SOURCE: Tourism Tofino

Tourism Tofino

February 25, 2010 12:00 ET

West Coast Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim Whale Festival Celebrates Arrival of Spring, Migrating Grey Whales

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino, Ucluelet Coastal Communities Stage 9 Days of Cultural, Culinary, Musical, Coastal Life Educational Events March 6-14, 2010

TOFINO, BC--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) - The Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society today announced the extensive calendar of cultural, culinary, musical and educational events -- many of them free -- planned for the 24th Annual Whale Festival being held on the west coast of Vancouver Island from March 6-14, 2010 marking the official opening of the area's prime whale watching season.

"This year's Whale Festival comprises more than seventy events designed to give local residents and visitors from around the world a real taste of West Coast life and a deeper understanding of our extraordinary marine and forest ecosystems," said Pacific Rim Whale Festival Coordinator, Marla Barker. "The Festival coincides with the onset of spring on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, which typically begins weeks earlier than Eastern North American destinations, and the annual return of migrating Pacific grey whales to the area's coastal waters."

New to the 2010 Pacific Rim Whale Festival line up is the "SEA CHANGE Series" -- an educational program featuring renowned authors, speakers, documentaries and presentations calling attention to how human factors dramatically affect the health of the world's oceans and the life they support. The new SEA CHANGE Series also focuses on recent climate and ocean sciences research detailing conservation trends, environmental education and solutions. 

Pacific Rim Whale Festival and SEA CHANGE Series highlights include:

SEA CHANGE Series Events: Children's Book Launch, Book Signing and Interactive Presentations with Elin Kelsey, author of the just published Hey! Not Your Typical Book About The Environment and Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales.
Date and Time: Saturday, March 6, 2:00 PM Location: Clayoquot Field Station, Tofino
Date and Time: Sunday, March 7, 7:00 PM Location: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet
Admission: FREE

SEA CHANGE Event:  Activist and author Serge Dedina discusses his book Saving The Gray Whale: People, Politics and Conservation in Baja California followed by a screening of the film Morning of the Earth about surfers seeking the "perfect wave" in Australia, Bali and Hawaii sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation.
Date and Time: Friday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre, Tofino
Admission: $5 at the door

SEA CHANGE Event: Discussion with award winning journalist and author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, Alanna Mitchell.
Date and Time: Saturday, March 13, 4:00 PM
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre, Tofino
Admission: $5 at the door

Event: 14th Annual Gala Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser -- Six-course dinner, wine pairings.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 4, 6:00 PM 
Location: Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino  
$110 per person 

Event: Martini Migration: Feathers, Fur and Fins Fundraiser -- Cocktail competition featuring musical guests Current Swell
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM 
Location: Tofino Community Hall, 351 Arnet Rd., Tofino
Advance Tickets Only: $45 per person

Event: Traditional Cedar Weaving Hands-on Workshops: First Nations Weavers and Artists.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 11, 12:00 PM Location: UAC Hall, 1510 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet
Date and Time: Saturday, March 13, 12:00 PM Location: The Legion, 331 Main St., Tofino
Admission: FREE

Event: Live Dive: An Interactive Discovery Dive from the Subsea via the Internet to the theatre audience with Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Date and Time: Thursday, March 11, 3:00 PM
Location: Clayoquot Community Theatre, Tofino
Admission: FREE

Event: "I Heart Whale" Aerial Beach Art Public Project -- Everyone welcome to help create a giant expressive image to be photographed from the air with people as the medium.
Date and Time: Sunday, March 14, 10:30 AM
Location: McKenzie Beach in front of Best Western Tin-Wis Hotel Resort, Tofino
Admission: FREE

About the Pacific Rim Whale Festival
The Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the continued protection and annual return of migrating Pacific grey whales to the coastal waters of the communities of Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. An estimated 20,000 grey whales make the journey each year from the Baja Peninsula's breeding and calving lagoons in Mexico toward their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas near the Arctic.

For more information, including a complete list of events, times and locations please visit

Pacific Rim Whale Festival Supporters
Supported by volunteers, business sponsorships, an array of local education and research organizations and in its 24th successful year, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival's fundraising efforts benefit local marine field-based research initiatives, which in turn support the whales. 2010 Whale Festival Key Sponsors include:

MEDIA FRIENDS: Four Mind Creative Design & Concepts, Immediate Images, Long Beach Radio, Tofino Time,, Westerly News.

'JUMP' LEVEL SPONSORS: Aquamarine Adventures, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Eagle Aerie Gallery, Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres, Long Beach Lodge Resort, Middle Beach Lodge, Ocean Outfitters, Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Parks Canada, Remote Passages Marine Excursions, Tin Wis Best Western Resort, Tourism Tofino, Tourism Ucluelet, Weigh West Marine Resort, West Coast Aquatic Safaris, Wickaninnish Inn

Contact Information

  • General Festival Info & Events Inquiries Contact
    Marla Barker
    Festival Coordinator
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    Phone: 250-726-7798

    Media Contact
    Lynda Kaye
    Kaye Public Relations
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    Phone: 250-725-2035

    Media & Marketing Contact
    Kim Trudgeon
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    Phone: 250-266-0463