Why am I always hungry and thirsty in Tofino? It must be the activities and the exercise I get from wildlife spotting and hiking my way to Hot Springs Cove. After today’s epic water adventure I am dying for lunch and a pint of beer and there are no better places than Tofino Brewing and Red Can Gourmet. They are two-thirds of the Tofino Triangle that is completed by Picnic Charcuterie. A trio of businesses all within steps of each other that on their own are worth a visit, but together become an adventure. The only way a day ends better after whale watching is to finish it off with great food and locally made craft beer. I plan on losing myself in the Tofino Triangle for a few hours…
The Tofino Triangle as I call it can be found on Industrial Way as you near the centre of town. All three are within 100 metres of each other so park your car and walk between them.
My first stop on the Tofino Triangle tour is Red Can Gourmet. Open from 9 am to 8 pm 5 days a week, closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Red Can Gourmet is the place to grab amazing boxed lunches for day hikes, or gourmet Pizzas for your in room dining. For me, it is the place to grab a made to order Roast Beef with Boursin Mayo sandwich. Can you say fresh? That bun tastes like it just came out of the oven. Best of all you can order your meals in advance and pick them up the next morning. No need to go hungry while you explore Clayoquot Sound.
With my sandwich from Red Can Gourmet in hand, I walk over to stop #2 of the Tofino Triangle, Tofino Brewing. I saddle up to the tasting bar and order a tasting flight. Blonde Ale, Tuff Session Ale, Hoppin Cretin IPA and the Kelp Stout are all on tap today. My favourite is the Kelp Stout. A big shocker to me as I am not normally a Stout fan, but this is why I love tasting flights. You can try everything and see what you’d like to order a pint of. My Roast Beef sandwich pairs perfectly with these beers and best of all they welcome you to enjoy your food from Red Can Gourmet and Picnic while you drink your beer.
The last stop on the Tofino Triangle tour is Picnic Charcuterie. Unfortunately, they are closed as I was here during Winter Hours, but now that it is Spring they are open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm except on Sundays it is 11 am to 4 pm. I am putting a visit to Picnic on the top of my list for my next trip to Tofino. Owner Tina Windsor is passionate about locally sourced ingredients and traditional methods and techniques. If her Charcuterie tastes as good as it looks, I will be a regular customer for sure.
So there you have the Tofino Triangle. A culinary adventure that involves Charcuterie, Chefs daily creations and craft beer. All within 100 metres of each other in beautiful Tofino. This is a triangle I would happily get lost in for a few hours.