Tofino Experiences

The stunning beauty and ecological diversity of Tofino’s location in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the source of all activities.

Imagine, all in one place, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear-watching, bird watching, camping, hiking, storm-watching and First Nations cultural touring. Surfing is big here, and Tofino was named the best surf town in North America in Outside Magazine’s 2010 Editors Choice awards.

Below is a small selection of the tours we can organise for you when you have booked your Canada holiday with us and are visiting Tofino.

A multi-departure tour program that takes participants from the open Pacific coast to the secluded fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Whales, black bears, sea lions, sea otters highlight this marine program. During the winter, local Black bears are in semi-hibernation. Come April they leave their dens and head for the closest food source - the ocean! While bears forage in the intertidal zone, they can reliably and unobtrusively be observed and photographed from our 12-passenger Zodiac boats. This is an inlet, calm water experience. About the same time, Gray and Humpback whales return to our shores from their wintering areas in Mexico and Hawaii. Sea otters and sea lions are also found close to the outer islands and reefs frequented by the whales.

This wildlife program is presented in two parts, with a land-side break to refresh and get ready for the next voyage. Please note: on occasion, the second departure may be scheduled for the morning of the following day. To enhance the experience, we screen a short documentary introduction before each departure.

Additional Information:
- Remote Passages provides Mustang Floater Suit, toque & gloves and complimentary hot drinks on return.
- Participants should dress warmly.
- Bring a camera, binoculars, sun glasses and sun screen.
- Please dress warmly.
- Guests with medical conditions (neck/back/mobility issues) need to be identified with initial reservation

Departure times are based on tides.

Duration: 4 hours

Launch out of Tofino with the west coast wilderness with only a few minutes paddle across the harbour. Explore the quiet inlet waters and ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound. Make your way from Meares Landing across Tofino harbour to the shores of Meares Island. Bird life abounds in this area, and it is a pleasure to unobtrusively observe shoreline activity from the kayaks. At Meares Island, land the kayaks and take time for a short hike into the rainforest. Experience the wonder of giant cedars in the ancient coastal forest. Continue the exploration to the village of Opitsaht, rich in native history of the west coast.

What to bring: Food and water, layers of clothes and shorts.

Note:
- Remote Passages provides: water shoes, dry bag, all sea kayaking equipment.
- Tribal Park Fee is included in rate.
- Please dress warmly.
- Guests with medical conditions (neck/back/mobility issues) need to be identified with initial reservation.

This tour features black bears and explores the fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound. During the winter, local black bears are in semi-hibernation. Come May, they leave their dens and head for the closest food source - the ocean! While the bears forage in the intertidal zone, you can unobtrusively observe and photograph their behaviour. You will experience the tour aboard an open-air, rescue-style, 24' rigid-hulled Zodiac suitable for this calm water program. The vessel's shallow draft is especially good for manoeuvring in the small sheltered bays while you are watching for bears and learning about this unique environment.

Additional Information:
- Remote Passages provides Mustang Floater Suit, toque, gloves and complimentary hot drinks on return.
- Participants should dress warmly.
- Bring a camera, binoculars, sun glasses and sunscreen.
- Guests with medical conditions (neck/back/mobility issues) need to be identified with initial reservation.

Departure times are based on tides.

Duration: 6.5 - 7 hours

This tour combines a hot springs and whale watching tour. You will travel 32 km from Tofino to the north end of Clayoquot Sound where stops may include a sea cave, black bear viewing, an eagle's nest and a seabird nesting island depending on the time of season. You will then travel to a series of thermal rock pools. While on shore, a 2 km hike through the rainforest boardwalk trail from dock to springs where the natural sulphur hot springs are located. Afterwards, head out to sea in search of whales and other marine life before returning to the dock.

Note:
- BC Parks Fee is included.
- Remote Passages provides Mustang Floater Suit, toque & gloves
- Please dress warmly.
- Bring your swimsuit, towel, some water, food and your camera.
- Guests with medical conditions (neck/back/mobility issues) need to be identified with initial reservation.

Offering 4 custom designed vessels in either zodiac or covered vessels (Sun Raven, Night Eagle, Light Hawk, Spy-Hopper) which carry 10-12 passengers. Speeds can reach between 25-30 knots. Passengers are outfitted in full-length Mustang floater suit (with 'built in' life jacket) for comfort and safety at sea. Hats, gloves, and other gear are provided as needed. This tour takes you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you could encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.

Additional Notes:
- Remote Passages provides Mustang Floater Suit, toque & gloves.
- Please dress warmly.
- Bring camera, binoculars, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Guests with medical conditions (neck/back/mobility issues) need to be identified with initial reservation.

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