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Tofino and Clayoquot Sound Kayaking


   Tofino is a West Coast Vancouver Island town and quite popular during the summer. There are a number of ways to access Tofino including bringing kayaks or canoesdickandjaneDick and Jane Beach on your vehicle by Highway 1 and Highway 4 from Victoria or Nanaimo. Both cities are ports for the BC Ferrries. There are a huge variety of activities in Tofino, such as, whale watching or camping on a local beach. If you arrive without a boat you can rent a kayak from one of our sponsors.

Clayoquot Sound is a large and beautiful paddling area accessed from Tofino. It is very popular with BC paddling clubs.

BC Marine Trails Resources

  •    BC Marine Trails State-of-the-art Map: Access Tofino and other sites on our map;. Once you've accessed the map type in a keyword to locate campsites or access points (i.e. Tofino, Dick and Jane Beach).
  •    Resources: A variety of resources to help you find or plan a paddling trip.
  •    Join our membership and get additional tools, resources and benefits from our sponsors.


  • Many visitors do a day tour to Big Tree Trailhead or Lone Cone Trailhead. It’s only a short water taxi trip or a half- or full-day kayak trip with one of our sponsors depending on which hike/trip you take. Given the currents in the area it’s advised that you are guided or you are experienced paddler. Our map shows the location of both Tofino, Big Tree Trailhead and Lone Cone Trailhead.
  • Big Tree Trailhead is roughly a two-hour walk on Meares Island. Lone Cone Trailhead is a more rigorous mountain hike. See information in tourism links below.
  • Multi-days trips are numerous in the area. Many independent paddler groups or paddling clubs frequent the Tofino or Clayoquot Sound area. Visit our map to see the many campsites.
  • The Broken Group Islands are also accessible from Ucluelet, a short drive from Tofino (or vice-versa!).

Articles and Guide Books

  • Volume 1: A Kayaking, Hiking and Recreation Guide for North and West Vancouver Island - available online - by John Kimantis

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