BEACHES

 

Mackenzie Beach 

Photo: Mark McKeough

Mackenzie beach is the closest beaches to Tofino with beach access via Hellesen Drive. Protection from storms and high winds are provided by a few well-placed rock outcroppings fronting the beach producing calm waters and smaller waves. Mackenzie Beach is a popular spot for families and activities such as beach-combing, stand-up paddle boarding, bocce ball, frisbee, picnicking, and swimming. There are public washrooms and shower facilities located at the Hellesen Drive beach access.

Photo: Mark McKeough

The District of Tofino strives to be an accessible and inclusive community for all residents and guests. In 2017, we rolled out our new Mobi-Mat at the Hellesen Drive access to MacKenzie Beach, where a wheelchair accessible beach entrance was developed. The Mobi-Mat is a portable and durable rollout mat designed to enhance mobility for individuals experiencing mobility related challenges as well as wheelchair and stroller users.

The mat provides a portable walkway across the sand allowing for easy access to the water’s edge.  Tofino’s mat is installed seasonally from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving (tide dependant).

Photo: Mark McKeough

Fun fact:  The mat is made of recycled pop bottles!

 

North and South Chesterman Beach

Photo: Adrian Dorst

North and South Chesterman are connected over a 2.7 kilometer (1.7 mile) stretch of white sand.  At low tide the sandspit connecting Chesterman Beach to Frank Island is exposed and makes for an enjoyable walk.  Please note that Frank Island is a private island and access is restricted to residents.   Chesterman Beach is mainly residential, dotted with homes. The beach can be accessed by foot/bicycle via the MUP or by vehicle, turning off at Lynn Rd (North Chesterman) or Chesterman Rd. (South Chesterman). There are parking lots with public toilets and outdoor showers located at the North and South beach access points. Street parking is permitted on the beach side of the road where signage indicates.

 

 


Cox Bay

Cox Bay is a smaller, 1.5Km (0.93 mile) beach located at the south end of Tofino.  It is covered with fine, white sand and massive driftwood logs piled high on the beach.  This sandy beach can be accessed from the North or the South end. From the North end, it is a short walk down a level board walk from the Cox Bay parking lot which is located between two local resorts (Long Beach Lodge and Cox Bay Beach Resort). At the North entrance there are washroom facilities as well as outdoor showers. From the South end, the beach can be accessed via Maltby Road, and a short 5 minute trail will connect you to the far end of the beach. There is an outhouse located at the beach end of this trail, but there are no facilities in the parking lot. Cox Bay beach provides endless, unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and the waves here can be large with a strong under-tow. Surfing and storm watching are especially popular because of the big waves that Cox Bay enjoys.

 

 

Tonquin Beach

Photo: Mark McKeough

Tonquin Beach is located in the town core and is a great spot for swimming, sunning and relaxing.  The main beach access is from the Tofino Community hall along the winding Tonquin Trail which descends through old-growth forest down to Tonquin Beach. The second access is from Tonquin Park Road, where the Tonquin Beach Trail will lead you down a boardwalk and a series of stairs to the beach. The beach and small lookouts along the trail are perfect for enjoying a view of Wickaninnish Island, great sunsets, and the comings and goings of boats. Tonquin Beach was named after the ship that perished in the channel in 1811.

 


   Know Before You Go Near The Water with Coast Smart

    Take a moment to familarize yourself with the facts about being near or     in the local waters.

    CoastSmart is a public safety pilot project in the Pacific Rim region of     British Columbia. The pilot is led by Parks Canada, the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet and was made possible by funding from the Government of Canada. The goals of CoastSmart are to reduce public risk and enhance coastal safety, near-water and in the surf zone.

 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

For more information about beaches and trails in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve please visit the Parks Canada Website