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Welcome to Ahous Adventures, where eco-cultural adventure tours in Tofino are not just about exploration, but also about immersion into the rich heritage and stewardship of the Ahousaht Nation. Owned and operated by the Ahousaht Nation, Ahous Adventures offers a unique opportunity to explore Ahousaht territories, their culture, language, history, and storytelling. In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through the lens of the Ahousaht people, showcasing the beauty of their land and the depth of their traditions. Tin Wis Resort, known for its commitment to sustainability and Indigenous cultural experiences, is excited to partner with Ahous Adventures.

Connecting with Ahousaht Culture:

Ahous Adventures invites visitors to connect with Ahousaht territories in a profound way. The Ahousaht people have inhabited and nurtured these lands and waters since time immemorial. By sharing their knowledge and traditions openly, they offer a window into the heart of this remarkable ecosystem. Through their tours, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the land’s sacredness and a chance to engage in a guest-host relationship rooted in traditional Ahousaht values: respect and reciprocity.

Humble Beginnings and Exclusive Access:

Ahous Adventures had humble beginnings but carries a profound mission. Managed by the Ahousaht Ḥaẁiiḥ through the Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Enterprises Inc. (MHEI) and Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society (MHSS), it is a core component of Ahousaht’s economic development plan in the tourism sector. Historically marginalized from this industry, Ahousaht seeks to build a sustainable conservation economy, promote self-determination, create training and employment opportunities for community members, and establish partnerships with non-Ahousaht businesses and crown governments.

One unique aspect of Ahous Adventures is their exclusive access times to Hot Springs Cove, located in Ahousaht territory. This exclusivity ensures a more intimate connection and a quieter experience for their guests. Imagine soaking in the natural hot springs, surrounded by the pristine beauty of Ahousaht lands, with the knowledge that you are not just a tourist, but a welcomed guest on these sacred grounds.

In 2022, MHEI also acquired the Tofino Wilderness Resort, which works in conjunction with Ahous Adventures. Together, they provide visitors with a range of Ahousaht-led tour offerings and access to destinations within the haḥuułii, such as Lone Cone Mountain, the Wildside Trail, Nismaquin Park (Maquinna Marine Park), culture and healing programs, and more. These ventures are not just about tourism but about fostering cultural exchange and environmental preservation.

Exploring Nature with Ahous Adventures:

  • Bear Watching: Imagine observing black bears in their natural habitat, a pristine wilderness known as Clayoquot Sound. This region has been the home of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations for millennia. With Ahous Adventures, you can embark on a black bear tour that promises a profound encounter with these majestic creatures in their native environment.
  • Whale Watching: The west coast of Vancouver Island is renowned for its biodiversity. Ahous Adventures takes you on a journey through Pacific Ocean waters to witness gray whales, humpback whales, and occasionally transient orcas. Their experienced crew ensures you have an educational and awe-inspiring experience.
  • Hot Springs Eco-Tour: Explore the power of geothermal energy in the midst of a temperate rainforest alongside the Pacific Ocean. Ahous Adventures offers eco-tours to the natural hot springs at Hot Springs Cove on Vancouver Island. This experience combines the relaxation of the hot springs with the marvel of pristine nature, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Ahous Adventures is more than a tour company; it’s a bridge between cultures and a commitment to preserving the environment. Owned and operated by the Ahousaht Nation, it offers a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of Ahousaht territories while immersing yourself in their culture, history, and storytelling. By choosing Ahous Adventures, you not only embark on unforgettable journeys but also support the Ahousaht people in their pursuit of self-determination and sustainable economic development. So, whether you’re seeking adventure, cultural enrichment, or simply a deeper connection with nature, Ahous Adventures is your gateway to an extraordinary experience. Book your tour today and embark on a journey of a lifetime, with exclusive access to Hot Springs Cove, ensuring an even more intimate and tranquil experience for you and your fellow guests!

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When you stay with us, receive $20 OFF Ahous Adventures tour offerings listed above. Reservations can be made online or over the phone with code TINWIS.

We are thrilled to introduce our latest partnership with T̓iick̓in (Thunderbird) Ebike Rentals, bringing you the electrifying experience of exploring the beautiful Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation land like never before. Located at the Ucluelet/Tofino Junction and now also available at the Tin Wis Resort, these award-winning electric bikes offer a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature, embrace Indigenous culture, and contribute to the healing of the land.

A Vision of “Everything Electric”

T̓iick̓in Ebike Rentals is a family-owned and operated business with deep roots in the Ucluelet First Nation community. Gordon Taylor Jr. is the visionary behind this remarkable venture, driven by the dream of creating a sustainable and eco-friendly way to explore the stunning landscapes of traditional Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation territory. This endeavor is not just about electric bikes; it’s about being a part of the land’s healing process.

Seamless Booking Process

We believe in making your adventure as effortless as possible. With our streamlined booking system, you can secure an award-winning electric bike in just three easy steps. Whether you’re a first-time rider or an experienced cyclist, our team is here to assist you in selecting the perfect bike for your journey. Reach out to us via phone or email to reserve your electric bike today.

Discover Traditional Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation Land

The name Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ translates to “safe harbour,” and that’s precisely what you’ll find as you embark on your eBike adventure. Hop on one of our high-tech bikes and ride to some of the most fantastic destinations in the region, from the iconic Amphitrite Point Lighthouse to the expansive Long Beach. Let the breathtaking beauty of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation land surround you as you explore its hidden gems.

Experience High-Tech Bikes

Our fleet includes three different types of high-tech electric bikes, designed for riders of all levels. Whether you want to effortlessly coast along scenic trails or tackle more challenging terrain, our bikes are up for the task. You’ll be amazed at how these bikes enhance your exploration of our beloved land.

Meet the T̓iick̓in Team

Behind every great adventure is a dedicated team, and T̓iick̓in is no exception. Our team is led by Catherine Taylor, the daughter of Gordon Taylor Jr., who manages the operation. Assisting her is Kaleena George, the Assistant Manager, and Gordy Taylor III, the eBike Tech, and Gordon Taylor Jr.’s son. We’re excited to extend our services to guests at both Tin Wis and Tsawaak RV Resort, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to experience the thrill of T̓iick̓in ebikes.

Affordable Rental Rates

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore our stunning landscapes on an electric bike. That’s why we offer flexible rental rates:

– Full Day: $70 (up to 8 hours)

– Half Day: $50 (up to 4 hours)

– Add an Extra Day: $75

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Pathway: ʔapsčiik t̓ašii

One of the highlights of your eBike adventure is the newly constructed multi-use pathway known as ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee). This 25-kilometer bike path connects Ucluelet and Tofino, offering ample space for both cyclists and pedestrians. It’s a magnificent route that takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery the region has to offer.

Explore Ucluelet and Tofino Responsibly

As you set out on your ebike adventure, we kindly remind you to be respectful to all living beings, the land, and the water. Whether you encounter wildlife or fellow travelers, a spirit of respect and care guides your journey. And if you have any questions or simply want to share your experiences, please feel free to drop in and chat with our friendly team. We can’t wait to see you, and we wish you a safe and love-filled adventure in our beautiful territory.

At T̓iick̓in Ebike Rentals, we believe that every ride is a chance to connect with the land, immerse yourself in Indigenous culture, and contribute to the healing process. Book your electric bike adventure today and let the Thunderbird guide you through the enchanting landscapes of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation land.

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As you venture to the picturesque West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, you are stepping into the traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and Tla’amin Nation collectively call this breathtaking region home, and they are eager to share their rich culture and experiences with respectful travellers like you.

#IndigenouscoastBC is your exclusive invitation to immerse yourself in the beauty of these lands and to engage with the vibrant Indigenous tourism opportunities they offer. From campgrounds nestled amidst the ancient forests to hotels with stunning oceanfront views, your journey here promises to be nothing short of transformative.

Supporting Indigenous Businesses: Preserving Language and Culture

By choosing to explore Indigenous-owned businesses in these world-renowned destinations, you play a crucial role in supporting the preservation of language and culture deeply rooted in the land. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations have a profound connection to their territories, and through #IndigenousCoastBC, they extend an invitation to share their traditions, wisdom, and stories with travelers like you.

To fully grasp the beauty and significance of this land, we invite you to visit the #IndigenousCoastBC website hub, presented by our esteemed media partner, ZenSeekers. Here, you’ll discover a wealth of information about the remarkable experiences that await you on this journey of cultural immersion.

Kiixin Tours | Bamfield, BC

Discover the Unifying Spirit of #IndigenousCoastBC

As you embark on this extraordinary adventure, we encourage you to enjoy and share your experiences, joining the thousands of others who aspire to see a unified Canada. Becoming a traveler who supports the rise of the Indigenous creative class is more than just a journey; it’s a meaningful contribution to preserving language, culture, and lands for generations to come.

Exploring the Rich Tapestry of History

Through the #IndigenousCoastBC search, you’ll uncover a treasure trove of inspiration and education, linking us all together on a road trip that delves into history spanning thousands of millennia. As you venture from one First Nation’s territory to another, you’ll be mesmerized by the intertwined threads of tradition and innovation, shaping the vibrant tapestry of Nuu-chah-nulth culture.

Secret Beach Campground | Ucluelet, BC

Embark on Your Nuu-chah-nulth Adventure Today!

Are you ready to be enchanted by the captivating landscapes, ancient forests, and the warmth of Indigenous hospitality? The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations await your arrival, eager to share the wonders of their homelands. Start planning your #IndigenousCoastBC adventure and embrace the opportunity to connect with nature, immerse yourself in the stories of the past, and forge unforgettable memories that will linger in your heart for a lifetime.

Join us as we celebrate the union of culture, land, and people in a journey that transcends time and boundaries. Together, let’s honor the Nuu-chah-nulth heritage and create a legacy of respect and appreciation for the land, its inhabitants, and the wonders of #IndigenousCoastBC.

Tsawaak RV Resort | Tofino, BC

Unleashing the Power of #IndigenousCoastBC

Welcome to #IndigenousCoastBC, where the power of the hashtag connects travellers like you with a community of like-minded individuals sharing their unique stories and experiences. Use this hashtag to share your own journey, capturing the essence of your encounters with the First Nations’ traditions, natural wonders, and heartwarming hospitality.

WATCH: Discover the Indigenous Coast of BC

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Welcome to Tsawaak RV Resort, the newest destination opening on July 16, 2023, in the breathtaking Tofino region on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation homelands. Situated on the picturesque Tinwis Beach (also known as MacKenzie Beach), this resort offers an unparalleled location and an unforgettable experience.


Tsawaak RV Resort embraces its Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation heritage, as “tsawaak” translates to “we are one”. This new-for-2023 outdoor haven is poised to become the top choice for travellers seeking a remarkable vacation. With a range of RV sites and cabins for rent, you’ll have everything you need for an unforgettable stay.


When you choose Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground, you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore the wonders of Tofino. Here are a few must-do activities to add to your itinerary:

  1. Explore Mackenzie Beach from the water by renting a stand-up paddleboard from Tofino Paddle Surf.
  2. Indulge in an oceanside rejuvenation session with Tuff City Saunas, where you can relax and unwind in a stunning coastal setting.
  3. Treat your taste buds to the mouthwatering flavors of Lil Ronnie’s BBQ, known for serving the best barbecue on the West Coast. Enjoy your meal on their spacious patio while soaking in the lively atmosphere and live music performances.

By following this itinerary, you’ll discover some of Tofino’s top-rated spots, all within a convenient five-minute walking distance from Tsawaak RV Resort.


One of the highlights of Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground is its proximity to Tinwis, known in the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation dialect as “calm waters.” Located just minutes away, this serene spot allows you to enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of the area. As Bryce Dabb, a recent visitor, describes, Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground offers a sense of peace, tranquility, and relaxation.


Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground embraces the lunar cycles, which held great significance for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. In alignment with their ancestral traditions, the resort features 13 locally crafted Tsawaak cabins. Each cabin is a testament to the rich heritage and connection to the land that the Tla-o-qui-aht people cherish.


With the addition of Tsawaak RV Resort, the Mackenzie Beach area becomes a hub of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations’ culture and heritage. The future onsite gallery showcases local art and Indigenous offerings, while Tin Wis Resort continues to develop Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations’ tourism experiences. By staying at Tsawaak, you actively support the rise and prosperity of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.


Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground officially opens on July 16, 2023, and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation eagerly welcomes you to book your stay today. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a Storm Light Outfitters/Tsawaak Welcome Pack, featuring a $200 Storm Light gift card and a collection of camping essentials, including a locally crafted Tofino Woodworks cutting board. Book your stay before opening day to enter the giveaway.


Tofino is a community with over 10,000 years of history, and the rise of Tla-o-qui-aht’s newest tourism experiences is on the horizon. By booking your stay at Tsawaak RV Resort, you become part of an extraordinary cultural force. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the land and the traditions of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.

With its unbeatable location, rich cultural intergrity, and commitment to sustainability, Tsawaak RV Resort promises an extraordinary Tofino experience. Don’t miss the chance to be among the first to create memories in this remarkable destination. Book your stay now and embark on an unforgettable journey on Tla-o-qui-aht homelands.


Embark on a virtual tour of Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground by watching their new video showcasing the stunning cabins, resort gift shop, and the breathtaking beach. The lush landscape and old-growth forest surrounding the resort create an enchanting atmosphere, offering a true West Coast cabin immersion experience. Open your senses to the beauty that awaits you at Tsawaak, opening its doors in July 2023.

WATCH: preview the new Tsawaak RV Resort & Campground, opening July 2023.

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As you plan your visit to the captivating Tofino region on Vancouver Island, it is essential to understand the significance of Indigenous Tourism and its role in fostering reconciliation. Amidst the sprawling beaches, diverse wildlife, and ancient forests, it is crucial to recognize that you are entering a land that has been inhabited by the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation since time immemorial. By embracing the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks’ ʔiisaak Pledge, you can practice awareness, gratitude, and respect as a guest within their ancestral territory.

The Essence of the ʔiisaak Pledge:

The ʔiisaak Pledge, meaning “respect” in the Tla-o-qui-aht language, embodies the core teachings and principles of the land. This pledge is not a mere checklist but a transformative journey of understanding and connection. Joe Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht’s Master Carver, explains that ʔiisaak is a teaching passed down through generations, beginning with the creation of life and continuing until death.

Cultivating Awareness and Connection:

By undertaking the ʔiisaak Pledge, you embark on a path of heightened awareness, recognizing the intricate relationship between people and the land they inhabit. This pledge invites you to understand the profound connection between humans, the territory’s land, and its waters. It sheds light on the power and magnificence of the natural world, emphasizing the joint responsibility of the community, including visitors, to ensure the land’s health and wellbeing.

Enriching Your Experience:

Embracing the ʔiisaak Pledge inherently enhances your experience of the Tofino region. By committing to respect and care for the land, you become an active participant in preserving its integrity. This journey allows you to appreciate the profound wisdom embedded within the Tla-o-qui-aht way of life, as well as the importance of coexistence with the diverse beings that share the land.

Practicing Gratitude:

Within the ʔiisaak Pledge lies an opportunity to express gratitude. Acknowledging the vital role played by the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht nations in designating Clayoquot Sound as a UNESCO Biosphere Region is paramount. Their efforts halted deforestation and preserved the region’s pristine nature. It is essential to understand that the preservation of this land is rooted in its recognition as the home of the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht nations.

An Invitation to Transformation:

Access to Indigenous territories, including Tla-o-qui-aht lands, is not an inherent privilege but a gracious invitation extended to visitors. By signing the ʔiisaak Pledge, you commit to changing the way you engage with the land and its people as a guest. It is an opportunity to foster a greater understanding and respect for the laws and custodianship of Indigenous communities, contributing to the larger context of Reconciliation in Canada and beyond.

Taking the ʔiisaak Pledge:

To embark on this transformative journey, visit the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks’ website here before your trip and take the ʔiisaak Pledge. By aligning your actions with your commitment during your stay, you actively participate in promoting reconciliation, cultural preservation, and sustainable tourism practices.

Indigenous tourism is a powerful platform for reconciliation, offering an opportunity to learn, appreciate, and respect the ancestral lands and cultures of Indigenous peoples. By embracing the ʔiisaak Pledge in Tla-o-qui-aht territory, you contribute to a more inclusive and harmonious relationship between visitors and Indigenous communities. Let us tread this path of awareness, gratitude, and respect, forging a brighter future founded on mutual understanding and appreciation for the rightful stewards of the land.

Join us on this transformative journey by taking the ʔiisaak Pledge in Tla-o-qui-aht lands.

On the site of this former village, the Nation-owned Tin Wis Resort offers guests a unique opportunity to travel and stay ethically, immersing themselves in the rich history and vibrant culture of this place. It’s time to embark on an Indigenous journey and become a part of something truly extraordinary.

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation warmly welcomes visitors who are seeking a special place to slow down, reconnect with nature, and show respect for the land and its people. When you choose to stay at the Tin Wis Resort, you are embarking on a journey that will enrich your soul, open your mind, and allow you to experience the profound stories that have shaped this incredible land. It’s an invitation to embrace Indigenous culture, support vital preservation efforts, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of something truly transformative.

Tla-o-qui-aht carving

For thousands of years, the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation has been hosting visitors, sharing their traditions, and offering a glimpse into their way of life. The Tin Wis Resort stands as a legacy, serving as a cultural bridge that connects past and present, but it is also an economic pillar that fuels the Tla-o-qui-aht’s future. “Proceeds from the operations of Tin Wis go towards our new longhouse, gymnasium, and much-needed youth-focused programs, leading to the survival of our culture and Tla-o-qui-aht language,” shares Saya Masso from Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks. By choosing to stay at the Tin Wis, you are not just enjoying a memorable vacation, but also contributing to the preservation and empowerment of the Tla-o-qui-aht community.

Staying at the Tin Wis Resort opens doors to Indigenous culture, providing you with a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in authentic experiences while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Tofino’s paradise. It’s time to unlock the magic, support preservation efforts, and embark on a journey that will forever leave a mark on your soul. From Indigenous Art to exploring the surrounding nature and connecting with the land, every moment spent at the Tin Wis Resort is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation.

Tla-o-qui-aht drum

Supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht’s rise in Tofino’s visitor economy is both meaningful and effortless. By simply choosing to book your next stay in Tofino at the Tin Wis Resort, you become a vital part of the collective effort to preserve Indigenous culture, support sustainable practices, and empower the local community. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Tla-o-qui-aht Lands. The adventure awaits!

The Tin Wis also champions the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Allies program in the accommodation sector. To learn more about the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Alliance and how you can make a difference, visit today.

As you plan your trip, keep in mind that the Tin Wis Bonus Card awaits you, offering exclusive benefits and unlocking a world of unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s exploring the pristine beaches, participating in cultural activities, or connecting with the local community, your journey at the Tin Wis Resort promises to be like no other.

Be sure to inquire about our Indigenous rates when making your reservation. The Tin Wis Resort proudly accepts status cards, making it even more accessible for everyone to experience the magic of this special place.

Looking for a job that breaks the mold of the traditional office? Look no further, because Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s magnificent Tin Wis Resort is hiring, offering you an office like no other. Imagine working in a stunning oceanfront setting, surrounded by the vibrant community of Tofino, British Columbia, on the breathtaking Vancouver Island.

Surfer in Tofino before work

At Tin Wis Resort, your office isn’t confined within four walls; it expands into the limitless expanse of the ocean. This isn’t your average “office job” – it’s an opportunity to connect with adventure, community, and an extraordinary lifestyle. If you’re ready to bring your smarts and professionalism to the table, the Tin Wis Resort team wants to talk to you.

Joining this remarkable team comes with incredible perks, starting with a surf pass that opens up endless opportunities to ride the waves. Just a three-minute stroll from the front desk, you’ll find yourself immersed in the power and beauty of the ocean, letting the rhythm of the surf fuel your soul. And did we mention that every room in this resort boasts a mesmerizing ocean view? Your workspace will be a daily reminder of the incredible environment that surrounds you.

Tin Wis Housekeeping Attendant in Tofino

But it doesn’t stop there. By working at Tin Wis Resort, you become an integral part of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation community, a rich heritage that spans thousands of years. You’ll experience a sense of belonging and purpose, knowing that your work is making a difference in supporting this ancient community’s presence in Tofino.

Alie Mancuso, a Tin Wis employee, understands the power of community. She finds meaning in her work by being part of something greater. “You are part of a community (working) for a greater cause,” she says. Imagine spending your days riding the waves, then transitioning seamlessly into work, where you contribute to the uplifting of the Tla-o-qui-aht presence in the community. It’s a fulfilling and transformative experience that uplifts you both on and off the waves.

Tin Wis Front Desk Guest Service Agent checking in a hotel guest.

Tin Wis Resort is hiring in various departments, from housekeeping and front desk to maintenance and landscaping. Share this incredible opportunity with your loved ones because, at Tin Wis, you’re not just joining a team – you’re becoming part of a family. Curtis Mason, a Tin Wis Employee, highlights the sense of unity among the staff. “We all lift each other up any way we can; co-workers at work but family outside of work. Those that come work here, they start out friends and they become family really quick.”

Besides the deep sense of purpose and belonging, the perks at Tin Wis are off the charts. As a team member, you’ll receive a surf pass, granting you access to the exhilarating world of surfing right outside your office. Tofino Paddle Surf, located on Mackenzie Beach in front of Tin Wis Resort, offers surf lessons that will have you shredding the waves with confidence.

Tin WIs staff member riding bike on beach to work.

Picture this: pick up your free board rental, head to the beach, conquer the waves with a smile on your face, drop off your board, and walk to work with a heart full of joy. It’s as simple as that.

Experience the indescribable spirit and vibrant atmosphere that fills the air at Tin Wis Resort. Where else can you ride the waves to work and feel a sense of belonging and purpose like no other? Your dream office awaits, and the ocean is calling your name.

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Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure in the captivating town of Tofino? Brace yourself, because we have something truly incredible to share with you today. Introducing the brand-new Tin Wis Bonus Card, your key to unlocking exclusive deals and unforgettable experiences during your stay at the breathtaking Tin Wis Resort. This is a game-changer, folks!

“You score all the Tofino highlights all in one card, while supporting Tla-o-qui-aht,” says Ashley Oscienny. 

The rooms at the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino are bright with ocean views, in British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
The rooms at the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino are bright with ocean views, in British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Located right on MacKenzie Beach, Tofino Paddle Surf Shop is your one-stop destination for all your ocean adventure needs. Whether you’re looking to rent equipment, embark on a thrilling Tofino adventure, or take a lesson on the water, you’ll find everything you need just steps away from your hotel room. And the best part? As our valued guest, you’ll receive a fantastic 10% OFF on rentals. Book in-shop or online using the code TINWIS10 and make sure to present your Bonus Card when you pick up your rental.

A family enjoys stand-up paddle boarding in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort on Mackenzie Beach in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
A family enjoys stand-up paddle boarding in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort on Mackenzie Beach in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Enhance your Tofino experience with the transformative power of yoga and wellness at Tofino Yoga. Picture yourself practicing beach yoga, synchronizing your breath with the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean, as the sun kisses your face, where you can connect with nature and create time and space for yourself. As a guest of ours, you’ll enjoy a fantastic 15% OFF on all yoga offerings listed above. Make sure to reserve your spot online using the code TINWIS and present your Bonus Card upon arrival.

Private yoga classes through Tofino Yoga can be booked on Mackenzie Beach in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Private yoga classes through Tofino Yoga can be booked on Mackenzie Beach in front of the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Prepare for a whole new perspective on Tofino with Tofino Air. Enjoy scenic flights from sand to summit and witness awe-inspiring views of Tofino’s famous beaches, including Cox Bay, while keeping an eye out for majestic wildlife such as grey whales and sea lions. As part of our special offer, you’ll receive an incredible 10% OFF the Sand to Summit Tour. Simply give them a call at 250-725-4454 to book your adventure and present your Bonus Card upon arrival.

Mountain landscapes surround Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Mountain landscapes surround Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Discover the wonders of Tofino on wheels with Tofino Bike, your friendly neighborhood bike shop conveniently located near Tacofino, just a short ride from the Tin Wis Resort. Hop on their belt-driven beach cruisers and enjoy the sandy beaches without worrying about chain mishaps. To secure your beach cruiser rental, simply fill out their online reservation form or give them a call at 250-266-7655.

Tofino Bike Co, a bike rental company in Tofino, is located walking distance from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Tofino Bike Co, a bike rental company in Tofino, is located walking distance from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Indulge your taste buds in delightful handmade gelato and sorbet from Chocolate Tofino, where passion and quality meet to create mouthwatering treats. Made fresh in-house from whole ingredients, their offerings cater to various dietary preferences, including vegan, non-dairy, nut-free, and gluten-free options. As our guest, you’ll enjoy an irresistible 10% OFF on gelato and sorbet. Just present your Bonus Card when you purchase your delectable treats.

Enjoy some local treats from Chocolate Tofino, in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Enjoy some local treats from Chocolate Tofino, in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers


Elevate your West Coast experience by nourishing your mind, body, and spirit at Tuff City Saunas. Inspired by Finnish culture, their luxurious cedar saunas provide extraordinary heat therapy benefits. Whether you choose to relax at their oceanfront location on Mackenzie Beach, complete with a stunning view and a lounging deck, or opt for their mobile barrel sauna to get delivered to you, they are sure to meet the needs of your rugged and adventurous lifestyle. When you stay with us receive 15% OFF a session.

Tuff City Saunas is located a short walk from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers
Tuff City Saunas is located a short walk from the Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, on October 2, 2022. Melissa Renwick/ZenSeekers

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.


The prelude to a west coast winter storm builds like improvisational jazz: those first haunting blue notes of whistling wind, the percussive Pacific backbeat as ocean rewrites shoreline, that elusive frisson of electricity as you catch its cadence. There is a unique quality to the winter light here with the kaleidoscopic sky shaded from tangerine to indigo as a child’s kite soars above the beach, its fabric snapping like a riff. A pod of neoprene-armored surfers leapfrog waves just offshore, paddling out to play amidst the action, alongside SUPs and surf kayaks.

West coast winter paradise is the protected cove of MacKenzie Beach where the dramatic panorama of the Pacific is as ever-changing as its diurnal tides: from zero and even negative tides stretching the beach out to tidal pools in rocky outcroppings, to king tides racing back onshore, inviting wave play.

All only steps from your oceanfront suite at Indigenous-owned Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, BC, perched high above the dunes — the perfect vantage point for storm watching up close or from the comfort of your cozy suite.

Rain sashays in like a soft jazz brush across drums, releasing a petrichor potpourri: Cedar and Sitka rainforest, salty kelp, and freshwater rivulets. A wave of silvery sanderlings chases syncopated surf.

Further downshore, a family in colour-coordinated raingear splashes delightedly through puddles swinging their matching yellow and bright pink pails and shovels.

Tin Wis means “calm waters” in the Tla-o-qui-aht language and is the true name for this place. Once an ancestral village site, this long-stewarded oasis offers everything you need to reconnect with nature and breathe in rhythm with the ocean.

His-shuk-nish-tsa-waak. Everything is one. Everything is interconnected.

When winter skies clear, a rainbow arcs above the resort against the snow-capped Insular Mountain range in the distance.

You can choose both comfort and adventure, especially when you have the benefit of local knowledge. Tin Wis Resort’s staff can give you directions to Tofino’s best beach cruiser rentals (Tofino Bike Co), best Hot Chocolate Elixir (Chocolate Tofino) and favourite takeout options, while the homegrown pros at Tofino Paddle Surf onsite offer gear and guidance mere steps away from “Mack Beach” action. Or simply bundle up with a good book and curl up in a bright red Adirondack chair to watch the show.

Après storm or après surf, the resort’s hot tub offers a ringside seat for glowing winter sunsets and to reconnect with your own circadian rhythm. Extend your beach-time with a bonfire under the amphitheatre of the sky as sunset time-lapses into a zillion stars and a supermoon casts its milky wash across the sand while a barred owl calls from the rainforest.

Next morning, warm mist blankets the beach as a distant foghorn solos, spring teasing its melody.

Tin Wis Resort is within Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks which includes nearby co-managed Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Let its epic beaches and rainforest trails renew your sense of wonder and respect within this place the Nuu-chah-nulth call home.

Learn more about the history of Tin Wis:

-Erin Linn McMullan

While the town itself offers a charming collection of boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, Tofino is famed for the natural wonders around it. So, we think it only makes sense to start your trip in nature — because how often do you have the opportunity to walk through a rainforest, catch an idyllic sunset on the beach, and see a whale or two in the same day?

Located on the chiefly territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, the nature surrounding the town of Tofino is nothing short of awe-inspiring. With plenty of expansive beaches and rainforest trails to choose from, you can easily fill a weekend trip to Tofino with the best the west coast has to offer. What’s more, there’s an abundance of opportunities to catch wildlife in action — just walking along the beach is often enough to spot seals, shorebirds, and maybe even the occasional otter if luck is on your side. 

Mackenzie Beach - Photo by Tyler McCabe
Mackenzie Beach – Photo by Tyler McCabe

Explore the Beaches

Tofino is known for its beaches. Whether you’re in for a surf or a leisurely stroll, your perfect beach is no more than a 15 minute drive away. 

Unsurprisingly, our personal favourite is Mackenzie Beach. Its uniquely calm waters make it the ideal place for boogie boarding or SUP boarding (there are even on-site rentals from our pals at Tofino Paddle Surf)… and the coziness of its nightly beach fires is a truly Tofitian experience (more on this later). 

But there’s always more to see. Some of the most noteworthy beaches in the area are Long Beach and Cox Bay. Long Beach lives up to its name, with a 8km stretch of shoreline that’s popular for bird watching and nature walks. It is also the home of incinerator rock, a famous landmark in the area, as well as many mischievous sea lions. 

Long Beach and Cox Bay are both sought-after surf destinations. Even if you aren’t interested in taking a lesson yourself, you can still get some secondhand thrills by watching all the action happening on the water. 

Rainforest Trail - Photo By Tyler McCabe
Rainforest Trail – Photo By Tyler McCabe

Go for a Hike

The magic of Tofino radiates from its rich, rainforest ecosystem. Hikes in the area tend to be short yet utterly captivating, and brimming with ecological diversity. 

The beautiful Rainforest Trail is just a short drive away from Long Beach. It’s a great place to explore anytime, but it’s a particularly good option for rainy days as the overhanging trees also provide shelter from the rain. 

Meare’s Island, just north of Tofino, is a fun 10-minute water taxi ride away and boasts some of the island’s oldest trees, some up to over 1,000 years old. The island’s large trees are both incredibly breathtaking and humbling. 

Golden Hour in Tofino - Photo by Tyler McCabe
Golden Hour in Tofino – Photo by Tyler McCabe

Spot Wildlife

Wherever you might find yourself around Tofino, you’re sure to spot some wildlife. There are beautiful birds everywhere you go, and if you’ve made your way to the water you might even catch the occasional otter waving at beach goers on the shore. 

Don’t mind splurging a little? You can budget for an activity whale watching or kayaking tour. There are several companies in town that offer some amazing guided tours, and they know where to go to find whales, eagles, bears, and more! 

It’s time to reconnect with nature…

Some of the most memorable experiences you can have in Tofino are those you have in nature. It’s truly a privilege to step away from the noise and reach a level of relaxation that only nature has to offer. 

The team at Tin Wis looks forward to sharing more about the area with you on check-in! 

— Mel McDonald (Tin Wis Guest Service Agent)