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Sleeping in the car?

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Sleeping in the car?

If someone showed up in Tofino one weekend and couldn't find available accommodation for the evening, is it feasible for them to just park somewhere overnight and sleep in their car (station wagon), or even camp on the beach?

I don't know Tofino, but have heard it's pretty a "hippie" and laid-back place.

Edited: 5:11 pm, April 26, 2011
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1. Re: Sleeping in the car?

Perhaps. This reminds me of my younger days when Long Beach and Tofino were undiscovered and we could camp on the beach, sleep in the car, even drive on the beach. Those days are long gone. There are not many private pullouts and side roads any more, mostly private property, and the main parking area at Long Beach is pay parking. The cops would probably hassle you. Of course you could get a campsite and sleep in the car. When you get there just ask around.

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2. Re: Sleeping in the car?

No-the RCMP are all over that kind of things and people are Not Allowed to sleep in vehicles in town or in the park-you 'might' get away with it in Ukee.

Hippies were priced out of the place long ago-it's all about bling and $300/night hotel rooms now.

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3. Re: Sleeping in the car?

Bit late to this post, but the days of sleeping in your car went out about the same time as when the fishermen stopped cleaning up at Hot Springs Cove before the big night out at the Maquinna!

With the highest on average hotel rates in Canada, no body makes money when you sleep in a car! Wee beachfront camping patches at Bella Pacifica are $50 a night!

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4. Re: Sleeping in the car?

When we recently travelled through some US National Parks I was shocked by the number of people "camping" in their cars. But they seemed to make it work. Not all that common in Canadian National Parks it does happen. Just remember that cars aren't well insulated so you'll be cold when its cold and hot when its hot. So you could camp in your car -



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5. Re: Sleeping in the car?

Yeah, make sure you bring warm blankets---it gets mighty cold there at night, even in July and August.

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6. Re: Sleeping in the car?

Yes, the days of the hippies are long gone (except perhaps at Common Loaf bakery). There are signs everywhere on the highway through the park and into Tofino, as well as in the parking lots, about no parking overnight. I really wouldn't go over to WCVI without a reservation during "high season". Best to do some advance research and booking before you go. (Ucluelet is somewhat less overpriced than Tofino, I think.)

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