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5 Days All-inclusive Surf Camp in Tofino, Canada

  • Jamie's Rainforest Inn, 258 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada

Tofino Surf Camp Canada

Join Pacific Surf School for fun and knowledgeable days of surfing! Learn the fundamentals of surfing, proper surf etiquette, and ocean awareness from their highly qualified and experienced instructors. Whether it's your first time surfing or you just want to brush up your skills, you will leave the camp with the confidence to tackle the waves there in Tofino or wherever else your travels may take you!

Highlights

  • 3 days surf coaching
  • Video analysis session
  • Professional surfing photo package
  • Guided tours of Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino
  • Use of surfboard and wetsuits
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Airport and bus transfers
  • 3 daily meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Dorm

The dorm rooms have multiple twin bunk beds. These are a great option for budget-wise groups of up to 10 people. All dorm rooms contain five bunk beds, double vanities and toilet quarters. Coin-free showering facilities offer 10 locking, private stalls. Each room is located on the main level with a private patio and direct access to the rainforest.

Amenities

  • Beds made daily and towels provided
  • Comfy bed with personal lighting and plugin for your phone, laptop, or tablet
  • Covered hangout space and patio
  • Fire-pit (firewood available for purchase at the front desk)
  • Old-growth rainforest trail to the Tofino Inlet
  • Personal storage locker (bring a lock or rent one from the front desk)
  • Pub within stumbling distance
  • Shower room with nine private, locking showers and a third bathroom
  • Two in-room bathrooms

Surf travel is all about kicking back and having the time of your life, so Pacific Surf School partnered with the pros at Pacific Surf Co. to bring you a totally unique Canadian surfing experience. Enjoy three full days in Tofino and spend lots of time at the beach having fun while you learn the skills to surf all around the world.

You'll learn to develop your technique and style, watch video of your surf sessions, and surf every morning from Monday to Wednesday. You will work on wave selection, effective paddling, etiquette, and how to make the most of every wave you catch. Pacific Surf School will also teach you the fundamentals of surf forecasting (how to read winds, waves, and tides), so you'll forever know where to surf and when.

Itinerary

Arrival

Arrive in Tofino on Sunday evening. Take your time and enjoy the trip out. They recommend you stopping at Coombs Market and Cathedral Grove along the way. Check-in begins at 16:00, but don't sweat it if you're running late. Just get here when you get here. Dinner is served until midnight.

Day 1

Meet your Tofino Travel guide, Drew, in the restaurant for breakfast at 08:00. He'll fill you in on everything that's to come. After breakfast, Drew will take you into Pacific Surf Co to meet your surf coach, Allan Pearson. Then it's time to get suited up and go surfing until noon! After lunch, Drew and Yogi will take everyone for a walk through the beaches and forests of Pacific Rim National Park!

Day 2

After breakfast, you'll meet Allan for your 09:00 lesson. Today is all about reading the waves, winds, and tides, then you will surf and shoot video. Tuesday afternoon is set aside for free time. Spend it relaxing, or for an additional charge you can head out whale watching, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, or on a visit up the coast to Hot Springs Cove. Interested? Just head to the front desk and they'll get you sorted. Tuesday night is known as "Tunes-Day" at the pub, so you might want to head over for a few drinks and some live music.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will meet Allan at 09:00 to review your surf footage from yesterday! You'll get to watch everyone's best waves and get some solid tips to help you improve your surfing (one hour). Then you will hit the surf again and shoot some more video (two hours). On Wednesday afternoon, Drew will take you on another adventure in Pacific Rim National Park so you can be blown away by the old-growth forest and endless, surf-filled beaches!

Departure

Spend a relaxed Thursday morning and eat breakfast with all your new friends before packing up and heading for home! Check-out is at 11:00 and Pacific Surf School hope you'll be back to the coast for another surf sometime soon!

Guided tours of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park are included in this package.

  • Allan

    Allan is the team motivator with enough energy for everyone and more to spare for you! Allan has graced lots of countries on his travels including; Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and now Tofino. Allan also happens to be the shop mechanic and that has proven to be very useful as surf vehicles can be as unreliable as Tofino weather, lucky they've got Allan to depend on.

Tofino

The district of Tofino is home to about 1,800 full time residents and lies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, within the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the tip of the Esowista Peninsula, at the southern edge of Clayoquot Sound. The area was named Tofino in 1792 after the Spanish cartographer Vincente Tofino. Tofino is a very popular destination throughout most of the year, especially the summer when the local population swells to many times its winter size. It attracts adventure seekers of all kinds, surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers, bear watchers, and anyone looking to escape the rush of the city. In the winter the crowds subside, however, many people still visit Tofino and the west coast to watch and experience storms on the Pacific Ocean. The beauty and peace that is found in the rainforests and waters off Tofino are known throughout the world and impress thousands of international tourists year after year.

Jamie's Rainforest Inn

Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, located in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, is the ideal location for your trip to Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. They are conveniently located on the main road into Tofino, just a short drive (4.6 kilometers) from the town center and less than a 10-minute walk from Chesterman Beach, one of Tofino’s most popular surfing beaches. The Inn sits on four acres of beautiful old growth coastal rainforest with easy access to our private waterfront (located on the inlet side of the Tofino peninsula). There are easy walking trails all over the property making this the perfect location to be fully immersed in the natural beauty that Tofino offers.

Nearby places

  • Chesterman beach - 10 minutes
  • Hot Springs Cove - 46 kilometers
  • Town center, 4.6 kilometers
Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Toiletries
  • Weddings

Three daily meals

Spending all that time in the surf is great exercise and you'll be able to relax and hang out after your surf session while they do all the work. Dinner will be served on the Sunday evening you arrive, and don't worry about running late because the kitchen is open until midnight. Breakfast will be served before you leave on the following Saturday. The menus include light options as well as hearty stuff to satisfy even the biggest eaters. Pacific Surf School are happy to accommodate vegetarians and everything they make can be ordered as gluten free. Alcoholic drinks are not included, but the bar is well stocked.

Breakfast

All breakfasts served with coffee, tea, or juice:

  • Classic breakfast: bacon, eggs, hash browns, and toast.
  • French toast: locally-made French loaf, vanilla and cinnamon whipped eggs, icing sugar, and syrup.
  • Toasted breakfast sandwich: two eggs fried or folded, ham or apple wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, spinach, and tomato. Served with pan fried potatoes and toast.
  • Granola bowl: honeyed granola, nuts and dried fruit served atop a bowl of lightly sweetened cinnamon yogurt. Served with toast.

Lunch

Lunch options change daily but here's a sample of some choices:

  • Grown-up grilled cheese: loaded with ham, layered cheddar, and Dijon mustard.
  • Tofino veggie sandwich: sautéed mushrooms, grilled vegetables, red onion, peppers, and melted cheddar cheese.
  • Beef dip au jus: piled high with freshly sliced roast beef and horseradish.
  • All served with fries, daily soup, salad, and a soft drink. Gluten-free bread available.

Dinner

  • Wild pacific salmon or roasted chicken served with a daily selection of seasonal vegetables and your choice of wild seasoned rice, herbed nugget potatoes, whipped Yukon garlic mash, or fries.
  • Bouillabaisse: smoked tomato consommé with roasted fennel, the fish of the day, jumbo shrimp, clams, and mussels.
  • Rainforest pasta with your choice of sauce, noodles, veggies, meats, and seafood. Gluten-free noodles are available.
  • Big dinner salads
  • Beef, chicken, and salmon burgers served with crispy fries or salad.
  • Enjoy whale watching, bear watching, hot springs tours, and boat access hikes
  • Experience zip lining at their coastal rain forest
  • Go on a fishing adventure
  • Go on a kayak tour
  • Relax and unwind with a massage
  • Stop in at Shelter Restaurant and enjoy some delicious fare
  • Visit Tofino Brewing Company for a taste-test and a quick tour of the brewery
  • 3 days surf coaching (Monday to Wednesday)
  • 3 daily full service meals
  • 3 trees planted in protected rainforest restoration areas
  • 4 nights shared co-ed accommodation
  • Airport and bus transfers
  • Guided tours of Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino
  • Local transport from and to surfing and tours
  • Professional surfing photo package
  • Surfboards and wetsuits
  • Surf prize pack
  • Video analysis session

Driving directions from Nanaimo

  • Take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver to departure bay in Nanaimo.
  • Follow BC-19 North to the famous BC-4 West and drive until you reach Tofino.
  • Your destination is Jamie's Rainforest Inn located at 1258 Pacific Rim Highway. This trip will take approximately three hours.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tofino/Long Beach Airport (YAZ). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Pacific Surf School will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

If you're from Nanaimo, take the 8:30 a.m. ferry from Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver to departure bay in Nanaimo.

Exit the terminal in Nanaimo and board the Tofino bus out front. Exit the bus at Cox Bay info centre in Tofino. The trip will take approximately four hours.

If you're from Victoria, catch the 2:25 p.m. Tofino bus from Ocean Island Inn located at 791 Pandora Avenue in downtown Victoria.

Exit the bus at Cox Bay info centre in Tofino. This trip will take approximately six hours.

Testimonials

  • Review by Trevor L. from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Our instructor was so excited to teach us how to surf, it was infectious. He had such a great attitude and passion for what he does for a living and that is very rare on life. Cannot wait to try it again the next time I am back in town."

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  • Review by Zoe C. from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Came on a school trip with 25 Canadian and 25 German students and almost all of us had never surfed before. The instructors were so nice and they really helped you get the hang of it! I can't wait to go back and it was the highlight on my German partners trip! Thank you all for an amazing experience."

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  • Review by Martin from Alberta
    8 out of 10

    "Even the best words, especially mine, like photos, cannot truly do justice to any experience. However, for me, the 5-day All-inclusive Fit to rip Surf Sister Camp hosted by the amazing Drew at Tofino Travel Co was out of this world! I could not have enjoyed myself more, the surf and the Surf Sisters made the experience safe and everyone was so encouraging. The Fit-To-RIP classes really prepared us to get the most out of every precious day. Everyone, especially Drew, was so enthusiastic."

    "There is such a great vibe in Tofino and Drew hooks you up to it immediately (the coolest places to go, where to go to get anything you may need, the history, ecology, knowledge of the peoples of the land, he is a total support in every way). When you talk to Drew you get a full picture; you appreciate that Tofino is really trying to develop tourism in a sustainable and ecological way whilst retaining the vibe, deep history, and culture."

    "I took a chance, as I was laid off last year. Although spending money seemed like a luxury, the time was right, and the course turned out to be one of the best times of my life. I would advise anyone thinking of signing up to ‘to seize the day’. Life is too short not to attempt to Surf at least once. Go for it!"

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  • Review by Kim from Ontario
    8 out of 10

    "August 2015, one of the most memorable vacations of my life. From the water, the amazing weather and the magical warmth that remains after. From my first encounter with Drew, hanging around with Surf Sisters and Nicole, there was always a good laugh and fun conversation. The knowledge and passion that everyone displays give me goosebumps even now."

    "After 5 days, I felt confident on my board, confident about a larger trip I am undertaking and have every tool needed to continue learning. The mornings with Nicole, were the perfect set up for the day, the lessons covered questions I never thought to ask and the afternoons full of learning and fun adventures. Even months later, there is that support and community to go back to should you have any doubts."

    "There was not a moment that I did not feel at home, completely relaxed and never bored. The moment it came to having to leave, I sat waiting for the bus, planning how I could come back as soon as possible."

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  • Review by Daphne from France
    9 out of 10

    "I had an amazing time with Tofino Travel Co last summer. I visited for a 5 days surf camp and my surf instructor Allan was very patient, and thanks to him and Drew I managed to have fun on the waves even though I was a bit anxious to start with! After a relaxing morning surf session, I enjoyed the hikes Drew took us on to explore the breathtakingly beautiful Pacific Rim National Park. I was lucky enough to go whale watching and see orcas…that will be a lifetime memory! Overall, I felt warmly welcomed, which is so valuable when visiting a foreign country. Thank you so much for this wonderful holiday! I really wish to come back to Tofino someday."

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  • Review by Joe P. from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I'd highly recommend this surfing school and store. The instructor (Liam) was so patient with all of us but was especially great with my 12 year old son. The rest of the staff were to notch too and made the whole experience really easy and relaxed even though it was our first time surfing. Thanks, we can't wait to come back!"

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  • Review by Laura O. from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "We went for a lesson on the long weekend and it was a blast. The teachers were knowledgable, encouraging, helpful, enthusiastic, and passionate about surfing. We had a small group of four and two teachers so we received lots of helpful feedback. I'd definitely use Pacific Surf School again"

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  • Review by Wendi H.
    9 out of 10

    "The staff at Pacific Surf Co store and surf rental were all friendly and pleasant as well as knowledgable. They made sure we got the most from our money and our level of experience. Liam and Adam were our instructors. They were very friendly and also stressed safety. Clearly they love their jobs and brought a lot of experience to their lesson. We learned so much from them before we got in the water, we were well prepared. The student to instructor ratio was great and they gave us many pointers throughout the rest of the lesson and felt confident enough to go out on our own the next day and still be safe! An excellent experience and highly recommend it for anyone!"

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British Columbia V0R 2Z0 , Canada

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