Cox Bay

Vancouver Island Pacific Rim, British Columbia

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Cox Bay


  • Public parking at Cox Bay.- Cox Bay
  • Boardwalk trail down to the beach.- Cox Bay
  • A surfer heading down to the beach.- Cox Bay
  • Scoping out the waves at Cox Bay.- Cox Bay
  • A beautiful day at Cox Bay, Tofino.- Cox Bay
  • Cox Bay, Tofino.- Cox Bay
  • Late summer surfing at Cox Bay. - Cox Bay
  • Kelp at Cox Bay.- Cox Bay
  • Enjoying the view at Cox Bay.- Cox Bay
  • Surfers at Cox Bay, Tofino.- Cox Bay
  • A couple of surfers walking the beach at Cox Bay.- Cox Bay
Overview + Weather
Good surfing. Beautiful beach. Free parking. No need for a park pass.
Partially developed beachfront. Big crowds. Waves are sometimes not beginner-friendly.
Vancouver Island Pacific Rim, BC
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Cox Bay is a popular beach and surf break just outside the boundary of Pacific Rim National Park, a few minutes south of Tofino. While not nearly as expansive or seemingly endless as Long Beach, Cox Bay is a 1.5-kilometer-long stretch of soft sand scattered with a typically West Coast assortment of driftwood, kelp, and other tidal debris. Since it is located just outside of Pacific Rim National Park, there are a few resorts along the beachfront. The beach still has public access with free parking, and for the most part the lodgings are set back behind the row of driftwood piles deposited by the last king tide so as to allow beach-goers a sense of unspoiled natural beauty.

Surfers flock to Cox Bay during the summer months because this west-facing beach seems to catch the smaller swells and tends to produce decent-sized waves while neighboring, Long Beach and Chesterman Beach are mostly flat. Another advantage offered by Cox are the webcams at Pacific Sands Resort and Long Beach Lodge, which provide an opportunity to monitor the conditions from afar.

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(2 within a 30 mile radius)

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(9 within a 30 mile radius)

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