Got back on 9/16 from a 10 day trip that included 3 nights in Tofino.
I travel alot and tip pretty well. I'm not looking for someone to fawn over me, just say hi and do their job.
We were actually snarled at by the teenage help when we went to People's Drug at 7:50, it closes at 8. They literally threw my purchases back at me and screamed, "It's Friday night at 8, what else do you want?"
I chalked it up to an ignorant person, told her she was rude , and left.
Thw wife and I dropped $120 at the Schooner for a waiter that couldn't explain anything on the menu ( didn't try either) and very ordinary food. She pointed at a table and grunted when we were seated. Want a water refill? Sure, ask two or three times and you might get one after you're done eating. Maybe. Don't waste your money here.
The Tofino Motel--I pointed out the bathroom in our room wasn't cleaned and they left their windex on our counter. He sid he'd get the Windex but wasn't going to clean the counter because "all of our stuff was on it".
Excuse me? My toothbrush, etc was "all that stuff"? Has this guy ever stayed in a hotel in his life? I doubt it.
Ate at Blueberries in Ucluelet. Stood at the door in front of the Wait to be Seated sign. The waitress loked up and said" Well, are you coming in or not?" This is a coffee shop/cafe. A guy came in and asked for coffe at 2:30, they close at 3. She said they didn't have any coffee and when asked when some might be ready her reply was " I don't know." Then she walked away.
I could go on but you get the drift. I didn't expect 5 star service, I know this is Tofino. The people most places were local kids who could care less, were tired after a long summer of working, and were a joke when it came to competence or just being pleasant.
If you're unable to run your business or staff it correctly, then close for the year. Prices were still very high, service was non-existent.
Big Daddy's Fish and Chips
Good value and great service, nice staff.
Vancouver was great, we liked Quadra island, the trip wasn't a disaster, but the people in Tofino went out of their way to be jerks and pick your pocket at the same time.
Will I go back? Maybe but after long thought.
The rain forest at Cathedral Grove was better than the hikes in Tofino, loved little River Falls. Not sure if Tofino is worth the trip or not.