Whale watching from Tofino, Ucluelet
There are two places to whale watch from the Pacific Rim. Launching from Tofino takes you into Clayoquot Sound. 35 minutes to the south is Ucluelet and Barkley Sound. Both places can have good whale watching depending on the time of year.
Most common whales here: Humpback (May to September) and Gray Whales (March to November). During September of 2014 there were some resident Orcas that hung around for a couple weeks. In 2016 we saw some Transient Orcas pass through, however they only come randomly so it is not something you could expect to see.
From March to mid April up to 19,000 Gray Whales migrate past the Pacific Rim and every year a few stay around Barkley Sound (between Bamfield and Ucluelet) and in Clayoquot Sound (Tofino).
Humpback Whales can be seen during summer months anywhere within 30 miles off shore and larger groups of them may be spotted while on fishing trips out of Ucluelet, Bamfield or Tofino. Humpback whales will feed in the inlets and it is possible to see them in Barkley and Clayquot sound.
Possible sightings (Rare): Offshore, Transient and Resident Orcas
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