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Here at Ocean Outfitters we're always trying to keep things new and exciting. We offer special seasonal tours, programs, and events for anyone looking to go above and beyond the standard tours available.

 

Manx Shearwater birding photo in Tofino, BC
 

Pelagic Birding Trip

September 8, 2019 | Full-Day Excursion

This trip will be an all day excursion to some of the offshore banks and canyons in search of albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and other pelagic birds. Exact route to be determined based on local weather, fishing activity, and up-to-date recon of where birds seem to be concentrating. Our goal is to bird out to, and then along, the shelf edge near one of the large offshore canyons about 35 miles off the coast.

Previous trips have turned up some amazing birds and marine mammals! This is a one-of-a-kind experience and a unique opportunity to explore the pelagic waters off of Vancouver Island. Highlights of past trips include Sabine’s gull, short-tailed sooty, and flesh-footed shearwaters, fork-tailed storm petrels, Manx Shearwaters, Slaty-Backed Gulls, Guadalupe Murrelets, Scripps's Murrelets, South Polar Skua, and Transient Orcas.

When:

  • Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019: 8:00am – 4:00pm (approximately 8 hours)

Location:

  • Meet at Ocean Outfitters Ltd. (368 Main Street, Tofino)

Notes:

  • 11 spaces

  • Weather permitting

  • Pack a lunch and water for a full day at sea

  • Camera and binoculars

Pricing:

Plankton Tuesdays - Free educational workshops in Tofino

Plankton Tuesdays

Free programming for all ages!

Tuesdays, 11:30am - 1:00pm (July & August only)

Plankton are organisms that live in the ocean, drifting with tides and currents. Boring?

Hardly! Collectively, plankton fuel the entire marine ecosystem and represent the vast majority of the ocean's total biomass. This incredibly varied group includes everything from algae encased in jewel-like glass shells, to fierce and deadly predators - and their elusive prey. An entire ecosystem on a microscopic scale!

A Raincoast Education Society naturalist will be leading plankton observations with live samples at our office every Tuesday in July and August.

We hope to see you soon for Plankton Tuesday!

When:

  • Every Tuesday in July & August

  • From 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where:

  • Ocean Outfitters ( 368 Main St, Tofino )

Pricing:

  • FREE for all who are interested to attend :)

Wolves at Great Bear Rainforest

“Orca 101” Workshops

With the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society

Come dive deep into the lives of Killer Whales this summer! Ocean Outfitters is pleased to invite Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society and pieces of their mascot “0120”, an Offshore Killer Whale skeleton recovered from Clayoquot Sound in 1997, for a series of educational afternoons throughout the summer. Let’s go beneath the surface and explore the biology, anatomy, history and behavior of one of the most recognizable and iconic marine mammals found in Clayoquot Sound- Killer Whales!

What is an Offshore Killer Whale? And how does it differ from other Killer Whales? Come learn about all 3 Eco types of Orcas seen in British Columbian oceans- it’s amazing what their bones can tell us about their underwater life. It’s not only Killer Whale bones that you’ll get to see and touch, but bones from a variety of other marine mammals you may see while visiting Tofino.

This one of a kind, hands-on educational experience will give you a glimpse into the efforts being made to research, catalogue, identify, conserve and protect these animals for generations to come.

When:

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • Saturday, July 13, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • Saturday, August 24, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Where:

  • Ocean Outfitters ( 368 Main St, Tofino )

Pricing:

  • FREE for all who are interested to attend :)

 
Killer Whales (Orcas) in Clayoquot Sound, Tofino BC.

off-shore birding

Pelagic trip with seabird guides Mark Maftei & Daniel Donnecke

This trip will be an all day excursion to some of the offshore banks and canyons in search of albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and other pelagic birds. Exact route to be determined based on local weather, fishing activity, and up-to-date recon of where birds seem to be concentrating. Our goal is to bird out to, and then along, the shelf edge near one of the large offshore canyons about 35 miles off the coast.

Previous years have turned up some amazing birds and marine mammals and this is a one-of-a-kind experience and a unique opportunity to explore the pelagic waters off of Vancouver Island. Early May is the transition when wintering species begin to move out and summer migrants arrive. Highlights of past trips include Sabine’s gull, Arctic tern, short-tailed sooty, and flesh-footed shearwater, fork-tailed storm petrel, large flocks of both red and red-necked phalaropes, and several species of albatrosses. This is a trip specifically designed around finding seabirds, led by seabird scientists, and is not a pleasure cruise.

Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019: 7:00am – 4:00pm (with Mark Maftei)

  • Sunday, May 5, 2019: 7:00am – 4:00pm (with Daniel Donnecke)

Location:

  • Ocean Outfitters Ltd. (368 Main Street, Tofino)

Pricing:

Book online

Notes:

- Space is limited to 12 people, and seats are first-come, first-serve;

- The trip is weather dependent. In the event of cancellation, there will be a 100% refund;

- No refund for no-shows;

- Please dress warmly. Hats, Gloves & Sunglasses;

- Bring your own lunch and drinks (no glass please).

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Tofino Shorebird Festival
 

The 22nd annual Tofino Shorebird Festival will take place on May 3 - 5!

Every year from late April through May, flocks of sandpipers, plovers, whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area. Thousands stop here to feed and rest as they make their impressive journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds.

The Tofino Shorebrid Festival celebrates this impressive annual migrations with a series of educational birding activities throughout the region. We draw on local and visiting experts to participate in the festival, offering guest lectures, birding workshops, boat trips and much more! This is a great opportunity to experience the largest wildlife migration in the region, learn about these impressive birds, and understand why Tofino is one of the very best places in western Canada for bird watching!

Visit www.tofinoshorebirdfestival.com for more details.

Dates & Times:

  • Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

 
A wolf in the wild, photo by our guide and your photo instructor - Kyler Vos.

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.

The program starts in our coffee lounge 368 Main Street with a brief class on the basics of photography, camera gear, and tips towards the trip. We will then suit up, go over boat safety and head out on the water. Tide dependent, we will be heading up Tofino inlet to photograph the black bears in the calm waters behind Meares Island, then we will head off shore to find some ocean dwelling animals such as seals, sea lions, and whales. The boat trip will last around four hours with half hour before and after to learn the basics of photography and editing. Over all, the trips will be five hours in length teaching the ins and outs of outdoor photography on the coast.

Dates & Times:

2019 dates to be confirmed

Wayne Adams & Catherine King Floating Artist Studio in Tofino

Floating Garden Tour: Artists off the Grid

Join us for a 30 minute gentle inlet cruise through spectacular scenery to visit Wayne Adams and Catherine King. They are artists who have been living in Freedom Cover in their float house with surrounding floating gardens for 23 years. Their floating home and garden platforms are an art installation piece that are meant to be walked through. Their home changes formation every year. Their entire floating world has been made completely from recycled materials and has been constructed with only a handsaw and hammer. Catherine’s floating gardens are all organically grown year round. Her plants include organic vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, edible flowers, decorative flowers, bushes and trees.

When you visit you will receive as a gift a pure bees wax candle of your own choice molded from one of their carvings. Coming for a tour to Wayne & Catherine’s floating world will give you a relaxing and inspirational experience that will leave you with a smile on your face and a feeling of peace inside.

Dates & Times:

  • June to October

  • Departures on demand – Allow 2.5 hours

Pricing:

$80 + taxes. Please call our office for reservations.