Saturday, January 23, 2016 All day!
For the first time ever, the wedding experts in Tofino are gathering together to welcome people to learn more about all the incredible services that Tofino has to offer. This is not your typical wedding fair. Come discover what your Tofino destination wedding could look like – in person. Whether you’re envisioning a casual beach wedding for 50, a rainforest elopement, a same-sex celebration or vow renewal, we’d love to welcome you to the inaugural Tofino Wedding Fair!
By registering for this event and visiting us on January 23rd, you will be entered into win an incredible Tofino Dream Wedding Grand Prize! Learn more about it HERE!
Word and video from wedding videographer extraordinaire, Mark McKeough of On The Beach Wedding Videos.
The reception at your wedding will likely be the most fun part of your day. If you’ve made it this far, you’re married now! All of your planning has paid off and things happened (more or less) perfectly. Now you and your guests, can relax, have some fun and celebrate your new milestone over food and drink.
But receptions can also hold some of the most emotional parts of the day. Think about it, such a unique collection of friends and family doesn’t get together very often. So when the speeches start, you’re just as likely to see a few tears as you are to share a few laughs. That’s why toasts are often the backbone of my wedding films, they say so much about the couple and often come from the people closest to them: brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, best friends…
Moments like these are why video is such an important part of any wedding. The payoff comes later on, when you are able to revisit all of these moments as a family. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that couples were unsure about whether they should get a video, only to have it be their favourite keepsake. One of my brides, Sarah, summed it up best in her Facebook review:
“At first we didn’t think to have a wedding video taken… After watching our video many times over the last year. I would say it is the most treasured memory of our wedding… Something like this is priceless especially since Tofino tends to be a destination wedding place. My aunt now jokes that we will need to watch it over and over again to remind us how much we love each other! Life goes on but we don’t have to forget that feeling.”
Another bride, Rebecca, actually hired me on the advice of her friends who were recently married. The consensus was that if they could do it all over again the most important thing they would have done differently would be to hire a videographer to capture their day!
Here is Rebecca & David’s Film, which features some very touching moments from Mom’s on both sides of the family.
David & Rebecca from On the Beach on Vimeo.
Photography by Marnie Recker
1. Visit Tonquin Park and hike the new trail
2. Learn all about Clayoquot Sound on a guided kayak trip
3. Take a trip back in time in a traditional dugout canoe with T’ashii Paddle School
4. See a full grey whale skeleton at The Whale Centre & Museum
5. Stop by West Coast Wild Zip on the way to Tofino for a thrill of a lifetime
6. Stop by the Village Green to play on the zip line at the kid’s playground
7. Be mesmerized by the sun filtering through the trees on the Rainforest Trail
8. Go whale watching and see grey whales, humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, otters and tons of migratory and resident birds
9. Get a new west coast inspired outfit at Habit Clothing or Covet Boutique
10. Get a bird’s eye view at Radar Hill
11. Pamper yourself at Scared Stone Spa
12. Enjoy some drinks on the patio at Jack’s Pub and watch the boats go by
13. Trek out to the Bomber, a World War II plane that went down in 1945
14. Book a fun family or romantic couple photo session with West Coast Portrait
15. Buy some fresh dungenous crab and cook up a delicious feast
16. Margaritas on the patio at Sobo Restaurant
17. Pick up a few growlers at Tofino Brewery and enjoy in your hot tub overlooking the ocean
18. Enjoy morning coffee at Tofino Roasting Company
19. Enjoy mussels and frits while watching the latest surf videos or a Canucks game at Shelter Restaurant
20. Tackle a Titanic Caesar at Schooner Restaurant
21. Bring the whole family to Sunday Brunch at The Spotted Bear
22. Indulge with a Vegan Josie Jelly at Rhino Coffee House
23. Be thirsty at the newest beach side patio, Sandbar Bistro at Long Beach Lodge
24. Enjoy some local entertainment and pint at Jamie’s Restaurant and Lounge
25. Bring some famous Tacofino fish tacos to the beach
26. Get some coffee and pick up the Tofino Times at Tofitian
27. Slurp an oyster or 100 oysters at the annual Oyster Festival in November
28. Pick up some freshly caught local seafood at Wildside Grill
29. Bust out some downward dogs at Coastal Bliss Yoga Studio
30. Try a rejuvenating acupuncture session with Arbutus Health Center
31. Rent a beach cruiser from TOF Cycles and cruise the bike path and the beach
32. Swing by Scoot ’N’ Aboot scooter rentals
33. Grab an ice cream cone from Chocolate Tofino
34. Explore the boardwalk trail and beaches at Schooner Cove
35. Beach comb along Long Beach
36. Watch the waves roll in from Sunset Pettinger Point
37. Join a paddle board tour with Tofino Paddle Surf
38. Take the water taxi to Meares Island and walk the Big Tree Trail
39. Paddle board under a full moon at McKenzie Beach
40. Get your hair did at Studio One Aveda Concept Salon or Salty Dolls
41. Spend a day at the Hot Springs, don’t forget your swimsuit!
42. Float plane tour, Clayoquot Sound from the air!
43. Helicopter sightseeing adventure
44. Roy Henry Vickers Art at Eagle Aerie Gallery
45. Wander through the Saturday Market at the Village Green and see what the locals are selling
46. Jingle into Christmas and mingle with the locals at the end of November
47. Boogie board at Cox Bay
48. Try the Crazy Ron Roll at Tough City Sushi
49. Taste the variety of teas at the Tofino Tea Bar
50. Hike the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet and climb the rocks around the Lighthouse
51. Skip rope with bull kelp
52. Wander dreamily through the Tofino Botanical Gardens
54. Check out the tide pools at Crystal Cove
55. Hike to Radar Beaches
56. Graze the Gardens at the annual Food and Wine Festival in June
57. Go bear watching by boat and see bears roaming the shoreline
58. Pick fresh wild salmonberries, huckleberries, thimbleberries, sahlal berries, black berries and strawberries (season permitting!)
59. Design your own hoodie or t-shirt at Pina
60. Meet Mark Hobson, wildlife and landscape painter, at his gallery
61. Enjoy the best that Ucluelet has to offer during Ukee Days at the end of July
62. Walk Chesterman Beach on a clear night at low tide to take in the stars
63. Grab a 4th Street Wrap from Tuff Beans and enjoy it on the dock watching the fisherman pull in their catch
64. Visit the sea lion at Marine West dock
65. 4×4 out to Virgin Falls
66. Jump off the Kennedy Lake bridge and camp on Rainbow Beach
67. Fly a kite at Cox Bay
68. March in the annual Box Parade at the end of April
69. Build a driftwood house on Long Beach
70. Check out the Eik Tree and it’s steel girdle to keep it upright, half a block from Jamie’s Whaling Station
71. Catch the Big One at the Tofino Salt Water Classic Fishing Derby in July
72. See world class professional surfing at Rip Curl Pro Tofino in June
73. Storm watching from The Pointe Restaurant
74. Kite surfing at South Chesterman when the winds are right
75. Visit the Kwisitis Visitor Center at on Wickaninnish Beach and learn about the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation
76. Feel like you are in a Dr.Seuss book on the Bog Trail
77. Drive out to Grice Bay and launch your boat for a cruise up the inlet
78. Walk out to Frank Island at Chesterman Beach at low tide and photograph the lighthouse on Lennard Island
79. Welcome back the grey whales at the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March
80. Drop into the bowl at Tuff City Skate park
81. Bring your appetite and take part in some of the amazing events during Feast Tofino in May
82. Meet master carvers at the annual Carving on the Edge Festival in September
83. Find your favorite author at Mermaid Tales Bookshop
84. Go to the Ucluelet Aquarium and see the octopus have lunch
85. Pan for gold at Florencia Bay Beach
86. Support woman’s surfing at the annual Queen of the Peak in October
87. Be inspired at the annual Tofino Lantern Festival in August
88. Hike up Lone Cone on Meares Island and enjoy the most magnificent view of Tofino and Clayoquot Sound
89. Go for a polar bear swim on New Years Day
90. Have a bon fire and make some s’mores
91. Play 18-hole mini golf or enjoy the 9-hole championship course at Long Beach Golf Course
92. Have a steam and treatment at Ancient Cedars Spa
93. Get a tattoo
94. Go to a Monday Night Movie at Clayoquot Community Theatre
95. Run the annual Edge to Edge Marathon in June
96. Take a boat tour and see some newborn eaglets nesting on Dead Man’s Isle
97. Learn something new at a Parks Canada presentation at Green Point Campground Theatre
98. Bring your mountain bike to the Tuff City Bike Park
99. Hike up to the look out at South Cox Bay
100. Host a sandcastle competition at the beach
101. Get married on the beach!
Why choose Tofino as the destination for your wedding?
With the wild Pacific Ocean, long stretches of sandy beach, scattered driftwood, rocky coastlines, windswept trees, stunning sunsets and majestic temperate rainforest, Tofino will captivate your every sense. Tofino is a place for romance and for creating ever-lasting memories. Whether you are searching for adventure or relaxation, Tofino has it all. With countless activities and attractions, both on land and on sea, you and your guests will have fun playing and exploring on the West Coast.
Saying “I Do” on the beach couldn’t be more fun!
From an intimate affair to a larger gathering, you will find a variety of venues in Tofino to suit your personal style, from the rustic to the luxurious. Now, as you may know already, Tofino’s weather can be unpredictable at the best of times! We say that as long as you are prepared, the rain will only add to the magic of the day and the beauty of the area. Many venues have indoor and outdoor facilities, tent rentals may be advised and the forest canopy always offers some shelter from the elements.
Although a small town, Tofino boasts an impressive selection of local businesses and services to help you through the wedding planning process. The individuals behind these businesses dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that your day will be just as imagined. Please look through our local listings to see what services may be of interest to you.
Now, come and see for yourself!
Tofino is an unforgettable destination and one that will truly capture your heart.
Photo by Marnie Recker Photography