by Courtney Elko
This unique property has a variety of accommodations – from multi-bedroom, beachfront cabins with Jacuzzis, to park-your-own RV or glamp in a provided RV – all within steps of gorgeous Mackenzie Beach. Mackenzie Beach is one of the most popular family beaches in Tofino because of its cove location that creates calm waters. Located only five minutes from town, Crystal Cove is ideal for families of any size or desired luxury needs. Kids will love the large, onsite adventure playground, having campfires on the beach or hanging out in a pint-sized tree houses in some of the cabins. There is an onsite coffee bar and free Wi-Fi and a staff that will feel like your family by the time you leave.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront, pet friendly property
- Cabins with kid’s treehouses and Jacuzzi’s
- RV park or rent a “glamping” RV
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms & Rates
This resort offers a variety of accommodation types. There are 34 beachfront and rainforest cabins with kitchens. You can park your own RV with all the RV hook-up amenities in one of the 60 RV sites or you can glamp in one of the resort’s RVs. Complimentary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the property and pets are welcome.
These adorable log cabins all include a fully equipped kitchen with a full size refrigerator, a BBQ and a Jacuzzi on the deck and a fireplace and flat screen television and DVD player in the living room. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins can sleep between two and eight people. Some cabins feature bunk beds and others feature a sleeper sofa. All of the bathrooms offer stand up showers. Some cabins offer direct beach access and others are set in the rainforest amongst the trees. Kids will love the two-story Treehouse Cabins, which offer an adjoining small tree house high in the trees where kids can play. The staff is also happy to stock your cabin upon arrival. Provide your grocery list and they will do the shopping for you. You can also hire a personal chef if you so desire.
There are nine “glamping” RV units available to rent on the property. So if your family wants the RV experience for just a few nights or for the week, you can rent one here. The spacious RVs are outfitted with a fully equipped kitchen, television and DVD player, queen bed and sleeper sofa, a dining table and a BBQ on the small deck with chairs and a fire pit outside. These RVs also have bathrooms onboard as well but the communal bath house with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities is a just a short walk away as well.
Each RV site offers electrical, water and sewer hook ups, Wi-Fi, a picnic table, fire pit and BBQ. A communal bath house with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities is a just a short walk away as well. Families can drive in and immediately feel at home.
Enjoyable stay, and Cabin 10 is beautifully located. Deck and private hot tub were great. We prepared two dinners. Stove, fridge and Bbq facilities were adequate for meal prepartion. The propane barbeque ran out of fuel during first dinner. We emailed front desk and they had a new tank installed within ten minutes...saved our meal. Bathroom/shower facilities were good. We are used to king size bed but the smaller bed in Cabin 10 was comfortable. Pet friendly...Lachie enjoyed himself, loved the beach and all the new smells. Really the only negative is the fireplace which we did not use; it is very smelly. Helps leaving windows open with fan on but in cooler weather this would be a problem. They supply wood and fire logs and I think it is the fire logs that leave the odour. I suspect that some people would not have stayed due to the stale fireplace smoke odours. Really this is not acceptable especially at the rates being charged. The grounds are very well kept with plenty of beautiful plants. We enjoyed the ferry, the drive and Tofino itself is a nice place to visit. Could not give a "Very Good" rating due to fireplace odour but if there was a "Good" rating that would be a fair rating. Yes I would visit again but request that the cabin be thoroughly aired out prior to our arrival and preferrable the fireplace cleaned, hopefully improving on the air quality.
Great trip for our annual family connection. The setting on McKenzie Beach is spectacular, the accommodation outstanding and there is lots to do in the local area, including the local food and wine festival.
Mackenzie Beach is just steps away from the cabins and the RV area. It offers calm, shallow waters protected by a cove perfect for paddle boarding and wide, soft sand for beachcombing and walking. The water stays chilly here around 50 degrees but the kids will still love to play at the beach. Beach toys are available to use at the office. Several of the cabins are also beachfront and families can walk just a few steps from their deck to the sand.
The large outdoor playground can be found in the center of the Crystal Cove community. The colorful playground is as much an art piece as it is a playground. It offers climbing areas, slides, a tire swing, a teeter-totter and a pirate ship constructed by a Tofino teenager.
During the summer months and some holidays, the resort offers family activities called “Kids at the Cove,” where kids can enjoy scavenger hunts, nature hikes, Easter egg hunts and much more.
Some of the cabins offer personal, outdoor fire pits but small beach fires are also permitted during low tide. Firewood is available for purchase as well as S’mores kids in the summer months. Don’t forget a marshmallow stick! The resort sells roasting sticks that are handmade by a local artist and perfect for roasting marshmallows. DVDs and board games can also be borrowed from the office as well.
While there is no onsite restaurant there is an onsite coffee bar, complete with Starbucks coffee and homemade baked goods. Families will always find treats like ice cream, hot chocolate and S’mores kits here too.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complementary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the property.
- Pet Friendly
Dogs are very welcome to stay at Crystal Cove.
Each cabins offers a personal parking area.
Laundry facilities for the RV park can be found in the bath house.
The Best Time to Visit
The summer months are Tofino and Crystal Cove’s busiest times but really its busy almost year round at this resort. The cabins are booked throughout the year and busiest from about May through October. But many still visit in the winter months as well for storm season, which runs from late October through February. The weather is colder but it rarely snows. Instead, Tofino receives intense rains and winds in its winter months, which makes for great storm watching on the Pacific Ocean.
Tofino is located on Vancouver Island, which offers no bridges from the mainland. So a ferry is needed to reach the island by vehicle. Vehicle ferries from Vancouver to Vancouver Island take about two hours and it is then about a three hour drive to Tofino. A small number of flights to the small Tofino airport are also available and Crystal Cove offers an airport shuttle.
The resort itself is easily walkable. The beach is not far from any location on the resort. Town is about a five minute drive away. Biking and walking are the most popular and convenient ways to get around Tofino but a vehicle is also nice to have. However, parking can be at a premium in town.