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Vancouver Island festival offers front-row seat to whale migration

Pacific Rim Whale Festival returns to Tofino & Ucluelet March 16 to 24
Celebrating the annual spring migration of grey whales, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival comes to Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve March 16 to 24. Photo courtesy Pacific Rim Whale Festival

As winter gradually releases its hold, March unveils a truly remarkable event – the mass migration of grey whales. Embarking on an incredible journey from the warm lagoons of Mexico to the chilly expanses of Alaska, these colossal creatures create a natural spectacle that is nothing short of captivating.

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival has celebrated this incredible natural event since the mid-1980s. This year’s festival scheduled from March 16 to 24, 2024, not only guarantees a front-row seat to this grand event but also promises an experience that underscores the critical importance of environmental conservation.

Imagine this: thousands of grey whales gracefully navigating along the coast of Vancouver Island. Their sheer size and grace are visible from the shores of Tofino and Ucluelet. It’s an awe-inspiring sight that transcends mere observation; it’s an immersion into the intricacies of marine life and the delicate balance of our ecosystems. As these majestic beings travel close to the shore on their northerly migration route, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the enormity of this journey – a tradition cherished by festival-goers for decades.

Participating in the Pacific Rim Whale Festival is more than just attending an event; it’s a call to action for environmental stewardship. Beyond the sheer beauty of the Grey Whales’ migration, the festival is a lively celebration of marine life conservation. Attendees have a unique chance to connect with scientists, environmentalists and passionate enthusiasts, fostering a shared commitment to safeguarding our oceans that has been ongoing since the festival’s beginning.

Experiencing the festival is an exclusive opportunity to make a positive impact. By attending, you become an advocate for the oceans, contributing to the ongoing efforts to protect marine life championed by the festival for over three decades. The festival ensures a family-friendly experience with diverse activities, from exciting whale-watching tours to engaging educational programs suitable for all age groups. Additionally, festival-goers can enjoy entertaining events such as the Baleen Bash, the Parade of Whales & Wonder, and the much-loved Chowder Chowdown.

Immerse yourself in a celebration that educates, inspires, and entertains, carrying a legacy of environmental appreciation that spans decades.

For a comprehensive schedule of events, visit

Looking for somewhere to stay? Spend your time on the coast with the official accommodation providers of the festival – Tofino Resort & Marina and Hotel Zed.