Ecotour Safety First

April 25th, 2013

West Coast Aquatic Safaris is proud to offer one of the great marine experiences on the west coast. We will take you to find multiple species of whales along the coast, cruise the tranquil inlets in search of Black bears foraging for a meal, and take you to one of the most spectacular Hot Springs that Canada has to offer.

What we are most proud of though, is the fact that we are fully Transport Canada Safety Certified and that the design of our vessels, and the fact that we exceed safety expectations, allows us to have all ages travel with us. This maintains piece of mind for families that we value, and a safe experience over simply, an experience.

Tofino Wildlife Tour Sightings: April 4th 2013

April 5th, 2013

What did we see on the water surrounding Tofino today? Well, seeing that you asked…

  • Grey Whales feeding
  • A Pair of Bald Eagles,
  • 25–30 Sea Otters &
  • More Sea Lions Than We Could Count

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Photo Of The Week, Feb. 19th, 2013

February 19th, 2013

Young Female, almost full breach

Every great adventure can be broken into 3 parts that when put together make up one amazing experience. The first part is the anticipation.  We spend great amounts of time researching, learning, comparing and making the decision of what, when, how we are going to get the ext big thrill or try something new. We build it up in our heads, maybe we get nervous or really excited about what we are signing up for all leading up to the big day.

Are You ready for 2013?

February 7th, 2013

The season is almost upon us and we are making the final preparations before getting the boats back into service. The final checks are being completed and equipment is being reviewed to ensure all Transport Canada Safety Certification standards are exceeded as always.

Tourism, Tofino and the News

January 29th, 2013

It has been a busy month for Tofino in the media and we wanted to take a moment and share some of the stories and info that can be found through the Press and Media link on the Tourism Tofino website. The website has all kinds of information about everything you could want in a West Coast vacation and is a very valuable resource for those looking to make their time in Tofino memorable.  Thanks to the team at Tourism Tofino for highlighting it so nicely!

Intertidal Treasures

November 27th, 2012

The bears have moved on from our beaches as they follow the salmon up the streams however there are still many amazing things to be found during those low tide periods of the day.

Low tides are a perfect time to head to the beach for some shell combing. What you may not know is all the shells you see were actually a home of a creature at some point. Hermit Crabs are found in intertidal zone in tide pools. Salvaging their empty shells, Hermit Crabs will carry them on their backs for protection from predators since they have long, soft abdomens. As the Hermit Crab grows larger, they must abandon shells in search for a larger one.

Cruise Into Fall

November 7th, 2012

We are now well into the fall season and continue to have magnificent sightings on a daily basis. This is such a wonderful time of year for visiting Tofino for the first time or returning to one of your favourite spots. This is the time in the season when things start to move a little slower, the morning air is a little more crisp and there are few things better than a nice walk on the beach followed buy a nice crackling fire and a good glass of wine.

Right At The Junction

October 30th, 2012

Instinct. You know something feels different when you see the sign ‘Pacific Rim National Park’. As you turn right at the junction and Long Beach slowly comes into view from that one elevated spot on Highway 4, you just know, this place is like no where else in the world.

Black Bears

October 24th, 2012

Our Bear watching season is now wrapping up so we decided to take a look back at one of our favourite animals here on the coast:

Black Bear FactsAdult Tofino black bear

Currently there are only black bears on Vancouver Island. There have been a few grizzly bears which have swam over from the mainland, however research has suggested that they are not a reproducing population here.

Black Bears vs. Grizzly Bears

Colour  should not be considered a reliable distinction; Black bears can be black (most Vancouver Island bears), blue-black, dark brown, brown, grey, cinnamon, or white (Kermode, or Spirit Bear—a rare recessive gene—not albino). Grizzlies can be anywhere from blond to black.

Living Treasures

August 3rd, 2012

The Bears have moved on from our beaches as they follow the salmon up the streams however there are still many amazing things to be found during those low tide periods of the day.