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Join in the celebration of wildlife. Hope to see you!!

Wild Pacific Trail Walks – Thornton Creek Hatchery Events: The WildSafeBC Pacific Rim Program for Ucluelet and Tofino, together with many partners, is hosting a wide range of fun events for residents and visitors.

  • Something for all ages from walks and talks to watching spawning salmon and many other species of wildlife.
  • 2 guided walks on the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail.
  • Rotating events on Saturday and Sunday at the Thornton Creek Hatchery.

The Line-up:


@ the Wild Pacific Trail

10am Saturday Sept. 15
Wolf Walk – Wild Pacific Trail Society Interpreter Tanya Nestoruk: Tanya has been guiding walks all summer talking about our coastal wolves, sometimes referred to as sea wolves. She explains the characteristics behind the name and the importance of wolves ecologically and culturally.

10am Sunday Sept. 16
Exploration of a Bear’s Diet Walk – Wild Pacific Trail Society Interpreter Silva Johansson: Silva has had a long career at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve as a professional naturalist/interpreter. As you walk along the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail you will learn how you are surrounded in bear foods.


@ the Thornton Creek Hatchery: see the map and learn more here.
The hatchery will be open 10:30am – 2:30pm both Sept. 15 & 16

10:30am, Saturday Sept. 15 & Sunday Sept. 16
Welcome talk with Dave Hurwitz, Hatchery Manager & Master Storyteller: Learn about the importance of salmon, the work of the Thornton Creek Enhancement Society and the rules for keeping people and bears safe at the hatchery.

11:30am, Saturday Sept. 15 & Sunday Sept. 16
Bob Hansen, WildSafeBC Pacific Rim Coordinator for Ucluelet and Tofino: Bob will talk the WildSafeBC Pacific Rim Program and about partnering with the Thornton Salmon Enhancement Society. He will show how installing an electric fence resolved a hazardous situation for people and bears.

11:30am,  Sunday  Sept. 16
Carl Sieber, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Naturalist/Interpreter: Carl  has developed incredibly popular interpretive programs about bears and carnivores that have educated and entertained thousands. Carl will have a bear and carnivores table at the hatchery; he will show you how recognize tracks and signs and field all your questions about these fascinating animals.

11:30am – 12:30pm Saturday Sept. 15 & Sunday Sept. 16
RainCoast Education Society Interpreter: learn how wildlife cameras were used for education to connect local students with wildlife. A pilot project at the hatchery revealed much about bears fishing for salmon and the host of other wildlife drawn to the area by the spawning salmon.

10:30am – 2:30pm Saturday Sept. 15 & Sunday Sept. 16
WildSafeBC Pacific Rim Booth and WSBC Volunteers: The WildSafeBC Program province-wide and the local Pacific Rim Program provides education and services to help “Keep Communities Safe and Wildlife Wild”. Knowledgeable local volunteers can connect you with a wide variety of information. Say hello and check it out. See if you can identify the mystery skull, pick up a brochure or find out about building an electric fence.

Read on for details. It is going to be a fun weekend! What is the BC Goes Wild Weekend?

The BC Goes Wild Weekend is a major annual event taking place in communities across BC.

The WildSafeBC Program describes the initiative: “The BC Goes Wild Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate the great diversity of wildlife in our region as well as provide people with a positive experience with WildSafeBC.” In addition to the activities occurring in every community, there will be province-wide activities/contests going on.“

You can learn more about the province-wide contests running this year at:
https://wildsafebc.com/bc-goes-wild/