The Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature. A network of paths and boardwalk will take you through the Kitchen Gardens, Duck Pond, and Children’s Garden into the coastal temperate rainforest, where clearings have been transformed into a series of pocket gardens. Some of these gardens display plants that once thrived in other temperate rainforests around the world. Others celebrate the various cultural groups that have made Clayoquot Sound their home now and in the past, particularly the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, early Japanese fishing families, and, of course, hippies. The gardens reach down to the edge of the Tofino Mudflats, an incredible expanse of inter-tidal mud teeming with life, revealed twice a day at low tide. Darwin’s Cafe is open seasonally, hosts many festivals and events and is available to rent for musical entertainment, weddings are more.