Just an hour flight separates Vancouver from the rugged west coast of British Columbia. By contrast the bus is a full-day ordeal but costs just a fraction of what airfare does. Vancouver Island Connector provides daily service between the Nanaimo and Tofino, picking passengers from Vancouver up at Nanaimo's Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. From downtown Vancouver take the bus to Horseshoe Bay [See Getting to Horseshoe Bay for logistics] then hop the ferry to Nanaimo. Catch the Vancouver Island Connector in front of the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal passenger drop-off zone. The bus meets the ferry and departs at 10:45 AM, arriving in Tofino at 2:45 PM. Alternatively pick up the same bus at 8 AM at Victoria Bus Depot.
Surfboards under 8 feet long and bagged bikes travel free as part of your regular checked luggage but phone ahead 1-866-986-3466 to ensure your needs can be accommodated as space is limited.