In Canada's 'Hippie Town,' COVID Has Led to an Influx of Vanlifers and 'CERB Surfers'

In Canada's 'Hippie Town,' COVID Has Led to an Influx of Vanlifers and 'CERB Surfers'
Tofino has long been known as Canada’s surf capital and “original hippie town,” drawing transient individuals that reject conventional ways of living since the highway to the town was paved in the 1970s. But after only a few months, he went back to Vancouver due to limited job opportunities. Knowing how difficult it was to find housing in the small town of 2,000, he decided to live out of the back of his van. “I’ve moved eight times, and I’ve been here for eight years,” said Bush, who’s now employed at a surf shop in Tofino. For years, it was common for people travelling through Tofino to sleep overnight in their vans.