Being famous for surfing and storm-watching may appear to be an odd mix of attractions, but they are the reasons why thousands of visitors descend on the tiny town of Tofino, Vancouver Island, each year. Affectionately known as the Tree Loving Capital of the World (by its own residents), Tofino also offers exceptional whale watching, and if your timing is right you can join the locals for the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, when thousands of grey whales pass by on their migration. Excellent camping, fishing, and waterside accommodation make this an all-round charming destination, with guided bear-watching tours, and the natural hot springs of nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park providing additional fun.

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