Carving on the Edge Festival in Tofino

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Carving on the Edge Festival in Tofino

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Tla-o-qui-aht (Clayoquot) First Nation, Tofino – Please stop and give this a think about for a just second. 5,000 years ago, what does that mean to Canadians? What does five millennia mean to you? Many might think nothing of Canada at all and go straight back to the days of the Egyptians and the Pyramids.

Here’s a how to on how to carve into one of our Nation’s most culturally rich festival and instead of heading down the Nile, set sail for the edge of our country.

Tofino’s Carving on the Edge Festival (September 6 to September 9, 2018) allows any explorer a front row seat to learning more about Canada’s pyramids – towering cedar trees that reach the sky. Pyramids that if produced and crafted with the right respect, turned into the lifeblood of a community. Uncover technology and teachings going back thousands of years, teachings to ancient practices.

Learn about how to build watercraft from Canada’s “Pyramids”, or how to carve a surfboard and/or invest in your own piece of west coast magic via a festival menu that includes workshops, speakers, an art gallery and opportunity to embrace culture that will leave you a stronger Canadian.

Read FestivalSeekers’ take on this festival for even more background »

5 Ways to Enjoy the Carving on the Edge Festival

Carve early – Tofino sells out early now for accommodations, so booking in May and June for this early September festival is key.

Work it – Carving on the Edge workshops leave you with the most unique event souvenir you might ever have. Then daily, the festival offers a full itinerary of experiences (schedule out in August 2018) and will be available on @FestivalSeekers channels.

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Savour it – Go from the wild to the styled – a fish burrito @TofinoTacoFino, a sit on the beach and soak in the epic at the SandBar Bistro, and step in for a Trip Advisor top 10 dinner at Wolf and the Fog.


Live it – Jump in the canoe with Tashii Tours where folks like the Martin sisters (daughter to master carver and festival co-founder Joe Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation) will take out on the Pacific for a paddle along the edge of Canada. Take in the sights and curate an understanding of how a the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation would manage their forest, just like they would as if it was a field of wheat.

Chill – Go for a SUP (stand up paddle board) and find your Zen with accommodations at the Best Western Tin Wis Resort (boards on site Tofino Paddle Surf and in front of MacKenzie beach) or stay just up the road from the festival site at the Cable Cove Inn (wait till you get a load of their on the ocean reading room), or step it right up and check into the five star Long Beach Lodge Resort.

Sandbar at Long Beach Lodge

Learn more about the chance to carve into history from this FestivalSeekers story »

Get planning now, you can start with our friends at Tourism Tofino.

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