The Pacific Rim Whale Festival

For more than two decades, tourists and locals have been celebrating the annual migration of grey whales off the coast of Ucluelet and Tofino. Each year, close to 20,000 of them make their way from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico and past the West Coast en route to Alaska.

Whale Tail

Photo: Creestof14 on Flickr

Now in its 25th year, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival promises that 2011 will be the biggest year yet in the festival’s colourful history.

From March 19 – 27, 2011, the festival will present a week chalked full of events in both Tofino and Ucluelet, including speakers, storytelling, performances, education initiatives and delicious dining opportunities all designed to pay homage to this yearly natural phenomenon. While some may choose to simply stroll the beaches of the Pacific Rim, others may wish to take part in interpretive walks and learn the history of the importance of grey whales to BC’s coastal region.

For more information on area accommodations, volunteer opportunities, sponsorship and a full list of events, visit the Pacific Rim Whale Festival online. You can also “like” the Festival on Facebook or follow Tofino Festivals on Twitter to stay in-the-know on the comings and goings of the whales.

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