A Moment to Reflect

September 8th, 2010

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has been experiencing some fantastic conditions in the past week.  We have had some excellent days on the water with lots of sunshine and relatively flat seas.  The sightings have been wonderful with many Grey Whales, Humpbacks, Bears and the wolves have also been plentiful.  We have been receiving several photos in the last couple of days for our “Photo of  The Week” contest.  Some of the submissions have been quite unique and special in their own way. We always encourage our guests to email us their favourite shots from their trip and we don’t limit our request to just Whales, Bears or Hot Springs tours.  Sometimes the most enjoyable part of a trip is the quiet time for reflection after the tour is over.  Either around a nice beach fire on Long Beach as the sun sets, or from the top of Mount Lone Cone as the fog rolls in over the area where you had seen bears in the morning. At this time the perfect photo that summarizes your entire Tofino experience is often captured as it was for these two individuals.  When you visit Tofino there is the potential for an incredible experience around every corner.  Allow us to help you find it.

Sunset Dinner Cruise

September 8th, 2010
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“First-Class Sunset Cruise with Coastal Epicurean Delights!”

At West Coast Aquatic Safaris we pride ourselves in offering a unique tour experience with our first class vessels at a comfortable price.  We are now very excited to introduce one of the newest and best packages that Tofino has to offer.

Flores Island

September 7th, 2010

Cow Bay on Flores Island

Flores Island is located in Clayoquot Sound, and is about 150 square kilometres in size. If you happen to be aboard one of our tours you’ll be able to take a look at the beaches, mountains, forests, and inhabitants of Flores Island. Flores is home to the native village of Ahousat, located on the Eastern side of the island. Another popular feature of Flores island is the The Wildside Trail. The trail runs along various beaches on Flores including the gorgeous Cow Bay. If the beaches are not enough for you the trail also leads up to the top of Mt. Flores. Often, on our Whale Watching Tours we can find Gray Whales and Humpback Whales feeding in Cow Bay.

September in Tofino

September 6th, 2010

Some Breathing Space

September is here. And the fog is beginning to clear. . . somewhat. The streets are a little bit quieter in town. And the line up at Cafe Vincente’s is getting shorter. September is such a beautiful time of year to visit Tofino. The weather is great for the most part and there is a lot more elbow room to relax. For the surfers; the waves are getting a bit beefier and there are less people out on the water to share them with.


September 5th, 2010

WASCO doing her thing.

First Class Experience with a Comfortable Price

September 4th, 2010

West Coast Aquatic Safaris provides First-Class boats with a comfortable price.  When we take you out on the water we make it our mission to ensure that you have a great experience filled with lots of information, a tremendous amount of stellar views or photo opportunities and all under the guidance of highly knowledgeable team of Captain’s and Naturalists. There is much to be seen in Clayoquot Sound but there is even more to be missed without the experienced and watchful eye of someone that knows what to look for.  Your experience begins in our office where our team is always available to greet you and make you feel welcome.  Whether you are headed to Hot Springs Cove, wanting to go Whale or Bear Watching or are just looking for tips on the best place for family dining in town, we are happy and willing to give you all the information so you can make the plans that best suit your needs.  Once on board it is safety first and attention to details.  West Coast Aquatic Safaris is Transport Canada Safety Certified and well suited to children and adults of all ages.  From the gated entrance onto the boat that is flush with the dock, high railings that do not affect the view and the wide staircase for easy transition to the upper deck, we make sure that the only thing you need to worry about is taking the lens cap off before taking the picture!

Traveling Across the Island this Weekend?

September 3rd, 2010

Highway 4 between Parksville and Tofino is packed full of amazing things to see and do. If you have the time to stop a few times on your journey to Tofino, you are in for an adventure. A “must” is definitely The Old Country Market in Coombs. This market is well known for the goats that live on the roof! It has an amazing selection of art supplies, breads,wigs, fish, international foods, toys, household decorations and a lot of random trinkets. You could literally spend hours in there, even if you don’t plan on buying anything. Following your visit to the goats on the roof you can mosey on down the highway to Little Qualicum Falls. Little Qualicum Falls is located on the right hand side of the highway right before Cameron Lake. The falls are epic and will take your breath away. If that is not enough nature for you; take a walk through an enchanting forest at the Cathedral Grove. This forest of huge cedar trees is located about 15 minutes before Port Alberni. You can’t miss this one. There is parking on both your right and left hand side. The West Coast has a lot to offer. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers! Click here for a map.

The Sea Otters of Clayoquot Sound

August 31st, 2010

Sea Otter W/ Bull Kelp

While out on one of our Bear Watching or Whale Watching Tours you might spot a sea otter or two… or fifty! There seems to be a lot of otters in Clayoquot Sound these days. Which is a marvelous reality for our ecosystem here. The otters feed on sea urchins and other animals that graze on the bull kelp beds. This keeps an abundance af kelp alive and well, and in turn is fantastic for the life of our fish stock.

The Tofino Lantern Festival

August 30th, 2010

Tofino Lantern Festival

Every year, at the end of August, Tofino celebrates summer and sets the mood for fall with a magical night at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Volunteers, locals, and guests spend the preceding weeks to the Tofino Lantern Festival crafting and creating beautiful lanterns.

The day of the Lantern Festival busy little hands work to create an ecstasy of ambiance in the gardens. Pathways are adorned with tea lights embraced in glass jars that light the the foot steps of the festival goers.  Hundreds of lanterns are hung from buildings, trees, railings, and hand held wands. There are even lanterns floating gracefully, over the water, in the pond. The crisp evening air is thick with music and excitement as dusk creeps into dark.

What to do on Rainy Days in Tofino…

August 29th, 2010
Cloudy Landscape

You can never predict the weather in Tofino, BC. Even when you wake up in the morning and look outside you can’t  really count on it to remain the same through out the day. It’s always good to have a back up plan for any activities that you have planned (not to mention back up clothes). So here is a few suggestions on those days that are less then sunny and the water won’t seem to stay up in the clouds.

1. When it’s raining, go to the beach anyway.
Get your rain coat rubber boots on. Alot of the hotels on the beaches will supply these for you (if you are a guest there).  Grab a coffee from Surf Sister and walk the wet sand. It’s actually quite lovely. For extra atmosphere bring your I-Pod. Anything by Bon Iver makes for a good soundtrack.
2. You can surf in the rain, believe it or not.
Locals do it all winter. When you are a little chilly the last thing you feel like doing is peeling your clothes off and getting into a wet suit. But wet suits are really cozy once you get them on. Plus, you’ll have most of the waves to yourself out there. If you don’t have your own gear there’s plenty of places to rent from. No matter what surfing level you are at;  it always feels pretty hardcore when you’re surfing in the rain.
3. Go Whale Watching!
West Coast Aquatic Safaris has awesome boats for all weather. The cabins are cozy warm with huge windows so you won’t miss out if you want to stay inside. The cabins also don’t get that gross, damp feeling in them because good ol’ Cowboy Keith put in some dehumidifiers. So you are warm and dry. And if you want to be out in the rain with the whales, have no fear, Helly Hansen is here! We have awesome Helly Hansen rain jackets to keep you dry. Check out our website for Whale Watching Tour info.
Whatever you end up doing, never pout because it’s raining. Enjoy it for what it is: Memories in the making!