Kids Activities around TofinoKids love the Long Beach area... who wouldn’t? Here are some ideas to keep your kids amused and amazed.
Explore the Beaches and Rocky OutcropsTidal pools are home to a wide variety of life, from tiny fish called sculpins, to anenomes, sea stars, crabs, mussells and goose necked barnacles.
Explore the varied environment...from sandy beaches to marshes to temperate rainforests. Pacific Rim National Park has many short interpretive walks through differing coastal environments.
Keep your eyes out for Vancouver Island’s famed Banana Slugs...These forest dwellers can grow to a length of 8 inches (20 cm), with a few giants reaching 10 inches (25.4 cm), and weights of a quarter of a pound (0.1 kg). The banana slug's colour ranges from dead white to black, lemon yellow, tan, and brown–often with black blotches or spots.
Visit the Wickaninnish CentrePerched on the shore of the Pacific, this interpretive facility focuses on the open ocean. Through exhibits, displays and films, visitors glimpse into the power and majesty of the earth's largest and deepest ocean. Open mid-March to mid-October 10:30am–6pm, 7 days/week.
Visit the Raincoast Interpretive Centre
The goal of the Raincoast Education Society is to provide residents and visitors of the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region with high-quality learning opportunities about the environmental and cultural history of the region. During the summer months, or by request year-round, guided nature walks are offered. A series of guest lectures are hosted during the fall/winter seasons.Visit their website for more information...
Visit the Ucluelet AquariumThis small regional aquarium exhibits a collection exclusive to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Their tanks are seasonally stocked from the waters around Ucluelet and Tofino, and after a period on display, all the sealife is safely returned to the wild. Here you can see what lives beneath – sea stars, sculpin, jellyfish, coral, sole, nudibranchs, sea slugs, crabs, and much more! They even have a hands-on tank! Kids love it… so do adults!
The aquarium has produced a Life History Manual which you may be interested in downloading - lots of great info on the local marine environment along with pictures...