Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino

3.8
#9 of 15 in Parks in Tofino
Explore the gardens, forest, and shoreline inside Tofino Botanical Gardens, a non-profit establishment that strives to blend culture and nature. A number of trails allow you to meander around flower and herb gardens, a duck pond, and art installations. Keep an eye out for pocket gardens, which display plants from around the world, and find the historic Bernardo O'Higgins homestead and a storytelling hut hidden among the greenery. If you love the attraction so much that you want to give something back, consider volunteering to help further their cause. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Tofino Botanical Gardens by using our Tofino travel route builder website .
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  • We found this a fun experience. The forest paths are well maintained with statues, and look outs along the way. We discovered that the gardens are the wettest gardens in North America. And they also h...  more »
  • A nice walk in the woods punctuated by whimsical art. They have numbered stops with information about the area. A boardwalk spans the steep areas. Nice views of the bay from one of the stops. The are ...  more »
  • It really did not look interesting at all (the last week of Sep/first week of Oct). We did not see anything worth staying for (behind all the fences) so we went out for fish tacos instead.  more »
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  • A lovely place you have to visit when you stay to Tofino! So peaceful and quiet, full of beautiful trees and flowers but also artistic pieces. We loved it and highly recommend it.
  • Only four stars as I didn't think the gardens were worth paying for, but go for a delicious breakfast at the Darwin Cafe and you can view the gardens (for free) from your table on the veranda! Probably the best french toast I've ever had, thick slices with plenty of fruit and creme fraiche. My boyfriend had the darwin breakfast which was also fantastic apparently! Darwin cafe itself would be 5 stars.
  • Darwin's cafe served us a very delicious take on tuna poke with some ice coffee that was absolutely delectable after a stroll in the gardens. There are easy paths to take through the forest filled with unique plants from all over the world. The most interesting species were from Chile, definitely check it out!
  • Great place. Staff was super. Had a wedding there in July couldn't have asked for a better experience. The atmosphere and adventure was excellent. Can't say enough of the location.
  • Sweetest staff. Well kept grounds. Fun for all ages! Going to get married here! XO thanks George for making coffee for my friend and I after hours! Your advise and candid conversation was greatly appreciated in 2012.

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Many options cluster around the township itself, in the island's north, with those near the beach or the town's marina usually proving the most popular. If the town feels too touristy, look farther south--you can find plenty of small hotels, guesthouses, and private holiday rentals along the coast, just off the Pacific Rim Highway. Make sure you reserve your accommodations in advance if planning to visit between June and September, the height of the season.
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