The epicentre of surfing on Vancouver Island is in Tofino (Long Beach), which provides the best surfing in all of Canada. Long Beach is a beautiful 20-km stretch of beach between Ucluelet and Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There is also a hard-core clique of riders on Southern Vancouver Island, but the surfing conditions and facilities don’t match those in Tofino and Long Beach.
Storms originating in the Gulf of Alaska generate most of the tastier surf that lashes the coastline of British Columbia from late September through March. Other swells come all the way across the Pacific from Japan, or are caused by more localized weather systems. In summer, the distant Southern Hemisphere swells have a lesser effect, particularly on Southern Vancouver Island, which is blocked by Washington’s Olympic Peninsula across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.