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Celebrating 40 Years of Being Your Favourite Tofino Resort

For an independent, family-owned business in the hospitality industry, 40 years is multiple lifetimes. This October, we’re honoured to be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of being the most internationally recognized Tofino resort—and we wanted to thank you for being part of our incredible journey.


The Ocean Village journey began when Tofino was a sleepy fishing community of 500 people; a far cry from the buzzing hive of tourist activity it is today. Construction on the resort began in 1974 and completed in October and 1976 by the original proprietors, the Hellesen family (whose name still lives on in our address today). The Hellesen family grew the resort from humble beginnings to a popular getaway over 33 productive years, before selling the resort to the current ownership group.

The four families that make up Ocean Village’s current ownership (the Gordon, Nelson, Brown and Richards families) have invested heavily in making Ocean Village an internationally-renowned eco-friendly vacation getaway over the past 10 years—strengthening ties with the Tofino community, partnering with local businesses, and undertaking an Island-sized renovation project to convert Ocean Village to a sustainable, eco-friendly property.

Ocean Village Tofino Resort Old Cars

Using reclaimed wood for renovations, adding electric vehicle charging stations, installing energy-efficient shower heads and water heaters, even sourcing local organic soaps, cleaning products, and coffee—all part of our effort to minimize our impact on the earth that has gifted us with such an exceptionally beautiful home.

Through it all, you’ve been with us—through stories and smiles, storms and sunsets, surf and sand. We can’t thank you enough for being a part of our extended family, but we’re certainly going to try.

40 years. Countless memories. Here’s to many more—we hope you’ll share some of them with us.


The Ocean Village Resort Family

Ocean Village 40th

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