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Introducing Tofino

Transforming rapidly in recent years from a sleepy hippy hangout into a soft-eco resort town (it's like the Whistler of Vancouver Island), Tofino is the region's most popular outdoor hangout. It's not surprising that surf fans and other visitors keep coming: packed with activities and blessed with stunning beaches, Tofino sits on Clayoquot (clay-kwot) Sound, where forested mounds rise from roiling waves that batter the coastline in a dramatic, ongoing spectacle. A short drive south of town, the visitor centre has detailed information on area accommodations, hiking trails and hot surf spots. There's also a satellite branch in town at 455 Campbell St.