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2016 Holidays, Events & Festivals

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March 2016

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 12 to 20: 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. More info...

March 17: St Patrick's Day

March 25 to 28: Easter Weekend
Celebrate Easter Weekend with your family on the beach at Long Beach Lodge Resort.

TBA: ArtSplash!
An annual spring art show presented by the pacific Rim Arts Society featuring art from all ages in different media from clay, watercolour, carving, jewellery, photography and even recyclable art.


April 2016

April 1: April Fool's Day

April 9: West Coast Tea in the Great Room
Join us in the Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort for a West Coast Afternoon Tea.  More info...
TBA: Tofino Film Festival
Tofino is a truly unique destination, and this is a truly unique film festival, reflecting the West Coast.

April 29 to May 1: 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. More info...

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.

TBA: Earth Week
Tofino's Earth Week inspires awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Events include a pancake breakfast, special public market, community clean-ups along with many other outdoor and indoor activities.


May 2016

TBA: Feast Tofino
A three week culinary celebration of boat-to-table cuisine. Come experience the best food and wine that Tofino has to offer! More info...

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 from the May Long weekend to the end of September, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. More info...
May 23: Victoria Day (Canada)

TBA: 10th Annual Rip Curl Pro Surf Competition
Canada's national surfing championship held annually on Cox Bay.


June 2016

June 3 to 5: 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. More info...

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. More info...

TBA: 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. More info...

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 from the May Long weekend to the end of September, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. More info...


July 2016

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. More info...

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 from the May Long weekend to the end of September, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. More info...

July 4: Independence Day (US)

TBA: Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby
In it's sixth year, the derby was created by the National Hockey League's Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives. More info...

TBA: 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. More info...

TBA: 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! More info...

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.

July 30: Food Day Canada
Chef Ian Riddick will be preparing his menu for Food Day Canada, an annual celebration which allows Canadians to join hands in one massive celebration in praise of Canadian farmers , fishers, chefs, researchers, and home cooks.


August 2016

August 1: BC Day

TBA: 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!  More info...

TBA: Otalith Music Festival, Sea Plane Base Ucluelet
This music festival brings performers from the folk, indie and bluegrass genres to one stage. More info...

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. More info...

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 from the May Long weekend to the end of September, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. More info...

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 2016

September 5: Labour Day

TBA: 5th Annual Surf's Up for Autism
This annual surf camp is a free two day surf camp where children and families living with autism come together and enjoy a day out on the beach, in the water, and in the surf. More info...

TBA: Bruhwiler Kids Classic
This free, fun & competitive event showcases the youngest of Canadian surfers, ages 0-18. More info...

TBA: 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. More info...

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 from the May Long weekend to the end of September, from 10am to 2pm at Tofino's Village Green. More info...
September 12 to 22: Carving on the Edge Festival
This annual festival celebrates the work of both traditional and contemporary wood carving artists. More info...

TBA: 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. More info...

TBA: Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival
The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival is designed to provide local residents with the skills to begin the transition away from a globalized, fossil-fuel dependent community towards a more localized, self-reliant community. The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival provides a space to share knowledge about specific skill-sets and to highlight individuals, organizations, and businesses in our communities that have teachable and important skills. More info...

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. Join the Resort's Chef Ian Riddick for an afternoon in the woods learning and exploring the local mushrooms.


October 2016

October 7 to 9: Mushrooms of the West Coast Field Study Course
This three-day field-course will introduce partiipants to the wonderful world of West Coast mushrooms. More info...

October 10: Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving Weekend with your family on the beach at Long Beach Lodge Resort.

October 31: Halloween

TBA: Queen of the Peak Women's Surf Championships
A two day all-female surf competition includes both longboard and shortboard category and features an under 16 surf contest as well. More info...

TBA: Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational
A fun, competitive event for standup paddle surfers in Canada and beyond. More info...
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. Join the Resort's Chef Ian Riddick for an afternoon in the woods learning and exploring the local mushrooms.

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.