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The annual northward migration of Gray Whales through Pacific Rim National Park begins in late February and continues until the end of May. The peak season is from mid March to mid April, with some whales staying in the area to feed during the summer months.

Every March and April, the Pacific Rim National Park and the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet celebrate the return of the Gray Whale during its annual spring migration. The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is a series of public events and festivities for the whole family.

Annual Calendar of the Gray Whale:

  • January and February: Gray Whales spend the winter in the warm waters off Baja California, Mexico.
  • March, April, and May: They migrate north, hugging the west coast of North America.
  • June to October: In the Bering and Chukchi Seas, the whales spend the summer feeding. To the delight of Vancouver Island whale watchers, some grays stop to eat at this latitude instead of continuing north with the rest of the population.
  • November and December: Grays swim back down to Baja California, usually faster and further offshore than during the northward leg of their migration.
  • In total, the 16,000 to 22,500-km round trip – depending on how far north they go – is one of the longest migrations of any mammal on earth.

More information on the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and Current Events.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society
Box 476
Tofino, BC
Telephone: 250-725-3414

Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society
Box 428
Ucluelet, BC
Telephone: 250-726-4641

In the Long Beach Unit, the park offers audio-visual programs at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre (formerly the Wickaninnish Centre) and Green Point Theatre.

Killer Whales may also be seen, but not as predictably as Grays. A number of local commercial boat charters are available should you wish to arrange a whale-watching tour.

If you are bringing your own boat, please ensure that you are familiar with the ocean and weather conditions on this exposed west coast of Vancouver Island. If you are operating a boat near whales, please remember that it is illegal to harass or disturb marine animals. Stay at least 100 metres away from the whales and adhere to the Federal Guidelines for Whale Watching.

Nearby Regions & Towns:

More Information:

Parks Canada – British Columbia
Box 129, 23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley, BC
V1M 2R5

Phone: 604-513-4777

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Archipelago Wildlife Cruises
Whiskey Landing Marina Corner Cedar Road & Main Street Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-8289Visit WebsiteVisit Blog

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For an experience unlike any other, step aboard our luxurious 53-foot motor yacht, the “Raincoast Maiden”, to view whales, bears, sea lions, eagles and other wildlife in comfort. We offer a relaxing wildlife cruise with a personal touch. With a spacious cabin, washroom, comfortable seating inside and out, guests can sit back and take in the abundant wildlife and magical scenery with a taste of luxury. Truly a nature cruise of a different nature!

More than just wildlife viewing, our interpretive and very personal tours include a scenic cruise through the sheltered waters and breathtaking scenery of the Broken Group Islands and an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic Evening Cruises and Private Charters are also available. We will share our love and enthusiasm for the area and make your West Coast experience an unforgettable one.

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Ocean Outfitters Ltd
P.O Box 919 368 Main Street Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-2866Home Fax: 250-725-2880Work Phone: 1-877-906-2326Visit Website

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Adventure Seekers and Nature Lovers – OCEAN OUTFITTERS is the place to kick off all your Tofino activities! Our experienced, passionate guides will pilot you through beautiful Clayoquot Sound to view whales and bears aboard one of our luxury covered vessels or, for a real thrill, aboard a Zodiac! Whether you’re headed up to Hot Springs Cove, in search of a gentle inlet tour, or want to meet up close and personal our local Gray Whales, Humpbacks, Transient Orca and other wildlife… we are your ‘Gateway to Adventure’.

Ocean Outfitters is proud to bring you the best fishing itineraries that Tofino has to offer! Salt and freshwater fishing for salmon, halibut, trout, and our specialty, steel head. Charters are available for both the hard-core fisherman and families looking for fun. Tofino offers excellent “family friendly” fishing areas with calm, protected waters, and LOTS of fish. Helping kids and novice boaters explore the wonders of our area and wildlife is a big part of what we love to do. Our guides have generations of fishing history in their blood, they maintain the utmost professionalism, and they ensure a safe, productive day on the water every time.

Programs Offered: Fresh and Saltwater Fishing, Whale Watching Excursions, Tidal Black Bear Watching, Coastal Hot Springs Cove Explorer, Pelagic Bird Tours, Meares Island Big Tree Trail Water Taxi Service (Guided & Solo), Meares Island Lone Cone Taxi, Interpretive Harbour Tours, and Custom Tours

Reservations are recommended. Our waterfront location on Main Street in the Shore building has an in-house organic espresso bar.

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking
1167 Helen Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Mailing Address: Box 287 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-2868Home Fax: 250-726-2860Work Phone: 1-800-889-7644Visit Website

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Kayak the Majestic West Coast waters of British Columbia. Our ecotourism adventures will take you to Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound and the Deer Group Islands. We provide Part-day, Full-day, and Multi-day trips. Camp on pristine beaches, eat gourmet food, hike through dense rain forests, and learn about the rich variety of Pacific Coast seashore life. Rental kayaks available.

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Remote Passages Marine Excursions
Box 624 51 Wharf Street Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3330Home Fax: 250-725-3380Work Phone: 1-800-666-9833Visit Website

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Whether watching whales, dipping into Hot Springs Cove, or kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986. We launch out of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for a Clayoquot Sound adventure by Remote Passages.

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The Whale Centre
Box 111 411 Campbell Street Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-2132Home Fax: 250-725-2136Work Phone: 1-888-474-2288Visit Website

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Experience the thrill of seeing whales up close – Killer whales (Orcas), Humpback whales, and Gray Whales – or watch otters, black bears, and birds in their natural habitat in beautiful Clayoquot Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. For a true west coast safari, combine whale watching with a soak in the natural hot spring at Hot Springs Cove.

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Spa
380 Main Street P.O. Box 130 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-726-8235Work Fax: 250-266-0412Work Phone: 1-888-333-5405Visit Website

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Outpost Location:
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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers an ultra-luxurious resort in the remote wilds of Vancouver Island, near Tofino. The Outpost in Bedwell Sound provides 21st-century-safari style lodging in opulently outfitted prospector tents, and a massage and therapeutic treatment centre with the soul of an outpost spa. Activities include whale watching, bear watching, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, hot springs, fishing, and a canopy viewing platform and zip line.

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