We are grateful for what was yet another wonderful summer in Tofino. Wildlife sightings this season were extraordinary! We saw Gray Whales in Clayoquot Sound every day on our tours in July, August, and September; and we saw Black Bears on 118 out of 122 days from June to September. It's truly remarkable when you are able to have this many encounters with whales and bears in a natural setting... it is certainly part of what makes Tofino so special.
Brody and I stand shoulder to shoulder at the edge of the road, peering down into the chasm before us. We lean forward, the gravel crunching nervously below our wading boots, as if a few more inches of perspective would reveal a glimpse of an emerald pool. We guess the river to be four or five hundred feet below at the bottom of the canyon, hidden amongst the giant old growth cedar and spruce who’s tops reach up and out of the canyon depths. The faint rush of the river is there, blended in with the sounds of the wilderness.
Brody kicks a softball-sized rock off the cliff edge. We watch as it tumbles down and ricochets off boulders and blowdown before finally disappearing into the underbrush. The harsh clacking of the stone sends warning signs throughout the canyon and the song birds and chattering squirrels fall silent. Only the soft, distant rhythm of the river remains.
It’s going to be one hell of a tough scramble down to the bottom of that canyon, I say out loud. And it’s going to be a lot worse climbing back out. But that’s where the fish are. That’s always where the fish are. Large, bright summer runs that have ascended from saltwater in the aftermath of the last torrential rains. The forest still drips with the remnants of the storm....
A recent film project that shows how we connect people with the amazing area we live in. Our programs are not only a ton of fun, but they also encourage stewardship. After joining us, we hope that people see things a little differently and maybe make better choices. Watch our short video now (98 seconds).
My good friends, Matt and Oren, and I once planned a remote fly-in excursion to a productive watershed here in Clayoquot Sound. The plan, as simple as it sounds, was to head up to a remote lake and fish/canoe our way down the outflow river to the estuary, where the same float plane that dropped us off in the morning would return to pick us up at the end of the day. The boys and I have done this dozens of times before, no biggie.
In hindsight, the mitigating factor that made this one particular trip different from the rest of our prior excursions was the appearance and inclusion of Oren's older brother, Matt. And also his dog, Harvey.
The dog didn't worry me, I've known Harvey for years, he's a good dog. What did worry me was the fact that Matt showed up wearing his Canadian Coast Guard Search & Rescue (North Pacific When The Chit Hits The Fan Edition) survival drysuit. That is never a good sign, particularly when you are supposedly just going fishing...
We have teamed up with Tofino Yoga to help you celebrate summer & celebrate you! This is the perfect marine adventure for SUP enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. We are offering a unique day of Wellness in the Wilderness at our new remote SUP/ Kayak dock. Come join us on Sunday, August 13th for this special tour!