Tofino Things to Do

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    Float plane

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Whale and calf from above
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    This was an experience to rival the whale watching trip in Tofino as “best bit of the holiday” – in fact on reflection this one maybe just takes the prize! We both love flying but had never had the chance to go up in a float plane before, so when we saw this tour on offer we couldn’t resist. We were lucky enough to be the only passengers, and the whole flight was amazing! Firstly, taking off from water rather than a runway was of course new for us. Then, the views as we flew out over Clayoquot Sound were fantastic – deserted coves, unspoiled wooded hills and here and there a picturesque home tucked away on a private bay. Further out we came to the real highlight, viewing some of the grey whales from above, including this mother and calf. Far too soon the 20 minute flight was over and we headed back to Tofino for the final treat, the touch-down on the sea. A truly memorable experience!

    Our tour cost $65 (Canadian) per person back in 2002, but I haven’t been able to find out what they charge now. Whatever it is, if you can afford it it’s worth it!

    NB There are more photos in my travelogue if you're interested

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  • Whales in Tofino!

    by JulietTravels Written Jun 25, 2009

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    It was an unforgettable trip out to see whales while visiting Tofino. Well worth the price of going out! We picked West Coast Aquatic Safaris because of the boat. It had an indoor cabin but also had seating outside if you wanted to be out. I loved the walk around deck which a stood on for all of the photos that I took. It was so exciting viewing the gray whales as they were feeding. They come up to the surface and you could see their backs as they come up for air and then dive down to the bottom to feed and their tails come up out of the water. It was so amazing to be so close to such a huge mammal! Our driver was really knowledgeable about all of the wildlife we saw and gave us great info. We also were fortunate to see a mother humpback and her calf! It was amazing to see the calf showing off and jumping out of the water. It was an amazing trip out on the water and the views from the ocean were incredible.

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    Whales and surf in Tofino

    by evis10 Written Apr 21, 2009

    If you are in BC make sure you go over to Vancouver island and visit Tofino. Many Canadians own favorite summer town. It's a very small but so cosy fishing town.
    It gets crazy busy with happy people here in summertime.
    What drags people here is that you can actually surf here. Yes the water is cold, 7 deg now in start of April but the wetsuits are so good that you actually don't feel the cold (much ;-)

    AND there is the whale watching.
    I work here in a very nice small whale watching company, WEST COAST AQUATIC SAFARIS, check out www.whalesafaris.com.
    We do whale, bear and birdwatching and also trips up to the hot springs.
    Its such a pleasure to see the enormous animals, that us humans really don't know that much about, out in the open sea (talking about the whales now).
    With the bear trips, we go in the inlets in low tide to from the boat watch the black bears turn the rocks in search for crabs to eat. Vancouver island has got its own type of black bear with skin between its toes to swim better.
    And we also do bird watches with for example the impressing bald eagle.

    Our 2-year old boat WASCO (seawolf) is specially designed so people get the best of the best out of the trip.
    It has got seats on the roof so you get higher up from the surface, and a heated inside area with a toilet.
    The trips are well recommended and a real must do if you come to Tofino, as well as the surfing.
    Make sure you come and see me at WEST COAST AQUATIC SAFARIS and say hallo.

    Sincerely

    Evis (swedish)

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    Whales and surf in Tofino

    by evis10 Written Apr 21, 2009
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    If you are in BC make sure you go over to Vancouver island and visit Tofino. Many Canadians own favorite summer town. It's a very small but so cosy fishing town.
    It gets crazy busy with happy people here in summertime.
    What drags people here is that you can actually surf here. Yes the water is cold, 7 deg now in start of April but the wetsuits are so good that you actually don't feel the cold (much ;-)

    AND there is the whale watching.
    I work here in a very nice small whale watching company, WEST COAST AQUATIC SAFARIS, check out www.whalesafaris.com.
    We do whale, bear and birdwatching and also trips up to the hot springs.
    It's such a pleasure to see the enormous animals, that us humans really don't know that much about, out in the open sea (talking about the whales now).
    With the bear trips, we go in the inlets in low tide to from the boat watch the black bears turn the rocks in search for crabs to eat. Vancouver island has got its own type of black bear with skin between its toes to swim better.
    And we also do bird watches with for example the impressing bald eagle.

    Our 2-year old boat WASCO (seawolf) is specially designed so people get the best of the best out of the trip.
    It has got seats on the roof so you get higher up from the surface, and a heated inside area with a toilet.
    The trips are well recommended and a real must do if you come to Tofino, as well as the surfing.
    Make sure you come and see me at WEST COAST AQUATIC SAFARIS and say hallo.

    Sincerely

    Evis (swedish)

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    • Whale Watching

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    Walk the Rainforest Trail

    by Carmanah Updated Sep 4, 2008

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    Rainforest trail in Pacific Rim National Park

    This has to be the top of anybody's "to do" list when they go to Tofino. To miss the rainforest trail in Pacific Rim National Park would be a huge travesty (in my opinion) considering how easily-accessible and sublimely awe-inspiring it is.

    There are actually two rainforest trails labeled simply, Rainforest Trail A and Rainforest Trail B. They're located immediately off of Hwy 4 and each have their own parking lots at the head of each trail.

    As you enter the trail, it becomes an intricate boardwalk of stairs, bridges, and walkways elevated above the forest floor. You can access and experience the sights, smells, and spiritual atmosphere of this rare, undisturbed, old growth temperate rainforest in ways that are generally impossible to experience from the side of the road. The vegetation is lush and vibrant. The enormous cedars and douglas firs have been living here since before Europeans colonized the continent. The tree trunks are coated in carpets of moss, and the forest floor is a dense mixture of salal and sword ferns. Keep your eyes open for wild mushrooms and flowers. In the background is the constant sound of a babbling stream.

    Contrary to what you may expect, the rainforest trail walk makes for a perfect rainy day activity. The canopy of the forest offers shelter, and the rain adds a certain lushness and intimacy to the experience. The smells of the forest are more pronounced in the rain, and sounds of the rain and the rivers are almost primal. While I'm not a religious person, a walk through the rainforest trail in the rain is one of the most spiritual experiences you can get.

    Each trail is relatively short - you can probably walk one loop in 20-30 minutes, however, if you want to take your time, take some photos, and truly soak up the atmosphere, you could easily spend one hour at each loop. Both trail loops are located on either side of the highway from eachother, so you can park your car at one location and cross the highway to walk the other.

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    Explore Tofino Village

    by canuck68 Written May 31, 2008

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    Some Activities in Tofino
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    Tofino is a quaint little village on the West Coast of the Island. There are many interesting things to see. Art galleries abound from the quaint to the sophisticated. The harbor offers interesting vistas. Your walk will take you to a beautiful rhododendron garden situated in a private home.
    Restaurants are there to suit everyone's taste and budget.

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    Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park

    by Carmanah Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    My sister and I at Long Beach in 1994
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    Long Beach is one of the most famous beaches located in the Pacific Rim National Park. It's one very long sandy beach with a giant rock located offshore.

    The waves of the Pacific Ocean crash into Long Beach creating an enormous roar, but the waves from November to April are especially powerful so be careful. This is often when you'll find serious surfers out in those waters, as it's when you'll get the best surf.

    The water is otherwise too cold to go swimming, but it's shallow enough to get your feet wet as long as you don't venture out into the big waves.

    Pieces of driftwood and logs are strewn along where the sand meets the brush, and often people will turn the logs upright. I remember coming here as a 14 year old in the summer with my parents and sister. At night there were groups of people playing guitar and singing songs. They had lit beach fires, and the upturned logs reminded me of a tribal camp. I still remember those visits fondly.

    Most recently I visited Long Beach in February of 2008 at sunset. We brought out the guitar and practically had the beach to ourselves. But what a sight with the brilliant oranges and pinks in the sky, and the mist rising off of the whitecaps... it was truly magical. Long Beach is definitely what this entire region is all about.

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    Tofino Has Much To Keep Everyone Busy.

    by canuck68 Updated Feb 12, 2008

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    The most obvious of course if going for long walks on the beach which is ever changing with the tides and the weather. The hardy might enjoy walking the beach in the midst of a storm. Caution is advisable.
    Storm watching is popular during the winter. Either from a cabin or right out on the shore. Beachcombing is also popular.

    Every March and April it is possible to watch the migration of the Pacific gray whales.
    There are also hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty and length.

    Surf boarders can often be seen riding the waves all along the shoreline. The water is cold and most often wetsuits are worn.

    Shopping in also popular. Art lovers will have a great time browsing in the galleries and shops.
    There are also souvenir and craft shops.

    If you are lucky you might see some of the eagles in flight or as pictured below.

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    Wild Pacific Trail - Ucluelet

    by Albernfrau Written Nov 12, 2007

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    Best place to go storm watching and the most beautiful walk in the Tofino/Ucluelet area. This walk takes about 50 mins. and takes you along the cliff line overlooking the ocean. Halfway along you will reach the lighthouse. In front of you are the Broken Group Islands. On a really stormy day this is the best place to be to take all the wave action in.

    This was definitely a highlight of our stay.

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    COOL Art Gallery...The Eagle Aerie...

    by Greggor58 Updated Aug 13, 2007

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    Eagle Aerie Gallery,Roy Henry Vickers,Tofino,B.C.
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    Walking into the space of The Eagle Aerie Gallery is like a breath of FRESH air...Its huge open area is tasetefully designed and when I walk through the doors I instantly feel at Peace.

    This is the home of Roy Henry Vickers work...Roy is recognized as one of Canada's "premier artists".

    If you dont know the work of this man you certainly will once you've ventured into this little piece of his World here at the Eagle Aerie.

    I will quote Wikepedia ...." Vickers was born on the Nass River but raised in Kitkatla, Hazelton, British Columbia, and Victoria, B.C. His father was a fisherman who was matrilineally Tsimshian, also with Haida and Heiltsuk ancestry. His mother was a schoolteacher whose parents had immigrated from England and who was in the 1940s adopted into the Eagle clan at Kitkatla, B.C. (making Roy also Eagle). His grandfather was a Kitkatla canoe-carver. The paintings and works that he has created reflect this mixed heritage as his work has many elements of the traditional art of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

    Roy is one of my favourite artists ..he works in a number of different mediums.... stop by and see it for yourself.I think you'll be happy that you did.

    One of my visits his brother let me photograph some of the carvings ....I think they are SO AWSOME....my house isn't large enough to show them properly...for that matter....my wallet isn't fat enough to be able to carry one of these beauties away...so I have nice pictures of them instead...THANK YOU Mr.Vickers !!

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    Meet the whales

    by toonsarah Updated May 5, 2007

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    First sighting, grey whale
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    There are quite a few companies in Tofino offering whale-watching trips. I can’t remember why we chose this one, but we certainly had a wonderful experience. One thing we liked was that the boat was small. This means that everyone gets a seat close to the action. It also means that this might not be a good choice if you’re nervous of water or of the whales themselves. At one point a grey whale swam alongside our boat for several minutes. I know that she knew we were there and had decided to keep us company for a while, and perhaps check that we weren’t a threat. I found that an incredible experience, but I think a couple of the more nervous passengers were a little concerned she might swim under our small boat and surface beneath it, sending us shooting into the water! But please don’t let that put you off taking this trip, it really is amazing. Of course there’s no guarantee that you’ll see whales, let alone get as close to them as we did, but the company make this offer on their website: on trips that do not see whales we offer our passengers a complimentary trip with no expiry date. They wouldn’t do that if they weren’t pretty confident!

    Trips last 2 ½ hours and run 3 times a day, Mar 1st – Oct 15th. You buy your ticket at the Whale Centre Museum on Campbell St - it’s a good idea to book ahead, especially in high season. You’re asked to be at the museum an hour before the trip to be kitted out in appropriate gear (see photo 2) and the group then makes its way down to the jetty together.

    During the trip the guide will do their best to make sure you get as close to whales as possible, and will also point out other interesting wildlife – we saw seals, sea lions, various birds. We also saw a grey whale with her calf, although perhaps unsurprisingly she didn’t come quite as close!

    This isn’t a cheap outing – tickets cost $69 for adults, $59 for students and seniors, and $45 for children aged 4-12. But I really think it is worth every penny and would highly recommend it.

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    Surf and more!

    by Ariel2804 Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    Stuff to do in Tofino besides surfing includes (depending on season) hiking, kayaking, skateboarding, cycling, whale & bear watching.

    Its a shame not to camp in Tofino too. Try the reasonably priced "Bella Pacifica Campground" located on the left side of the Pacific Rim Highway approximately 3 km before the village of Tofino, at the end of Mackenzie Beach road. Look out of the highway signage which says "Bella Pacifica Campground".

    Check out their website for more details: http://www.bellapacifica.com

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    Kayaking Instruction - Tofino Sea Kayaking Co.

    by tayloretc Written Oct 22, 2006

    This is one of many outfits in Tofino that offers kayaking instruction, equipment rentals and sales, and planned or customized tours. I enjoyed talking to the proprietor (he’s the one who arranged my overnight at the Vargas Island Inn), and was impressed by the quality of the instruction. There’s a book store in the shop too, with every book imaginable on kayaking, local wildlife, adventure travel, and a dozen other related topics. I plan to use them for a custom kayaking tour someday.

    I’m convinced kayaking is the best way to see most of Vancouver Island, and probably most of the mainland coast, too. Certainly it’s the best way to see the wildlife and wild places.

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    Whale Watching

    by WesHK Written May 23, 2006

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    One of the most popular activities in Tofino is to go on a whale watching tour. The tours are usually open from April to October, and depending on the month you might get to see Gray Whales, Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, or a combination.

    The best place to book a tour is downtown Tofino and around the harbor. There are many companies to choose from, all offer similar tour options. I chose Sea Trek Tours. After suiting up in orange life suits, we headed down to the pier and boarded a 27' boat. As we cruised out to the whale feeding grounds, we got to see several bald eagles. After 20 minutes of searching, we saw spouts from a pod of gray whales. We watched them for around 30 minutes before moving on.

    The tour was a great experience, not just because of the whales, but being able to see bald eagles and lots of small islands and breathtaking scenery!

    If you are a person who gets sea sick, check with the tour operator on the conditions before heading out.

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    Long Beach

    by WesHK Written May 23, 2006

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    Long Beach

    Long beach is, as you might suspect, the longest stretch of beach near Tofino. It is a great place for a beach walk or jog. The views are especially during sunset, but it is a good place to visit just about any time of day.

    Many of the beaches around Tofino are littered with logs that have washed ashore. It is fun to explore the maze of logs, and they a great setting for stunning photographs.

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