Tofino & Whale Watching

Trip Start Sep 13, 2008
Trip End Oct 04, 2008

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

After breakfast we headed out to the Pacific Rim National Park. We had to buy a day pass for the park which cost $8 per person. Our first stop was Long Beach, which is another spectacular beach. The morning mist gave it a rather eerie feel. Following a short walk on the beach we headed onto the Rain Forest trail.

The Rain Forest trail is just south of Tofino and comprises two one kilometre loops through the rain forest. It's best to allow between 20 and 30 minutes for each loop.

The next stop in the Pacific Rim National Park was Schooners Cove, which comprises another one kilometre walk through the rain forest to the Cove and beach. The tide was out so we were able to walk along the beach.
Once back in Tofino we decided to have a good look round this small mainly tourist town. There is a Laundry, Cafe, a few shops and a couple of restaurants servicing the small local population that swells during the summer months. Tofino itself sits on the end of a long peninsula, which is accessed by either Highway 4 on land or by boat or float plane.

Our whale watching trip was booked with Jamie's Whaling Station. We were asked  to arrive half an hour before the 3pm departure time in order to sign our lives away and get kitted out in our waterproof inflatable suits. We had decided to do the 'Zodiac' trip which consists of heading out to sea in a 29ft Rigid Inflatable Boat. These boats can literately fly! The Zodiac trip is not recommended for those with pre existing back or neck problems as there can be some pretty harsh bumps.

We headed out into the Pacific Ocean. On our trip we saw a Humpback Whale, a Grey Whale, Sea Lions and a couple of Sea Otters. We were out for about 2hrs 45mins and on return were given a hot drink to warm us up.
Dinner tonight was a take away Pizza from Tony's pizza and an early night ready for a long drive to Port Hardy at the North end of Vancouver Island.
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