Tofino is the coastal village at the end of HWY 4 on the west side of Vancouver Island (the edge of the Pacific). It is the jumping off point for outdoor enthusiasts taking in the expanse of nature found in Clayoquot Sound, an area of untouched wilderness of ocean, beaches and mountains. A place where wildlife can be found in its abundant natural setting, whales, seals, sea lions, bears, wolf and deer. The ocean has a bounty of seafood, salmon, halibut, crab and prawns. The underwater scenery is equally dramatic for those that search below the surface in the many popular diving spots.
Tofino is also the coastal hub for the many smaller communities in Clayoquot Sound, as well, private retreats and outlying residents. Tofino is a safe harbour where you can shop for trip provisions and load you boat for a journey out on the Sound. Whether you are in a coast vessel or a kayak, this is the stepping off point. From the Center of Town it’s your access the Edge of the World.
If you’re a resident of the area you already know that finding moorage can sometimes be a challenge. The Tofino Harbour Authority manages four government docks in Tofino: the Crab dock, 4th Street dock, Wingen Lane, and 1st Street dock. Collectively these have 120 boat slips. Until the Shore was completed there were only four private marinas, one exclusively for residents of Kind Fisher condominiums and the other three for public moorage. The public marinas (Trilogy, Method Marine, and Weigh West) together add another 85 boat slips. With only 200 boat slips serving a community with a summer population of 20,000, the value of moorage space is at a premium.
With this knowledge in mind the Shore team allowed a public access area in their private marina dock for short term moorage so that more people could drop off, pick up and access the many services in the town of Tofino.
Now open for the 2012 season, this new marina will allow for access right at the center of town. The dock gangway attaches to the waterfront promenade and staircase leads right onto Main Street and the many amenities downtown Tofino has to offer. Centered between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Main, the dock is in close proximity to great restaurants like Tough City and the Spotted Bear and steps away from supplies at The Co-op or Storm Outfitters. This new marina makes it all completely accessible for the traveling boater.
The Shore marina also has 24 exclusive boat slips for its residents giving moorage access less than 100 steps away from their home. This was one of the key features of the development. For an outdoor enthusiast the residences at the Shore have it all, underground parking, kayak and surf board storage and deep water moorage. So once you have watched the majesty of the sunrise usher in a new day, everything that you are inspired to do is simply a few steps away from your doorstep.