Why Choose Tofino
We have over 25 years of experience as a sea kayak expedition guide service, are leaders in sea kayaking instruction and enjoy an industry- wide reputation for safety, service and great food. We have guided thousands of paddlers on wilderness trips and are delighted that so many guests have become repeat clientele. Our trips are physically satisfying vacations that embody a spirit of adventure and are designed to be relaxing, safe, thought-provoking and fun.
What Defines Us
We’re waterpeople first and foremost and we’ve structured our lives so that we can continue to explore the worlds oceans and share our love of the sea with others. Secondly, we are avid travelers committed to sort of authentic experiences encountered by going beyond the surface of a place and into hidden parts known best to locals. We believe in traveling gently wherever we go and using best practices and appropriate technology minimize the impact of our trips. In all the places we work around the world we foster relationships that ensure positive benefits for local communities.
Our guests tell us that the food is one of the best parts of Tofino Expeditions’ trips. We know the importance of food on wilderness trips and pride ourselves in preparing high-quality meals from the freshest ingredients available. We are committed to using organic ingredients whenever we can and support local food producers.
Trip menus vary somewhat between areas of operation, but a day would typically include a substantial North American breakfast with freshly ground organic coffee, wholesome sandwiches and fresh salads for lunch, tried-and-true Mediterranean and other international favorites for supper as well as fresh baked goods almost every day. In Baja, we integrate local produce with organic ingredients we have brought from home. We are happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice.
Food is one of the best way to discover a culture so on our trips we actively seek out authentic culinary experiences that illustrate the cuisine of the areas visited. For example; in Hanoi on our Vietnam Kayaking trip we go out for Cha Ca, a fabulous fish dish prepared on a tabletop brazier, that is so unique it’s cited in Patricia Schultz’s, “1000 Places to See Before You Die” (Workman Press).
Our Commitment to Conservation
Tofino Expeditions has always been at the forefront of minimum impact camping technique and we have been formally recognized in Mexico and Canada for our responsible expedition methods and management. Both in the field and our office employ sustainable practices to minimize waste and our carbon footprint. We actively support a range of organizations that share our commitment to wilderness preservation including: