Tofino is a fishing village famous for whale watching. Located in the centre of Clayoquot Sound, Tofino travel takes advantage of cruise and kayaking options as vantage points for the 25,000 migrating gray whales. You only need to travel five kilometres from the shore to view their migration from Mexico along the west coast from March to May. Humpback whales and salmon can also be seen, as well as shorebirds seeking out the mudflats on the west coast.
The rainforest ecosystem of Pacific Rim National Park combines viewing points for whale watching on Long Beach with hikes -Schooner Beach Trail is one of the most popular - in the forest. Long Beach is also ideal for surfers, who are attracted by its rolling waves. And a trip to Radar Hill is recommended for its views over Clayoquot Sound particularly notable at sunset or sunrise.
Your Tofino travel itinerary should also include trips to Meares Island for The Big Tree Trail, as well as Hot Springs Cove where you can combine whale watching, a cedar forest walk, and a dip into the heated natural spring rock pools.
On a trip south to The Broken Group Islands near Ucluelet, you can discover the archipelago while kayaking or SCUBA diving.
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Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.
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This tailor-made fly-drive pairs Vancouver and Victoria's city highlights with the natural wonders and wildlife of Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Rim National Park.
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