Water and snacks are always recommended, especially as there is nowhere to buy any refreshments either at the trailhead or en route. Footwear should be comfortable for walking in for extended periods. Non-slip soles are good, especially as boardwalks can be slippery when it has been raining. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day – in summer months even if it looks bright and sunny outside it is recommended to bring a sweater as temperatures can change and it is often cooler in a shaded forest or on a windy beach. It is also recommended to wear sunscreen even if the day is overcast as you will be outside for a good length of time. In the winter months waterproof gear is a necessity as your walk will go ahead rain or shine. It is recommended to dress in layers so that you can easily adjust for optimum comfort. Finally sunglasses and a hat are useful throughout the year. The weather in the area is variable so please make sure that you are prepared and will be comfortable.

It’s an everchanging phenomenon here and a prime topic of discussion, of course. These websites will keep you up to date on our Tofino weather.

We like the Canada Weather Office forecast for its accuracy, and it’s always useful to check out the Tofino Surf Report and Tide Chart. The Cox Bay Webcam will give you a nice window on the waves and skies at this prime Tofino surfing beach

These special destinations will beautifully complement your time with Long Beach Nature Tours, are not be missed as part of your West Coast experience. The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is the first easy choice with its variety of novice to moderate trails. On the flip side, the Tofino Botanical Gardens showcases the flora indigeneous to our climate in a variety of fun and non-traditional displays, and is not to be missed. Marine history buffs will appreciate the cozy Tonquin Maritime Museum, filled with artifacts retrieved right off our coast, and be sure to visit the charming Ucluelet Aquarium, which populates its touch tanks every year with species from Barkley Sound and releases everything (or everyone) back to their native waters in autumn.

Visiting other areas of Vancouver Island and curious of what to do? Check out Tourism Vancouver Island.

Arrived in Tofino or Ucluelet? Now what? Check out Tourism Tofino and Tourism Ucluelet.

Looking for accommodation? Check out Stay Tofino.

A little advice:

Now that you are prepared to come down to the Pacific Rim there are just a few things to keep in mind. The last stretch of Highway 4, between Port Alberni and the Pacific Rim Visitor Center, is a long mountainous drive. It is very scenic; however we would not want you to enjoy the vista extensively due to an empty fuel tank and without cell reception to tell anyone. So remember that Port Alberni is the last chance to re-fuel before you get to Tofino and Ucluelet. If you are not used to driving curvy mountain passes don’t worry; take your time and use the pullouts frequently if you see cars trailing behind.


More tips:

  • Nanaimo to Tofino is about 3.5 hours
  • Refuel in Port Alberni
  • Snow chains or Winter tires mandatory from October 1st – April 30th
  • Port Alberni to Tofino is a mountainous one lane highway
  • Let people pass or pull over
  • Stay safe


All excursions are subject to the signing of a waiver. If you do not except the terms of our release agreement, you will be refunded and will not participate in the tour.

Payment Details and Cancelation Agreement

We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Payment must be received within 48 hours to confirm your booking. If you wish to cancel your tour, please respect our cancellation standard. Our standard fee is $25.00 up to 8 days prior to the hike and the full amount becomes non-refundable hereafter.

Tours depart rain or shine however; should Long Beach Nature Tours cancel your excursion due to extreme weather conditions, we will do our best to reschedule for a later date. Should we be unable to do so, you will be issued a full refund.

Special Considerations

Tours take place in a variety of terrain and locations. A modest level of fitness is required. Should you have any health concerns, please let us know at the time of booking.

Where to Meet

Upon confirmation of your booking, you will be provided with a detailed map to your excursions departure point.

Please note that unless specified, transportation to and from tour locations is not provided by Long Beach Nature Tours. Should you require transportation, we would be happy to assist with travel arrangements with Tofino’s local car service Pacific Rim Navigators.