The Homestead is in the heart of Tofino, yet our location affords a peaceful serenity with an ocean front view. Located on a rock point, you sit high above the water with a front row view of amazing wildlife and soothing sunsets. Magnificent marine mammals and majestic birds are not an uncommon sight. Whales, dolphins and sea lions pass us by as they enter Clayoquot Sound’s rich biosphere. Eagles soar high above as they survey the untouched beauty of Pacific Rim National Park.
Fitness and wellness comes from community, laughter, exercise, good food, sharing painful moments and joy, walking,
talking, helping one another through difficult times, sharing the joy of accomplishments, breaking bread, immersing
yourself in nature and learning about possibilities you did not know existed.
The Homestead Tofino is a dynamic team of outdoor enthusiasts who believe that living well, eating well, and practicing mindfulness can provide positive long term health benefits. Proprietors Peter Stubbins and Cheryl Duffy are experienced health care providers.
Peter Stubbins (Physiotherapist)
Cheryl Duffy (Registered Nurse)
Peter is a registered physiotherapist, studied osteopathy, teaches yoga and meditation and likes to base clinical decisions on solid research. He has a personal connection to First Nations culture and believes in ecological protection and restoration.
Cheryl Duffy is a registered nurse and former dental hygienist. She has over thirty years of combined health care services. She has given talks on the metabolic syndrome and volunteered with her local diabetic clinic to educate those newly diagnosed.
The team consists of: a nutritionist/chef, fitness instructors and an outdoor adventure guide. We utilize outfitters and guest speakers in the area to provide you with a complete experience. From First Nations guides and elders, to naturalists and yoga instructors. Dr. M Love provides guidance on physician wellness through meditation and discovering your “blue mind” which combines neuroscience and psychology with nature. Other guest speakers will vary from week to week.
When experienced health care professionals team up with outdoor adventurers and chefs, along with First Nations people, there is a synergy for a world-class experience. Your mind, body and spirit will be lifted.
It all started in 1956 when Peter’s father was visiting friends in Thunder Beach, Ontario. He discovered a pristine body of water and a ridge of land that overlooked the islands. Our story begins on the shores of Georgian Bay, back then, an undeveloped summer escape, at least for those willing to make the trek. With only a trail for access, Bob and Leone Stubbins' search for their family’s summer cottage was answered on these pristine shores. They purchased a humble log cabin and so began The Stubbins Homestead. Peter’s deep rooted love for nature began as a child on those treks in to the Homestead. For the next 50 years it would be the center of family, community and endless tales.
We had a tradition of having the whole family come to the cottage over Christmas and we would have a huge party on Boxing Day with loads of food and oysters on the half shell. Our friends and neighbours would join us and we would sometimes have as many as sixty guests in our humble log cabin. The highlight would be when Bob would shoot off his cannon to mark the occasion. Our family was a typical cottage life family, lots of love and laughter, relaxing and sharing. A real place of coming together, with each other and nature. It was a place of hiking, swimming, bicycling and even rollerblading that my dad continued to enjoy in his 80’s. While nothing is immune to time, the spirit of this place lives on, now on Canada’s west coast.
The Homestead was a place of special memories, to be treasured and passed on. We carry on the legacy of the Homestead now in Tofino, a beautiful location on pristine water and ancient forests where you sit high on the ridge overlooking the islands of the mighty Pacific Ocean. We hope to carry on sharing this spirit that has brought us so much joy and to write the next chapter in this story. Our goal at the Homestead is to create the same “home away from home” experience that we grew up with. To get away from all the chaos of everyday life, to a place where you can rejuvenate and recharge and reconnect with nature, a place where caring people want to help you feel at peace. Come and be active in nature, whether hiking, surfing or paddling an authentic dug out canoe, this is Canada at it’s best.
To show our grattitude for everything mother earth provides we do our best to use resources responsibly and we encourage our guests to do the same. We compost our food scraps on site so please do not throw food in the garbage. We recycle all that is recyclable. We reduce by using reusable bags and buying in bulk to avoid plastic containers.
We are also concerned about the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on the health of our planet. It is important to us that Canada meets its carbon emissions reduction goals. We have ownership of 100 acres of Saint Lawrence hardwood forest that offsets 46 round trip flights from Toronto to Tofino. It is a tangible commitment to make our facility a responsible contributor to the human and wild family. As the Homestead Tofino grows so will our efforts to rehabilitate and secure a stable natural future.