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Vargas Island Provincial Park protects the rugged western portion of Vargas Island, Blunden Island and the tiny La Croix Group of islands located immediately northwest of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Vargas Island is relatively flat, with much of the island’s interior featuring bogs. The park area also includes the Cleland Island Ecological Reserve, home to a great diversity of nesting sea bird colonies.

Species that can be viewed include the Rhinoceros Auklet, Cassin’s Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot and the Black Oystercatcher. Access to the 8 hectare island is prohibited, as the breeding seabirds are very sensitive to disturbances.

Many marine features are represented in this 5,788-hectare park, including exposed rocky coast, sand beaches, sheltered channels and bays, an intertidal lagoon and mudflats. The park is also home to ancient sand berms – rows of crescent-shaped sand mounds that indicate earlier sea levels. These berms can be seen on the historic 3-km telegraph trail, which crosses the island from east to west. Magnificent Ahous Beach, on the island’s west coast, provides excellent camping for kayakers who braved the Pacific swells and hikers who trekked the old telegraph trail from the east side of the island.

Vargas Island has one of the highest concentrations of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage sites in Clayoquot Sound. The traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation incorporates much of the western portion of Vancouver Island.

Vargas Island offers an excellent vantage point for observing marine mammals. Naturalists are drawn to this area every spring as Gray Whales migrate through the offshore waters en route to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea.

Facilities at the park are limited to wilderness camping and a day-use recreation area. Visitors to the park are advised that there are wolves on Vargas Island and Flores Island. Campsites must be kept clean and free of garbage, and these wolves should not be fed, as they will lose their fear of humans and become habituated to people. Do not bury garbage. If you pack it in – pack it out! Under the Park and Recreation Area Regulations and the Wildlife Amendment Act, it is an offence to feed wildlife.

Vargas Island Provincial Park is located immediately northwest of Tofino and west of Meares Island on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The park is accessible by kayak, boat or floatplane from Tofino (5 km). Small planes can land on the beach of Ahous Bay.

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Premier Listings

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Long Beach Lodge Resort
1441 Pacific Rim Highway PO Box 897 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-2442Home Fax: 250-725-2402Work Phone: 1-877-844-7873Visit Website

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Long Beach Lodge Resort offers oceanfront accommodations situated right on the expansive sandy Cox Bay beach, just 7km south of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Experience the natural beauty, wild Pacific surf, exceptional amenities and handcrafted cuisine at our luxurious beachfront resort. Choose between our oceanfront Lodge (41 Lodge rooms) or our 20 fully-equipped 2-bedroom Rainforest Cottages with private outdoor hot tubs. Our relaxed and inspirational west coast setting offers a perfect escape from your everyday responsibilities. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort of our iconic Great Room. Our on-site Surf Club Adventure Centre offers exciting services to resort guests and visitors to Tofino.

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
1421 Pacific Rim Highway Box 237 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3322Home Fax: 250-725-3155Work Phone: 1-800-565-2322Visit Website

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Located beachfront on spectacular Cox Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Pacific Sands Beach Resort sits on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, a short scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Tofino – famous for local culture and artisans.

Blessed with over 40 acres and 1,000 feet of sandy beach, and built on family, romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades. From s’mores and board-games around the gazebo, to surfing adventures and boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point, it’s a hotbed of history and memories.

Breathe in the intoxicating ocean air as you relax on your private deck. Enjoy home-cooked meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local flavours. Renowned for year round activities, explore summer fishing, whale watching and golf, winter storm watching, and all season beachcombing.

From wise, old-growth forests and the relentless melody of pounding surf, to make-yourself-at-home resort services and hospitality, experience Pacific Sands Tofino accommodations – the perfect convergence of land, sea and simple pleasures.

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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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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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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.

Wir sprechen Deutsch!

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Wickaninnish Inn
Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach PO Box 250 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3100Work Fax: 250-725-3129Work Phone: 1-800-333-4604Visit Website

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The Wickaninnish Inn is an enchanting and critically acclaimed landmark offering rustic elegance on nature’s edge. From remote fishing to sunset beach walks, your luxurious custom getaway is our priority, and no trip to BC would be complete without experiencing this remarkable Tofino destination. The Wickaninnish Inn offers accommodation with direct beach access, 75 deluxe rooms, and panoramic ocean or beach views from every guest room.

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