sábado, 11 de fevereiro de 2017
Tofino is a district of approximately 1,876 residents on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada, located at the western terminus of Highway 4, on the tip of the Esowista Peninsula, at the southern edge of Clayoquot Sound.
A popular tourist destination in the summer, Tofino's population swells to many times its winter size. It attracts surfers, nature lovers, bird watchers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen, or anyone just looking to be close to nature. In the winter it is not as bustling, although many people visit Tofino and the west coast to watch storms on the water. Close to Tofino is Long Beach, a scenic and popular year-round destination, at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. With its natural hot springs, Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is a popular day-trip destination for tourists. Reachable by boat or float plane, the Park is located about 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Tofino.
Due to Tofino's warm winters (warmer than either Victoria or Vancouver) yet cool summers, the location is the very definition of temperate. Tofino's winters are so mild that it can grow some of the most exotic palm trees in Canada . Summers are the driest season with only 76.8 mm of rain in July - still more than most other locations in BC for that month. During the cooler season, however, there is a lot of precipitation, with 492.1 mm in November alone. Nearly all of the precipitation that falls throughout the course of a year is rain, with 203 days with rain and only 9.8 days with snowfall. However, this is only an average; the median snow amount is 0, meaning most years do not receive any at all, making it the least snowy town in Canada. Due to its location on the westernmost part of Vancouver Island, Tofino faces the Pacific Ocean, unimpeded by any mountains to the west (and therefore not subject to a rain shadow effect like much of the eastern island and the BC interior). Winter cyclonic storms frequently pass over the town deluging it with rain, making it one of the wettest locations in Canada - behind only Prince Rupert on the mainland coast, and other small coastal BC communities. The month of December alone brings more precipitation to Tofino than that received for more than an entire year in parts of the BC interior such as Kamloops and Penticton. Like the rest of BC, summer brings relative dryness due to the differential heating patterns of the land and ocean; sunshine heats the land much faster than the sea which creates an area of high pressure that tends to linger for most of the summer. Even so, it still receives much more summertime precipitation than the interior or even the coast (which can often be susceptible to drought conditions until the onset of autumn).