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Kakawin Songs - Orca Pods Chatting in Clayoquot Sound

Kakawin Songs - Orca Pods Chatting in Clayoquot Sound

It was a beautiful and blustery summer evening in Tofino. Swell was building and naturally we were a little hesitant to head out to sea. All day the office was buzzing with excitement and stories of Kakawin playing in Clayoquot Sound.

After clocking out, we suited up and made our way down to the dock. To manage guest expectations, our skipper Jesse played it cool and briefly mentioned that Orca had been sighted earlier that day. We departed from the harbour and made our way north on the inside of Vargas Island. As we entered the inside of Flores Island, the waters were calm and breeze was warm. We immediately spotted the Kakawin playing close to shore. They were actively breaching, spy-hopping and tail slapping; even the babies knew what to do!

Wildlife Photography Workshop By Boat

Wildlife Photography Workshop By Boat

Suitable for all skill-levels (Beginner to Pro)

Ocean Outfitters photography trips are based around the landscapes and wildlife of Clayoquot Sound. They are taught by our tour guide Kyler Vos who has a diploma in professional photo imaging, is the owner of his own photo gallery locally in Tofino, and shoots a wide variety of photography as a career. Our photography trips are for beginners, intermediates, and professionals. Not only a great learning curve in how to create professional images but to take you in and around Clayoquot Sound giving you information and accessibility to wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Life on the Edge

Life on the Edge

Tofino’s Unique Coastal Wolves Carve Out a Living

As one of Canada’s premier tourism destinations, we are partly dependent on wildlife. Wolves are no doubt a highlight of a visitor’s wildlife experience in Clayoquot Sound. Not only do wolves hold deep ecological and intrinsic value, but for a community like Tofino, they also hold economic value. We as community members and business owners have a responsibility to ensure their survival. Wolves are revered by First Nations and are emblematic of kinship, and the “wild”. The howl of a wolf below a full, west coast moon, is as unforgettable as the call of a lion in Africa; yet, for decades, wolves have been persecuted from every angle. It is time to adapt our behaviors and perspectives in order to coexist with wolves.
 
This year we have had 16 days with wolf sightings, so far. We have seen wolves swim the channel, scout the shoreline, call for their mates, eat a bear carcass and confront a sow with her cubs. This is as it should be--rare and spectacular!
 
Clayoquot Sound has had its fair share of human-wildlife conflicts and the summer of 2016 was no exception. These are most often “human problems” as we increase pressures on animal habitat. Human-food habituated wolves living on Vargas Island, just north of Tofino, had learned to break into kayak hatches in search of food. While it had been an accepted practice to store food in hatches, it was apparent this had to change.
 

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2016

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2016

It’s been a wet, wild headlong slog into fall this season thanks to a more traditional return to La Nina weather patterns. A constant parade of southeasterly gales has buffeted our coast, negating any real chances of a foray or two offshore in hopes of landing a late season salmon or halibut. While offshore saltwater fishing hasn’t been an option for the past while, these storms have brought a steady supply of rain to our local watersheds and that has created fantastic conditions for freshwater fishing.

The rivers are literally teeming with fish this November. Most of the chinook and coho salmon are now well on their way to finishing their spawning run, but several river systems have excellent runs of chum salmon that are still fresh from the ocean and eager to test anglers skill on fly or light tackle. Chum salmon offer fantastic sport and should be considered one of the hardest fighting fish in our local rivers. Often topping twenty pounds, these magnificently coloured fish will pounce on a fly or spoon swung through the depths of a favourite pool. Anglers targeting chums are well advised to use fifteen or twenty pound test leaders as these fish are dogged fighters and sport a mouth full of nasty choppers that are quite adept at sawing through light lines.