Tofino Whale Watching

Jamie’s Whaling StationIn just two weeks the 2007 whale watching season will begin at Tofino, 207 kilometers west of Nanaimo. Starting on March 1, Jamie’s Whaling Station will track the annual migration of the Pacific gray whales up the west coast of North America to their summer feeding grounds. The gray whales can only be seen en masse off Vancouver Island until late April, but humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and seals are present throughout the year.

Jamie’s Whaling Station operates whale watching trips in zodiacs and 20-meter luxury vessels from March to October from Tofino and from mid-March to September from Ucluelet. Jamie’s also offers two-hour bear watching tours to observe the black bears of Clayoquot Sound. Another option is the full-day cruise up the coast to natural thermal hot springs.

Tofino is a must see for every Vancouver Island visitor. Aside from the whale watching and other boat tours, there’s spectacular Pacific Rim National Park with many excellent rainforest trails and fabulous Long Beach. At nearby Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail winds all along the coast. Numerous hotels, motels, and B&Bs; are available at Tofino and Ucluelet with reduced rates from March to mid-June and mid-September to October. The Tofino Bus can take you there from Nanaimo and Vancouver.

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