Province/Territory: British Columbia

Navigate pristine wilderness with whales, bears and secluded hot springs.

  • 02 km boardwalk to secluded hot springs
  • 20,000 migrating Gray Whales per year
  • 60-300 kg (130-660 lbs) rambling black bears

You hear the ‘pfooshing’ sound, then spot it. A massive whale tail lifts up out of the waves then plunges back into open ocean. As you cruise closer, a barnacle-covered Gray Whale the size of a city bus leaps in air before you and crashes down with a tidal splash. Along for the ride, bald eagles and sea lions, tufted puffins and sea otters. Your next stop is a boardwalk through pristine rainforest where you find waterfalls and sink down into mineral-rich waters. The next day, you're Zodiac-bound in Clayoquot Sound, touring deep fjords and secluded bays. Your guide points out a mother bear and her cub rolling boulders and crunching on crabs by the water’s edge. That raw feeling of wonder is in the smile you wear on the sunset ride back to Tofino.

Why you should visit
  • Travel out on the open ocean to see breaching Gray and Humpback Whales.
  • Soak in a series of secluded natural hot spring fed rock pools, cooled by the ocean surf.
  • Take photos of sea birds and eagles galore.
  • Enjoy fast Zodiac trip to calm inlet waters where black bears ramble along the shoreline at low tide in search of crabs and other tasty morsels.
  • Photograph tufted puffins, seals and river otters of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Wave to the sea lions and sea otters on your way back to breathtaking Tofino.

Weather

  • Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino experiences a temperate climate. The ocean air brings plenty of humidity and rain, making the island lush and green. July and August are the warmest, driest months but expect rain at any time of year.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Whale watching season in Tofino officially begins in March with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and winds down mid- to late October. The annual Gray whale migration is from March to May; “Resident” Gray & Humpback whales in local feeding areas are found from March to May and from June to November.
  • July and August are ideal months for surfing, kayaking, and hiking in Tofino, known for epic waves and endless sandy beachfront.
Need to know
  • Package tours including waterfront accommodations are available.
  • Comfortable coverall flotation suits provided.
  • Tours are suitable for most visitors.
Getting Here
  • Tours depart from Remote Passages, at the end of Wharf Street in Tofino.
  • You can reach Tofino by car and ferry, by plane, or bus and coach service.
  • If you're driving from Vancouver, take the two-hour ferry to Nanaimo, then a 3-hour drive to the end of Highway 4.
  • Tofino is a 5 to 6 hour drive from Victoria. Rental cars availalbe at all major airports.
  • Access BC highway travel information for Vancouver Island at DriveBC.