- Photo creditMarnie Recker Photography
- Photo creditCourtesy: Ken Gibson Collection
Another perk to the temperate costal climate of Tofino? Uniquely Tofitian gardens, and a lush year-round golf course...
Play one of Vancouver Island’s most challenging - and scenically located - championship golf courses.
The Long Beach Golf Course is where you can play nine holes year-round, just minutes from spectacular beaches. Because this par 36, 127 slope rated course is surrounded by ancient temperate rainforest and mountain views, you may have to put some extra effort into keeping your eye on the ball. Maybe you'll see the resident black bear, a non-golfer. This course also features a driving range and 18-hole miniature golf course.
The full service pro shop, under the guidance of community fixture Keith 'Gibby' Gibson, CPGA, offers everything for the novice or skilled low handicap golfer. Hungry golfers can satisfy cravings at the new Big Kahuna's.
Visit some imaginative, inspiring gardens in and around TofinoGibson Garden is the living legacy of rhododendron enthusiast and longtime Tofino resident, Ken Gibson. Located just off Tofino's main drag, at the corner of Fourth and Gibson Streets, this hillside labour of love blooms from late May through early July. The immaculately-kept gardens at Crystal Cove Resort could also be considered a hidden flora-filled gem if you happen to be walking along MacKenzie Beach.
For a more immersive experience, the Tofino Botanical Gardens offers many well-maintained trails and demonstration beds, in addition to a self-guided option to venture further into this enchanting property. See shining examples of western redcedar, hemlock and a wide variety of native plant and tree species en route to the Tofino Mudflats viewing area. This is not your typical botanical garden experience, thanks in part to the subtle (and not-so-subtle) injections of humour and whimsy that have been imparted by this garden's curator, George Patterson. In true Tofino fashion, this unique combination of art installations along with the characters (and chickens!) that grace this place, makes a visit to the Tofino Botanical Gardens a trip highlight for any garden enthusiast.
Now for something really different, and farther afield, enlist a local marine operator to take you up to Catherine's Floating Garden.Deep in the remote wilderness of Clayoquot Sound, in the little bay called Freedom Cove live the artists Catherine and Wayne Adams. Catherine and Wayne’s floating world is an array of unique and colourful buildings that will unleash your imagination. A scenic boat ride away, an easy step onto the dock and you’re in the middle of a wondrous world: a living art project of moving sculpture, plants, walkways and unique buildings. Talk with Wayne and Catherine, learn about their art and how they live on their own in this remote location.