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2014 Holidays, Events & Festivals

May | June |July | August | Sept | October | November | December | January | February | March April


May 2014

May 1 to 29: Feast!
A month long culinary celebration of the best food and wine that Tofino & Ucluelet has to offer! www.feastbc.com

May 2 to 4: Tofino Shorebird Festival
Every year beginning in mid-to-late April flocks of sandpipers, plovers, whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area. Celebrate the annual migration of thousands of migratory shorebirds with slide shows, lectures, birding outings and other shorebird-related events. www.raincoasteducation.org

Every Saturday: Saturday Market in Tofino
Come meet all the local vendors who "make it, bake it or grow it" at the Tofino Saturday Market each Saturday May 17 to Sept 27, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. www.tofinomarket.com

May 11: Mother's Day

May 19: Victoria Day (Canada)

May 31 to June 1: Rip Curl Pro Surf Competition


June 2014

June 7: Tofino Food and Wine Festival
The Annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival  showcases BC's gastronomical food and wine products and Tofino's culinary talent. The festival is a fundraiser for the local trails as well as the location of the main event, the Tofino Botanical Gardens, a non profit foundation. www.tofinofoodandwinefestival.com

Sunday June 8: Edge To Edge Marathon
The Edge to Edge marathon is an annual event that brings runners from all over the world to the beautiful West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the tranquility and unique character that Tofino and Ucluelet share; surrounded by subtle yet rich cultural heritage and pristine natural beauty. www.edgetoedgemarathon.com

Every Saturday: Saturday Market in Tofino
Come meet all the local vendors who "make it, bake it or grow it" at the Tofino Saturday Market each Saturday May 17 to Sept 27, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. www.tofinomarket.com

June 15: Father's Day


July 2014

July 1: Canada Day
Celebrate Canada's birthday with parades, live entertainment and BBQ picnics, beer gardens, the Tuff City Skate Competition and Fireworks in the harbour after dark.

Summer Interpretive Beach Walks, Raincoast Education Society
Once per week, all summer long, the Raincoast Education Society guides beach walks on Cox Bay. The Raincoast Education Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building awareness and appreciation for our local environment and building more sustainable communities. Interpretive walks and programs are held in Tofino & Ucluelet throughout the summer. For an up-to-date schedule of events or more information about the Raincoast Education Society, visit www.raincoast education.org

Every Saturday: Saturday Market in Tofino
Come meet all the local vendors who "make it, bake it or grow it" at the Tofino Saturday Market each Saturday May 17 to Sept 27, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. www.tofinomarket.com
July 4: Independence Day (US)

July 4-6: Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby
In it's fifth year, the derby was created by the National Hockey League's Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives. www.tofinosaltwaterclassic.com

July 4 to 20: Pacific Rim Summer Festival
The Pacific Rim Summer Festival presents two weeks of chamber music and multi-cultural concerts featuring national and international performers. Nightly concerts are performed at venues in Ucluelet, Tofino, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. For more information about the Pacific Rim Summer Festival, visit www.pacificrimarts.ca

July 25 to 27: Ukee Days
A weekend of fun for the whole family! The festivities of Ukee Days kicks off with a scrumptious Salmon BBQ. The next morning begins with a pancake breakfast and parade. Enjoy two event-filled days of Logger Sports, kids games, face painting, live entertainment, great selections of food and crafts, contests, prizes and much more!

Pacific Rim National Park: Public Summer Programs
From late June to early September, park interpreters offer daily programs including guided rainforest walks, tidepool walks, fish and plant T-shirt printing and evening theatre shows. Theatre shows are in an indoor heated theatre at Green Point Campground.

Thrill to shipwreck stories, unravel the mysteries of the rainforest and marvel at the secret life of sea stars and slugs. Discover the rich heritage of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations or create wearable West Coast art! Watch for advertising posted at park facilities and on bulletin boards.


August 2014

August 4: BC Day

August 17, 7:30pm to 10:30pm: Lantern Festival
The Tofino Lantern Festival is the Raincoast Education Society's  'signature' community event and fundraiser, drawing the young and old with an unbelievable variety of hand made lanterns. The Tofino Lantern Festival was born in 2001 and since then has grown to feature local musicians and artists and includes a ‘permanent collection’ of locally-created West Coast lanterns. Many of these lanterns are modeled on local flora and fauna, such as mushrooms, sharks, flowers, fish, owls, banana slugs, and trees, but there is also a village worth of houses, a constellation of stars, a galaxy of planets, a yard of recycling lanterns and much, much more. And best of all, each year new lanterns are created and paraded around the garden trails by children and ‘children-at-heart.’ Don’t miss this magical, candle-lit celebration of West Coast culture! www.raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-lantern-festival

August 22 to 23: Otalith Music Festival, Sea Plane Base Ucluelet
This music festival brings performers from the folk, indie and bluegrass genres to one stage. www.otalithfestival.com

Weekly: Summer Interpretive Beach Walks, Raincoast Education Society
Once per week, all summer long, the Raincoast Education Society guides beach walks on Cox Bay. The Raincoast Education Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building awareness and appreciation for our local environment and building more sustainable communities. Interpretive walks and programs are held in Tofino & Ucluelet throughout the summer. For an up-to-date schedule of events or more information about the Raincoast Education Society, visit www.raincoast education.org

Every Saturday: Saturday Market in Tofino
Come meet all the local vendors who "make it, bake it or grow it" at the Tofino Saturday Market each Saturday May 17 to Sept 27, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. www.tofinomarket.com
Pacific Rim National Park: Public Summer Programs
From late June to early September, park interpreters offer daily programs including guided rainforest walks, tidepool walks, fish and plant T-shirt printing and evening theatre shows. Theatre shows are in an indoor heated theatre at Green Point Campground.

Thrill to shipwreck stories, unravel the mysteries of the rainforest and marvel at the secret life of sea stars and slugs. Discover the rich heritage of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations or create wearable West Coast art! Watch for advertising posted at park facilities and on bulletin boards.

Park interpreters are available to answer your natural and cultural history questions at the Wickaninnish Centre.

September 2014

Monday September 1: Labour Day

September 3 to 6: ASP Women's  6-Star Surf Competition
www.aspworldtour.com/schedule/asp-womens-star-events-schedule

September 13: World Paddle for the Planet Day
Paddlers of all types of craft around the world are invited to pick a change they want to see, paddle for that change, then commit to it until the change becomes reality. www.worldpaddlefortheplanet.com

Every Saturday: Saturday Market in Tofino
Come meet all the local vendors who "make it, bake it or grow it" at the Tofino Saturday Market each Saturday May 17 to Sept 27, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. www.tofinomarket.com

August 30 to Sept 22: Carving on the Edge Festival
This annual festival celebrates the work of both traditional and contemporary wood carving artists. www.carvingedgefestival.ca

September 26 to October 5: Cultural Heritage Festival
Join the Pacific Rim Arts Society in exploring art forms that represent the diversity in the cultural heritage of the West Coast. www.pacificrimarts.ca/events/cultural-heritage-festival

TBD: Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival


October 2014

September 26 to October 5: Cultural Heritage Festival
Join the Pacific Rim Arts Society in exploring art forms that represent the diversity in the cultural heritage of the West Coast. www.pacificrimarts.ca/events/cultural-heritage-festival

October 13: Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

October 31: Halloween

TBD: Queen of the Peak Surf Competition

TBD: Mushrooms of the West Coast, Raincoast Education Society

Fabulous Fungi – Fall Mushroom Picking Season

In Clayoquot Sound during the fall (typically September, October and early November), the mushrooms emerge. Mushroom hunting can be an enjoyable pastime and greatly enhance your appreciation for the wonders of the rainforest. Remember the importance of fungi and be sure to walk softly of the earth.

Annual Return of the Salmon
Witness the impressive sight of hundreds of wild Pacific salmon swimming up small creeks to spawn. Near Long Beach, the Kootowis-Staghorn Interpretive Drive offers excellent interpretive signs and drive-to viewing areas ideal for observing this impressive migration. The presence of so may fish also draws bald eagles, bears seagulls very intent on feasting.


November 2014

November 11: Remembrance Day

October 12 to 15: Clayoquot Oyster Festival
The Clayoquot Oyster Festival is a celebration of the abundance and beauty of the sea. In Clayoquot Sound, oysters give us lots to celebrate about. On most of the oyster farms in Clayoquot Sound, oysters hang on long lines in the deep, cold waters filtering water to eat and grow. Currently about 50,000 gallons of Pacific Oysters (Crassiostrea Gigas) are harvested annually in the area.

The Clayoquot Oyster Festival celebrates oysters with oyster farm tours, educational seminars, the Mermaid's Ball, and of course the ever popular Oyster Gala.

November 27: US Thanksgiving

November 28 to 30: Jingle into Christmas

Storm Watching Season Begins!

Watch the breathtaking beauty and power of a winter storm. The wild west coast is green year-round and coastal breezes keep the temperatures mild. Mild west coast weather becomes punctuated with wildly powerful storms. Rainbows, surf pounded beaches, mists and storm clouds alternate in beauty.


December 2014

December 7 to 18: Long Beach Lodge Resort Annual Maintenance Closure

Storm Watching Season

Watch the breathtaking beauty and power of a winter storm. The wild west coast is green year-round and coastal breezes keep the temperatures mild. Mild west coast weather becomes punctuated with wildly powerful storms. Rainbows, surf pounded beaches, mists and storm clouds alternate in beauty.

Christmas & New Year's Celebrations at Long Beach Lodge Resort
Celebrate the Holiday Season on the beach at Long Beach Lodge Resort and leave the stresses of the season and the decorating to us! Santa's helpers will transform the Resort with lights and decorations. You will feel right at home settled into an overstuffed chair close to the Christmas Tree in the Great Room... all the while, soaking in the warmth of the massive wood-burning fireplace and enjoying the views and sounds of the crashing winter surf.

Chef and his team will take you on a culinary journey from sea to land with a spectacular celebratory dinner to ring in 2015! It is sure to be an evening to remember as your palate explores the bounty of the ocean, forest and farms and the entertainment will bring in the New Year with flair.


January 2015

January 1: New Year's Day

Storm Watching Season
Watch the breathtaking beauty and power of a winter storm. The wild west coast is green year-round and coastal breezes keep the temperatures mild. Mild west coast weather becomes punctuated with wildly powerful storms. Rainbows, surf pounded beaches, mists and storm clouds alternate in beauty.


February 2015

February 14: Valentine's Day

Storm Watching Season
Watch the breathtaking beauty and power of a winter storm. The wild west coast is green year-round and coastal breezes keep the temperatures mild. Mild west coast weather becomes punctuated with wildly powerful storms. Rainbows, surf pounded beaches, mists and storm clouds alternate in beauty.

March 2014

Great Gray Whale Migration
Thousands of Gray whales pass the west coast of Vancouver Island during their annual spring migration in March and April. This is the best time of year to see groups of whales with young. Later in the year resident whales are typically seen. The best way to see whales is on a nature tour with one of our experienced local operators.

March 15-23, 2014: Pacific Rim Whale Festival
Each spring the entire North American population of Pacific Grey Whales migrate along the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. An estimated 22,000 Grey Whales make the 16,000 km round-trip journey between their mating and calving lagoons on the Mexican Baja Peninsula and their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas near the Arctic.

Along the west coast of Vancouver Island whales travel close to the shoreline, providing excellent viewing opportunities from the rocky headlands along the outer coast of our waters. Get even closer to these animals when you venture out onto the open Pacific aboard local charter boats or floatplanes offering whale-watching excursions.

The hosting villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, along with Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offer a wide range of events providing entertaining and educational activities for all.www.pacificrimwhalefestival.org

March 17: St Patrick's Day

April 2014

April 1: April Fool's Day

April 4 to 6: Pacific Rim Tea Festival
Join us in the Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort for a West Coast Afternoon Tea, proudly serving Tofino Tea Bar tea with Tea Sommelier, Cheryl Graham.  Additional festival information available at pacificrimteafestival.wordpress.com
April 18 to 21: Easter
Celebrate Easter Weekend on the beach at Long Beach Lodge.
Great Gray Whale Migration
Thousands of Gray whales pass the west coast of Vancouver Island during their annual spring migration in March and April. This is the best time of year to see groups of whales with young. Later in the year resident whales are typically seen. The best way to see whales is on a nature tour with one of our experienced local operators.

The Month of the Flying Geese
In the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language, April is aptly known as the Month of the Flying Geese. In addition to the thousands of Gray Whales that migrate past our shores in April, tens of thousands of birds and wildfowl reach the West Coast in their annual migration.