• A Treasure on the Pacific Northwest Coast

A treasure on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Vancouver Island, you can’t help but fall for the rugged coastal town of Tofino. The dramatic coastline is not only home to stunning beaches and rocky shores, but to some pretty fantastic year-round cold water surf. Bordered by the ocean on three sides and the Pacific Rim National Park on the other, there are 22 miles of surf-worthy beach to explore. Stoked for a paddle? The Surf Sister girls have you covered.

A sweet little shop located in town, Surf Sister is an all-female bad-ass group of surf instructors that provide lessons, rentals, and most importantly- pre-surf coffee and even better conversation. The crew hosts local surf events (including Queen of the Peak), camps and rentals, along with some pretty amazing surf trips around the globe. We checked out a lesson, and attended their weekly Surf Club. Open to anyone to join, they gather on the beach and share stories of surf followed by a team paddle into the beautiful swell.

The girls love of the ocean is infectious, and their passion shows in every story they share. We stayed at the surf-in/ surf-out Pacific Sands Beach Resort that’s perched on Cox Bay. Onsite, there’s another Surf Sister- the Surf Shack- that offers additional rentals and onsite lessons. With Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, there’s no better time to venture out to this hidden coastal gem, throw on your Billabong wetsuit and float in the clean and clear Pacific ocean.

Photographs by Jordan Dyck and Ben Giesbrecht