Whales are an iconic part of BC’s past, present and future. Join in the 2018 Pacific Rim Whale Festival this March and celebrate these amazing animals.
This year will mark the 32nd year this festival has been put on. Running from March 10 to 25, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the traditions of the west coast, the unique environment and the spring return of the grey whale. The festival is held around Ucluelet, at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
With so many days to attend the event, organizers have made sure there’s something for everyone. Key dates include:
March 10: Whalefest kick off and parade in Tofino; special guest speaker Ian McAllister, Tofino
March 17, St. Patrick’s Day: Barnacle Bluegrass at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet
March 18: Chowder Chow Down, Ucluelet Community Centre
March 18: SeaChange Panel on global warming and what it means for our oceans
March 21 and 22: Maritime Kids Day, Tofino and Ucluelet
March 25: Closing ceremonies and events
During this festival, you can also attend the Artsplash! Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Annual Spring Art Show, March 16 to 25 at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet. Talented West Coast artists and their wares will be featured during this show.
And you certainly can’t attend a Whale Festival without seeing some whales. The Ucluelet and Tofino areas are home to several whale-watching companies. Be sure to book an excursion in advance, to ensure you have a seat. Companies partaking in the festival include Ocean Outfitters, Remote Passages Marine Excursions, Jamie’s Whaling Station and Subtidal Adventures.
If you attend this year’s festival, don’t forget to tag us in your photos!