Experience Tofino like Amazing Race Canada


We’re one of the Vancouver Island locations this season!

What do adventure-seekers, reality TV fans and rebels against the ordinary have in common? We’re all super excited to watch Season Nine of the Amazing Race Canada!

As one of the featured Vancouver Island locations in the thrilling ninth season, Hotel Zed Tofino hosted teams of intrepid racers vying for the grand prize. Did you spot us?!

Visit Hotel Zed Tofino and you can experience the adrenaline-fueled journey of the racers firsthand at our adventure-packed hotel on Vancouver Island.

Adventure Awaits at Hotel Zed Tofino

Experience your own Amazing getaway!

Imagine yourself competing alongside the racers as you take on the same challenges as they did! Hotel Zed Tofino provides the perfect home base for you to create your own Amazing Race adventure.

From surfing on the wild waves of the Pacific Ocean, cycling from the beach right through our lobby, hiking through ancient rainforests, or even using our crystal ball in the Psychic’s Den at Hotel Zed Tofino, you’ll find an array of exciting challenges awaiting you.

We’re a short five-minute walk (less if you run, bike or board!) to world-famous Chesterman Beach, featured on the show. If you want a post-beach snack, Tacofino’s iconic food truck is also a short walk from the hotel.

Book your stay now and get ready to feel the excitement of the race course coursing through your veins!

Vancouver Island’s most amazing amenities


Psychic’s Den

Given that retro is kind of our whole thing, we get that you probably think we’re obsessed with the past. But what if we told you our Tofino hotel offers you a chance to see the future? That’s right—the psychic’s den in our Tofino lobby is decked out with a crystal ball, Tarot cards, a mystical, starry ceiling and other mystical treasures. If you’re lucky, we might just have a legit psychic on-site during your visit.


Mini Disco

When you stay at Hotel Zed Tofino, every day’s a dance party. Our mini disco has all the tricks: a glittery sequin wall, a whole bunch of dreamy, mirrored disco balls, wicked lighting and a light-up dance floor that just begs you to boogie. Use our tunes or play DJ yourself!


Retro Spaces for Work and Play

We take our retro aesthetic beyond the bright colours and funky fonts—it’s a whole vibe. Our lobbies are retro-chic sanctuaries, with lots of nooks and hideouts so you can set up your laptop or just hang out. Our guest rooms have legit rotary phones, retro alarm clocks, upcycled furniture and more! Every Hotel Zed is curated with so much detail you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time (no DeLorean necessary).


Hidden 80s arcade

Our Tofino hotel has an extra special hidden gem—no, really. It’s actually a secret arcade room! You can ask, but we won’t tell you where it is. The hunt is part of the fun. When you do find it (we believe in you), you’ll be treated to all the old school arcade games you know and love—totally free.


Bird sanctuary

As you walk down the path towards the Tofino Inlet, don’t forget to look up—you’re in an actual bird sanctuary! Picture yourself on our deck, looking out on the water, with hundreds of migratory birds flying overhead. If you’re interested in connecting with nature, this is the place for you. There’s nowhere else quite like this in Tofino—or anywhere in the world!


Inlet access

The Tofino Inlet is the best kept secret of this West Coast community, and Hotel Zed Tofino has private access to it! Guests can enjoy this secluded natural wonder on our property just steps from your guest room. Simply wander down our short rainforest path and you’ll emerge at the waterfront. There’s not a better place in the world to have your morning coffee.


Pet-friendly rooms

Looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Victoria, Kelowna or Tofino? We might just be the most pet-friendly hotel you’ll ever find. Seriously. Dogs, cats and other furry or feathered friends are all welcome, with no limit on how many you can bring with you. Plus, we donate $1 from every pet fee to the BC Humane Society!


Swell Paddle + Surf

Equipped with a wealth of local knowledge, the experts at Swell can set you up with bike, paddleboard and surf rentals, lessons and more. Grab a paddleboard and walk right down to our private inlet access or take your surfboard for a seven minute walk to world-famous Chesterman’s Beach. Check out Swell’s Website


Custom-made driftwood VW bus

You read that right. We have a totally interactive replica of a vintage VW bus at our Tofino hotel! When we say “totally interactive,” we mean totally interactive. Everything from the pedals to the door handles to the dash was crafted by local artist Alex Witcombe of Drifted Creations to be super realistic. Have you ever wondered what a to-scale engine would look like if it were made out of driftwood? No?! Well maybe you’re curious now that we mention it…so you should come check it out! This is one of our most popular photo ops for children, pets, families and full-grown adults.


All ages Rebel Playground

Hotel Zed is all about having fun, and we think rebels of all ages should have a chance on the playground! We’ve got a play ship and marine-themed spring riders for your little sailors, but we recommend adults take ‘em for a spin, too! Or, play a few rounds of shuffleboard or tetherball (remember that?) or bocci if you’re feeling more competitive! If you just need to chill, relax in our comfy deck seating complete with cozy firepits!


Rainforest hot tub and barrel sauna

Nestled between the rainforest trees, this massive hot tub fits up to 15 people! When you’re done soaking, step inside the barrel sauna and gaze out the bubble glass window at the peaceful rainforest beyond.


Funky surfboard outdoor showers

Rinse off after a day on the beach or the water with our outdoor warm water surfboard showers. These things are a sight to behold—hopefully you’ve got a waterproof camera on hand!


Stillwater Nature Spa

From May-October, enjoy a relaxing holistic massage at our on-site spa, nestled in the bird sanctuary just steps outside the hotel. Check out Stillwater’s Website!


ROAR Live Fire Restaurant and Bar

It’s the waves crashing and raging flames. It’s the roar of a rebellious nature. Escape to Hotel Zed’s very own ROAR, where we cook with live fire and quality, local ingredients are at the center of everything we do.


Hotel Zed Colouring Sheets

We’ve taken the designs from our new staff uniform t-shirts into funky, downloadable colouring sheets. Print off and enjoy!


Relax In The Sunken Living Room

Kick back in our Sunken Living Room with teardrop fireplaces, comfy couches, and good company. Sip on a beverage from ROAR or ROAR Coffee & Shop, and relax!


Work or play in the Four Suits Entertainment Room

We have a custom game table with free cards and gaming chips. Go fish anyone? Not a gamer? Work in style and use this as your private office! Did we mention free wi-fi?


The World’s First Bike Through Lobby

Want to cruise Tofino on two wheels? Bike through the lobby on a bike path that goes right through the lobby. Need a bike? Visit Swell Tofino right outside our lobby!


The Lanai Tofino

Right now the Lanai is closed for the winter – but the minute spring comes, the Lanai is open 7 days a week from 10 am – 10 pm. Our BBQ is free and ready to sizzle up your next outdoor feast! We have everything for a relaxing evening!


Coffee Lux

At Hotel Zed, we want your in-room coffee experience to feel like a little luxury.  We’ve collaborated with a local potter Daniela Petosa to create custom ceramic mugs in all of our hotel rooms. No wasteful paper cups here! if you wanna take that luxury home, the mugs are available for purchase.  

Relax after your adventure

One perk of making your Tofino Amazing Race a DIY-adventure instead of competing on national tv: you can go at your own pace. Rest up in our rainforest hot tub and barrel sauna after a day of explorations! Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage when you visit Stillwater Nature Spa on our property, and don’t forget to fuel your adventures at ROAR and ROAR Coffee & Shop!

Good luck to all racers!

Catch us on this season of Amazing Race Canada

We loved seeing the racers barrel into our Psychic’s Den and then race back out and onto their next adventure. Each team of racers are true Rebels Against the Ordinary, as they travel by plane, train, car and boat to compete in physical and mental challenges across Canada.

Season 9 of Amazing Race Canada kicked off in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving through Alberta and BC. Leg 4 brought the racers to Vancouver Island, where they explored Victoria, BC, Sooke, BC, Esquimalt, BC and the Malahat Highway.

You’ll find our moment in the spotlight on the first episode of Leg 5 in Tofino and Ucluelet. We can’t wait to watch our episode to see which of our friends and neighbours from Tofino and area were also featured! Watch on CTV or on the CTV app!