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!!