With temperatures generally above 10° C through November, and with the bulk of the tourists gone, fall is a beautiful time to plan an adventure from Long Beach Lodge in Tofino’s outdoor paradise. Throw on one of their complimentary rain jackets and get outside!

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Long Beach Lodge enjoys a great location right on the beach

Surfing out of Long Beach Lodge

Let’s start with the surfing. When my husband and I visited the lodge back in June, we were eager to try some surfing lessons. Now while I’d surfed in warm weather climates like Costa Rica and Nicaragua, I had never surfed in a wetsuit. LET ME TELL YOU, it’s substantially harder  But what shocked me the most is that despite the cold temperatures both outside and in the water, I never felt cold for a single second. That’s the beauty of Tofino; with wetsuits you can surf year-round!

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Ready to hit the waves out of Long Beach Lodge

Most people that participate in the surf lessons surf directly in front of Long Beach Lodge, but because of heavy conditions on our lesson date, our instructor took us up the road to Chesterman Beach which has consistent waves that are perfect for beginners. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from trying these lessons. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never surfed before; following some on land instruction, you’ll love the rush of working to catch a wave. A private lesson goes for $189 and a group lesson is a mere $99 per person – and both are for 2.5 hours of instruction. This includes all of your equipment – wetsuit, booties, and surfboard.

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Commitment!

Now here’s the best part, after you’ve worked your muscles, the surf club has the most fabulous hot tub and sauna to rest those overworked muscles! I soaked in that tub way longer than I was supposed to. My husband had to yank me out as I was so at peace with the rain sprinkling down on my face and the hot swirling waters sending me into a state of bliss.

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Warm up in this hot tub after surfing

Marine tours in Tofino

The next outdoor adventure I encourage you to try on a visit to Long Beach Lodge is the marine tour. The captain is Josh Lewis and he’s fantastic – no surprise as he’s been with the lodge for nine years. I was blown away by his knowledge of the area. Captain Josh says the area gets less fog as you move into the fall and can see really calm conditions in September. But as you enter October and November, some dramatic weather shakes things up making for better scenery on the boat tour including dark stormy clouds, rainbows, waterfalls in the fjords, etc.

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Captain Josh sharing stories with the group

When I asked Josh about memorable tours, here’s what he said: “Any time I get to see orcas or wolves on a tour is special to me and fortunately I’ve had many tours with interesting wildlife.  A few years ago we were lucky enough to see a female wolf come face to face with a large male black bear.  That was a memorable sighting for sure!”

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Beautiful west coast scenery even on a foggy, misty day

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

You could see this bear digging for food on the nature tour

Again, these trips are fairly priced at $99 per person for a 2.5 hour ride. And since they leave from the harbor in downtown Tofino, you can enjoy some time perusing the charming streets when you return!

Whatever you fancy in the outdoors, you’ll find that Long Beach Lodge is a fantastic launch pad to explore the area ANY TIME of the year!

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This post was written by my daughter Kristen. She and her husband were guests of Long Beach Lodge. She and Michael loved the place as much as John and I do.

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Kristen and her now husband Michael

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Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada. Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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