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Animal Activity

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM Comments comments (223)
Lots of activity has been occurring in Tofino's harbour so far this year.  Just 3 days ago a pod of 5 Orcas (Killer Whales) passed right through the harbour mid-day.  And there have been a lot more sighting of Sea Otters and Harbour Porpoises near the native village of Opitsat on Meares Island than in previous years to my memory  I've been so busy that I haven't been able to post that about a month ago there were several Humpback Whales in the Harbour coming and going for a couple of days; I've never seen that before in my 23 years of living in Tofino, that's incredible!  Also a couple of weeks ago while cruising through a narrow passage on the way to pick-up some quests that were island camping there was a black Wolf was swimming over to Vargas Island and only about 25 meters from the boat; got some great video.
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Big & Small Porpoises in Tofino Harbour

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 2:36 AM Comments comments (94)
Write your post here.  A pod of Orcas passed through Tofino's harbour at noon today.  Guests on their way to the Meares Island Big Tree Trail had a real treat viewing the largest members of the Porpoise family shortly before entering the rain-forest for an unforgettable hiking experience.  Guests on the next cruise had a pleasant surprise when a pair of Harbour Porpoise (the second smallest members of the Porpoise family) surfaced close to the boat.
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Hiking the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (111)
The Big Tree Trail board-walk is in need of some scheduled maintenance and requires some of it's boards to be replaced, so 'keep an eye out' where you walk.
The 5.5 m (17.5') dia Hanging Garden Tree at the end of the boardwalk maybe 2,000 years old and it's 'outter skin' is very fragile so please don't climb on her. 
Also we have had a some rain lately so its best to ware rain-boots if you plan to do the '3-Hour loop'.  When we have considerable amounts of rain, hikers should be discouraged from hiking the loop to prevent soil erosion and tree-root damage, thanks!
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Lone Cone Trail

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM Comments comments (102)
With regard to the Lone Cone Trail on Meares Island;  Be advised to bring your cell phone as it is always wise to have the ability to communication in case of emergencies particularly in the wilderness.  If you do not have a cell phone, we have a set of 2-way radios for your use and reception is excellent at the top of Lone Cone. 
Communication also allows you to 'adjust' your pick-up time, and we'll do our best to accommodate any changes.  With that in mind many hikers are amazed that it takes as long to descend the Mtn. as it took to go up, so please keep that in mind. 
Also bring a jacket to keep you warm on the boat trip and in case of fog which can occur at any time in the Summer.
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Harour Blog

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1216)
There's a dead sea-lion on the beach a few kilometres East of the harbour.  A number of wolves have been seen feeding on its carcass.  Most days this time of year bald eagles are all over the place in the harbour, however, lately they have been a little scarce around Tofino in the mid-day; I think they're probably feeding on the same carcass. 
Often there's a couple of eagles perched on the cabled 'Eik' tree next to the booking office at Jamie's Whaling Station where I work and book from.  Often this Summer other eagles are perched on the boat masts, I've never noticed that before in Tofino.
Yesterday at Deadman's Island I saw one of the two eaglets out of the nest for the first time.  The old nest had fallen out of it's tree last Oct. and the two resident eagles rebuilt on last Jan. on the Islet slightly closer to Tofino.  
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Catherine's Floating Garden

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM Comments comments (146)
Last Sunday a bunch of friends (including some from Jamie's Whaling Station where I work and book from) took an evening cruise to Catherine's Floating Garden (aka. Freedom Cove).  Everybody was blown-away by what they saw and experienced, the place is 'out of this world'.  Catherine and Wayne truly loved the company and the feeling was mutual.  The sunset on the way back to Tofino was glorious, the perfect ending to a great day. 
So now we have staff at Jamie's Booking Office with personal experience of the Gardens to help them with any questions you may have.
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Island camping

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 11:31 PM Comments comments (4)
Ahous Bay on the west side of Vargas Island has had a number marine mammal  sightings lately.  Often this year Gray whales, Humpback whales, and porpoises have been feeding in the bay,
When in Ahous bay please remember to use the aluminium food cache located at the beach trail-head of the 'Old Telegraph-line Trail' at the south end of the beach. Once wolves eat our food they are quickly habituated to human food and can become dangerously aggressive.  In the past wolves on Vargas Island have had to be shot by the park rangers as a result of being fed.  We have an info sheet from BC Parks with other tips on this matter.  Remember it is very important that wild animals (particularly mammals) have a 'healthy' fear of humans, it keeps both them and us safe.
I should also mention please don't eat mussels or clams this time of year as they can be contaminated with 'Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning' and KILL YOU!  They are usually OK to eat by November. 
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Family Fishing

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM Comments comments (180)
Here goes my first blog.
Family fishing has been very successful this summer,  Our 'catch & release' fishing ensures there's always been lots of fish around and they're bitting.  We've been catching a wide assortment of various species including; Black Rock Fish (aka Black Seabass), Copper Rock fish, Tommy Cod (aka Kelp Greenling), and China Rock fish.  
Today (July 30) while fishing with a father and his son near Tonquin Island near the harbour entrance, the son reeled in about 12 rock fish including a couple of Lingcod.  Today was his first time fishing, I'm quite sure it's not his last!   
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