceiling windows that over look Cox beach. Looking to spend an few hours here? Ask your server for board games – they are tucked away but they would be happy to pull them out for you!
You get wet when you go surfing so it doesn’t matter whether its raining or not! Book a beginning surf lessions with one of the may companies that offer beginingers surf lessions or if you have surfed before rent a board and go hit the waves!
Go Whale Watching
Looking for an excursion in Tofino when it’s raining that takes you out on an adventure? Whale watching goes out rain or shine (as long as the storms arnt too bad – call your tour operator before you head over). The whales don’t appear based on the weather so head out on a covered boat or if your brave in one of the zodiac boats for an experience you wont soon forget.
Head to Tacofino
Tacofino is open rain or shine and this is an experience you need to have before you leave Tofino. Offering a variety of tacos, burritos and more this is THE place to get tacos in the city. Surprisingly enough the line on a rainy day to get a taco was equally as long as it is on a sunny day. Getting a taco should be on your bucket list during your visit to Tofino.