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Long Beach

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Beach, Surfing
30min - Full Day
1-8km (1-5mi)


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Long Beach Tofino - Surf Capital of Canada

Long Beach is one of the most famous, well-known and visited beaches on Vancouver Island. Located just outside Tofino, it’s known as “the Surf Capital of Canada” with giant waves and vast beaches. It can’t be missed! With consistent temperature throughout the year, you’ll always want to come back for another round at Long beach.

What to Expect at Long Beach

Located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Long Beach has two parking lots with easy access off the highway, just 17 km down the coastline from Tofino. Clean heated washroom with outdoor change rooms and an open shower to wash off the sand after a day of playing.

This section of the coast is an absolutely pristine spot that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world. This section of Long Beach spans about 4 kilometres from Incinerator Rock to Green Point Campground. Take in the west coast air, and the gorgeous sand – perfect for walking along with your toes sinking into the soft sand watching the surfers battle the waves or take in the thick forest shoreline.

Washrooms: Heated, running water and outdoor changerooms

Parking: Paid parking with room for RV’s

Accommodations: Green Point Campground.


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Surfing at Long Beach Tofino

The weather in Tofino is cool but consistent. You will see many more tourists, surfers, and family enjoying the sun during the summer months. The air cools off a bit during the winter months, but the ocean stays consistent but chilly at 6C-7C degrees. For the hardcore, the winter storms bring in more rain and larger surf. You will see surfboards and thick wetsuits out in Tofino waters no matter the time of year.

Amazing beach as we were here for the sunrise with perfect weather. The name describes it all. We ended the day at the incinerator side of Long Beach, which was just as spectacular. Must check out in Tofino.


The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a National park, but it does not have gates. There is still a charge for each visitor in the park. The Long Beach parking lots are located on the Pacific Rim Highway headed to Tofino. At each lot, you will find automated pass machines where you can purchase day passes.

Incinerator Rock Parking – Located right on the beach, the smaller of the two parking lots, you will find a clean heated washroom with flush toilets along with outdoor change rooms and an open shower to wash the salt off. For RV parking, head to the Long Beach Parking lot.

Long Beach Beach Parking – When you pull into the large parking lot, the first thing you see is the giant LED screen updating on the surf conditions and essential local information. There are four trail beach access points along the parking lot, so beach access is easy no matter where you park. There is a washroom building with flush toilets, outdoor change rooms, and an open shower to wash the salt off, along with picnic tables, a visitor information building and RV parking.

There are many worthwhile stops along the coast between Tofino and Ucluelet. Any one of the beautiful beaches is worth taking the time to visit. Still, if you have a few hours to spare, Long Beach in Tofino should be your top priority for plenty of services that will make any visitor’s trip into an adventure they’ll never forget!

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No, fires are not allowed on Long Beach between the bottom of Schooner Trail and Sandhill Creek on Combers Beach
Great for getting feet wet, but due to currents and waves might not be the best beach for swimming, not for kids or swimming. Further north at Chesterman beach, it’s safer.
Dogs are permitted on Long beach. However, they must be on a leash at all times. This includes beaches, trails, parking lots and in the water. Please clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the garbage cans provided.

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Modified: May 17, 2023
Last Visit: October 27, 2021
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