Pacific Rim Whale Festival Events
Saturday March 23, 2013


Saturday March 23, 2013: 4:00 am - 7:00 am Harbour Lounge @ Marina West Motel, Tofino Admission: $25.00

For the first time in Whalefest's history, the Pacific Rim Association of Tour Operators (PRATO) want you to come decked out in your best West Coast attire and GUMBOOTS!

Join us at Marina West's Habour Lounge where 3 live DJ's - Featuring DJ’s  G-Rant, NoShow, and Triple D - will be spinning tunes into the night; Hula Hoopers will impress with dizzying moves; featured Local Beer & Signature Cocktails; and PRIZES for the most ELECTRIFYING GUMBOOT COSTUME!

Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

*This is a 19+ Event

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Marine Mammal Research Day

Saturday March 23, 2013: 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Subtidal Adventures, Ucluelet Admission: $85.00

Join local naturalist and marine mammal researcher Wendy Szaniszlo for a fun-filled research trip in Barkley Sound. We will be travelling by zodiac with Brian Congdon, a former Park Warden of Pacific Rim National Park

Reserve who has been conducting local tours for over 30 years. Brian is very knowledgeable about the natural and cultural history of Barkley Sound and has supported Wendy with her sea lion research and whale surveys for over 10 years. Together they will introduce you to local marine mammals and involve you in identifying individual whales, discovering what they eat, and investigating sea lion movements. We’ll enjoy the beauty of Barkley Sound and watch for seals, eagles and sea birds along the way. Thanks to Subtidal Adventures and Wendy Szaniszlo.

Please contact Brian at Subtidal for booking information 1.877.444.1134 or  email:

* Maximum 12 persons per boat trip - Adults $85/ Child 4-12 yrs $65

Advance reservations recommended.  Call us toll-free at 1-877-444-1134 or locally 250-726-7336.  Visit our website for more information about whale watching throughout the year

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Whale Watch Tour

Saturday March 23, 2013: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tofino Water Taxi, 200 Grice Rd, Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Admission: $79.00

Come and join the adventure! We guarantee whale sightings. In addition to Grey, Humpback, and Orca Whales, we often see Sea Lions, Seals, Sea Otters, Bald Eagles, and many species of birds.

Please contact Tofino Water Taxi 1-866-794-2537 or email to book

$79 Per person

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Humpbacks and Minkes

Saturday March 23, 2013: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Kwisitis Visitors Centre, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

With Christie McMillan from Marine Education & Research Society

Humpback whales have made an incredible comeback in BC in recent years, but we are working on understanding some of remaining threats to their populations, including entanglement in fishing gear.  Minke whales are one of the least-studied species of whales in BC, and we have undertaken a study to start to learn how many are in BC, how much time they spend here, and what areas are important for them.  Come learn some background information on both species, the methods that we use to study them, and some of the things we have learned about humpbacks and minke whales in BC over the past 8 years.

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Annual Rubber Fish Race and Hatchery Tour

Saturday March 23, 2013: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Thorton Creek Hatchery, Port Albion

The Race is on in Port Albion! 

Sponsor racing rubber fish & prepare them for their race down the falls! Come join the folks at the hatchery for some refreshments, tour the hatchery and the watch the race. Win prizes for more than just winning! Place bets on your Community Fish, Corporate Fish or Personal Racing Fish! See if you can stump the resident fish experts or spot other wildlife. Join in the fun! Presented in cooperation with Thornton Creek Enhancement Society.

Buy your rubber fishes.
$3 each or $5 for 2 racing fish - with prizes to be won.

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Who's Out There? Wild Whales of the West Coast

Saturday March 23, 2013: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm Ucluelet Aquarium, Ucluelet

with Caitlin Birdsall & Research Society

Whalefest celebrates the northward migration of the grey whale, but did you know that over 23 species of cetaceans have been recorded off our coast?  Join Caitlin Birdsall of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network for a Whale 101 to get to know our aquatic neighbors.  From the petite harbour porpoise to the massive fin whale, we’ll investigate cetacean diversity through a multi-media presentation featuring acoustic recordings and video.   Uncover their unique natural histories, the threats they face, and how coastal citizens can participate in stewardship and research through the Sightings Network. The talk will have you informed, inspired, and ready to become a cetacean citizen scientist.

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