Fill your cup in Tofino this spring


Tla-o-qui-aht homelands (Tofino), BC — Spring in Tofino is full of magical experiences. As the warm Pacific winds bring life back to the coast, whales swim, birds soar and waves wash the beach. 

It's also a less busy time, when you can get to know the local community better, and indulge in the lush landscape at a quieter, calmer pace—and still find so many things to do.

As a visitor to these ancient lands, a good first step is recognizing that this isn't a wilderness, nor uncharted territory. As our loyal readers know, this spring you can immerse in a cultural experience that will enrich your appreciation of the deep history of the area, through the Tla-o-qui-aht event series naaʔuu

But there's so much more to make your spring visit to Tofino, on Tla-o-qui-aht homelands, a fulfilling trip rich in nature, Indigenous culture and outdoor adventure. 

Four easy ways to fill your cup in Tofino this spring

1. Relax at Tin Wis Resort on MacKenzie Beach

Bocce on the beach, biking the shoreline, a fire by the water... these are all things that make for a really simple, fun day without much planning. Read up on where to access all these things right out your door at the Tin Wis Resort.

Sunset on the beach at Tofino is hard to beat.
2. Watch the whale migration

Spring sees the return of many animals from their southern wintering homes back to their native northern waters and nesting places, and that includes whales. The Pacific Rim Whale Fest runs March 17 - 25, with opportunities to view, learn and celebrate one of nature's most majestic creatures.  

Photo: Abigail Lynn
The Pacific Rim Whale Festival dates align with naaʔuu, for double the awe.
3. Indulge in chill West Coast experiences

Go for a hike and hit the oceanfront sauna after, or take a flight seeing tour of this verdant island. If the weather is warm enough, maybe a paddlesurfing experience followed by a fire beachside. Find the tips to connect the dots here on outdoor adventures and local experiences.

Tuff City Sauna Tin Wis Tofino BC Melissa Renwick ZenSeekers
Photo: Melissa Renwick
Tuff City Saunas offers a unique oceanside relaxation experience.
4. Come naaʔuu with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

Last but far from least, there's naaʔuu. Hosted by the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation at the Tla-o-qui-aht-owned Tin Wis Resort on MacKenzie Beach, the naaʔuu experience will transport you into a coastal longhouse, where you'll feast on traditionally inspired cuisine and experience amazing Indigenous art, story and song. But book soon, tickets are selling fast for the inaugural run this March!

Tla-o-qui-aht Nation Tofino BC naauu Heartwood Kitchen
Photo: Jordyn Giesbrecht
The dinner for naaʔuu guests features local ingredients prepared with West Coast inspiration.

There's an almost endless list of things to do in Tofino and area, but supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation's Tribal Parks initiative with a stay at the Tin Wis Resort or buying tickets to attend naaʔuu is a way to invest in the future of this amazing ecological wonder of a place—as the Tla-o-qiu-aht have done for thousands of years. 

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