With 22 miles of sandy, surf-able beaches, it’s no wonder Tofino has earned Canada’s Surf Capital status. Tofino is renowned for its year-round surf appeal, miles of sandy surf-able beaches, and world-class waves. Whether you’re an enthusiastic new rider, a seasoned surfer or a happy spectator, Tofino a surfing community with a culture of wet suits and rubber boots.
The water temperature is cool throughout the year (10C/50F), you'll definitely need a wetsuit. What varies most in Tofino is the size of the swell. Here’s an overview:
Spring (March – May) As the weather starts to warm up Tofino gets some residual, larger swells out of the NW from the end of the winter storms. Spring brings a bonus of sweet southern swells. These systems originate from the southern hemisphere and work their way up past Mexico and the Western states, which is great news for everyone from California to Vancouver Island. Typically by May, the wave size starts to die down—perfect for intermediate and new surfers wanting to get some experience before the busy summer season.
Summer (June – August) The summer months are all about sunshine, smaller waves, and ideal conditions for first-timers wanting to take lessons and learn to ride. During this time you'll find gentle rollers and small to mid-sized wind swells from the west/northwest, with a nice combination of long-period groundswell from the south. That said, larger southern swells are always a possibility. Line-ups can be a bit busier this time of year, but fear not, it’s still not crowded by international standards.
Fall (September – November) Fall is the best time of the year to surf! The first large swells of the season start to arrive in October, bringing frothy 10+ foot swells. The water is also the warmest it will be all year, winds switch to offshore (southeast) for perfectly groomed shape, and the beaches start to get less crowded and peaceful. Surf events also happen in the fall, including Queen of the Peak, the Women’s Canadian Surf Championships, held right here in Cox Bay.
Winter (December – March) This is when Mother Nature puts on her wild show with storms that can bring 20- to 30-foot waves. Winds are still offshore from the southeast grooming the waves to perfection. Seasoned surfers braving the cold waters and stronger winds are rewarded with uncrowded line-ups, epic conditions, and challenges. This is not an ideal time for beginners but there is always a sheltered beach with smaller waves for those looking to learn.
With our modern surf shack cool, the comforts of home, and thoughtful touches we offer an inspiring yet laid-back feel. We are a boutique oceanfront resort in the heart of Tofino, nestled between old-growth cedars, hanging on the edge of the shore. Originally built in the late 1960's our property and its architecture are the definition of cabin vibes. A rich natural landscape surrounds the property which consists of an A-frame house and two A-frame cabins.
If you are looking for the Ritz Carlton, this is not your place. But if you are looking for a cozy intimate cabin on the bay with views of the mountains and water when you wake up. This is where you want to be.
Our mantra? "Wake up here." Seriously … waking at the Shoreline just feels better. It’s like waking up with a new calm, clear perspective. It’s a beautiful feeling.
A couple of like-minded dreamers and best friends came together on this project in 2017. We all grew up in Canada - central and east - but we have all visited Tofino and fell in love separately. The Hawaii of Canada! It attracts a certain type of person...
We all love to travel and explore unique places and spaces. We felt there was an opportunity to build something special in Tofino and went after the opportunity. We are a small team and we all wear a lot of hats - but it all fell into place serendipitously and we truly love working together.