RAINCOAST LIVING ON THE EDGE

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Tofino, British Columbia is a small coastal community on Vancouver Island in Western Canada. Famed for its tall ancient cedar forests, long stretches of windswept wide white sandy beaches, and rugged rocky coastline, Tofino attracts visitors year-round. With abundant wildlife, flora and fauna, Tofino has long attracted nature lovers and features proudly the Pacific Rim National Park with its many hikes and beach walks. There is truly something for everyone - those who wish to relax can seek solace in a sunset beach walk. Active adventurers can hike, fish, paddle board, visit a natural hot springs, or nature watch. The town is lively with artists and local artisans who put their wares out at the Saturday Market. The West Coast First Nations people have long also lived in the Clayoquat Sound region and all around Tofino you will find art galleries and boutiques with fine examples of First Nations art, crafts and jewelry.  A burgeoning food scene has developed over the past 10 years, with some critically acclaimed restaurants being recognized nation wide for outstanding, innovative and sustainable cuisine featuring seasonal and local ingredients. A craft micro-brew, artisan bakery, and local distillery are some of the food and drink gems found in Tofino.

Canada's Surf Capital

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Tofino has grown into a major destination in Canada for surf and paddle sport enthusiasts. From a small community of local surfers who first took to the water, including our special retreat guest coach Catherine Bruwhiler, the town now features multiple professional contests and events for surfers, paddle board surfers and racers. While multiple surf shops and schools serving the area, due to the long stretches of beaches, the surf scene remains mellow and friendly for those who are new to the sport. A very strong community of female surfers call Tofino home, and the sisterhood of surfing is well and alive here.

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Getting to Tofino

Tofino is at "the end of the road" on a small peninsula on Vancouver Island. If you are arriving from Vancouver, you will catch a ferry from one of the two terminals that arrive to Nanaimo (Duke Point in Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay on the North Shore) which takes approximately 2 hours. Arriving by carpool is recommended as are ferry reservations. Please visit BC Ferries for detailed ferry information.

From Nanaimo, it takes 2.5 to 3 hours by car to arrive in Tofino. Along the way, there are some fun stops such as the Country Market in Coombs and Cathedral Grove which features old-growth cedar forest. Port Alberni is the last town before the twisty road begins which will take you through the mountain pass to get to Tofino.

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NOORISH HOUSE

We strongly believe in the impact of excellent design on personal well being and mindset. A space that is clutter-free, open and high on utility frees the mind to focus on the self. Noorish House was custom designed by owner Liv Hung to enable a free flow of energy and a great sense of comfort. Driven by the Danish concept of Hygge, or cosiness, the house has a Scandinavian aesthetic that is modern, streamlined yet has a rustic touch with its high cedar beams and handcraft touches. Large open windows and doors welcome the outdoors in, and the low one-level structure sits harmoniously with its forested surroundings. 

The exterior structure is inspired by Westcoast First Nations longhouse, featuring a four-sided fire stove in the centre of the home. Fire, a crucial element, is meant to unify and revive the inhabitants of the home, and to remind us of our vitality. 

The home is lovingly curated to the last detail to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Featuring 3 bedrooms: 1 double bedroom with 2 twin beds, and 2 bedrooms featuring a Queen bed each. The main bathroom has a walk in shower and a jetted tub and a second bathroom features a full shower and tub ensemble. 

A cedar deck  as well as a large lawn space is available for yoga and meditation sessions. 

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac just a short forest walk to the beach, Noorish House is the perfect hideway for all the seasons to experience Tofino.