When Do We Open for 2012?

January 22nd, 2012


You can only guess how many times I have been asked that this year.  It is a 2 part answer.  As of TODAY, Saturday, January 21, 2012 West Coast Aquatic Safaris’ office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm.  Please feel free to call and we will be more than happy to answer any questions.  As mentioned this is a 2 part answer.  Our vessels and tours start at the end of February and our scheduled trips start as of WHALE FEST (Spring Break for the kids).

Where Did You See Your First Whale?

November 1st, 2011

Orcas on the InletFor many of us the first time we have a chance to see whales can be quite a profound experience. Whether they are in a far off part of the world and we are traveling or perhaps in our own back yard for those that live in or around the Pacific, it is something truly amazing that will stick with us forever.

We would love to hear from past visitors, local residents and those that have had the chance to be in the presence of a whale. Tell us what kind of whale you saw, where you were when you saw it and what it meant to you. We also welcome you to post your photos on our Facebook page so that we can add them to a future gallery of whales around the world!

What Is your Favourite Time Of Year In Tofino?

October 28th, 2011

Today we are asking our guests, both past and future what is your favourite time of year to visit?

For many people Tofino is a town that is frequented over and over again and for some it is always the same time of year for very specific reasons. With so many people looking to get the inside scoop on this special place we are asking individuals to share with our viewers their personal favourites, tips and tricks for Tofino 101. We are looking for discussion so please feel free to write or respond to posts from others as well as us.

More then just a Bear Watching Tour!

October 12th, 2011

We will be the first to admit that the wildlife on the west coast is absolutely fantastic! There is almost nothing better than watching a Black bear feeding at a low tide. Flipping over massive rocks as if they weigh nothing, picking at crabs and mussels from underneath. What you may not know is the bear watching tour is more then just wildlife. The tour takes place completely in the sheltered waters of the calm inlet, and the scenery is truly breathtaking. Luscious temperate rainforest covers every inch of land, high and low. It is an unforgettable experience, there is no better way to view the Tofino rainforest then aboard our first class vessels WASCO and NANUQ, they can take you where your feet may not able you to go!

Sunshine, Sunshine, Sunshine!

October 7th, 2011

The Tofino sunshine has surprised us once again! Just when you think the warm weather is over it comes back for more, and just in time for the thanksgiving weekend! Our weather is not the only thing we have been excited about; our sightings have also been absolutely amazing!

When the swell grows we head for shelter (sheltered waters that is!) We had a great time with a pod of transient Killer whales about a week ago. The sun was shining and the conditions were so calm you could literally hear the whales breathe and move through the waters of the inlet, AMAZING! Grey whales and Humpbacks have also been spotted daily, preparing to head out for there winter migration, as well as Black bears, Wolves, Steller sea lions and so much more! Don’t miss a chance to view their amazing creatures, under the warm Tofino sun!

Where to park when you hop aboard!

September 18th, 2011

Parking in front of our office...sometimes a little confusing.

We love when guests from all over the world visit us. Few things bring us as much joy as showing this beautiful coastline and the amazing animals that inhabit it here on the West Coast. We love the exchange of cultural ideas and traditions between those of us from Tofino, British Columbia and Canada with anyone from anywhere else. One of those cultural exchanges we wish to share with our overseas guest evolves around the idea of parking. We have a fair number of parking spots in front of and beside our main office in downtown Tofino.

Fall in Tofino

September 7th, 2011

A peaceful morning in Tofino

Fall is such a perfect time to visit Tofino if you are interested in escaping the stressful city and visiting the relaxing coast. From reserving that perfect beach cabin that has been booked up all summer to getting that table with the best view at your favorite restaurant, the town is yours!

Labor Day weekend has come and passed and although town has settled down, the ocean never does! Our wildlife sightings and weather have only been getting better as the summer has come closer and closer to an end. So if your interested in spending some one on one time with our wildlife, our Crew could use a little company this fall!

What About the Grey Whales!?

August 29th, 2011

Friendly Gray Whale visits our guests aboard WASCO!

Most guests joining us for our whale watching tours have a certain species in mind that they are hoping to see. Lots of guests would like to see the Orcas, others prefer Humpbacks, and some are satisfied with a few Sea otters or some Steller sea lions. I have found that after taking in all the different preferences from our guests, not a whole lot have been interested in our friendly Gray whale!

Soaking up the Summer!

August 18th, 2011

Enjoying our sunny ride on WASCO heading to the springs!

Hot Springs Cove is a trip that I have always enjoyed, and if you are visiting Tofino and have 6-7 hours out of your day to spare I highly recommend it! We departed on WASCO, which is our 12 passenger, covered vessel, perfect for a trip to the hot springs. Equipped with indoor and outdoor seating, multiple outdoor viewing decks, comfortable heated cabin, and an on-board restroom. It is truly a luxurious ride! Captain Tim led us up the beautiful sheltered inlet where the gorgeous sunshine beamed down on us. There was a great low tide which made is very easy for us to get a great view of a Black bear, who didn’t seem to mind his curious audience as he continued to forge for crabs and muscles under the rocks along the shoreline. We also came across some Sea otters who were hanging out in a kelp bed, as well as two hungry eagles, hunting for salmon to feast on!

Hot Springing!

August 13th, 2011

As written by our office team member, Savannah

Last week, my friend and I decided to take a trip up to the Hot Springs! It was an early morning for both of us, but involved no hesitation as we sprung out of our beds and packed our bags for the day.

As we boarded WASCO, the 12 passenger vessel, we observed the ocean as the morning fog rolled in and we admired the beautiful mountains that surrounded the quiet harbour. The sunshine in the forecast brought us great hope and our morning was off to a great start!