How to Get the Most out of a Tofino Springtime
Hey, winter’s almost over. Did you get all the surfing, storm-watching and cozy, fireside romancing done? Good, because it’s time to let the sunshine hit your face while you bask in the beauty of nature’s most schizophrenic season. Rain, sun, wind and warmth; you never know what spring will bring so just don’t, like, worry about it, man. Weather reports are for rookies and people from the southwest. Just get out here and take it as it comes. Here’s a few starter ideas.
Are you one of those people who digs a good gathering? Here are a few springtime festivals and shows happening on the west coast. Come fest with us.
- The (Legendary) Pacific Rim Whale Festival: March 20 to 28th
- The West Coast Farm and Garden Show: Mar 6-8th
- ArtSplash: The largest non-juried Annual Art Show on the West Coast: March 20-29th
- The Rip Curl Pro Tofino: April 3-5th
- Tofino SUP Surf Weekend April 3-5th
- Seaweed Fest (featuring Paul Moran) April 26-28th
As always, our friends at Tourism Tofino keep a killer calendar of all the events happening year round. Check it out here.
Go for a Craft Beer Hat Trick
After a long, hard-working renovation of the iconic St Aiden’s on the Hill church, Ucluelet Brewing Company is now pouring beer. Get a designated driver or Whistle Ride Share, and go visit our good friends down south. Grab a growler and high-tail it back to the Pacific Rim to compare the beer to our very own Tofino Brewing Co. After that, hit up The Hatch Waterfront Pub where the team has moved to a 100% Vancouver Island-crafted beer tap takeover, like, forever. You can never have enough breweries—or enough Van Isle brew—and we are so excited to hear things are humming along well in Ukee. Congratulations.
Hot Springs Eternal
With the help of a boat or a float plane you can visit the hot springs near Tofino any time of year but, come summer, she gets busy. Get ahead of the curve and go this spring. The team at Tofino Resort + Marina’s Adventure Centre can take you. The best part? Springtime means constantly changing weather, and that sort of thing brings out the beauty in Mother Nature. We’re talking dramatic sunsets and sunrises, firing light, and clouds that come in and out of the wings like actors in a sky play. Plus, the rich waters of springtime make the Pacific come alive with wildlife. Book a trip now and get the Springs all to yourself…if you’re lucky. Hint: early mornings mean quieter Hot Springs, and you get back in time for a proper Caesar and lunch.
Stretch Your Legs and Fill Your Lungs
Unless you are surfing hard during the heavy surf season or hitting the gym like our man Willie Mitchell used to, getting a little out-of-shape is inevitable in winter. When spring rolls in, we tend to be a little slower and breathing a little heavier. How to beat it? Make sure you prepare for springtime: Hit up the cardio at Tuff Fit’s waterfront gym. Ride a bike the length of Long Beach at low tide. Paddleboard in search of early-rising black bears (it happens). And, of course, surf. Nothing prepares like paddling, which leads us to the last point…
Surf, you fool!
Don’t blink. Before you know it, summer arrives, and the waves get mushy. You have a few more months to paddle for strong swell. After that, it’s all Longboard and Chill…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just like a deep powder day or a hot plate of nachos, get in there before everyone else does. Feast on the riches of Poseidon, and then come feast on the riches of the Pacific at 1909 Kitchen. You earned it, you hard-charging west coaster, you.
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