Things To Do, In and Around Tofino

Tofino Boating: Kayak, Canoe

Tofino is a great place to canoe or kayak. Calm water and lots of rugged nature!

For those of our guests with kayaks, canoes and similar small craft, Vista Hermosa offers protected storage at no extra charge next to the kayak launch ramp. This will give the opportunity to enjoy the magnificence and splendor of the surrounding Clayoquot Sound

Enjoy viewing the wildlife of Clayoquot Sound that have made the area a prime destination: Soaring eagles fly by the living room and seals are playing in the water of the harbour. Occasionally a pod of killer whales travels through Duffin Passage. Enjoy it all from your kayak and know that at the end of the day you can store your kayaks safely in our secure kayak boathouse.

This is what a Vista Hermosa visitor had to say: "I have been out on the water several times from the kayak launch ramp and when you round the bend of Meares Island you are virtually in virgin wilderness in the company of seals, otters, cormorants, eagles and deserted islets where you can beach, explore the shoreline or wander into the tranquil forest in search of a pristine glade...Words cannot express the feeling."

Kayak Launch and Private Boathouse

Kayak Launch
  • The kayak launch is just a short drive or walk from Vista Hermosa
  • Tofino's kayak launch is free of charge
  • Launch directly into the protected waters of the Tofino harbour
  • You may drive right to the launch area
  • The kayak ramp is close to the water and has gentle slope
  • Launch your kayak at both low and high tides
  • There is a large area for setting aside your gear while getting your boat in the water
Kayak Boathouse
  • The Vista Hermosa boathouse is just steps from the Tofino kayak launch
  • The boathouse is secured area with a fence and lock
  • Vista Hermosa's kayak boathouse fits 4 kayaks or similar small craft inside
  • Use of the boathouse is included in your rental of Vista Hermosa Captain's Quarters or Oceanfront Studio
Day Trips
  • Tofino's kayak launch is a good location for day trips or starting a tour
  • Kayak the protected waters of harbour and view the village by water
  • Kayak by Strawberry Island and the whale research centre
  • Continue on into the calm waters of Browning Passage
  • Kayak over to Meares Island and explore the shoreline
  • Check out the small islands in front of Meares - Arnet, Stone and Morpheus...
Kayak Tours
  • Longer kayak tours are accessible starting from the launch
  • Vargas Island, Browning Passage and the Hot Springs are poplar destinations
  • There are many marine parks available for 2, 3, 4 days or weeks!

Eric Jensen
Local 250 726-5014