The Ultimate Adventure

Set out for the ultimate west coast adventure with your own private boat and guide. Drop a crab trap on the way out and depart on the quest for an intimate wildlife experience. Check out the exciting open water, before cruising through islands into the stillness and serenity of the Tofino Inlet.

Visit Wanachus-Hilthuuis (Meares Island) Tribal Park and The Big Tree Trail, a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s flagship visitor experience and learn about its cultural and historical significance. Enjoy your lunch while immersed in old growth forest with some of the largest trees in Canada. Once you are back on board the vessel, return to pull your crab trap before heading home to the dock.

Want MORE adventure? We have partnered with Pacific Surf Co so you can now add a surf lesson to your experience and take your adventure to the next level!

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Tofino Fishing

We invest in your experience which means we have safe and reliable vessels that suit your needs.

  • Reel Season, a 32-foot KingFisher that can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people. With a heated cabin, onboard bathroom, and large back viewing deck, it’s your perfect adventure vessel.
  • Want to elevate your experience then you want Blueline, our Boston Whaler, 31’5 Pilothouse. Comfortably seats 4 people and has the capacity for up to 8 people. With a comfortable cuddy and bench seating, bathroom and twin 300HP Mercury outboard motor to power the experience.
  • Looking for something for a larger group then Blackfish is for you, a 30-foot covered vessel, which can hold up to 12 passengers. This vessel comes with an onboard bathroom and a viewing deck out back.

**To inquire about the Ultimate Adventure on Blueline or Blackfish please contact us directly at 778.841.0186 or marina@tofinoresortandmarina.com.

Crabbing Tofino

Please take a moment to prepare for your trip by obtaining a mandatory BC tidal fishing license (minimum 1- day). On this trip you will get to pull crustacean traps.

Take the west coast cuisine home to enjoy for dinner or ask our staff about other preparation suggestions.

Please contact marina@tofinoresortandmarina.com before your departure if you have any questions.

 

***Crabbing and prawning subject to weather and season.

Nestled within the ancestral lands of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, the Big Tree Trail graces Wanachus-Hilthuuis (Meares Island) Tribal Park. A sanctuary of natural wonder, this trail unveils the majestic presence of Western Redcedar trees, some standing proudly for up to 1,500 years. In the tapestry of Tla-o-qui-aht culture, these ancient trees served as indispensable resources, providing sustainably harvested wood for the creation of totem poles, longhouses, and traditional canoes.

Embarking on the journey along the trail, visitors encounter the awe-inspiring Hanging Garden, where the largest Western Red Cedar, though appearing lifeless, thrives as the Cedar Tree of Life. With an impressive 18-meter width and an estimated age of 2,000 years, this venerable giant stands as one of the oldest living witnesses to time, nurturing an ecosystem of diverse trees and plants.

The tale of Meares Island unfolds with a chapter of environmental activism in the early 80s. Threatened by the imminent specter of clear-cut logging, a coalition of impassioned Tofino residents, environmentalists, and the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations united against the formidable timber industry. This rallying cry ignited the “War of the Woods,” echoing through the Queen Charlottes and culminating in the largest act of peaceful disobedience in Canadian history. Today, the stewardship of Meares Island rests in the capable hands of the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardians, a testament to the enduring spirit of preservation and community.

Tour Facts

  • Tour Duration 4.5 Hours
  • Availability Year-round
  • Winter Schedule (Oct - Apr) 12:30pm
  • Summer Schedule (May - Sep) 8:00am & 1:30pm
  • Guests Up to 6

2024/25 Pricing:

  • Wildlife Viewing + Crabbing $900 + fees*
  • Price is based on 4 people. Experience is available for groups up to 6 people at an additional cost of $150 per person. For larger groups please contact us.
*fees
  • Fuel surcharge $50
  • 1% Tribal Park Allies supports the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in the restoration and guardianship of their lands.
  • 1% eco fees supports the protection and conservation of wild salmon populations in Clayoquot Sound.
  • 5% GST

The Ultimate Adventure FAQ

What to bring
  • Warm clothes (layers are best) 
  • Lunch (picnic lunch add-on available upon request. Inquire during booking) 
  • Water
  • Sunglasses   
  • Camera 
  • Binoculars  
What you might see
  • Black Bears (Bear Watching)
  • Grey Whales (Whale Watching)
  • Killer Whales  (Whale Watching)
  • Humpback Whales  (Whale Watching)
  • Fish Life
  • Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Eagles
  • Dolphins (porpoise)
  • And a lot more

If you want to get intimate with the natural surroundings of Tofino you will not be disappointed. 

When is the best time to see whales

Whales can be viewed year-round, but the strongest season begins in May, when a mind-blowing 20,000 grey whales swim past Tofino’s sandy shores. They’re intent on their annual migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait. You can expect to see whales until the end of October.

How close do we get to the whales

We are respectful of the current regulations and stay at a 100 meter distance. Sometimes though, as whales are curious animals, they swim closer to us but we always try our best to not disturb them if we can.