Explore what coastal temperate rainforests are all about by checking out the frog pond, forest boardwalk, native plants and educational workshops at this smashing, bird-packed attraction. Formerly known as the Tofino Botanical Gardens, this 10-acre property has shifted its focus to supporting Indigenous-led conservation. New sculptures have been added to the garden in recent years, many by local artists. There is also a 12-room Learning Lodge on the property.

The on-site Little Costa Rica Cafe serves seasonal dishes with foods from the region.

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