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.
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.
These trips take approximately 6 hours. We travel 50-60 km offshore to the Clayoquot Canyon. Potential sightings of: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Risso Dolphins, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Minke Whales, Killer Whales, False Killer Whales, Humpback Whales and Beaked Whales. As well as a giant list of birds, including: Black-footed Albatross, Layson Albatross, Tufted Puffin, Horned Puffin, South Polar Skua, Brown Booby, Jaegers, Petrels, Merrelets, Shearwaters, Scooters, Auklets, Fulmars and so many more!
Dates & Times:
- Saturday, July 25, 2016 – 6am
- Thursday, August 6, 2016 – 6am
- Sunday, August 16, 2016 – 6am
- Friday, August 28, 2916 – 6 am
$249 + taxes. Please call our office for reservations.
- We require calm seas for these departures.
- Please dress warmly. Hats, Gloves & Sunglasses.
- Bring your own lunch and drinks (no glass please).
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.
Wildlife Photography: Workshop By Boat
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 is it a great learning curve in how to create professional images, but an excellent opportunity to gain access to wildlife and the beautiful landscapes in the Clayoquot Sound.
The program starts in our coffee lounge with a brief class on the basics of photography, camera gear, and tips towards the trip. We will then suit up, go over boar 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:
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 12pm to 5pm
$199 + taxes. Reservation Required
- Must supply your own camera equipment (does not need to be professional camera)
- Use telephoto lens (for best results)
- Bring Laptop for editing (not needed)
- Dress warm (Mustang Survival Suits are supplied)
- Bring your own water and food
- Bring sunglasses and sunscreen
- Bring binoculars
Tofino has exceptional birdwatching! 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:
- Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 12:30pm