Rocky coastline along Middle Beach in Tofino
(Albert Normandin photo)


Festivals & Events

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Tofino boasts a slate of festivals and special events impressive in both quantity and quality. And they get better with every passing year.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Every March and April, Tofino experiences the greatest whale migration on the planet, as 17 thousand Grey Whales pass en route from their winter home on Mexico's Baja Peninsula - a journey of 22,530km/14,000mi - to summer in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea.

Whale Festival Activities

The season of the whale gets off to a roaring start with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival every March, a full week of activities including a parade; ArtSplash, the annual spring art show at the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre; Aboriginal storytelling; explorations of whale lore and science; musical performances; rainforest walks in Pacific Rim National Park; and talks on pertinent subjects such as the importance of whaling in Nuu-chah-nulth culture.

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