Winter Wildlife Tours

Traverse along the inlet waters —minutes from the dock— and explore the sights and sounds of Clayoquot Sound. Riding in covered boats gives you the best possible opportunity for sighting wildlife while staying warm and dry on rainy winter days. You may come across a variety of wildlife including sea lions, seals, otters, whales, a variety of bird life and our knowledgeable guides are the resource for all your questions. This tour stays mostly in the inlet, so waters will likely be flat and calm. Great for all ages! 

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The Black Fish

Covered Boat

Our spacious 12 seat boat ensures you are not fighting the crowds to take in the coastal of the views. We guarantee a stress-free and intimate experience making your Winter Wildlife Tour unforgettable.

The Black Fish is a covered boat with a little viewing platform. So, you don’t need to worry if the weather is a little wet.

A bathroom is available on board.

The Ultimate Adventure is the best value for a private group of up to 12 passengers. You get your own little boat, drop some crab traps on the way out, and depart on the quest for an intimate experience with the local wildlife. This trip will not only get you up-close and personal with seals, otters, and more, but also is also one of the best ways to see Clayoquot Sound. Miraculous coast lines, rugged points and exciting weather make this a trip that you will not forget.

Once you have experienced the coast line, retrieve your crab traps on the way back to the dock.*** 

Winter pricing 2024/25: $900 (+ taxes + fees) for 4 adults. Additional passengers will be $150 per person. Winter pricing applies from Jan-May 2024, Oct 2024 – Mar 2025.

Capacity: 12 Adults max.

Crabbing + Prawning: Retrieve your crab or prawns traps on the way back to the dock and if the fishing is good, enjoy fresh crab for dinner. Please help us sustain future fish stocks by retaining only what you need.

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

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Tour Facts

  • Tour Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours
  • Availability October - March
  • Daily Schedule 9:30am, 1:00pm
  • Guests up to 12


  • Adults $119 + fees*
  • Senior + Youth $109 + fees*
  • Children (3-12) $89 + fees*
  • 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

Winter Wildlife Tour FAQ

What to bring
  • Warm clothes (layers are best) 
  • Lunch or your own snacks  
  • Camera 
  • Binoculars  
  • Rain jackets can be provided upon request
What you might see
  • Fish Life
  • Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Sea Otters
  • Eagles
  • Whales
  • And a lot more

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

Trip Timeline
  • 20-minute boat ride up Tofino inlet 
  • 2-hours of wildlife viewing up Tofino Inlet 
  • 20 minute boat ride back to Tofino Resort and Marina 
Upgrade To Your Private Boat


customized adventure

Book your own private tour with our Ultimate Adventure. Drop some crab traps on your way out, enjoy nature at your own speed, pack a picnic to enjoy along the way and really make the most of your time on the water.