Monday, May 31, 2010

We at West Coast Aquatic Safaris would like to send out our condolences to the Ahousat community and the friends and families of those who were lost in the float plane accident on Saturday, May 29th.

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Our hearts are with you.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Its been another exciting day out here on the West Coast. Even the weather hasn't been too bad. The air is warm, the rain comes and goes, and the animals have been abundant.
This morning on our 7am Bear Watch, our guests were thrilled to catch a pair of mother Black Bears and their cubs. One lucky Mom had 3 cubs! You definitely don't get to see that everyday and not to mention rare.
Later on, on our journey up to Hot Spring Cove, we were lucky enough to catch sight of a Bear, combing the beach for an afternoon snack, as well as a migrating Grey and Humpback. That is all our trips rolled into one. You cant get much luckier than that. This Afternoon, on our Whale Watch, guests were able to catch up to a pod of 7 Orca. One male, a small calf and 5 females. Its not everyday we catch a glimps of these transient mammals, but when we do, you can't help but feel that surge of joy and think "This is why we came here."
Special Thanks to Kevin Sansalone from Whistler BC for sending in this incredible shot of a mother and her roughly 2week old calf. They were able to spot the duo last Tuesday, on their trip aboard Wasco.
We have trips going out daily starting at 7am, so head to our website and sign up early for 10% off, or give us a call. If your interested in booking multiple trips, we offer 10% off the second booking, so again, sign up early to reserve your seats.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Orcas in the sun

Yesterday was a great day out on the ocean. With a couple of groups of Transient Orcas in the area there was lots of excitement for all those who have chosen West Coast Aquatic Safaris. By mid day day our guest were watching as the male and female Orca were passing under WASCO chasing after the California Sea Lions. While the outside waters had high winds and swell, the water behind Meares Island was quite calm all day and even provided the opportunity to use the hydrophone and listen to the whales communicate.
Today has been sunny again and While en route to Hot Springs Cove the group has had the good fortune to find a Humpback moving up the coastline. The Long weekend has been good to us and everyone that has been in town as the Weather has worked out very well and every possible type of wildlife to be seen has been. We are now really looking forward to receiving lots of photos for our Photo of the week contest.

Thank you to everyone that has been waiting patiently for the new website to be completed. There are still a few items to be completed but the Online Booking section is still working for you to save 10% by making your reservations in advance. By visiting our Facebook page you will see that we have posted some terrific ways to win free passes on our new boat for the 2010 season.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mid-way Though May... How Time Flies


West Coast Aquatic Safaris is excited for many reasons this morning! First, owner Keith has been away off doing work, but he is on his way back to Tofino and happy to be coming home. Our new Cataraman is almost up to her home, Tofino and ready for her first Whale or Bear watch. Once she arrives up to Tofino that means West Coast Aquatic Safaris will be having a at least one daily excursion to the Hot Springs! Driver Tim Tom "Can't wait!"

Some more good news... As locals and visitors a like have notice there has been some dreadful construction going on in front of the shop. This has been a requirement by the district of Tofino, to replace the storm drains and build a side walk. Well to all of our relief the curb is supposed to be put in next week, followed by the side walk and then landscaping up to the shop. We are hoping to be complete for the first week in June! Keep your figures crossed!

That first weekend of June also brings Tofino the Food and Wine Festival!!!! Grab a ticket, if there still are some. Our entire staff highly suggests it!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

So Much To See


This past week has been truly excellent the weather and sea conditions have been absolutely ideal and there seems to be an endless amount of things to see. Yesterday in the morning WASCO and our group witnessed a cow and her two bear cubs on the beach enjoying a morning meal when along came four wolves looking for one of their own. The mother bear quickly sent her cubs up a nearby tree for safety and sent a very clear message to the wolves that they were all to be left alone. In the afternoon we were lucky to find many whales up towards Long Beach and again in Cow Bay. West Coast Aquatic Safaris and our guest were just as fortunate today. This morning again there were more bears with cubs and many more Grey Whales feeding in around Cow Bay.

The Victoria day weekend is now rapidly approaching and our schedules are starting to fill up. While visiting our you will find all of our scheduled departure times and can make your reservation online. Doing so in advance will not only guarantee that you and your family have the best possible experience at the time that works best for you but it will also save you 10 %






































Saturday, May 8, 2010

Does it get any better?


These past few days have been almost perfect here in Tofino and being on the water has been even better, if that is possible. We have been experiencing very mild temperatures for the past couple of days. The water has been calm, and there have been lots of Whales, Bears and Sea Lions along the coastline. Today WASCO and our Captain found a particularly active group of Grey Whales that were feeding near Cow Bay. Among them were a cow and her calf that were nursing along the rocks. There were many great photos taken by our guests today as there were a lot of Tail Flukes and heads bobbing up out of the water.

Tomorrow is Mothers Day and there is no better way to spend it than with West Coast Aquatic Safaris and a couple of hours aboard WASCO taking in some of the best scenery in the world. With our style of boat there is no age restriction and therefore no reason the whole family can't come. The cabin is heated for those that tend to feel the chill. You can ride up top for those that want the best possible photo or ride on the bow if you really need a thrill. Did I forget to mention the bathroom?

We will be departing at 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30 so give us a call to reserve for the time that best suits your family. We hope to see you out here

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Seems like last weeks wind storm stirred up all of Mother Natures little critters. We have been seeing a lot more of the mother black bear and her 2 cubs up Fortune Channel as of late, as well as a numerous amount of Greys out towards Long Beach.

With the weather the way it been, and the animals being as active as they are, I cant think of a better way to spend the day than out on the water with our amazing boat captains and our girl Wasco. So sign up early to reserve your seat.

Dont forget to check out our website and our facebook page for day to day updates and trip times.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Orcas are Back In Town


Well, today started out with a nice Bear watching trip up the inside of Meares Island in Fortune Chanel. After having the chance to see several Black Bears including one young female and her 2 cubs, we stumbled across 5 Orcas looking for a meal. There were 4 adults and one juvenile that were hunting and eating Harbour Seals along Fortune Channel as well. This was a rare opportunity to see so much in a relatively small area and each creature fully engaged in their daily feeding rituals.

Even with Tofino's rain and rapidly changing weather today was a fantastic day on the water for a group of all ages. Because of WASCO's design and the ability to move both indoors for the heated cabin or outdoors to the three viewing decks. The warm, bathroom equipped cabin makes WASCO and West Coast Aquatic Safaris the ideal choice for your family adventure.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Whales Unlimited

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has been having quite a good streak for seeing whales lately. Just about every day for the last couple of weeks we have been able to find a number of Grey Whales. Today was no different. We had a couple of Grey's out towards Long Beach in the morning and as the day moved on and the weather began to change WASCO and the group headed back inside to more sheltered, calm waters to find a couple different Grey Whales. Along the way the group made a run by Plover Reefs to see about 300 Seals lounging out on the rocks in the rain.

For a change tomorrow we have decided to head out to Hot Springs Cove to give people a chance to Soak in the springs and of coarse take every opportunity to see what we can along the way. For those of you that may be visiting Tofino our our website for the first time please feel free to look back at our Blog over the last year and see what types of things people have been seeing at what times of the year.

If you have already been out with us this year we would really like to see your photos. Please send us your best, funniest or most bazaar moment captured on film while on one of our trips and you just might win the photo of the week contest. All winners receive one of our West Coast Aquatic Safaris Travel mugs as a trophy. You never know just what will be the winning photo until you see it on our website.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sun Whales and Bears in the forcast

The weather last couple of days has been fantastic. It has been sunny and mild with a slight breeze and feels like summer. West Coast Aquatic Safaris and our guests were very fortunate yesterday to have a young Grey whale in and around Grice Bay just minutes from the Tofino Harbour. Along with the beautiful weather and the calm waters, we have also seen several Black Bears in the last two days. Yesterday we found a female with a couple of cubs and this morning we started with two different small cubs up a tree near the shoreline.

This time of year can be really nice as the days get warmer and longer. There is still a great advantage to taking a tour aboard WASCO. Due to the style of our boat you may dress comfortably in your own close without having to wear the cumbersome floatation suits to enjoy the warmth of the sun without overheating. Early morning or evening trips will still have the flexibility to move freely from the heated cabin to any of the three outdoor viewing decks to allow for the best wildlife viewing possible. While the weather can still be somewhat unpredictable at his time of the year, take us up on the offer to use the complimentary Helly Hansen rain coats and fleece gloves during your trip to provide the utmost comfort for your experience. Please visit our Facebook page and check us out on Twitter for updates on when we will be starting our evening sunset cruises as well.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wow, what a day. It started off nice, warm and with just a mild overhang of cloud, but by this afternoon the wind warnings were in full effect and the rain had just began to pour. Not to mention, the ocean jumped to an amazing 10ft swell. That would get your stomach turning. But, as the saying goes, "Every cloud has a silver lining," and it definitely does. There were sightings of Greys traveling past some of the fish farms near Bawden Bay this morning, as well as this seasons first Black Bear cub. Just in time, as we have started to offer our regularly scheduled Bear Watching tours. So be sure to visit our website and sign up early.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weather won't matter when you areon WASCO!

Well, looks like its going to be another wet one out there, and, if your on the mainland, I couldn't think of a better way to spend it than with Keith at the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel show. Its the last day, so head on over and pay Keith a visit. While your at it, ask him how you could win a trip on our new catamaran.
If your not on the mainland, and looking for some local adventure, don't sweat it! We at West Coast Aquatic Safaris have you covered. With our daily trips and a boat that caters to everyone of every age, we are sure that, even with our unpredictable west coast weather, your going to have fun. Today has been a terrific day for Grey whales as we saw 4 or 5 of them out towards Cow Bay as well as many Steller Sea Lions at Plover Reef. Visit our website for tour descriptions, rates and opportunity to save 10% booking online.

Friday, April 23, 2010

It was a damp day in Tofino today however it was still a fantastic day for Whale watching. We had a couple of trips go out today and our guest were very fortunate to find 4 very entertaining Grey Whales as well as many Sea Lions. WASCO's heated cabin was a real bonus today and offered the guests the chance to be back and fourth between the three viewing decks and the warm cabin. We are starting to see more Bear activity in the area and will now be starting to offer scheduled Bear watching tours as well. We currently have a trip scheduled to depart tomorrow at 3:30pm as the tide will be low and expect to be very successful.

Keith departed today for the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure show and will be there all weekend. We have an unlimited number of 2-4-1 passes that we are looking to give away and all you have to do is email us and we will send them to you. There are a limited number of free passes to the show as well and if you call in the morning we can tell you where to meet Keith at the show to pick one up. While at the show Keith will be offering a chance to win free trips aboard our new 36 passenger catamaran as well as other West Coast Aquatic Safaris merchandise so be sure to stop in and say hello.

Be sure to look at our Facebook page for tour departure times and other promotions.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Seals are just hangin out or hangin on

It is a beautiful and sunny day in Tofino with strong winds. It was a great day to be on the water, looking for adventure. We experienced swell up to about 3 meters today with some wind chop on top of that. Our group of veteran Whale Watchers didn't seem to mind at all as everyone was smiling from ear to ear at the time of return. Even though the choppy waters can make spotting the Whales more of a challenge it can also enhance the photos taken.

This photo is from Sam Cooper who was with us aboard WASCO back on April 9th. Conditions were similar to today and he has done an excellent job at capturing a group of seals enjoying the sun on a blustery spring day.

I would like to encourage more of our visitors to send in photos for our photo of the week contest. The winners will receive one of our West Coast Aquatic Safaris Travel Mugs as a trophy and have their photo uploaded to our website for all to see. If you have a photo or two that you have been holding onto please forward them to us as it is also great to see how the trip looked through your lens. View our past winners to see what shots have claimed the prize in the past and perhaps you will be there soon.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We have been very fortunate in the last week to have so much excitement out on the water. With Sea Lions basking in the sun, transient Humpbacks passing through, Greys feeding just off of long beach and not to mention the small pack of Wolves that have been playing on the beaches surrounding Meares Island. How could we not have a good trip?!
The weather has definitely kept us on our toes and continues to do so, but a little rain wont stop our WASCO. With her comfortably warm cabin and her 3 viewing decks, Wasco makes every trip a worth while experience. We cant wait to see what this week will bring.

Dont forget, this weekend is the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show in Vancouver, so check out our Facebook page, become a fan and check out how you can get your hands on 2-for-1 packages as well as complimentary tickets. While your there, be sure to check us out for some of the best activities the west coast has to offer.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Long Beach and Grey Whales


Today was about the fourth day in a row that we have been fortunate enough to have Grey Whales feeding out at Long Beach. We often are able to view Whales while they are migrating however to have the opportunity to witness them feeding is very exciting. Our weather did change a little today and we have not been blessed with the warmth of the sun as we have been earlier in the week but the sea conditions have held up and the tours have been terrific today.

Once again there have been three wolves spending time together on one of the beaches on Meares Island just up Fortune Channel and not too far out of the Tofino Harbour. This and the couple of Black Bears make for an extra special Whale Watching experience. It has been great to see all the families taking advantage of the fact that there is no age limitation for being aboard WASCO. We are very happy to offer a comfortable ride and excellent rates for all ages.

We are no gearing up for our final Trade Show of the fall and Keith will be heading to the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure show which begins next weekend. We have many complimentary tickets as well as two for one passes to give away so be sure to visit the West Coast Aquatic Safaris Facebook page for details.
While at the show, Keith will have an unbeatable rate on the two best activities Tofino has to offer. Be sure to stop in and ask about the Ultimate West Coast Adventure Package as well as your chance to win a free trip on one of our boats this season.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Today was an exceptional day to be on the water with West Coast Aquatic Safaris. We began our day with 3 Grey Wolves and a couple of Black Bears and a pair of nesting Bald Eagles on the insides waters. On the whale front, we were once again very fortunate. There have been several Grey Whales feeding just off Long Beach for a couple of days now and others which have been migrating along the coast. There was one whale in particular that was quite active and putting on a wonderful show with many tail flukes.

The water has been very calm off the shores of Tofino lately which has made the trip aboard WASCO an experience like no other. The weather continues to be mild and with lots out there to see we are expecting a fantastic weekend. Even on the warm and sunny days it is always a great idea to take advantage of the Helly Hansen Rain coats and the fleece gloves provided at no additional cost to maximize your comfort and overall experience.

With our heated cabin, on board bathroom, satellite radio, 3 viewing decks and extremely knowledgeable Captains all it takes is one outing with us to see that we are the best choice for your aquatic adventure.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Our weather has been spectacular over the last couple of days. There has also been no lack of incredible wildlife to be seen from WASCO's 3 viewing decks. In the last two days we have been very fortunate to see both Orcas and Grey whales feeding out towards Long Beach. A little more locally there have been several Humpbacks not too far from the Tofino Harbour. We are entering the time of year now when there are typically more and more Humpbacks entering the area and it is always very exciting. We have also seen a few Black Bears in the area in the last week and are really looking forward to starting to offer a daily bear watching tour. Keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for departure time during the period of you visit.

As our season begins to heat up and there is more and more activity in town and on the ocean it becomes more and more important to make your arrangements in advance. While West Coast Aquatic Safaris does offer several departures per day however with WASCO being the ideal vessel for families and children of all ages it can fill up quite quickly. For your convenience our office is available to take reservations by phone after hours or you can always book online and save 10% doing so.

Friday, April 9, 2010


The weather has been spectacular in Tofino today. We began the morning with a little snow on the ground but the sun was shining and the air was getting warm. There happened to be Grey whales everywhere today. Some of the most interesting were a pair that were located near Tonquin Beach which is the closest beach to town. The two Grey whales spent there time rubbing against the sand bar and were in no rush to go anywhere. We were also fortunate to have another lone Grey whale pass right through the Tofino harbour and could almost be seen from the West Coast Aquatic Safaris office and another lone Humpback just off of Plover Reef which is usually well known for the high concentration of Seal Lions that Gather there. It is great to have such a perfect day in spring with whales that are as cooperative as this.

Having a full boat today there was real benefit to the additional viewing decks that WASCO has to offer. Having room for six passengers at a time to ride up top, almost ten feet above sea level makes for an ideal spot to get the best photos possible. For those that want to feel they are as close as possible to the whales, WASCO's full walk around bow deck is spacious and when the whales are close can feel like you are right on top of them. Of course even on the perfect day in Tofino it is still nice to have the option to pop back inside and warm up with the dry diesel heater that keeps the windows free of moisture and warms you to the bones.

With weather this great and having the best boat in town it is important to make sure you make your reservations in advance. While there is often room for last minute bookings, making your reservations online at least 24 hours in advance will ensure there is room for the entire family. Visit our website for all the details, departure times and the chance to save 10% for booking online.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


It was nice and sunny today with a little too much wind for any off shore travel but we were fortunate to have some very cooperative Grey Whales in sheltered waters. There were two Greys today that were very enjoyable to watch. They were active with lots of tail flukes. The Steller Sea Loins out on Plover Reef also put on quite a show for our guests as many were enjoying a nice meal.

Keith departed today for Victoria and the Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Show. The show opens tomorrow at noon and we will be giving away free passes all weekend for fans of West Coast Aquatic Safaris on Facebook. While at the Show Keith will be giving away some WCAS merchandise and chances to win free Whale or Bear Watching trips for two on our new 36 Passenger power catamaran so make sure you take the time to stop by. This weekend you will also have the chance to get in on The Ultimate West Coast Adventure Package with an extra special rate on the two best activities in Tofino. Surfing with Surf Sisters and Whale watching with West Coast Aquatic Safaris with a few extras thrown in for one incredible low rate. Keith has all of the details and you can only get it at the show so don't miss out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


The Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Show begins on Friday and Keith will there to represent West Coast Aquatic Safaris. The show runs until Sunday night and Keith Will be giving away chances to win WCAS merchandise and free trips for two for Whale or Bear Watching. We will also have free tickets to give away for the show as well as some buy one, get one free passes. In order to receive your free ticket visit our Facebook page and become a fan of West Coast Aquatic Safaris. After that, we will let everyone know when to call the office and how to pick up your tickets.

Things have been a little quiet in town since the Easter weekend however there is still lots to see. There have been many Grey whales in the area and often times we are finding them in calm waters close to the Tofino Harbour. We know that many of our guests have taken all kinds of great photos in the last week or so and we would love to see them. Don't forget that winners of the photo of the week contest will receive one of our travel mugs as a prize and your photo will be on our website for the world to see.

Friday, April 2, 2010


The perfect family outing for Easter weekend. Whale watching With West Coast Aquatic Safaris is a great way to spend a part of the day. It is an exciting informative experience with non stop action from start to finish. Whether it is 200 Stellar Sea Lions on Berryman Point, Orca's finding a meal, a playful Sea Otter doing the backstroke or a Breaching Humpback, WASCO is the best boat in the harbour to take it all in. Our captains are very knowledgeable and highly skilled on the ocean. The boat's cabin is heated and equipped with a bathroom and satellite radio for your comfort. With a full walk around bow deck and flying bridge that can accommodate 6 passengers at a time there is no better way to get photos and memories to last a lifetime. Visit our website to see our rates for each of your family members. View our departure times on Facebook or call the shop for details. Reservations can be made after hours at your convenience.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Despite the challenging conditions today, Jeff our Captain was still able to find several Grey whales with the help of the WASCO's Flying Bridge. Not only does this deck give our guests a superior view to others but it also allows for the Captain to operate from a vantage point 10 feet above sea level. This provides for a much greater chance at finding the whales on the days like today where the swell is several meters. It was quite a nice show for our guests who enjoyed the option of the heated cabin, walk around bow deck or the bridge.

Tomorrow we are headed for the hot springs for our first trip of the season. Easter weekend is upon us and along with Tofino, West Coast Aquatic Safaris is getting fairly busy. We want to do everything we can to ensure that you and your family have an excellent weekend and that starts with making your reservation in advance. We will be running several trips per day for Whale watching so give us a call or have a look at our Facebook page for departure times and availability.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Grey Whales and Bright Skies


It was all sunshine and smiles on the water today. The weather was excellent, mild and sunny all day in Tofino. We had one trip out this morning while the sea was still quite smooth. WASCO and the group were able to catch up to a couple of Grey Whales not to far out of the Tofino Harbour. Despite the warm sunny weather it is still a treat to be able to move indoors or out as you please. Take advantage of the flying bridge to get the best views possible then head back into the heated cabin to warm up.

Keith has returned from the Calgary Outdoor Adventure show and would like to thank all those that stopped by to say hello at the West Coast Aquatic Safaris both. We are just in the process of selecting the winners for the free trips on the new catamaran as well as hoodies and coffee mugs.

Easter weekend is almost upon us and we encourage you to visit the website and take advantage of the book online feature to make sure we have room for your entire family while you are here. See you soon.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Best Grey Whale show in years!


This mornings run was excellent. Just Minutes out of Tofino Harbour Jeff, WASCO and the group picked up a couple of Grey Whales that were very active. Jeff, our Captain said it was the best Grey Whale show he had seen in a couple of years. With lots of tail fluking and plenty of bobbing up and down The group was able to get lots of head shot photos. The timing was perfect with the weather conditions changing and the swell building to over five meters the group was able to take in the action right away then head into the inside waters for shelter, Sea Lions and Otters. The weather held out just long enough for WASCO to get back to the dock before the rain came down. Be sure to have a look at our website for special rates for students, seniors and youth and don't forget children under two can ride for free. It is a great trip for the entire family so make sure you book your spot in advance to guarantee space for everyone. Sorry Fido unfortunately you aren't able to join us however, there are some excellent experienced people in town for dog walking or grooming while the family is out on the boat.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

We had another terrific day here in Tofino with a classic weather pattern that keeps us guessing but turns out great. Our day wound up sunny and warm, the strong winds that were predicted held off and made for fun conditions out on the water. Today Jeff and the group happened across a couple hundred Sea Lions out on Berryman Point and also caught with a couple of Grey whales just off of Tonquin Beach. Looks like West Coast Aquatic Safaris will have a couple of trips departing tomorrow so please visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to see the scheduled times and don't forget to book in advance to guarantee your space.

Today is day one at the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show and Keith has been busy with lots of people stopping by to see what we have planned for the summer. At this point no one has taken advantage of the free tickets we have to give away so please give us a call if you are interested.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Greys, Humpbacks and much more


Keith is in Calgary today getting set up for the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show which begins tomorrow morning and continues though Sunday. As a way to thank our past customers and people who are considering joining us on the water we want to give away free tickets to the event. The show is great, there are lots of awesome things to see beginning with the West Coast Aquatic Safaris booth. Keith will be there to give you a great idea of all that we have to offer on the west coast as well as giving away free trips on our new catamaran, hoodies and a few other items. If you or someone you know wants to get out to the show, visit our website, follow the link to our Facebook page and become a fan. After that All you have todo is call the shop in Tofino and find out where to pick up your tickets. It is that easy!

Back on the home front today, the weather was great, and both of our trips had the chance to see Grey whales and Humpbacks from WASCO's flying bridge. Things are definitely starting to get busier out here so we always encourage you to make your bookings in advance to guarantee you will be able to go on the trip that best fits your schedule. We take reservations until late and if you are an early riser that's not a problem either. Don't forget our book online option, doing so with more than 24 hours notice and receive 10% off.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Orcas in the Harbour


Today was a great day. It was quiet around town and the weather seemed to change every fifteen minutes but there was lots to see and from WASCO's heated cabin it didn't matter. We started out the day with a pair of Orcas in the Harbour which eventually made their way up nearby Browning Passage. After a bit we headed out towards Leonard Island Lighthouse and picked up several Grey whales headed up the coast. Tomorrow is now looking as though it will be quite nice and with a little luck the two Orcas will be close by and the seas will be gentle again.

The Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show begins tomorrow and Keith is there now with a handful of free passes as well as a handful of by one get one free passes. All you need to do is become a fan of West Coast Aquatic Safaris on Facebook and you will be eligible. If you don't live in Calgary, tell your friends, family or their friends that do live in Calgary to go on our website, follow the link to our Facebook page and become a fan and wait for the chance to to collect the tickets.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Humpback in town


The past couple of days in Tofino the weather has been very mixed but the whales have been consistent. Yesterday and Monday there were many Grey whales to be seen as well as a few Sea Otters and Sea Lions. Today we were fortunate to have a couple more Greys however there was also a Humpback that was sighted. This is exciting as the last time WASCO and the crew saw a Humpback was about a week ago.

Keith has headed off to Calgary to represent West Coast Aquatic Safaris at the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for your chance to win free tickets to the show.

Today has been nice a sunny with a few clouds and I am envious of all of the folks that are enjoying the sun from WASCO's upper viewing deck and with the seas as calm as they Hopefully they are hearing the whales with the help of our hydrophone. Take advantage of the sunny weather and don't miss our next tour.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Today was beautiful and sunny with strong easterly wind that was building over the coarse of the day. It made for a challenging day for locating whales however by the end of it there were a couple of Grey whales located. Today is a great example of what Makes WASCO the perfect boat for our tours. The group began their trip with half of the passengers sitting up on the upper deck and the remainder were at the stern. As the wind picked up the group was able to take turns moving back and fourth from the heated cabin to the upper deck to get the best view from ten feet above sea level. By the time the group returned to the office it was raining. Again this was no problem as each person was supplied with the best Helly Hansen rain coats available as well as fleece gloves. All in all it was smiles from everyone and one couple was even planning to return again tomorrow.

Once again Keith is preparing to head over to Calgary for the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show. We will be giving away free tickets to the show to people that become fans of our Facebook page. While at the show, stop in to see Keith for your chance to win whale and bear watching trips, West Coast Aquatic Safaris Merchandise as well as a chance to get in on an extra special Ultimate West Coast Adventure Package Promo. Have a look at our website where there is always big things happening.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The sound of Orcas


Yesterday was my first chance of the season to get out on the water. As the group returned to the West Coast Aquatic Safaris office at 3pm, they were so excited about all that they had seen. Word had spread pretty quickly around the airwaves that the local waters were filled with whales. And when I say local, I mean only fifteen minutes of travel before we had the Orcas off WASCO's starboard side. Keith and I had jumped on board and run out just past the Leonard Island lighthouse. With a very large Bull on our starboard, a cow several calves on our port side the day was going to wrap up perfectly. The whales were active and chatty. Keith took the time to place the hydrophone in the water and with no other boats around we heard all kinds of wonderful sounds. For me this was like nothing I had experienced before. It was my first time to actually have Orcas so close that I could hear a clear hallow puff of air as they broached the surface and spouted a cool ocean mist high into the air. To make it even better, the sound of them communicating below the water was unbelievable and with my eyes closed it was better then any National Geographic film. The seas were gentle, the sun was warm and I wished that everyone I knew could experience that feeling at least once. Thanks Keith!

Be sure to visit our Facebook site or follow us on Twitter to find out when the next boat is departing. On our website you will see how you can save 10% by making your booking online.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sunshine is back


Once again West Coast Aquatic Safaris has weathered the storm and the sun is shining again. We would like to thank all of the dedicated Whale watchers for coming out on the water with us over the last couple of days, some of you were even came out more than once. Today was a superb day on the water and both the Gray Whales and Orcas were back at WASCO's side.

We have started receiving some photos from our guests again and in the very near future will be making the selections for photo of the week. If you haven't already sent in your best, funniest, most embarrassing or most creative shots while aboard WASCO please do as we love to see how the trip went from your perspective.

The weather is expected to be quite nice for the next couple of weeks so this may be the best chance to take advantage of the sun and minimal crowds. Visit our website to book online and save 10% or become a fan of West Coast Aquatic Safaris on Facebook and see how you can win a free trip for two or perhaps tickets to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The end of Whale Festival


Well even though the 24th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival does wrap up today we are happy to say that the whales are here for some time yet. The recent weather conditions have made viewing whales a challenge however, WASCO and our Captain have still had a great deal of success for the beginning of the 2010 season. We want to thank all of the people that have passed through town and taking part in the different events and activities over the last week and a half. There has been a real positive energy around town and especially with the folks that have stopped by to see us here at West Coast Aquatic Safaris.

We are now looking forward to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show which begins in just 2 short weeks. Keith will be there as usual with chances to win prizes, merchandise and even a chance to win a Whale Watch tour for two on our power catamaran which will be arriving in Tofino soon. Become a Fan of West Coast Aquatic Safaris on Facebook and watch for your chance to get free tickets to the Calgary Outdoor Show.

We are still looking for photos from this years trips so that we can begin posting our winners for the photo of the month contest so please send us your best shots.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The seas have been quite dramatic lately and as a result WASCO has been getting out to some different areas. Part of venturing into different areas means seeing things that we don't see in our everyday trips. Today Jeff and our group passed around Meares Island they had the opportunity to see roughly 300 Stellar Sea Lions resting on the rocks and taking cover from the estimated 10m swell that we had today. A little further along Meares the group was treated to a Grey Wolf out on the beach having a look at passers by.

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has a photo of the week award, and the photo which I have added today was from our first trip this season. On February 26, this photo of an adult Orca and her calf was taken just out from Mackenzie Beach with one of the local hotels in the background. I like this photo because it was submitted by a mother and her son out for their first Whale watch, it was our first trip of the year and mostly, because it shows that you don't have to go far to see something many people will never see in their life. Sometimes you just need a different perspective. On this day in February WASCO's flying bridge which is 10' above sea level offered just that. Let the friendly staff and very knowledgeable guides help create a special moment for you or your family. Welcome aboard and don't forget your camera.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rain and snow won't stop WASCO

This morning started out as an incredibly beautiful spring day. It was crisp, cool weather but the sun was shining bright and the snow blanketed the mountains around Tofino. WASCO set out on her trip today after taking part in the 24th annual Whale Festival's, Blessing Of The Boats. With the weather looking promising WASCO's passengers climbed aboard and immediately headed up to the flying bridge which would give them a view from 10 feet above sea level. As the group left the harbour and the weather began to change it seemed as though the fully heated cabin was now the place to be. The seas became a little rougher by the group had a great time. As other boat operators made comments about goggles and guests getting soaked our group came back bone dry and with smiles on their faces from the enjoyable and sometimes thrilling ride. While the weather can't always be perfect in paradise, let the perfectly controlled climate of WASCO's cabin keep you comfortable and our experienced guides at West Coast Aquatic Safaris keep you smiling. We have two Whale Watching trips departing per day during the Whale Festival so give as a call while there is still space.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Welcome back Humpbacks


Another beautiful day in paradise. The sun is shining, the weather is warming up and the whales are plentiful.

Today marks the first official day of the 24th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival. Town is buzzing with people and excitement as the Festival parade passed by close to the West Coast Aquatic Safaris office today. On the water today there has been lots of Grey whales at the surface and even sightings of 3 Humpbacks passing through the area en route from Maui. This is very exciting as it is still very early in the season for the Humpbacks but we certainly aren't complaining. Keith was back at WASCO's helm today for his first tour of the season so it has been a special treat. We received some excellent photos from some of this years guests already and will have a Photo Of The Week contest winner selected very soon.

We have many confirmed trips departing over the next week during the Festival so be sure to give us a call and get on board. If you stop by our office you can also get you Whale Festival Button which is available for a minimum donation of $2.00. This button will allow you free admittence to any of the advertised Festival button events.

See you soon

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ORCA MANIA


There is really no other way to describe today other than truly amazing. There was almost non stop activity from Grey whales, Orcas, Sea Lions and eagles. One individual stated, "I don't think there was anything else we could have possible seen today".

At one point Jeff, our Captain reported that there were small groups of Orcas with 3 or 4 in each, on all sides of WASCO. Even when Jeff tried to move on to view other sea life, there continued to be more groups of whales popping up everywhere. I was forced to look at the calendar to see when the 24th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival begins because it seems as though someone forgot to let the whales know that it begins on March 6th.

We certainly are not complaining as this has been a real treat and there are sure to be many more days like this one. Have a look a our website to see what trips and times will best fit your schedule. Book early to beat the crowds and doing so online will save you 10%.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


As February comes to a close, there are many things to celebrate. The Grey whales and Orcas are back and have been seen by several of our guests already. The California Sea Lions have also been around and enjoying a nice meal of salmon with WASCO looking on. Team Canada has not only won the gold medal for men's and women's hockey, but also has the most gold medals won by a country in a Winter Olympic, ever.

As Keith wraps things up at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show we would like to thank all of you for stopping by to say hello and learning all about West Coast Aquatic Safaris. If you entered your name in the ballot box keep an eye on your email over the next couple of weeks as we will be notifying the winners very soon. We now look forward to the 24th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival and all of the exciting events that will be taking place in and around Tofino between March 6-10.

If you plan to stop in and see us during the festival be sure to go to our website to save 10% by booking online in advance.

Friday, February 26, 2010

First trip, 4 Orcas


West Coast Aquatic Safaris is very happy to be back out on the water today for the first trip of 2010. We are even happier to say that Jeff our Captain and our guests were treated to 4 Orca sightings today. The group included two adult females, one adult male and one young female. Also seen along the way was the odd California Sea Lion. The weather was questionable this morning but the guests departed the Tofino harbour in the comfort of WASCO's heated cabin as the sun began to break through. What a great start to the year and an excellent lead up to the 24th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival which begins on March 6th.

We hope that you will join us tomorrow in search of the Orcas and many other exciting things or perhaps a trip to the hot springs to shake the February chills.

We will have a Hot Springs trip departing at 10:00 am and a whale watching trip departing at 12:30 on Saturday February 27. Give us a call.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


We are very excited to say that West Coast Aquatic Safaris and WASCO will be back on the water tomorrow for our first trip of the season. I have had many reports on the radio in the last two days from several boaters that there has been lots happening on the Ocean, and tomorrow Jeff will be the Captain with the best chance for you to see everything. At this time we may have a morning trip going out at 9:30 however we currently have a confirmed whale watching trip departing at 1:00 pm. There is still room on the boat so give us a call to be a part of the first run of 2010.

We fully anticipate having several more whale tours and hot springs trips departing over the course of this weekend so visit our website and save 10% by booking online in advance.

The Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show begins tomorrow and Keith is there with lots of free passes to give away. If you contact our office tonight or tomorrow we will give you the details on how to connect with Keith and get your free passes. There is also a chance to win some West Coast Aquatic Safaris merchandise and maybe even a free whale watching trip. See you soon.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


As Keith is in Toronto getting ready for the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show, things have been happening here in Tofino. While Jeff, our Captain was aboard WASCO today making sure everything was ready for her first trip on Friday, he happened to spot a couple of Orcas. This answers the question that everyone has been asking of late; Are there any whales out there to see this time of year? I am very happy to say that there certainly are!

Aside from today's sightings there has also been some recent activity with the Grey whales out towards Hot Springs Cove.

When traveling in the warmth of our heated cabin on your way to the springs, the very knowledgeable Captain's from West Coast Aquatic Safaris will ensure that you get the most out of your experience buy pointing out as many of the truly amazing sights that the rugged coastline has to offer. There is always time for the perfect photo and the best place to show off your favourite memory is through our website and our photo of the week contest.

We hope to see you soon.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Almost warm enough to go for a dip

The weather continues to be beautiful here in Tofino but it may not last forever. Things are expected to change again and there is a little rain in the future. Fortunately West Coast Aquatic Safaris will have you traveling in style. WASCO, our boat, is fully equipped with a heated cabin for all of it's passengers allowing you to stay warm and dry en route to the hot springs or for your whale watching adventure. To keep you even more comfortable, you can enjoy satellite radio and and the luxury of a bathroom on board. For those of you that are looking for the best possible photo to submit to our photo of the week contest, WASCO also has a full walk around deck and flying bridge to get you in right spot for the ultimate shot.

Beat the crowds of the 24 Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival and join us for the first trips of the season starting on Friday, February 26.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Migration is on. Don't miss the boat!


Well our sources tell us that the temperature isn't the only thing heating up these days. With the Pacific Rim Whale festival just 2 weeks away now, West Coast Aquatic Safaris has been getting lots of reports that the whales are making their way into the area. Grey whales have been seen regularly on the way to Hot Springs Cove lately as well as several other points a little off shore. The Festival is a great time of year to be in Tofino with many fun and educational things for the entire family to do. The best way to start out you trip or wrap it up before you head home is is with some exciting ocean adventure aboard WASCO. Whether you are thinking about a relaxing soak in the springs or a chance to welcome the whales back to Tofino have a look at our website and save 10% by booking online. We have trips starting Friday February 26th and several times a day until fall.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Our beautiful weather has continued for another day and looks like it may still be with us for a while.

West Coast Aquatic Safaris is seeking a few energetic, dynamic individuals to join our team for the 2010 season. If you are passionate about working with people and sharing the beauty of our environment and marine life with travelers from around the globe, then perhaps this is the opportunity for you. We will be looking for knowledgeable, experienced people to work in the office or aboard our vessels. If you are interested, have a look at our website and our Facebook site to see what we have been up to. If you happen to be in Toronto stop by and see Keith at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show and ask him about the exciting things happening this year.

We look forward to seeing you aboard WASCO soon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WASCO IS BACK!

WASCO slipped quietly back into the water yesterday after a nice winter break. She's all polished up with the sun shinning off her hull and ready for the season. Only nine more days until she will head back out to see to visit the whales, sea lions , eagles and so much more.

Things have been getting busier in town in the last couple of days with the nice weather and a few people trying to escape the Olympic crowds in Vancouver. As the Pacific Rim Whale Festival gets closer be sure to take a look at the Hello BC site to help find the activities and the best places to stay to make the most of your time on the West Coast.

Don't forget that the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show is coming up February 26th. Keith will be there with lots of information and details on the many great things planned for this summer. He will also have opportunities to win some West Coast Aquatic Safaris Merchandise, so be sure to stop in and say Hello.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy sunny Valentines Day


Today has been spectacular here in Tofino with the sun shinning on us all day at West Coast Aquatic Safaris. There have been lots of great people stopping buy today, some of them from Germany, Seattle or as near by as Nanaimo all wanting to know if there have been whales in the area? There has been some activity lately however, things will just get better and better everyday. Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to have more Whales moving into the area or passing through. All perfectly timed with 24th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival. There is lots of exciting things to during the Festival but why not arrive early, beat the crowds and and maybe even have the Hot Springs to yourselves. As of Feb 26th we will be beginning daily trips to Hot Springs Cove or Whale Watching tours. Have a look at our website and save 10% by booking online.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Energy in the Air!

The staff at West Coast Aquatic Safaris have been feeding off the weather's energy over the last few days. Tofino has been having wild storms - with the wind howling like the wolves on Vargas Island and rain watering our forests. It is like mother nature is waking us up and giving us energy for the 2010 Pacific Whale Festival! Don't But don't let us at West Coast Aquatic Safaris allow you to forget that tomorrow is Valentines Day! Several days of sun showing on the long range forecast, including February 26th, WASCO's first day back at work. The toughest decision now is, how to spend the sunny hays ahead? Perhaps a surf at Chesterman's Beach or a nice long walk down Long Beach. But get yourselves ready for our 2010 season and come have a good visit with sea lions and gray whales aboard WASCO! Feel free to come by or to call West Coast Aquatic Safaris and get on the list for the best place to be on the sea.

Friday, February 12, 2010


The Olympic Torch has found its way into Vancouver today in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 winter Olympics. Oddly enough Keith just happens to be passing through Vancouver today en route to the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show, which starts Feb 26th. This seems convenient. There has been people coming into the office today looking to get out on the water for the first glimpse of the Grays, Humpbacks or perhaps even an Orca. We are still a bit early as WASCO is not quite in the water yet. After speaking with the folks at Rod's Power and Marine today, we are happy that things are on Schedule and Jeff will be at the helm to take her out for the first trip of the season on February 26th. Keep in mind that if you book online you will receive 10% off the price. We have also been busy working out some great new ideas and specials for this year so watch us on Facebook or Twitter for upcoming promotions.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Some time has now past since Keith was out to Seattle to represent West Coast Aquatic Safaris at the outdoor trade show. We have now selected the winning names from the ballots that were collected during the show and the lucky people have been contacted. Several people will receive a West Coast Aquatic Safaris Hoodie, others will receive one of our travel mugs and many more will be receiving one of our Eco friendly cloth shopping bags. Thanks to all of you for stopping by to say hello and we hope to see you in Tofino soon.

Keith is now getting ready to head east where he will be spending a few days at the International Centre in Toronto for the Outdoor Adventure Show. The show runs from February 26-28. Please be sure to come out and say hello, Keith will have more chances to win and lots of great information for planning your getaway to the west.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or our Twitter sites to see where we will be next or to find out more about tours departing soon.

We are also hoping that some of you will forward some of your favourite photos and memories with West Coast Aquatic Safaris from seasons past so that we may share a few of them with our fans and friends. If you would like to contribute please send photos with a brief description to info@whalesafaris.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Well it's official, just over one more week until the good folks at RPM will be picking up WASCO for a once over before setting her out to sea for the first trip of the season. We are now in the office from Wednesday through Sunday between 9am and 5pm. At this point we a anticipating having our first tour of the season on Friday February 26th.

These days in a world that seems to have become so fast paced, with people moving in all different directions at the same time, it is often difficult to celebrate a special occasion on the day of the occasion. This year take the time to make your own special occasion. Come visit West Coast Aquatic Safaris in one of the most romantic places in the world. The last week of February or the beginning of March is the perfect time to plan a getaway to Hot Springs Cove or go Whale Watching before the crowds arrive for the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. Contact us in the office or make your reservation online and save 10%.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


As the winter storms have been hitting the east coast, the rain in Tofino has stopped today and the clouds have parted above West Coast Aquatic Safaris. With the blue sky and warmth of the sun reflecting off of WASCO, we decided to climb aboard enjoy the view out into the inner harbour. With the weather improving there are more people stopping by each day in search of adventure and anxious to get on the water.

The energy is really building for and incredible season, and with the excitement of the Olympics next week, Tofino is just the place to relax and unwind when they wrap up. The best way to do that, is with a long soak in Hot Springs. Keep an eye on our website for details and updates to our schedule.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Well folks, the days are getting longer, milder, the bulbs are coming up in the garden and WASCO is getting restless. Only a couple more weeks until WASCO will go for the first swim of the spring season. It has been a long winter but we are getting fired up with some changes to the office and some new faces on the West Coast Aquatic Safari team.

Be sure and join us at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival in March but in the meantime if you are planning your first visit to Tofino or you are an old friend, follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don't miss the first trip of 2010 or even better stop in and say hello.