Friday, December 11, 2009

WASCO's Put to Bed

West Coast Aquatic Safaris wants to thank the community of Tofino for all its support. WASCO, our first class boat has been put to bed for the season. Thank you Method Marine for keeping us fueled up, Rods Power & Marine for keeping everything serviced, EMC Construction (250.266.0163) for updating our shop and to all the resorts, restaurants, and individuals who have recommended our first class service. We are also looking forward to our spring trips taking out new and different people from our community to enjoy wind through their hair or the warmth of our cabin.

As we all hid away this winter remember that Whale Fest is not too far away and that WASCO will be cruising the Clayoquot Sound helping millions of visitors to see whales, bears, bird, and the hot springs.

Have a great winter season and see you soon.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

End of the Season

Well this weekend it is official. West Coast Aquatic Safaris will be closing our doors tomorrow for the winter. There have not been any gray whale sightings in the past week and it looks as though they have headed to warmer waters down in Mexico. Our office will be closed as of tomorrow and we will reopen March 1st just in time to welcome the gray whales back!

Staff are looking forward to a quiet winter with lots of rest. You will be able to find Keith surfing the waves and Jeff is expecting a new addition to his family in January!! As for myself (Ellie) I will be enjoying my first Tofino winter with Juliet and I am looking forward to some good storm watching. Over the winter months Keith will be updating the blog. So with this being my last blog of 2009 I just wanted to say thank you for reading! It has been a pleasure writing the blog and great to meet some of my blog readers this summer! I look forward to more blogging in the 2010 season. Keep your eyes on Facebook and Twitter this winter for great deals on next seasons trips and great giveaways!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

First Class Trip

It's showers in the foreseeable forecast... However, tomorrow looks to have less rain than the rest of the week. We would suggest touring with us at West Coast Aquatic Safaris and enjoy our First Class Service.

Tomorrow you will be cruising aboard WASCO and be kept warm and dry throughout the trip. WASCO has 3 different heating systems; some heaters are set up to keep the windows clear from fogging up and others are there to keep you and captain nice warm. On these wet days it helps to keep our guests smilling on their trip.

Another feature WASCO has to help on the grayer days a is Sirius Satellite Radio this feature can make for little bit more entertainment while exploring the Clayoquot Sound.

We at West Coast Aquatic Safaris are looking forward to be hearing from you and your friends when you decide to explore the Hot Springs Cove.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Winters here...

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has not been going up to the Hot Springs for the last few days the weather has not let us. Storms have kept WASCO tied to the dock. However, the forecast looks to be getting better for the weekend... it looks to be clearing up, hove a look at our Five Day Forecast provided by Environment Canada. Another great site to see Tofino's ocean and surf forecast is Magic Seaweed.

The dark and overcast days provide a perfect environment to soak in the springs allowing deep relaxation. This is the time of year that local Tofitian go to the springs to relax after a busy Spring, Summer and Fall season. Some Tofitian then get ready to hibernate away the winter, while others plan their winter surf safaris anywhere from Chesterman Beach to the South Pacific.

Keep in contact with West Coast Aquatic Safaris to follow our schedule and watch our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out about deals for the 2010 Season.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More events and wildlife!

It is a rainy day here in Tofino and West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests are enjoying a hot soak at the hot springs today. It's the perfect weather for a hot springs trip today. With the cool weather it makes the springs that much more enjoyable! There are still gray whales in the area and guests have been enjoying watching them feed.

A fun upcoming event in Tofino next weekend is the Oyster Festival! Tofino is home to many oyster farms and what better way to celebrate this tasty treat than with a whole weekend of fun events! Click here for more details on specific events. Haven't started on your Christmas shopping yet? Then the Jingle into Christmas is a great opportunity to get started. Many local stores will be open late and offering great deals. This event will be held at the end of November. So stayed tuned for the dates! There is still lots going on in Tofino for November and we hope you have some time to come and see for yourself!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fun day at the springs!

It was a fun day for West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests at Hot Springs Cove! Despite the rainy weather lately, the sun managed to come out as we were heading down to WASCO. The sun continued to shine for most of the day in fact giving our guests a chance to enjoy the hot springs with a bit of sun!

On the way up to the hot springs WASCO stopped to look at some gray whales feeding. There was also a sea otter spotted today as well! It was a great day to be up at the springs and enjoy a hot soak! Just a reminder that our office is closed Monday to Thursday for the month of November. We will be offering hot springs and whale watching tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Follow the rainbow!

Well it's that time of year here at West Coast Aquatic Safaris. We have reduced our operating hours and we are now only open Fridays 1:00 - 5:00, Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 - 5:00. But even though Tofino is slowing down that doesn't mean that the sightings have! The gray whales have still been hanging around Ahous Bay and just behind Bartlett Island too. The sea lions have still been out and about as well. The hot springs is also a great place to visit at this time of year. With the cooler weather soaking in a natural hot springs in the perfect way to beat the cold weather blues!

We have been having on and off rain here followed by breaks of sunshine here. Yesterday there was a great rainbow just outside our office! It was a great way to find us...just follow the rainbow! But if you need more specific instructions you can always click here. We hope to see you soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Olympic Torch

Last night the Olympic torch made its way in to Tofino. What a great ending to a memorable week for our little town on the west coast of Canada.
This last week started out with Tofino hosting Canada's first professional surf contest, the O’Neill Cold Water Classic 6 Star ASP World Qualifying Series. By Saturday, Halloween, underdog local
Peter Devries, came out of the water at North Chestermans as the over all winner! Awesome Pete!!
As the torch came down the Esowista Peninsula it had a little detour and was carried out by Ruth Sadler into the surf and brought back to shore by local Surf Legend Raph Bruhwiler.
In town waiting for the torch to come we had already been entertained by gymnast and dancers. As well, singer who once spent part of her life in Tofino and voted Canada's Best Independent Artist, Kim Kuzma preformed as we waited. What a show!
What a week!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hot Springs Photo of the Week!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris would like to thank Paul for sending in some great photos of his hot springs trip with us. Paul joined us for a hot springs tour on the Thanksgiving long weekend and it was perfect weather for a soak! The cooler weather made the springs that much more enjoyable. This time of year is a great time to go and you can see from the picture just how nice it is in the pools!

Whale watching has also still been really good. The gray whales have been staying in Ahous Bay for the past few weeks providing our guests with great views in calm waters. The sea otters were out yesterday in a group bobbing around. And more and more California sea lions have been seen. With WASCO's heated indoor cabin even with the weather getting cooler you can still see all of the wildlife from the comforts of our indoor cabin. Don't mind the cold? Then enjoy our outdoor seating and walk around deck to get great up close views of all the wildlife Tofino has to offer!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Playful California Sea Lions!

Well the sun has decided to shine today! The winds were a bit high today but luckily the gray whales were in Ahous Bay which was a perfect place for whale watching! The California Sea Lions were very playful today and gave West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests a great show. They were rolling around and porpoising in the waters having a great time!

We are in day two of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic surf competition. The surfing was happening at North Chesterman today. With great weather, great surfers to watch and lots of wildlife to view there is plenty to see here in Tofino in October!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lots happening!

Well even though the warm summer months have passed there is still a lot going on here in Tofino! This weekend we have the Tofino Film Festival and West Coast Aquatic Safaris is proud to be a part of it! There will be some great films being shown here this weekend. And to top off the weekend there will be a wrap party at Shelter!

And if you are looking for some surf action then the O'Neill Cold Water Classic is where you need to be! This will be from October 25-31 and there will be world class surfers here in Tofino to compete!

Still looking for more?? The Olympic Torch will be coming through Tofino on November 1st as part of the route. They have some amazing plans for this very special arrival and it is an event not to be missed.

And to top it all off...the wildlife sightings are still amazing! West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests have been enjoying great rides out on WASCO and seeing gray whales, sea otters and some California sea lions have been showing up as well. Things will be very busy for the next couple of weeks with lots to see and do!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another sample has arrived!

Well the goodies just keep on coming and we have received another sample! West Coast Aquatic Safaris has received their sample of reusable bags! Pictured here is what we will be offering next season and we are very excited to have a few samples to test them out! You will be seeing Ellie, Jeff and Keith with these new bags around Tofino.

Also pictured here are our travel mugs. We received these in the summer and all of our photo of the week winners have received one of these in the mail. They are available at our office for $14.95 but if you send in your photos from your trip on WASCO and we pick yours as the winner you get one sent to you for free! We are continuing to add to our West Coast Aquatic Safaris stock so keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for the latest! Also, we will be doing giveaways, and great deals on our Twitter so keep following for a chance to win great stuff and great discounts!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hot Springs is where it's at!

Well the weather has gotten cooler here in Tofino. So when you come to visit West Coast Aquatic Safaris recommends a relaxing soak in the hot springs as a great trip! It is the trip that combines it all. Our trips have been seeing whales on the way up and back from the hot springs including humpbacks and grays. We have also been lucky and got to see sea lions out on the rocks and sea otters bobbing in the water. With great scenery all the way up and back it is a trip that is hard to beat! When you arrive at the hot springs you have a walk along a boardwalk up to the springs and then plenty of time to soak and enjoy. And what better way to enjoy the cooler weather than to soak in a natural hot springs!! Our trips leave everyday at 10:00. We hope you will make the time for this trip as it is an unforgettable experience!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A sample of hoodies!!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris staff were thrilled to get the sample hoodies in yesterday! We have been eagerly awaiting their delivery for quite some time and were very happy to finally get to see what they look like. The samples included two different prints for the women which are available in baby blue or navy. The men have one print that is available in black or navy. You can see them pictured here. With this arrival we are looking forward to the full shipment which is scheduled to arrive just in time for next season! So our guests can purchase a great West Coast Aquatic Safaris hoodie or keep checking our blog and homepage for your chance to win one!

We will be adding more photos later on Facebook but this will give you a sample of the sweaters we are offering. We are looking forward to having these available next season for everyone!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Photos...and the power is back!

It was quite the day yesterday in Tofino. We lost power around 11:30 yesterday and it was out until 6:30. Despite this power outage we still had a great day of wildlife sightings. West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests went to Ahous Bay yesterday and the gray whales were very friendly. On both trips they came up close to WASCO and gave our guests some great tail flukes. There were some great photo opportunities!

And speaking of photos...we have a new photo of the week winner!! Thank you Michael for sending in some great photos. And an extra bonus photo of Keith and Ellie! It isn't very often that we get photos of ourselves so this was a nice treat. Check out our homepage to see the winning photo. Pictured here are the other two great photos that Michael sent us. Thanks again for the great photos Michael!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Hours

Well like many in Tofino, West Coast Aquatic Safaris is reducing our hours. It is that time of year when things slow down and the demand for being open late gets less and less. Our new office hours are 9:00 - 5:00 seven days a week. As always we are available by phone after hours for any questions or reservations. But don't let the reduced hours fool you. This does not mean it has been reduced wildlife!! We have been seeing lots of humpback and gray whales still. The sea lions, seals and sea otters are still around and the bald eagles can still be spotted while aboard WASCO. And with this cooler weather it's nice to be on WASCO with a heated indoor cabin! So we hope you have some time to come and see all the great sights.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lunging Humpbacks on Thanksgiving Day!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests got a great show today while out on WASCO on a whale watch! Keith who was driving WASCO today said that he saw at least 10 different humpbacks out there. One humpback lunged right in front of WASCO several times giving our guests front row seats to an amazing show! The humpbacks also did lots of tail fluking and gave our guests some great photo opportunities!

It is a crisp fall day here in Tofino. Perfect weather for a turkey dinner! Everyone here at West Coast Aquatic Safaris wants to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying a great turkey dinner with family and friends. It's been a great long weekend and we were happy to have so many guests come out on trips.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A surprise guest!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests were surprised on Friday with a minke whale stopping by and breaching for everyone on board WASCO. There have only been a handful of sightings of minke sightings this season and this is the first active one for West Coast Aquatic Safaris. And the wildlife viewings just keep on coming! Humpback whales have been seen everyday and gray whales as well. The sea otters have been seen bobbing around in the ocean and the sea lions have been spotted out on the rocks. We have even been seeing some bald eagles! Typically there are less around this time of year as they follow the black bears to the rivers sometimes to catch the fish the bears are catching. But there have still been some around and we were happy to see them on our trips.

Our guests are enjoying a hot soak in the hot springs today. Humpback whales were seen on the way up and gray whales were seen in Cow Bay on the way home. So in addition to a great soak in the springs they got to see lots of wildlife as well.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A bear-utiful picture!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has a new winner of our photo of the week contest! Thank you to Greetje Smit for submitting some great bear watching photos! He sent us quite a few so we have created a photo album on our Facebook page so everyone can see them all. He was able to get some great photos on a bear watch of a black bear walking the shoreline looking for crab. Pictured here is one of the photos he sent in.

Today our guests were headed to the hot springs. The weather has still been incredible and the wildlife sighting have still been amazing! Yesterday our 1:30 whale watch caught up with a pod of 5 orcas and saw gray whales as well. The sea lions are still out on the rocks making lots of noise and bald eagles are still seen flying by WASCO. The weather forecast is for more sunshine tomorrow. We are hoping the weather will hold out for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Great sightings and weather!

Well it is October in Tofino and the morning and evenings are getting a bit more crisp. However, this week we have had some amazing weather during the day! The sun is out and keeping things warm here. The ocean conditions are amazing and we have been seeing lots of different wildlife while out on WASCO. Yesterday gray whales, humpback whales and orcas were seen in our waters. But no one is here to enjoy it!! West Coast Aquatic Safaris has noticed the usual slow down in Tofino that is inevitable at the end of peak season. However, we want to be able to share these great sightings with everyone! So with Thanksgiving long weekend approaching we want to remind everyone that the whales are still here and there is still lots to see from WASCO. So come join West Coast Aquatic Safaris for a tour!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hot springing it!

Today West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests had a sun filled day at the hot springs! The weather is looking incredible for this week and today was no exception. Our guests departed at 10:00 am and had a great ride up to the hot springs. It was a great October day to soak up there. With the sun out but a cool breeze to make sitting in the hot springs enjoyable our guests had the prefect conditions!

On the way home on WASCO our guests saw a little sea otter bobbing in the water out by Sea Otter Rock. There were also gray whales to be seen along the way. The gray whales were tail fluking again today and humpbacks were spotted along the way giving our guests some great photo ops! It was an exciting trip to the hot springs today with lots to see!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Whale soup!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests got some great views of gray whales yesterday! Jeff was driving WASCO yesterday and when they found the gray whales he had to shut off the engine as they came and swam around WASCO. Gray whales are very curious and have been coming to check out WASCO all season and yesterday was no exception.

Today's trip continued with the whale soup theme! West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests got to experience another rare triple header! A pod of six orcas were seen swimming in our waters today. The gray whales were happily feeding and as WASCO was making her way home a humpback whale came right next to WASCO and surprised all of our guests. It was a great day out on the water with lots of sunshine and lots of whales!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The great photos keep coming!

Thank you to Nancy Robertson a West Coast Aquatic Safaris guest who sent in some amazing photos! Nancy is this weeks photo of the week winner and I am sure if you check our homepage you will understand why. Pictured here are the 3 runner up photos that Nancy sent in. It was a tough choice as you can see!

We have had a good start to the day today with gray whales found feeding on our 10:30 whale watch. Orcas also stopped by and surprised our guests. Steller sea lions have been out on the rocks giving our guests some great photo opportunities as well! It is hard to believe that October is only a day away. West Coast Aquatic Safaris will have new office hours starting tomorrow. The new hours will be:

Sunday to Thursday 8:30 - 7:00
Friday and Saturday 8:30 - 8:00

So stop by the office and say hi!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wind and Whales!

The sun was shining today despite the forecast for rain! But with the sunshine came some wind. West Coast Aquatic Safaris is Transport Canada Certified and has very experienced drivers. We would never take our passengers out on dangerous waters. So despite the winds it was still safe to go out on the waters to view whales. The whales decided to stay in more protected waters which provided comfortable viewing for our guests. And our guests came back with big smiles! Gray whales were seen feeding and tail fluking in the waters. And our 1:30 whale watch trip also caught up with a humpback whale! It was a fun day out on the water with some great sightings.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Orcas again!

More orcas were seen today from WASCO! Keith was able to catch up with a pod of four orcas found earlier in the morning. West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests were able to get some really good looks at these killer whales as they seemed to be on the hunt. Also seen today were gray whales! They were seen feeding and tail fluking. Keith was also spotted a California sea lion. So our guests were able to see lots!

With October close upon us we have changed our schedule slightly. We are no longer offering bear watches as there have been less and less sightings. The black bears have headed into the rivers for fish to fatten up for winter! So our new schedule will be:

10:00 Hot Springs
10:30 Whale Watch
1:30 Whale Watch
4:30 Whale Watch

We hope you have some time to come out. The air is crisp but the sun is still shining!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Triple header!

It was a busy day on the water yesterday. While Jeff was driving WASCO on a bear watch they came across orcas! It was a great find and they watched the orcas swimming circling for food. It was an unexpected find as they were working their way around Meares Island!

With an orca spotting so early on in the day our 12:30 whale watch trip headed straight out to find them again. They were lucky and the orcas were still around and still hunting. West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests got to watch these killer whales for quite some time. Then Jeff took them to the outside waters to see more whales! They found gray whales and humpback whales out there and officially made the trip a triple header! And as well as all of the whales that were seen, Steller Sea Lions were out on the rocks and a sea otter was seen bobbing in the water. It was an amazing day out on the water for all of our trips.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More great photos!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has a new photo of the week winner! Raj Singh sent us some great photos that he took while out on WASCO. You can see the winner on our homepage by clicking here. It was a tough choice and here are the other photos that he sent in. Staff member Ellie of course picked the picture of her dog Juliet as the winner but it was a slightly biased opinion! These pictures will also be posted on our Facebook page as well.

The weather today is gray and misty. However, the sea conditions and visibility are great! So don't let the gray skies scare you away from going on a whale watch! The humpbacks and gray whales are still here and giving our guests some great shows!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beautiful Day!

It was an incredible day out on WASCO yesterday for West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests. Blue skies and the sun shining it was warm with very little wind. This made for great sea conditions and there were great sightings! Yesterday eight different humpback whales were spotted. And of those eight at least four of them were a mother and calf. On the 3:30 trip guests were surprised by a humpback coming up right next to WASCO and doing a big tail fluke!

It was a short trip over to Ahous Bay where the gray whales were seen feeding. One gray whale came right next to WASCO and guests got a great view of just how large these whales are! The gray whales did lots of tail fluking and came close to WASCO several times as guests took lots of pictures. It is another beautiful day again today with more humpbacks and grays. So come out and enjoy the amazing views!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It's that time of year...

When West Coast Aquatic Safaris starts to say goodbye to our summer staff. It has been an amazing season with lots happening here at the office and we couldn't have done it without our great staff! It is always sad to say goodbye but we know that they are all heading on to new adventures and we wish them all the best in the future!

To say thank you for all of their hard we went out for dinner at Shelter restaurant on Friday. It was a great evening filled with lots of laughter and great food. Thank you again to Beth, Richard and Eva for all of your hard work. It has truly been a pleasure having you as part of the West Coast Aquatic Safaris team and we will miss you all! Jeff, Keith and Ellie are staying on to finish up the season which will come to an end at the end of October. So not to worry if you are planning to come to Tofino for whale watching. We will still be here, just with a smaller staff!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


West Coast Aquatic Safaris is now on Facebook! With our new page you can follow our updates, see photos and most importantly - BECOME A FAN! Thank you to all of our supports who have added us so far. We really appreciate your support.

The weather is a bit rainy today but that hasn't slowed down the sightings! Jeff is driving WASCO today and our 9:30 whale watch got to see gray whales and humpback whales. The humpback whales decided to put on our show and did some breaching for our guests. The gray whales are busy feeding and have done some great tail flukes.

Our bear watch yesterday was very successful. The weather cleared up and our guests got a nice sunset. They also got to view four different black bears up close. So the bear watching is still good. Come see the black bears before they decide to head to the rivers for some fish!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lots to see!

We have been getting lots of questions recently about whether this is still a good time to see wildlife in Tofino. West Coast Aquatic Safaris staff always answer "Most definitely!". We have been seeing humpback whales almost everyday. They have still been out near Long Beach breaching and slapping the water with their fins. The gray whales have been seen everyday. And we have had some big days with lots of gray whales. They are continuing to feed and show off their tails for our guests.

Black bears are still coming to the shorelines to look for crabs. Check out our photo of the week winner on our homepage! Tom Middleton sent in some amazing photos from his bear watch. Here are the two runner ups that he sent in. These are some incredible photos of black bears. We still have bear watches this week and the sunrise is at 7:00 am so our trips are still going out in the early morning. September is a great time in Tofino with less crowds and still warm weather. So come out for a ride on WASCO!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Still feels like summer!

Well the rush of peak season is over but the weather still feels like it is August! September in Tofino is a great time. The weather is still warm but there is less crowds and still lots to do! West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests have been enjoying rides out on WASCO to view all of the different whales and the black bears are still coming out.

Yesterday there were lots and lots of gray whales to view! Our guests got quite a show while out on WASCO. The low tide bear watch trips have been great including another sighting of gray wolves. These often very elusive animals have now been spotted twice in a short span of time. The sea lions are still out on the rocks and the sea otters can be found bobbing out in the ocean. So even though the summer is technically over it is actually a great time for that vacation!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Photo of the Week

West Coast Aquatic Safaris was wowed by the amazing photo Sam North sent in for the photo of the week competition. A humpback had breached really close to WASCO and Sam was able to capture the moment in this amazing photo. Sam is our new winner of the photo of the week contest and he will be receiving his travel mug in the mail soon!

We have been seeing humpback whales regularly these past 4 weeks. Our guests have been seeing humpbacks on every trip. Lots of mom and calf humpbacks. The calves have been giving our guests quite the show on some days. Yesterday our guests out on WASCO had the amazing opportunity to see the humpbacks lunge feed. This is the first time this season we have seen that! Still lots of whale watching weeks left in the season. So we hope to see you soon.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bears and Wolves!

West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests got a rare view this morning while out on a bear watch. The ever elusive gray wolves made an appearance! There was a pack of six that were seen on Meares Island and our guests were thrilled to see them. It is not very often that we get to see these animals. You can sometimes hear them in the distance but to see a whole pack out was incredible!

On top of seeing wolves our guests also got to see several black bears. The black bears were walking along the shoreline looking for crabs and our guests were able to get close up and get some great views. The bear watching will be coming to an end mid September as the black bears head to the rivers for the salmon. So if you are planning a trip to see the black bears don't wait too long!

The whales are still out and giving our guests a great show. Whale season goes on longer than the bear season and West Coast Aquatic Safaris will be continue doing whale tours in to November. So come out on a tour on WASCO and see all the beautiful wilderness Tofino has to offer.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

100th Post and a Long Weekend!

Well this is West Coast Aquatic Safaris 100th post! We hope that everyone has enjoyed our blog so far and that we have many more posts to come! With the last long weekend of the summer upon us and school starting in just a few days the end of peak tourist season is coming. But don't let September fool you into thinking that just because the kids are back at school that the whales have headed out too. West Coast Aquatic Safaris staff think that September is the best time in Tofino. A little quieter, smaller line ups and still lots to see while out on WASCO.

While the bear watches will be coming to an end soon we have still been seeing lots of black bears on our trips. We still have bear watches available for the next week so come out and see them before they head in to the rivers for the salmon. The whale watches have been amazing! Guests aboard WASCO have been seeing lots of humpbacks and gray whales. The humpbacks have been sticking around for over 3 weeks now and we are happy to have them. So come out and enjoy September in Tofino. You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Great action shot!

Thank you to Maartje Daverveld for sending us an amazing humpback whale breaching photo. This humpback whale gave quite a show to West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests while out on a whale watch on WASCO. And Maartje managed to capture the action and sent us in the photo! Pictured here is the big splash the humpback whale made. Want to see the action shot? Just click here to see the photo on our homepage. Maartje is our photo of the week winner and will receive a West Coast Aquatic Safaris mug in the mail soon!

We have been seeing gray whales and humpback whales everyday for over 2 weeks! Our guests have been seeing a lot while out on WASCO! Our bear watch yesterday got up close to two different bears and gave our guests some great opportunities to view the black bears in their natural habitat!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Foggy days

It has been foggy starts to our last two days here in Tofino. WASCO has had the radar going for our morning trips to help guide Keith and Jeff through the waters. However despite the fog everywhere West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests have been having some great trips. Our bear watch this morning had a foggy start but once out on the water our guests enjoyed watching two different black bears. They were able to get up close to these bears and got some great photos!

Our whale watches have been very successful as well. The gray whales have been seen every trip and the humpbacks have also been making appearances everyday. We have had some very curious gray whales that have come close to the boat. And a humpback whale caught some of our guests by surprise by fluking it's tail right by the boat. The picture shown here is of a gray whale seen last year that came right next to WASCO. So don't let the fog discourage you! There is still plenty to see out there on WASCO!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Photo of the week!

Thank you Terry Shields a West Coast Aquatic Safaris guests who came out with us for a bear watch and a whale watch! Here are some of the other pictures that Terry sent in to us. Terry is our photo of the week winner. To see the winning photo just click here to see!

We have been having a lot of sightings on our trips this week. The humpback whales have been very active with lots of breaching and fin slapping. The black bears have also been coming out to the shoreline giving our guests some great views up close. The Steller sea lions have been out on the rocks making lots of noise sunning themselves. Great fun out on WASCO!