Botanical Gardens

About the Gardens

Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature. Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation is a non-profit registered Canadian charity that operates educational programs and provides information about temperate rainforest conservation for all groups and ages, from preschoolers to seniors.

A network of paths and boardwalks guides guests through a variety of sights to see: flower beds, herb beds, medicinal gardens, kitchen gardens, community garden, the pond, and children’s garden.

The old-growth rainforest is a sight to see, where clearings have been transformed into a series of pocket gardens, art installations and buildings including the 2011 tsunami memorial. Garden buildings include the “historic” Bernardo O’Higgins homestead, the storytelling hut made by acclaimed local artist, Jan Janzen and two bird blinds overlooking the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area. The art installations are all made to survive or weather in the rain, and provide a cultural counterpoint to the surrounding natural beauty.

We are dedicated to the cultivation and display of plants native to the world’s coastal temperate rainforests, and to research and education programs to improve knowledge and understanding of the ecosystems of the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.We believe in the preservation of the last remaining Old Growth Forests of Clayoquot Sound.

A giant Western Red Cedar along the old-growth rainforest boardwalk

2017 marked the installation of our J-1772 EV charging station as part of our commitment to reducing our ecological footprint. Please feel free to charge your electric vehicles while enjoying the gardens or Darwin’s Café.

We hope that Tofino Botanical Gardens will help people of all ages to develop an interested and caring attitude that will encourage them to take action for temperate coastal rainforest conservation. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you in the gardens soon.