03/13/2015 04:27 EDT | Updated 03/13/2015 04:59 EDT

Tofino, B.C. Named Reader's Choice For Best Spring Trip By National Geographic Travel

Whales, and beaches, and fine dining, oh my!

The remote hamlet of Tofino, B.C. has landed a big endorsement through National Geographic Travel's annual list of the world's best vacation spots for spring.

The serene spot on Vancouver Island was named reader's choice by the iconic magazine.

Tofino is sought after for its gorgeous beachfront resorts and fine dining. There's also ample opportunity for visitors to go surfing, camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking... basically to enjoy everything B.C. has to offer.

But the activity that helped nab the coveted reader's choice title? Whale-watching.

“We watch whales from the beach sometimes,” Jeff Mikus, co-owner of Tofino’s Wildside Grill, told National Geographic. “You could be sitting in the Point Restaurant having dinner and watch the whales go by.”

Tofino's whale-watching season officially kicks off Saturday, coinciding with the annual Pacific Rim Whale Watching Festival. The event's website estimates that 20,000 grey whales pass by the coast of Tofino every year.

National Geographic is fond of B.C.

Earlier this year, the family-run Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in the Great Bear Rainforest was chosen by National Geographic as one of its unique lodges of the world.

And last year, secluded Haida Gwaii was included in the magazine’s list of must-see places in the world for 2015.

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