Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature. A network of paths and boardwalks will take you from the Visitor Centre past kitchen gardens, the Frog Pond, Children’s Garden into the forest, where clearings have been transformed in a series of pocket gardens.
Some of these gardens display plants that once thrived in other coastal temperate rainforests around the world, others celebrate the various cultural groups that have made Clayoquot Sound their home now and in the past, particularly the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, early pioneer homesteaders, Japanese fishing families, and, of course, Hippies.
In May 2000, Clayoquot Sound was designated a United Nations Biosphere Reserve, an international recognition of the area’s unique ecosystem and its people’s relationship with it.
Tofino Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the creation of a living classroom where future generations will learn about the natural and cultural history of Clayoquot Sound and the remaining coastal temperate rainforests of the world.
Tofino Botanical Gardens is evolving on very special twelve acre site. Just one mile from the village of Tofino, we are adjacent to over sixty acres of forest reserve. Our shoreline looks onto more then five thousand acres of protected wildlife habitat including Vancouver Island’s most important migratory shorebird area. This unique location has provided a very rich basis for the development of a valuable biological and horticultural resource.
1084 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
Open daily from 9am till dusk