British Columbia is a vast and diverse natural region located on the Pacific Flyway that hosts many world-renowned birding locations. Tofino's has birding for the novice to the big year birder. We offer tours up the inlets to Cleland Island Bird Santuary and out to the where the Continental Shelf meets the Pacific Ocean.
Bird Watching Tour 2.5 - 3 Hours
Our birding tours are designed to satisfy the needs of all bird watchers, from the brand new to the seasoned veteran. Our regular 2 ½ to 3 hour tour to Cleland Island ecological reserve explores the world of birds on the west coast of Vancouver Island and its natural history. View puffins, oystercatchers, whimbrels, cormorants, and more with our skippers who are experienced in bird watching.
Rates: $94 + taxes. Please call our office for reservations (250) 725-2132
Pelagic Bird Watching Tour - 6 Hours
The pelagic tour is a six hour trip designed for the more advanced birder. This tour departs early in the morning on a calm day to venture up to 40 km offshore to the Clayoquot Canyon to view birds and marine wildlife. On our 30 ft Boston Whaler the Goolka we adventure out to to see birds, whales, dolphins and so much more. We see albatross, shearwaters, puffins and our feather in our cap bird sighting: the brown booby!
Rates: $249 + taxes. Please call our office for reservations. (250) 725-2132
Please note: We require calm sea conditions for this tour, dress warmly, bring snack + drinks. Don't forget to charge your camera batteries!
What You Need To Know:
- Fully guided tour with experienced, qualified and passionate skippers to answer all your questions.
- We use open 12 passenger Boston Whaler vessel with high-power twin engines.
- You are provided with protective floatation suits, gloves and toques.
- We recommend you dress warmly: sweaters, long pants, closed toed shoes and maybe a windbreaker to wear under your NEW Mustang Survival Suit.
- Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, snacks & water and your sense of adventure!
- Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check in. Participants must be 19 years of age, or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.
- We ask guests to check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure time at our office.
- A wildlife conservation fee of $1 will be added to each fare in support of Strawberry Isle Marine Reseach Society.
- Add 5% tax to all tours.
- We reserve the right to add a fuel surcharge (currently $4.50).
- Group rates available for 6 or more.
Birds on our Tours
We have recorded sightings of the following species on our pelagic tours: Short Tailed Albatross, South Polar Skua, Tufted Puffin, Horned Puffin, Fork-tailed Storm Petrel, Phalarope Storm Petrel, Jaeger Storm Petrel, Red Phalarope, Marbled Murrelet, Xantus’s Murrelet, Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller’s Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Black-legged Kittiwake, Surf Scoter, Sabine’s Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Northern Fulmar, Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet and Brown Booby.