It’s back!  After a one-year hiatus, this beloved festival is returning to Tofino and our coast – and you’re in for a whale of a time.  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. When it was inaugurated in 1988, the festival’s goal was to create awareness of our unique coastal marine eco-system and especially of the then-endangered Gray whale.  Great news: the Gray whale population has recovered since approximately 2002 with increased birth rates, survival rates and other factors.
  2. Over 20 events take place throughout Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Ucluelet.  Drive around – or ride-share around Tofino with the new, local Whistle app.
  3. Ever attended a dessert migration, storytelling in a longhouse-style art gallery, or a beach seine?  These are just a couple of the happenings in store.
  4. It’s an opportunity to volunteer while on vacation, and dive into the heart of the festival and the small coastal communities in which it has thrived for years.  Email the festival coordinator for info.

    ***The Pacific Rim Whale Festival, originally set to run March 20-28, 2020, has been postponed until further notice.  We’ll keep you in the loop of any developments.***