Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino

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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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  • 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!
  • Peaceful place to visit when passing by or when looking for a coffee. The garden is nice to explore and read about.
  • Great place to learn about many sea creatures you may see in the area. All animals released at end of season.
  • Beautiful way to spend an hour or two exploring a huge garden in an old growth forest. Sculptures throughout the peaceful retreat.
  • Did it on a rainy day was nice. Alot bigger then I thought and alot more stuff. Right by the ocean :)

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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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