there's always something special Happening!
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.
Pelagic trip with seabird guide Mark Maftei
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 6, 2017 – 7:30am (depart dock) to 4:30pm
Ocean Outfitters Ltd. (368 Main Street, Tofino, BC)
- 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).
Tofino Shorebird Festival
The 20th annual Tofino Shorebird Festival will take place on May 5 - 7!
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 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017
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
$80 + taxes. Please call our office for reservations.
Guardians of the coast: Chris Darimont
Of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Victoria
Join us for a memorable evening rich with stories, science, and stunning images. This passionate talk will celebrate all who safeguard our precious coast. Chris Darimont (Hakai-Raincoast Professor at the University of Victoria and Science Director for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation) will guide us into the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR)— where cedar trees date to the Middle Ages, black bears can be white, and wolves are considered marine mammals. Be inspired by powerful alliances of people, led by Indigenous communities, who have stood tall against habitat destruction, Big Oil, and trophy hunting in the GBR. Lessons learned there could help us tackle new threats now facing other areas of our priceless coast.
Date & Time:
Friday, March 17, 2017 – 7:00pm
Tofino Community Hall
Tickets are $15 (12 and under free). Tickets available online or at our office on Main St.
Tofino has exceptional bird watching! This area draws over 40 species of shorebirds throughout April and May, including: Whimbrels, Western Sandpipers, Dunlin, Lovers and many more. On their natural migration from Central and South America northward to their breeding grounds in the Arctic, thousands of birds stop here to rest and to feed. We have the perfect blend of beaches, mudflats, rocky shoreline and thick forest to draw these birds in giant numbers along their massive migration.
Join a guided 2.5 hour voyage with our local expert, Bob Hansen to celebrate this remarkable migration. Bob’s career with National Parks spanned 38 years, with 25 years based in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Bob conducted the park seabird survey program over a period of 15 years and assisted in marine mammals surveys over the same period. Bob is currently working on a project with Thornton Creek Enhancement Society on reducing risks associated with beat watching and another project with schools in Ucluelet and Tofino to establish a wildlife monitoring program with students. He continues to assist with the Wild Coast Learning to Live with Large Carnivores Project, and the park seabird monitoring program as a volunteer. Bob loves bird and is a great guide!
Dates & Times:
- 2017 dates to be confirmed