Let the Celebration Begin!Let the Celebration Begin!


Throughout the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and around the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, it's an all-out celebration of life on the coast!

It's about grey whales and marine life education, inspirational talks and interpretive walks, children's fun for the small and culinary events for the tall, First Nations cultural workshops and more - come and experience a coastal tradition!

Check out last years festival events!

Visit our Events page

What's Happening?What's Happening?


Keep tabs on the Festival with our News & Announcements page.

Are you a local business wanting to participate in the Pacific Rim Whale Festival? Go to the Sponsor tab to download our Sponsorship Package, with Event Application and additional forms you need to get started!


2015 Poster Artist: Claire Watson

Claire is an Artist, illustrator and freelance graphic designer living with her husband, two kids and Mexican mutt aboard their 42’ Cheoy Lee Ketch in Tofino. She moved from Gabriola Island in 2013 and feels as though Tofino and the wild west coast will be her long-term home.

See our generous SponsorsSee our generous Sponsors


The non-profit Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society offers a rewarding platform for partnership between a robust menu of private and corporate funders and contributors.

Local, regional and international sponsors keep the wheels turning, and in turn we extend our utmost gratitude. Like whales without water, we couldn't survive without you!

Offer your support by becoming a festival sponsor!

View our 2013 list of generous sponsors.

The Whales are coming!The Whales are coming!


It's the perfect time of year to witness grey whales on migration; indoors, from the air, or out on the briny sea!

We're on a mission to spread the word on whales and the creatures who share their environments. Of course, there's more than just greys; humpbacks, killer whales, and other outstanding wildlife live here too...

Read more about West Coast Whales!

Canada's Real West CoastCanada's Real West Coast

West Coast 101

Canada's real west coast welcomes springtime weeks ahead of our nation's east coast counterparts!

Surrounded by sandy beaches, and lush rainforest, the communities of Tofino, Ucluelet, and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are a playground for wildlife and people alike. This is the scoop on where we live and why we celebrate Life on the Coast!

Get the low-down by heading to West Coast 101!

  • Let the Celebration Begin!
  • What's Happening?
  • See our generous Sponsors
  • The Whales are coming!
  • Canada's Real West Coast

Welcome to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival

In March 2016, we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary festival! We hope you can be a part of the inspiration, education, and entertainment by celebrating our coastal traditions, unique environment, and the spring return of the grey whale. 

For more information please contact

 or mail us at:

P.O. Box 955 Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 


We would like to thank our major sponsors for their commitment to our communities and the return of the majestic Grey whales.


Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino



For a full list of sponsors please view our SPONSORS page.


*The Whale Festival Society would also like to extend our thanks to the fantastic contributors of the Wickaninnish Inn's Gala & Silent Auction, The Canadian Princess' Gatsby Casino Night, The Photoshowdown, Barnacle Blues, and The Dark Sea Spectacle!

Each event served as fundraisers for the festival - helping to ensure the Society is able to invite esteemed educators to give talks, hire talented entertainers for the various events and make sure everyone attending is having a wonderful time. Please check the official Sponsorship page for a complete list of all who donated prizes and auction items.*