Why Whales Are Awesome: In Photos

May 3rd, 2011

Whale fluke. Photo Cred: Jon McCoy

As I mentioned yesterday, I feel pretty fortunate to be able to call Tofino home and even more fortunate to have whales often basking in my backyard. While I find that capturing whales on film (or memory card) doesn’t always do justice to seeing them in person, I think the following images serve as great reminder to how amazing these animals can be. Here are a few of my favorites that have been taken by staff or supplied by some our previous guests (thanks!).

Yesterday It Dawned On Me That It Is Officially May

May 2nd, 2011

I'm really excited about whales. Photo cred: Kel E Frith

May 1st went well, May 2nd seems great so far. More interestingly, tomorrow is May 3rd. This is an important day for me as it marks the first year anniversary of my westward migration to Tofino. Although this past year has had it’s up and downs, Tofino is home, and I love it. Working at West Coast Aquatic Safaris has helped reignite my passion for this place and over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a few reasons why (in no particular order):

1.Whales are kind of awesome.

Sun, Surf & Cetaceans

April 30th, 2011

Are they gone yet?

The spring has been moving along at a furious pace, with whale sightings having been spectacular and varying greatly from day to day. Just this week we have seen many Grey Whales, a lot of Humpbacks, which is nice since it is still quite early in the season and up to 10 Orcas just the other day as well. With great conditions on the water over the Easter holiday weekend, it gave our captains and guest’s ample opportunity to go several miles offshore with barely a ripple of wave to locate some very active and friendly spring Humpbacks. With such calm seas it makes for a very pleasant experience for guest’s of all ages to get a generous amount of time with one particular species of wildlife then move around to seek out many other things without being slowed down by large swell and choppy waves.

Traveler’s Choice: Best Beach in Canada

April 20th, 2011

Trip Advisor has just released the listing for Traveler’s Choice Best Beaches in Canada. We are happy to say that reviewers have TA reviewers have just listed what the residents of Tofino have known for a long Time. Long Beach and others are officially #1. We have often told people that no trip to Tofino or Ucluelet is complete without making a stop off to check out Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park. It is site to some of the most spectacular views one could possible imagine. With miles of flat sand and breaking waves it makes for a wonderful place to walk, run, bike, surf, swim, kayak, Kite surf or fly a kite and just about anything else you could want to do under the sun or around the water and still have plenty of space to feel like you have the beach to yourself! Through the winter it the surf can be quite large and dramatic making Long Beach an ideal spot for storm watching.

The Bears Are Back

April 14th, 2011

It has felt like a lengthy winter without the black bears however to them I’m sure the season has flown by. There have been many vessels on the look out for these wonderful creatures since the beginning of April. In the last week the sightings have increased enough for West Coast Aquatic Safaris to be offering it’s first official tour of the season.

Ideal conditions for this tour are during the low tide periods of the day and preferably when the temperature is cool. For us this often means that our 7:00am departure times offer the highest level of success. These tours take place on the sheltered inside waters of Fortune channel and in behind Meares Island. As the tide is low the bears will emerge from the forest in search of crab and other shellfish in and around the rocky beaches and grassy mudflats.

1st Annual Feast BC

April 9th, 2011

Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild and Tourism Tofino Unveil Details of First Annual “Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet” Culinary Celebration In Partnership with EAT Magazine and Global BC Slated for May 2011. Event Series Features Acclaimed Chefs Showcasing West Coast Vancouver Island’s Sustainable Seafood

Tofino and Ucluelet British Columbia, March 8, 2011—The Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild (TUCG) www.tucg.ca and Tourism Tofino www.tourismtofino.com today unveiled the details of “Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet” (www.FeastBC.com) a month-long series of culinary events to be held in the West Coast Vancouver Island communities of Tofino and Ucluelet in partnership with EAT magazine and Global BC beginning on May 8, 2011.

First-Class Vessels, Private Charters

April 7th, 2011

The season is off to a great start. There have been many Grey Whales to see as the migration from Baja to Alaska has began. We have been very fortunate already and had the pleasure of several visits from the transient Orcas as well. In the last week we have now had a couple of Humpback whales make their way through on route out of Maui. Our weather has been dramatic and the scenery even more so but interest has been better than ever.

Wolves, Whales, Bears, Oh My…

April 1st, 2011

Spring has sprung and we have began seeing much more variety of wildlife in the last week or so. Our morning began with the sighting of 3 wolves on Indian Island! Yesterday our group was very fortunate to find a couple of Grey whales expressing a case of spring fever and getting familiar with each other. Two days prior we found our first Humpback of the season just off shore about a mile and a half from Cleland Island. All this makes for a very good sign as our winter conditions begin to mellow out and the seas start to flatten.

A Feast For The Senses

March 30th, 2011

As we move beyond the Pacific Rim Whale Festival we turn our sights towards spring and the First Annual Feast of Tofino and Ucluelet. From May 8th to June 4th, the very best culinary craftspeople will be teamed up with spectacular resorts like Pacific Sands and service provides such as West Coast Aquatic Safaris to bring you the very best while you stay, dine and play in Tofino.

So Much To See

March 24th, 2011

We are now entering the second week of the 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival.  It has been a great festival thus far with so many things to see and do. The activities have been as fantastic as ever but what has been steeling the show is all of the wildlife in the area. As if someone put nature on alert that the world would be watching, there has not been a day go but that our tours have not witnessed something spectacular.