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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Tofino, Canada

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Tofino...

Tofino is a surf spot in Canada. The water temperature around Tofino has moderate variability during the year. The temperature ranges from 7.5°C (45.6°F) in January up to 14.3°C (57.8°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 11°C (51°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Tofino is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Tofino?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Tofino is approximately:
11°C (52°F)

Are there any other surf spots close to Tofino?

Yes, there are several surf spots close to Tofino. The nearest one is Chestermans beach-north, which is only 0.9km (0.6miles) away from Tofino. Click here to check out more information on Chestermans beach-north and its water temperature. Another good surfspot near Tofino is Cox Bay, which is roughly 2.3km (1.4miles) away.

Are there beaches near by?

No, there are not too many beaches in close proximity to Tofino. The closest decent beach is Long Beach, which is 8km (5miles) away from Tofino. Another nice beach near Tofino is Qualicum Beach, ca 67.6km (42miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness is needed for Tofino?

The water temperature at Tofino is pretty cold, reaching up to 14°C (58°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3-4mm wetsuit is required to feel comfortable, but some people might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . However, during winter, water temperatures cool down to roughly 8°C (46°F). During these months, a 4-5mm wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for more than 20 minutes, but some might even be ok with a very good 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Tofino?

Due to relatively large temperature changes during the year, diving and fishing conditions alter quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 8 to 13°C (46-55°F) during December, January, and February. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions change during July, August, and September when sea temperatures go up to 9 to 14°C (49-58°F). Fish which like to swim in waters of this temperature range include: Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog.

Directions to Tofino: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Tofino...

Do you know what the the city Tumaco in Colombia, the city Cordova in United States, and the city Kremperheide in Germany have in common with Tofino? Click on the links to find out...