Photos and article by ZenSeekers‘ Jaiden George. This adventure is powered by Tribal Parks Alliance, Destination BC, Destination Canada, and Tin Wis Resort, which is owned and operated by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.
Relax in Tofino
If one were to sum up Tofino in only a single sentence, the words raw, pristine, and boundless would, without a doubt, come to mind. Having lived here my whole life, I still find myself in awe of the intense beauty of it all every time I step out my front door.
Even in activities that I’ve repeated hundreds, if not thousands of times – biking along Mackenzie Beach, for example (pictured here) – I find that there are always new things to appreciate. No two trips are ever really the same, and simply existing on the land affords an unparalleled and wholly consuming sense of calmness.
Taking a moment to think about it, a great deal of my most cherished memories are of being on the land with friends – hiking, climbing trees, scaling rockfaces, taking out the canoe or the paddleboards – memories of the ilk are physically and spiritually impossible to create in the abrasive, fast-paced dissonance of cities.
Sure, there aren’t any large shopping hubs, and you’ll find virtually no chain stores (Tofino consists predominantly of local businesses – Chocolate Tofino pictured here) – but that’s not inherently a bad thing. We all have a tendency to build up clutter in our minds – to overcomplicate things – and it’s beneficial, necessary even, to scale things back. To remember what is essential – food, water, shelter, community and land – and what is supplementary – convenience, technology and material objects.
When it really comes down to it, the supplementary things in life are never what allow for long-lasting memories. There is no substitute for sitting around a fire and sharing a meal with friends. It’s at the intersection between the immaterial and the essentials that special moments are cultivated, and Tofino offers an abundance of both to those willing to look.
When You Go
- Book today at the Tla-o-qui-aht owned Tin Wis Resort.
- When staying in Tofino, stay indigenous and know that your support goes towards protecting these ancient sacred gardens where we can all go to get re-energized and soak up the beauty of the forests and ocean.
- Meanwhile, check out the new webcam from Tin Wis below: