Twenty years ago, there were surfers in Tofino, British Columbia on the west coast of Vancouver Island, but they were few in number ... It was a gorgeous natural paradise with epic beaches, rainforests with trees as wide as cars, and a hippie vibe that occasionally bumped up against old school logging and fishing.

Orcas, humpback and grey whales, seals, otter, sea lions, black bear, bald eagles and much more are a part of daily life in the Tofino area. As are some of the biggest and most incredible trees anyone could imagine, best scene and easily accessed via the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island — a short boat ride from the Tofino harbour.

There are countless beaches with really good surfing, small crowds and, what with the advances in wetsuits, the cool water (which never really gets above 15-degrees celsius) ain’t no thing even if travelling outside the cherished summer time frame. Plus, the waves are generally better in the spring and fall shoulder seasons. Storm season, not so much.

Source: Get Out There