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Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Vancouver Island, Canada)

Today's Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) sea temperature is 11.4 °C.

Statistics for 27 May (1981–2005) – mean: 11.9 °C, range: 10.5 °C to 14.2 °C

The Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) water temperature is rather cold (11 °C). Although it will be cloudy today, air temperatures will be relatively mild, feeling like 10 °C, so feeling about the same in the water as out of it. A winter steamer or even a good quality spring wetsuit and neoprene boots should suffice. Wear a hood and gloves if you have not been surfing for a while.

Canada Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Canada
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Canada Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Canada
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Tofino (North Chestermans Beach). This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Tofino sea temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 13th of August and are at their lowest on about the 29th of January, in the range 7 to 9°C (45 to 48°F). The warmest sea temperatures at Tofino in the third week of August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The lowest sea temperatures at Tofino mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in late January.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Tofino (North Chestermans Beach). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.