Camping in Tofino: The Best and Worst of Tofino Campgrounds

The Tofino area, on the far west coast of Vancouver Island, is known as “the end of the road”, and it definitely lives up to the name with a wild, outpost feel. Those camping in Tofino or nearby Ucluelet find themselves surrounded by gorgeous old growth forest and long, flat beaches in one of Canada’s true surfing hotspots.

But even non-surfers flock here in summer to enjoy the spectacular scenery, phenomenal hiking trails and incomparable Pacific Ocean sunsets. With mild temperatures year-round, though, Tofino is also a terrific destination year-round. Winter actually provides the best and biggest waves, and Tofino storm watching can be an event in itself.

Whether you are looking for a laid-back summer beach vacation, a cheap base for your surfing adventures or a comfortable place to take a family vacation, this guide will help you choose the perfect Tofino campground to ensure you have the best Tofino camping experience.

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Best Tofino Campgrounds

These are the best campgrounds near Tofino as there is not actually a campground in Tofino, BC itself. However, many are quite close with the added benefit of access to beaches.

Bella Pacifica Campground: Best for Beach Front Camping

Photos credit: Bella Pacifica Campground

Located at the end of beautiful Tonquin Trail leading from the Tofino townsite, Bella Pacifica’s big calling card is its enviable spot right on stunning, sandy MacKenzie Beach. Tofino campsites don’t get much closer to the ocean than this, with some of the sites right up against the sand.

Those sites are smaller, best for tenters or vanlifers, have 15 amp power and water and you get to watch the sunset from the comfort of your own camp chair.

For a little more comfort and privacy, there are sheltered sites back in the trees, as well as some that offer full RV hookups, and some on the sea view terrace providing some nice views as well. There are several different beach access trails and staircases and dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash. The best sites tend to go fast so advance reservations are recommended (and mandatory in summer).

Sites:    188

Bella Pacifica Prices

$40 – $45 Off-season

$55 -$78 Peak season (mid May to mid September)

Facilities

Each site has a picnic table and fire pit and you can buy both firewood and ice at the campground office. There are 3 separate, large washrooms with flush toilets, coin-operated showers and outside sinks for washing dishes. There are also laundry facilities and free wifi.

Address and Contact Information

P.O. Box 413 

Tofino BC V0R 2Z0

Phone: (250) 725-3400

Email: campground@bellapacifica.com

Website: https://www.bellapacifica.com

Surf Grove: Best for Surfers

Surfer in silhouette walking on beach at sunset going back to a Tofino campsite
Photo credit: Surf Grove @ajroulstone

At Surf Grove, it’s all about location. Cox Bay is simultaneously one of the best surfing beaches in Tofino and potentially the best place to watch the sunset as well. This is the newest of the campgrounds in Tofino and has been getting rave reviews for the excellent facilities, clean showers and friendly staff.

It is just steps from the beach and offers thoughtful touches like a keypad security gate, beach showers and a dog wash.

The sites are decently spaced and they have planted trees to increase privacy (although that will take some time). It is open year-round and is currently expanding to include RV rentals and more tent-only sites by the summer of 2021, and they are also joining forces with Pacific Surf School to add a surf shack to the beach that will offer rentals, lessons, storage, surf showers and local tips.

Sites

130 fully serviced RV campsites (open to tenting and vans also)

For 2021 they are adding:

60 new tent-only sites

5 RV rental sites

Surf Grove Prices

Full service RV site: $79 – $110 (Summer season)

Full service RV sites: $49 – $79 (Off-season)

Facilities

All sites include water, electric (30-amp), fire pit and a picnic table. There is a sani dump, bathrooms, showers and even wifi.

Address and Contact Information

1451 Pacific Rim Highway PO Box 1109

Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

Email: info@surfgrove.com

Phone: (250) 725-2750

Website: https://surfgrove.com/

Green Point: Best Budget Campground

Located on a scenic bluff overlooking famous Long Beach, this Pacific Rim National Park Reserve campground is the only one on this superb, popular beach. The spacious sites are located within the old growth forest and feel very secluded and private.

The sites closest to the water are smaller and best for tent camping but many of them do have partial ocean views. RVs are better off staying slightly back in the forest loop.

This enormous beach is ideal for long, flat walks and the campground has lights along the paths to help you get back in the dark. Sites at Green Point book up early so try to plan ahead. Most high season dates fill up as soon as reservations open in January (or April in 2021). Also, because it is located within Pacific Rim National Park, you will need a park pass to stay here.

Sites

94 drive-in sites

20 walk-in sites

Green Point Campground Prices

$33 drive-in sites

$28 walk-in sites

Facilities

Fire pits, picnic tables, free wifi, potable water, new washrooms with showers and flush toilets and bundles of firewood for sale. The drive-in sites have electrical hookups and there is a sani dump on site.

Address and Contact Information

BC-4 Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

Phone: (877) 737-3783

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/camping#LBU

Crystal Cove: Best for RVs

Empty RV Tofino camping site with a picnic table and fire pit at Crystal Cove

Specifically catering to the RV crowd, Crystal Cove does not have any tent sites. However, they do have 10 RVs for rent if you don’t have one and would like to live a more luxurious RV lifestyle for a while (it’s all relative, of course).

The campground is part of the Crystal Cove Beach Resort that also offers cabins and has nice, private RV sites set in pristine grounds featuring lovely gardens and common areas and feels more like a resort than a campground.

Located on huge MacKenzie Beach, the protected beach is perfect for kids, not to mention the fascinating rocks at low tide and the ability to walk out to several islands and islets at low tide. The beach also connects to the Tonquin Trail from Tofino.

Sites

58 RV Sites

10 RV rental sites 

Crystal Cove Prices

$75 – $95 Peak Season (mid May to mid October)

$55 Off Season (mid October to mid May)

Facilities

Every site has water, sewer and 30-amp power, as well as the obligatory picnic table and fire pit. The washrooms and hot showers are clean, modern and included in the price. Wifi is also available at no extra cost.

There is a coffee shop on-site where you can get firewood bundles, plus a children’s playground and the office has a selection of board games, puzzles, books and DVDs.

Address and Contact Information

1165 Cedarwood Place

Tofino, BC

Phone: (250) 725-4213

Email: info@crystalcove.ca

Website: https://www.crystalcove.ca/tofino-rv-park-camping

Other Tofino Camping Options

MacKenzie Beach Camping

Another MacKenzie Beach option, the beach sites here are walk-in only and offer amazing views of the ocean at the cost of very little privacy. Forest sites set back in the trees have more privacy and enough room for a vehicle. There are also fully serviced RV sites a few minutes from the beach. They are open year-round.

Sites     

18 beach sites

23 forest sites

15 RV sites

MacKenzie Camping Prices

Beach campsite: $45 (low season) – $65 (high season)

Forest campsite: $40 (low season) – $60 (high season)

RV sites: $50 (low season) – $75 (high season)

$5/day for pets

They also charge a $20 non-refundable reservation fee

Facilities

The RV sites all have sewer, potable water and 30-amp power. The washrooms have heated floors and token-operated hot showers ($2 / 3 minutes), and there is a free cold-water shower outside.

There are coin-operated laundry facilities, a hot water wash basin outside and free wifi. The general store sells snacks, drinks and supplies, including breakfast and firewood.

Address and Contact Information

1101 Pacific Rim Highway

Tofino BC V0R 2Z0

Phone: 1 (250) 725-3439

Email: stay@mackenziebeach.com

Website: https://mackenziebeach.com/rvs-and-camping/

Long Beach Campground

This central option located between Tofino and Ucluelet has a nice, old growth forest setting and a more basic feel than some of the others. While the location can be handy for exploring the area, it is a bit of a drive to get to any of the beaches.

It is also very close to the airport so there can be some noise from the planes (although they don’t get a whole lot of air traffic out this way) and there is a golf course on the same property.

Sites

76 campsites

6 fully serviced RV sites

Long Beach Camping Prices

Campsites: $50 /night

Full-Service RV Hook-Up Site:  $70 /night

$5 fee for pets

Facilities

Every site has a picnic table and fire pit and there are potable water taps located throughout the campground. Most of the toilets are outhouses but there are modern flush toilets and free hot showers in the main building. They also provide bundles of firewood.

Address and Contact Information

1850 Pacific Rim Hwy

Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

Phone: (250) 725-3314 (March – October)

(250) 725-3332 (November – April)

Email: campinglbgc@gmail.com

Website: https://www.longbeachgolfcourse.com/camp#camp-ground

Lost Shoe Campground

Closer to Ucluelet than Tofino, this simple, dry camping spot is located about a 10-minute drive from Long Beach near the highway junction. It is a basic place with a friendly owner and is the cheapest campground in Tofino or Ucluelet. They are known for a young crowd and a very relaxed attitude toward rules. Probably not the best choice for families.

Sites

20

Lost Shoe Camping Price

$30

Facilities

Sites have picnic tables and fire pits, and there are portable pit toilets and a water hose. They also sell bundles of firewood.

Address and Contact Information

2660 Tofino-Ucluelet Highway

Phone: (250) 726-8229

Website: https://www.discoverucluelet.com/choose-stay/lost-shoe-campground

Ucluelet Camping: Best Ucluelet Campgrounds

Surf Junction Campground: Best for Surfers on a Budget

The main Tofino campgrounds building at Surf Junctions
Sign of Tofino camping option Surf Junction with prices for surf school
Empty site at a Tofino campground with bench and fire pit

Just 5 minutes by car to Wickaninnish Beach, one of the most popular surfing beaches in the area, Surf Junction is just far enough away from the beach enough to be quiet and is popular with families. They even have saunas and hot tubs to enjoy after a long day in the cold water and campground staff can book surf lessons for you through Surf Junction Surf School.

Sites

48 tent sites

3 hike-in sites

6 15-amp / water sites

9 30-amp / water sites

9 full hookup RV sites

Surf Junction Prices

$25 – $45 tent sites

$20 – $40 hike-in sites

$28 – $48 15-amp / water sites

$30 – $50 30-amp / water sites

$35 – $63 9 full hookup RV sites

Facilities

There are potable water taps and compost toilets throughout the campground, plus four flush toilet buildings and coin-operated hot showers. The sauna and hot tub are free for campers, plus there are several dishwashing stations and a children’s playground. Every site has a picnic table and fire pit and if you need additional parking you can get an extra spot for $15/night.

There is a free wetsuit washing station and a wetsuit drying station that costs $5 for your entire stay. On-site there is also a covered communal picnic area and a campground store where you can pick up basic supplies.

Address and Contact Information

2650 Tofino-Ucluelet Hwy

Ucluelet, BC

Phone: 250-726-7214

Toll Free: 1-877-922-6722

Email: surfjunctioncampground@gmail.com

Website: https://www.surfjunction.com

WYA Point Resort Campground: Best for Getting Away from the Crowds

WYA Point is a unique, secluded Ucluelet camping option down a rough dirt road that is owned and operated by the Ucluelet First Nation (also known as Yuu-tluth-aht First Nation). Offering the only beachfront campsites south of the highway junction, WYA Point boasts beautiful sandy coves with calm, clear water and fascinating, rocky tide pools.

It is separated into two sections: Ocean and Woodland. The ocean sites are right next to the beach but are walk-in only. Wheelbarrows are available to help haul your gear to these prime spots. Woodland sites are hidden away in the rainforest not far from the beach, some of which still have ocean views. These ones are spacious enough for a truck camper or even a small RV (under 25 feet).

Popular Half-Moon Bay and Willobrae hiking trails can be accessed directly from the campground.

Sites

20 oceanfront walk-in sites

12 woodland sites

WYA Point Campground Prices

$75 – $99

Facilities

All food, dishes and cooking gear must be safely stored in the shared bear-proof shacks provided (a short walk from the campsites). Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. There is a communal dishwashing station and a communal washroom with flush toilets and hot showers.

Address and Contact Information

2460 Willowbrae Road

Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R3A0

Phone: 1 (844) 352-6188

Email: info@wypoint.com

Website: https://www.wyapoint.com/accomodations-ucluelet/camping-ucluelet

Ucluelet Campground: Best for Ucluelet Access

An RV camping in Ucluelet at the Ucluelet Campground with picnic table and water in background
Picnic table with trees on both sides and water behind at Ucluelet Campgrounds

Photo credit: Ucluelet Campground

Located right in the historic fishing village of Ucluelet, this big campground has tent, trailer and RV sites with a variety of services and views. It doesn’t have the wilderness feel of some of the forest campgrounds and a lot of the sites are better for RVs because of the lack of privacy, but there are some quieter tent sites back in the trees.

Either way, the big draw is being close to all the attractions, shops and restaurants of Ucluelet. So if you want to be camping in Ucluelet this is the place for you.

Sites

125

Ucluelet Campground Prices

$50 – $72 in high season

$35 – $48 in low season

Facilities

Sites vary from no-service to partial to full-service, all with picnic tables and fire pits. There are clean washroom and shower facilities, as well as water stations.

Address and Contact Information

260 Seaplane Base Road

Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, BC

Phone: (250) 726-4355

Email: camp@uclueletcampground.com

Website: www.uclueletcampground.com

Wild Pacific Camp: Best for Hikers and Kayakers with an RV

RV surrounded by trees at the best RV Ucluelet camping option

Photo credit: Wild Pacific Camp

This small, RV-only campground is located directly beside the Wild Pacific Trail, one of the best hiking trails in the region. Nearby Spring Cove is excellent for bird watching and the starting point for some outstanding kayaking routes. From the cove, you can either head around the south point to Barkley Sound, go north through the Ucluelet inlet or choose to portage across to Little Beach.

Lovely Terrace Beach is just across the road and there are viewing platforms at the south end of the campground perfect for watching the sunrise (if you’re that sort of morning person).

Sites

6 RV sites

Wild Pacific Camp Price

$70 – Full service site: 30 amp power (high season: May 1st – November 1st )

$75 – Full service site 3: 50 amp power, fits oversized motorhomes/trailers

Long term weekly sites available during the off season by request. 

Facilities

All sites have full hookups

Address and Contact Information

1015 Peninsula Rd.

Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

Phone: (250) 919-8251

Email: info@wildpacificcamp.com

Website: https://www.wildpacificcamp.com

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Tofino Glamping

Not everybody owns an RV or relishes the thought of sleeping in a tent. Maybe for you, camping is more about being close to nature and the beautiful beaches and less about roughing it. If so, then maybe glamping is just the ticket. And this is the closest you will find to a camping in Tofino option.

Wild Pod

This unique place features a set of futuristic waterfront geodesic domes within easy walking distance of the shops, restaurants and adventure outfitters of Tofino. Located at the very tip of Grice Point, they combine comfort and shelter with spectacular views of the harbour, local wildlife and those famous Tofino sunsets and/or storms.

Each pod fits up to 2 adults and features a 5-metre panoramic window and a cedar deck with a pair of Adirondack chairs. No kids, pets or smoking.

Sites

6 domes

Wild Pod Prices

$165 – $230 low season

$225 – $345 mid season

$310 – $425 high season

Facilities

Each dome has its own en suite bathroom and shower, a queen bed, blackout curtains, kitchenette, propane fireplace and free wifi.

Address and Contact Information

174 West Street

PO Box 148

Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

Phone: (250) 725-2020

Email: glamping@wildpod.ca

Website: https://www.wildpod.ca

Conclusion

Camping in Tofino on Canada’s wild west coast can be a transformative experience, allowing you to get back to nature while enjoying the many phenomenal activities the area has to offer, from surfing and beach combing to hiking and kayaking. The wonderful towns of Tofino and Ucluelet have plenty of terrific eating, shopping and entertainment options to enjoy in between fabulous sunsets and old growth forest explorations. And if you’re lucky, you might just get to do a little famous Tofino storm-watching!

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