It’s true; over 20,000 grey whales are heading north. Why, you ask? Well, obviously because they want to participate in the 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival taking place on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island from Ucluelet to Tofino, and all of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. To tell the truth, the grey whales are on their way to Alaska’s Bering Strait and beyond in an annual migration that has taken place for many, many years. The festival is newer and a bit shorter and runs from March 19th to 27th. It is an all out celebration of our coastal lives. There will be lots of educational material about the grey whales and marine life in general as well as inspirational talks and stunningly beautiful walks. The festival promises lots of children’s fun and plenty of culinary events for the big folks. First Nations offer cultural workshops and much more for those who want to experience coastal tradition. Video enthusiasts can participate in an inspirational, whale inspired, short video contest (check the website for details) with a $500.00 prize!
Allow yourself some quiet time to enjoy a beach walk and to explore the lush coastal rainforest. Hiking trails are everywhere and range from “couch potato” easy to extremely challenging. The Pacific Rim boasts some of the province’s finest BC Bed & Breakfast accommodations, restaurants, and art galleries.
The drive from Port Alberni to the Pacific Rim is a bit windy, but very beautiful too. Take your time and allow for plenty of stops along the way so the driver can enjoy the stunning scenery guaranteed to mesmerize the entire family. Of course, the kids will be asking the age old question: “Are we there yet????” For those not into driving, there is both air and bus service available.