Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
The West Coast of Vancouver Island is prime whale-watching territory and Tofino is home to several tour operators who offer a variety of trips.
Tofino lies along the route of the annual grey whale migration. Each year up to 20,000 grey whales leave the waters of the Baja Peninsula and head north to the nutrient-rich feeding grounds of Alaska and the Bering Sea. This 20,000-km (12,000 mi) round trip is thought to be the longest migration of any creature in the world.
The Tofino whale-watching season typically runs from March through October. Whale-watching trips can often be combined with wildlife viewing and hot springs tours; bear watching trips by boat in the calm waters of Clayoquot Sound near Tofino is another popular option.
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