Arts, Culture and Heritage

The basis of Tofino’s small-town cultural identity comes from the natural setting. Tofino’s artistic expression flows from its cultural identity, which is rooted in the community’s small-town ambiance and natural environment.

The presence of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in Clayoquot Sound dates back at least 5,000 years. The traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht people includes the land upon which the District of Tofino is located. The name “Clayoquot” comes from an interpretation of the word Tla-o-qui-aht, and was used by early traders, surveyors, and cartographers.

Tofino’s definition of culture encompasses not only traditional art forms (e.g. drama, music, and painting), but also includes the lifestyle and activities of residents and visitors. When looked at through this broad lens, it is evident that culture contributes significantly to the quality of life in Tofino. This strong, diverse culture attracts new residents, retains talent, fosters economic endeavours, provides a setting for strong, collaborative partnerships, and cultivates a shared community identity.



Find your creative medium through the following Arts, Culture and Heritage programs and topics.

Filming On Location In Tofino
Tofino Heritage Walking Map
Public Art
Tofino Poet Laureate