Fill your cup in Tofino this spring
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
WHEN YOU GO
The Best Western Tin Wis Plus is 10-minutes from downtown Tofino, right on MacKenzie Beach.
Note: as of March 14, 2023 construction on Highway 4 and Kennedy Hill is over; there are no more stops or traffic flushing.
Your mind on the ocean
Be sure to get in the water! Go surfing, go for a whale watching tour, changes your whole perspective looking out from the water back onto land.
Share your adventures
Use these stories for more inspiration and let us know what you find, hashtag #zenseekers so we can engage with you.
Make a visit to Tofino, on Tla-o-qui-aht homelands, this spring
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