Tofino is Canada's Surfing Capital — and One of Its Best Food Towns, Too

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This beach town on Vancouver Island's Pacific Coast offers waves, but also chocolate, beer, and charcuterie

Surfside Grill serves great fish and chips.

Surfing in the Great White North – who knew? Canada is known for many things, from the polite people to the breathtaking nature, but surfboarding isn’t a feature you often hear about.

Tofino is Canada's Surfing Capital — and One of Its Best Food Towns, Too (Slideshow)

Tofino is one of British Columbia’s gems. Located on Vancouver Island right on the Pacific Ocean, this small town is the definition of picturesque. There are 22 miles of surfable beaches with the type of swells that excite watersport junkies, but while my journey there was to discover surfing in Canada, what was a bigger surprise was the bursting food scene in this small town of just over 2,000 people. I discovered everything from chocolatiers producing their wares in-house to an artisan butcher making delectable meats from scratch to an array of excellent restaurants. Not surprisingly, Tofino also boasts a high percentage of food-lovers per capita.

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Whether you’ve come for the surfing or the food — or just the beautiful natural surroundings — here are the spots to keep in mind for your Tofino itinerary.