With temperatures generally above 10° Celsius 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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