Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature. Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, a non-profit registered Canadian charity 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 will take you from the Café and Gift shop around the flower, herb and kitchen gardens, the duck pond, and Children’s Garden into the forest, where clearings have been transformed into a series of pocket gardens, art installations and garden buildings.
Some of the pocket gardens display plants that once thrived in other coastal temperate rainforests around the world. 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.
The mission of Tofino Botanical Gardens is to inspire conservation of the world’s Temperate Coastal Rainforests
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 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.
We believe in the preservation of the last remaining Old Growth Forests of Clayoquot Sound.
We understand that a sense of humor helps in this effort.
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 Cafe.
Tofino Botanical Gardens is a non-profit Foundation.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you in the gardens soon.