A woman walking along a large sandy beach in Tofino BC at sunset

Camping in Tofino: 17 Best Places to Camp 2024

“Hey, want to burn a couple of vacation days sleeping on the ground outside?” (Jim Gaffigan, comedian) Why not go camping in Tofino?!

Camping in Tofino
Sunset at Long Beach in Tofino

By now you know that the Tofino area, also known as the Pacific Rim, is on the west coast of BC in Canada, and is a nature lover’s paradise. There are tonnes of options for a British Columbia family-friendly camping trip or an adventurous getaway with friends. Who knows, you might be like me and plan to spend your honeymoon camping in Tofino! Tofino makes a great addition to a Western Canada roadtrip as well, if you are looking for a longer route!

While there is plenty to do in Tofino (and it’s neighbour Ucluelet), there are a few things to keep in mind in planning your time camping in Tofino. Namely, the best time to camp in Tofino is in the summer months (June, July, August). These are also the busiest times of year in Tofino, which means you will need to do some planning to make your dreams of sleeping in nature come true (to be fair there are options that don’t involve sleeping on the ground as well!)

With that, here’s everything you need to know about camping in Tofino this year.

Guide to Camping in Tofino

Surfers walking along the beach at Cox Bay Tofino

First and importantly: There is no free camping in Tofino. No dispersed camping, no boon-docking, or any other word for free camping in Tofino. Truly, there is no free camping in Tofino.

Visitors are urged to book campsites ahead of time as this is the most environmentally responsible way to visit the Pacific Rim.

I have made the mistake of not booking camping ahead of time and ended up paying $50 a night to share a parking lot with 50+ other groups *hoping to get a site. Not fun.

Following this experience, I am happy to share my best insider tips for booking camping in Tofino.

Checkout Campnab ⭐ . This site scans campgrounds for cancellations and sends you a text when sites are available for your dates. I have had 100% success with this anytime I have wanted to camp; It’s available on desktop only.

Best Places to go Camping in Tofino

You can find all kinds of campgrounds around Tofino, anything from rustic campgrounds with secluded beaches, to glamping experiences overlooking the ocean. There are options for camping in the Pacific Rim BC to fit any budget and preference. So grab your tent (or RV) and get ready for an unforgettable outdoor experience!

camping in Tofino, sitting by a fire at Bella Pacifica campground.
Camping at Bella Pacifica Campground in Tofino

Rustic Campgrounds in Tofino

Secret Beach Campground

  • This campground is Indigenous owned, as a result, you will get insight into the First Nations culture of the area
  • beautiful location on the shores of Barkley Sound, BC
  • 1 hr drive from Tofino; 45 minutes from Ucluelet
  • Great access for kayakers to the Broken Islands
  • 45$/night per site (up to 2 tents and 4 people), or $270/week
  • Pump Track
  • Will be showers in 2024
  • Open for camping May 18-Sept 15th
  • No cell phone service, wifi available at the office
  • Water available for general use, bring your own drinking water

🌲 Cow Bay, Flores Island

  • Located immediately north of Tofino on Flores Island
  • Wilderness camping
  • Because of it’s Island location, this is a popular paddle camping location
  • There are wolves on Flores Island, BC
  • No dogs allowed, due to the wolf population
  • Although there are no designated campsites, there are pit toilets, no other facilities.
  • Bring your own water
  • No camping fees currently
  • Accessible by kayak or water taxi. Water taxi service available from  Clayoquot Connections or Tofino Water Taxi 

🏖️ Lone Cone, Meares Island

Camping on a beach in Tofino.  A red tent sits on the beach at Lone Cone Campground
Camping in Tofino at Lone Cone Campground
  • Located on Meares Island
  • Because of it’s private location, you get incredible views, and access to private beautiful white sand beach
  • 25 campsites, with 17 available for you to bring your own gear.
  • Dogs are welcome! $7 pet fee (only one dog per campsite)
  • 55$/night (2 people, additional people are 10$ each)
  • Even if you don’t have camping gear, Lone Cone makes things easy. Try out hosted tenting that includes: sleeping bag, air mattress and tent (up to a max 6 people)
  • $75/ night based on double occupancy for hosted camping,
  • Hostel available with 30 beds. Separate men’s and women’s rooms, with private rooms that sleep up to 5 people.
  • Bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and a computer room
  • On-site general store featuring camping supplies and confectionary items.

🌲Lost Shoe Campground Ucluelet

  • Located on the Pacific Rim Highway, click here for directions
  • 40$ cash for tent sites
  • no services on site, portable outhouse onsite
  • water is available a short walk up the dirt road towards the highway

🌿 West Coast Campground (Camping in Ucluelet)

  • Located in the beautiful rainforest in Ucluelet
  • Tents only
  • Bathrooms
  • While you are in the area, you might want to bike, bike rentals are available
  • General Store, ice-cream, restaurant onsite
  • Drinking water available
  • Showers
  • Wifi
  • 25-30$/night
  • Pets welcome

⛺ JX Campground in Ucluelet

  • 10 minutes outside of Ucluelet, 5 minutes from Pacific Rim National Park.
  • 30amp-powered sites with water hookups and tenting sites.
  • Even if you sleep in your car, overnight parking is available.
  • Onsite surf shops and e bikes.
  • Big Wave food truck has breakfast and coffee
  • Drinking water and picnic tables
  • No bathroom facilities
  • Max stay of 1 week
  • Tent sites $30/night, RV sites $70/night

Campgrounds in Tofino and Ucluelet

🌊 Bella Pacifica Campground Tofino

  • Located on MacKenzie Beach Tofino
  • A beautiful campground full of old growth forests and sandy beach
  • Because this is a popular spot for camping near Tofino, advance reservations required
  • 3 washroom buildings with flush toilets and coin operated showers.
  • coin operated laundry as well as various Wi-Fi hotspots on site.
  • Both firewood and ice are available for purchase at the campground office, most summers have firebans (there is a fireban for 2023, propane fire pits only)
  • Drinking water available, as well as power sites
  • Open year round 65$ off season, $125 high season.

🐋 Surf Grove Campground

A map of Surf Grove campground in Tofino
Map of Surf Grove campground, from Surf Grove.
  • Bathrooms with showers
  • Saunas on site
  • Located directly on Cox Bay Beach
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • You can rent RV’s, aframe cabins, and use the sauna’s while staying
  • Discounts on winter stays. Because Tofino has the mildest climate in Canada, this is a great spot to visit in the winter.
  • High season rates range from 80-150$/night.

🌲Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park (Parks Canada)

  • Located within the National Park, reservable through Parks Canada website.
  • 94 sites drive in sites-6 people/site, 2 tents maximum or;
    1 RV/camper and 1 tent
  • Max stay is 7 nights
  • Power, flush toilets, showers, picnic tables
  • 20 walk in sites max 6 people/site, 1 tent per site
    • no power, flush toilets
    • Cold water taps
    • Fire-pits
    • Picnic tables
    • Food storage
    • No pets

🌿Crystal Cove Campground

Blue hour at Mackenzie Beach in Tofino
  • Because of the location directly on Mackenzie Beach, you will find this is a great spot for camping in Tofino, bonus it’s also a great spot for glamping in Tofino!
  • 10 Glamping sites with 5th-wheel RV trailers
  • 60 fully serviced RV sites
  • Your Glamping in Tofino includes:
    • Master bedroom with a Queen bed
    • Bathroom with a separate shower
    • Cozy living area with hide-a-bed
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Front deck with BBQ, lounge chairs and private fire-pits
    • Towels and bedding—they replace dirty/used linen each afternoon via towel exchange service
  • Pet friendly resort, dog wash station
  • Adventure Playground
  • Cabins also available.

🏖️ Long Beach Campground

  • Find directions to Long Beach Campground here
  • Because of it’s location midway between Tofino and Ucluelet, this makes a beautiful spot for camping in Ucluelet!
  • Nestled in the ancient rain forest
  • 76 campsites and 6 full serviced RV sites in a wilderness setting
  • Few minutes drive from Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park. I
  • Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire pit.
  • Running drinking water throughout the campground, brand new flush toilets, &  free Showers
  • Pet Friendly
  • Campsites: $50.00 and $60.00 /night (Prices include 4 people and 2 cars, children are free)
  • Fully Serviced RV Hook-Up Site:  $80.00 /night

Surf Junction Campground

  • Hot tub & Sauna
  • While NOT located on the beach, it is very close!
  • Artistic vibe and a great community of like-minded campers.
  • Large private sites in the forest
  • 75 campsites, from tenting sites to large full-service RV sites
  •  The Front Lot is the original campground (sites 1A- 49). This is where the hot tub and sauna are located, as well as the main campground office/ store, Surf Junction Surf School, playing field, and the Outdoor Covered Area.
  • The Back Lot  New 25 private, treed, and sunny campsites extremely private, quiet, and rustic.
  • Communal Building has showers, flush toilets, and an indoor communal space where you can cook and prep meals or just hang out.
  • Surf rentals, coffee, snacks and other camping essentials available, snack shack on back lot.
  • The campground staff can book surf lessons through Surf Junction Surf School, as well as: whale watching, bear watching, fishing and many other adventures.

🐋 Ucluelet Campground

  • Because of it’s location right in town, this is an easy spot for camping in Ucluelet
  • 125 unique sites spread over 15 acres that range from harbour and mountain views to semi-private forested sites.
  • With a new washroom building, heated outdoor showers and accessible facilities, this is an easy place to stay
  • Picnic tables at each site
  • Water stations & dish washing sinks
  • 15 or 30  Amp service, depending on site
  • Camping year round, however, the bathrooms are closed October 15-February 28
  • High season costs: unserviced sites $50+, serviced sites $75/night.
  • During the rainy season, low season rates are in effect.
  • Up to 4 people per single campsite, extra people is $6 per person per night. (6 people per site max)
  • Price includes 2 tents.  A 3rd Tent is $7 per unit per night. (3 Tents maximum per site)
  • Pet friendly, 6$ per stay pet fee.

🌊Wya Point camping and Glamping in Tofino

  • Currently closed for booking (2023 season)

Glamping in Tofino and Ucluelet

🌿Wild Pod Glamping in Tofino

The pods at Wild Pod Glamping in Tofino
  • Luxury Glamping experience for adults
  • no children or pets
  • Because of it’s location directly on the waterfront, you are guaranteed stunning views
  • Surrounded by the breathtaking expanse of the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • High end toiletries including beautiful handmade Tofino Soap Company guest soaps and 100% natural Rocky Mountain Soap Company shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • You won’t even know you are glamping when you sleep on the super comfortable Queen size bed with a luxurious Canadian-made Kingsdown mattress, and premium 300 thread count bedding
  • Kitchenette with kettle, toaster, microwave, mini fridge, french press coffee maker, utensils, dinnerware and glassware
  • Locally roasted coffee, tea, and milk included
  • Propane fireplace to stay nice and cosy
  • Romantic lighting with chandeliers, lamps, and of course it wouldn’t be glamping without fairy lights!
  • Private ocean facing cedar deck with two Tofino made reclaimed cedar Adirondack chairs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • High Season $390+/night
  • Finally, you will have views of Clayoquot Sound and the 5,000-year-old village of Opitsat, a community of the Tla-o-qui-aht people and Nuu-chah-nulth nation.

🌲 So Damn Lucky Glamping in Ucluelet

  • Because of it’s location, your accomodations are nestled on Mussel Beach, surrounded by Barkley Sound and near Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park, and Tofino.
  • Safari Tents and Trailers
  • Wifi and cell service
  • Outhouses and heated showers
  • You’ll want to get cozy beside the propane fire pits, binoculars, hammocks, bbq, pots/pans, camp stove, coffee press, kitchen supplies, hot drinks and condiments
  • Bring bio-degradable toiletries
  • Children 5+, if you’re children are younger, contact to discuss
  • Due to the wildlife in the area, no pets
  • Open mid May to mid Sept

🐚 Mussel Beach Glamping near Tofino

Sea creatures including purple and orange sea stars along one of the beaches in Tofino
  • With 153 acres of land, on the north side of Barclay Sound, 1.45km of south and east facing oceanfront.
  • You will find the private glamping sites between the Long Beach and Broken Group Islands units of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, near Ucluelet
  • 8′ x 12′ glamping hut
  • Fully equipped camp kitchen and BBQ
  • Queen or full-sized beds with bedding
  • Private outhouse
  • Free access to campground cedar showers
  • Propane or diesel camping heater
  • Private deck with ocean views
  • Outside firepit
  • 12V solar powered electricity supply for phone charging and hut lighting
  • Open May to September each year.

Camping in Tofino: Campgrounds Map (click here)

A map of campgrounds in Ucluelet and Tofino.  17 campgrounds close to Tofino

Camping near Tofino is a truly unique experience. With its towering trees, wild beaches, and shoreline, Tofino offers an unforgettable adventure. There are many campgrounds to choose from in and around the area, each one offering something special that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re into ocean kayaking, fishing, surfing, exploring old-growth forests, hiking, or checking out shops and markets you will love your time camping in Pacific Rim National Park.

Tips for Camping in Tofino

Getting ready for a camping trip to Tofino, British Columbia? Here are some tips and information to help you have an enjoyable experience:

  1. What to pack for a trip to Tofino? Pack layers that can be added or removed easily depending on the temperature. A waterproof jacket is a must-have to protect from any sudden downpours. Regardless of the time of year, always pack a rain jacket! Tofino is known for its unpredictable climate, so be prepared for a range of temperatures even in the summer!
  2. Make sure you have a sturdy tent that can withstand strong winds coming off the Pacific Ocean.If you plan to do any hiking, It’s also important to bring an emergency shelter just in case.
  3. You will want to be sure to check the fire situation, often in the summer months there is a fireban. Heads up, In 2023, there is a fire ban for the summer (propane fire pits only).
  4. Make sure you’re familiar with the park regulations and only use designated sites for camping. Leave no trace so that future campers can enjoy the beauty of Tofino just as much as you do.
  5. Bring a first aid kit in case of any unexpected injuries or illnesses while out camping in Tofino.
  6. You will want to know that cell phone service can be limited along the Pacific Rim Highway, as a result you will want to make sure you have maps and trail guides downloaded or available.
  7. Don’t forget to research the local wildlife before you go so that you know what to expect when out in nature. Tofino and Ucluelet are home to bears, wolves, and cougars, and of course whales and sea life.
  8. Because many of the campgrounds, beaches, and hikes are within the National Park boundaries, you will need a National Parks pass. You can buy a parks pass online or at many parking lots
  9. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture all the incredible memories and sights of your camping trip in Tofino!

How cold does it get in Tofino?

A woman with a child on her back Hiking on stairs in Pacific Rim National Park British Columbia

Tofino is located in the rainforest of British Columbia, Canada and winters tend to be mild. The average winter temperature varies between 4°C (39°F) during the day and 0°C (32°F) at night. However, temperatures can dip much lower than this depending on weather conditions. During the summer months, temperatures usually range between 18°C (64°F) during the day and 7°C (45°F) at night. It’s best to dress in layers for Tofino’s unpredictable weather conditions! As a result of its location near the Pacific Ocean, Tofino gets a lot of rain throughout the year. When the sun shines in Tofino you will be treated to spectacular west coast sunsets.

Does it Snow in Tofino?

Yes, it does snow in Tofino, although very rarely! The area is known for its mild winters and occasional snowfalls. Snowfall if it happens, is usually between December to March.. While the amount of snow varies from year to year, it’s generally does not stay on the ground. In true West Coast fashion, Tofino and Ucluelet get a lot of rain in the winter.

Are there bears in Tofino?

Yes, there are Black bears in Tofino! It is important to be Bear Aware if travelling into bear country, such as Tofino. There are several precautions you can take to reduce the chances of a bear encounter: keep all food and garbage stored away or in an airtight container; do not leave pet food or garbage outside; be aware of your surroundings and make noise while walking in bear country; be especially vigilant around berry patches, animal carcasses, and salmon streams. If you do encounter a bear, always stay calm and don’t run away. Make yourself look as big as possible by raising your arms and opening your jacket. You will want to carry bear spray with you while out hiking in Tofino and Ucluelet.

What is there to do while camping in Tofino?

Tofino is a great place to camp and it offers many activities for you to enjoy. From kayaking and fishing on the inlets, visiting nordic spas, shopping local boutiques, checking out many beautiful beaches, surfing on Canada’s best waves, hiking the trails around Tofino, there is plenty of opportunity for adventure and relaxation. You can also explore the beautiful old-growth forests of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or go whale watching from one of the picturesque beaches. No matter what you choose, Tofino is sure to have something for every traveler!

When is the best time to go camping in Tofino?

The best time to go camping in Tofino is May through September. This is when the weather is usually warm and sunny, making it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, or kayaking. During this time of year you’ll have opportunities to see whales, dolphins, bears, and eagles. You can camp year round at many of the campgrounds in Ucluelet and Tofino as well.

You will want to plan your trip in advance as campsites tend to book up quickly during peak season. Be sure to make reservations at least two months ahead of time and double check the forecast before packing your gear

The Wrap-Up: Camping in Tofino

Tent in a campground in British Columbia

Now you know that camping in Tofino and Ucluelet is an unforgettable experience! From exploring the beaches, to spotting wildlife, and eating delicious seafood at local restaurants, this is a filled with adventure and incredible natural beauty. With its breathtaking scenery and friendly people, Tofino is definitely worth adding to your bucket list of places-to-visit. With its temperate rainforest climate, it’s an ideal choice for outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, and surfing.

Whether you’re an experienced camper or just learning the ropes, there are plenty of accessible campsites to choose from in Tofino and Ucluelet. Plus, you can look forward to some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen!

So, if you’re ready to explore the Pacific Coast of Canada, Tofino, Ucluelet, and Pacific Rim National Park are must-visits in British Columbia!

Hopefully this helps you plan the best time camping in Tofino. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch, or check out my Tofino Guide including beaches, hikes, and things to do in the Pacific Rim British Columbia.

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