Guide Scholarship - Sponsored By Ocean Outfitters

Guide Scholarship - Sponsored By Ocean Outfitters

Do you imagine a career that allows you to work outside in nature? Are you interested in conservation minded tourism?

The recipient would receive full funding for all certificates required to hole a guiding position. Including:

  • Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC Level 1 or higher
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid or higher
  • SVOP - Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate
  • MEDA2 or MEDA3
  • ROC - Radio Operator Certificate

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2017

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2017

November does hold promise for outdoor adventure, though it doesn’t come easy. Freshwater fishing for steelhead and trout on the heels of the salmon run often offers fantastic action to those anglers willing to brave the lacklustre weather. Wool, Goretex and rubber are the mainstays of winter fashion here in Tofino and any angler venturing out to the rivers in search of steelhead at this time of year should have a full wardrobe of weatherproof layers.  

The nuances of winter steelheading in Clayoquot Sound are best learned from a local and experienced guide. Local knowledge is a key factor to success in the rivers at this time of year and hiring a guide will ensure you enjoy a productive day on the water and not a fruitless, frustrating excursion. Fly or light tackle fishing for steelhead in the Tofino area can offer exceptional fun if you know where to go, and what to do when you get there.  

Tofino Fishing Report – October 2017

Tofino Fishing Report – October 2017

October is one of my favourite times of the year for freshwater fishing in Tofino. Vast schools of salmon and sea run trout have waited patiently all summer for fall rains to swell rivers and kick off the annual spawning migration.  On every high tide fresh runs of salmon enter the rivers and power upstream.  The valleys are filled with energy and all manner of forest critters gather on the riverbanks to feed.

Anglers are well advised to follow natures rhythms and follow the footsteps of the bears and wolves to our local rivers where each cast with a fly or light tackle promises an ocean fresh salmon, steelhead, or trout. The fishing can be fantastic at times, and perfect for anglers of all skill levels.  Parents should readily consider taking their kids river fishing during October, as there’s no better time to get the young ones in on the action.  

Wildlife Sightings: Summer 2017

 Wildlife Sightings: Summer 2017

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.

Tofino Fishing Report – September 2017

Tofino Fishing Report –  September 2017

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....