Situated on Vancouver Island’s west coast, the town of Tofino is a hub of activity with shops, eateries and a working harbour. A winter visit bodes well for avid surfers as well as storm-watchers.

Explore the Roy Henry Vickers Gallery

Across the street from downtown’s playground and skate park, Roy Henry Vickers Gallery—home to Vickers’ works—occupies a traditional Pacific Northwest longhouse with a carved cedar exterior. Inside you’ll find original prints, paintings, carvings and more.

Shop for outdoor gear at Storm Light Outfitters

Browse the best names in outdoor and technical gear alongside cool camping items and stylish rain boots at Storm Light Outfitters, a quaint shop overlooking the harbour. This is a must-stop if you find yourself in Tofino during storm-watching season.

Sip at Rhino Coffee House

Rhino Coffee House has a distinct surf vibe. Pop in for coffee brewed using beans roasted on-site, and freshly made doughnuts—try the Josie Jelly, filled with homemade strawberry jelly and named after the town’s mayor, Josie Osborne.

Buy jewelry and art at Habit

Habit boutique offers a well-curated collection of clothing, footwear and accessories—choose a piece of silver and sea glass jewelry from Mermaid Tears, or discover a unique work of art from local metal artist and jeweller Christy Feaver.

Eat at Wolf in the Fog

Chef Nick Nutting leads the pack at Wolf in the Fog, known for its regionally inspired fare, share plates and cocktail program. The upper dining room has a great view of Campbell Street while downstairs the Den serves lunch, coffee and baked goods.

Drink craft beer at Tofino Brewing Company

Just outside of downtown, join locals and visitors in the Tofino Brewing Company tasting room for a pint or flight of small-batch beers such as the Blonde Ale or Tuff Session Pale Ale, which are inspired by (and use hops from) the Pacific Northwest.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Comox 29 times a week from Calgary, Edmonton and Puerto Vallarta, and to Victoria 13 times a day from four Canadian and two international cities.