The week of March 17-25, 2013 marks the 27th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, also known by Tofino locals as “Whalefest”.
Tofino’s Whalefest is historically linked to the beginning of a great wonder of the natural world: the northbound migration of thousands of Grey Whales through Canadian coastal waters to the Bering Sea. Held once a year, Whalefest is a week of festivities celebrating Tofino coastal living, giving locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy spectacular whale watching while learning about Canada’s marine environment and Vancouver Island culture.
Whether it’s by boat, by air, or during a stroll down the beach, a visit to Tofino during Whalefest would not be complete without a whale-watching excursion. However, in addition to whale-watching, Whalefest has a diverse range of events to keep you busy, and many of them are free! Biologists and naturalists from around the Tofino area offer talks, interpretative tours, and educational films on whale migration and other local wildlife including sea otters and shorebirds, with an emphasis on conservation and education. Tofino chefs compete and offer up their best fare at events including a chowder cook-off and a cocktail competition. Tofino regional artists, musicians and storytellers are also featured with events for all ages including live music, crafts sales, photo competitions, and a parade!
Get Away to Whalefest
This weekend is the perfect time to get up to Tofino and take advantage of all that Whalefest has to offer. Events are held in Tofino, as well as down the road in Ucluelet, and throughout the National Park, making Long Beach Lodge Resort a perfect base for your Whalefest adventures. Not only can we help organize all of your events, but also our new boat is ready to take you on that once-in-a-lifetime whale-watching trip.