Natural History Tours in Tofino
Most of the whale watching and sea kayaking tour providers do a good job of providing a solid background of Clayoquot Sound's cultural and natural history. Alternatively, you could try the non-profit Raincoast Education Society, described below.
The mission of the Raincoast Education Society (RES) is to shape an environmentally sensitive future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship.
They offer tours and educational programs for groups of all sizes. Their office is located at the Clayoquot Field Station in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Please contact the society directly for more information:
Mail: PO Box 815, Tofino BC, V0R 2Z0
Tel: (250) 725-2560
Fax: (250) 725-2435
Clayoquot Sound is situated on one of the major flyways for migrating birds on the west coast. Thousands of shorebirds utilize the vast mudflats and beaches in the area as vital feeding and resting grounds. Of the estimated 150 species of resident birds in Clayoquot Sound, you might see Black Oystercatchers, Killdeers, Sandpipers, Snow Geese, Plovers and Snipes.
The Tofino Mudflats, located between the peninsula and Meares Island were designated an official migratory bird reserve giving protected status to this critical habitat.