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

Photo Credit: Melody Charlie Photography, 2018

The presence of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in Clayoquot Sound dates back to time immemorial. The traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht peoples 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 Events, Arts, Culture and Heritage programs and topics:

E|A|C|H Working Group

Information about the E|A|C|H Working Group and ongoing projects, plus resources for the events, arts, culture and heritage sectors.

Film in Tofino

Are you planning to film on location in Tofino?  Find information about the film permit process by contacting Cindy Hutchison at

Public Art

Discover the artists and stories behind some of Tofino's most iconic public art.  Upcoming artist opportunities are also posted here.

Special Event Permit
Are you planning on hosting a community event or festival in Tofino. Find information on the District of Tofino's special event permitting process as well as event planning resources.
Tofino Heritage

The heritage of Tofino is as eclectic and interesting as the residents who have come to called this place home.

Tofino Poet Laureate

Meet Tofino's current Poet Laureate and explore the diverse works that have been created.