HELICOPTER TO MOUNT URSUS GLACIER, THEN CASCADE DOWN TO VIEW ANCIENT SEA CAVES. TEHN FLY TO THE REMOTE AND BEAUTIFUL WHALERS ISLAND, WHERE A DELICIOUS DINNER WILL BE SERVED.
A magnificent day of incredible contrasts. The day starts as you jump into the Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter with your private pilot guide with room for 4 passengers. You take a soaring eagles eye view of the coast as you journey to the Peak of rugged Mount Ursus, where you stop for a guided glacier walk and lunch high up on the glacier above the treeline. Then it’s a flight down to the coast and close along the coastline where you will peer into huge sea caves and out into the open water to the remote and spectacularly evocative and beautiful Whalers Island. This small gem is a perfect desert island, where you land and bask in the coastal wonder, feeling the unique remoteness of this isolated and very special place. A gourmet dinner with fine wines is served to you here while you sit back and enjoy the stunning views. Then its back to Tofino across rocky coastal headlands as your guide shares with you much coastal lore and history.
Photo credits: Whalers Island – Ocean Outfitters: Helicopter, champagne, mountain and waterfall shots – Atleo River Air. Photographers to be announced
Jason has been providing Westcoast Adventures with unmatchable adventures from the air for years, and now our new helicopter adventures will thrill you! Fantastic local knowledge!”
–MICHAEL HARDING: WESTCOAST ADVENTURES
Note: This trip is weather dependant
TAKE PART IN YOUR OWN OCEAN HARVEST. GATHER A FEAST OF FOOD FROM THE LOCAL TOFINO WATERS. ENJOY A GOURMET BANQUET OF YOUR CATCH PREPARED BY YOUR PRIVATE CHEF
Ocean Harvest gives you the opportunity to get your hands wet, by harvesting the abundance of the ocean yourself, culminating is a feast created with the food you have gathered.The night before this trip we go out and put down the crab traps and shrimp nets. In the morning you step into your private craft with legendary Skipper Ken Thomson and head off for a day as a ‘hunter gatherer’!
As you leave Tofino your First Nations diver harvests scallops and sea urchin, explaining these wonderful creatures to you on the rear viewing deck. Further out you pull up the shrimp nets and crab traps and retrieve your catch, learning how to humanely kill the crab and gather the ocean fresh shrimp. Out on the great and historic inlets where Captain Cook roamed the seas, and under Skipper Ken’s guidance, you fish for salmon or halibut and haul in the catch onto the deck, where you learn the fine art of using a ‘fish bonker’. Depending on the tides, you then gather mussels and oysters right from the sea lapping rocks. At a special remote landing spot, your gourmet chef prepares the days catch for a true west coast banquet of the food you have harvested, replete with fine wines and time to tell stories beneath the evening skies. Dessert is either served at dinner or on the boat with champagne as you return to Tofino.
Photo credits: Michael Harding
VISIT AN INCREDIBLE FLOATING ISLAND NESTLED IN A RUGGED COASTAL INLET NEAR TOFINO.
Quoit Bay is home to a beautiful and absolutely unforgettable manmade floating island created by its current true pioneer family. Totally self sufficient, the island has a full vegetable garden and a full flower garden plus a pond, waterfall, and fresh water supply. It comprises two Hobbit houses for Wayne and Katherine and their family, and truly has to be seen to be believed. This is probably one of the last truly pioneer residences on the coast and the simple and beautiful life lived here is wonderful to witness. After your 45 minute boat trip in a private covered craft with rear viewing deck up historic inlets where memories of Captain Cook abound, you arrive at the hidden bay which is home to the floating island. You will be welcomed by the hosts, who will guide you through their amazing home and the world they have created. This place is a true gem. Depending upon the weather, dinner will either be prepared on their dock or on board during the return to Tofino.
Photo credits: Michael Harding
Our children agree that the holiday you created for us in Tofino was the best we have experienced yet! and you gave us the opportunity to have a great time too, huge thanks to Tonya for the best babysitting adventures! – we will certainly come back for another Westcoast Adventure!
LUIS RIESGO AND FAMILY, MADRID, SPAIN
Note: This experience takes place in all weathers.
We loved the boatcruise up the inlet, watching Matahil gather scallops, gathering seafood and then enjoying Mare’s fabulous feast of all we caught! – beautiful!”
JASON AND KAREN BRIGHOUSE: LONDON UK
Note: In inclement weather this adventure still takes place, though dinner may be prepared in Tofino
Call to discuss your Tofino Ocean Harvest Adventure
PADDLE A FIRST NATIONS CEDAR CANOE TO AN HISTORIC WHALERS SITE OFF TOFINO AND ENJOY A TRADITIONAL NATIVE SALMON FEAST.
This very special day takes you into the ancient spirit of the traditional territories of the Tla o qui Aht First Nation, whose people have lived in these rugged coastal lands for tens of thousands of years. The day begins as you step into your own hand carved cedar First Nations canoe made by world famous local carver Joe Martin. From the dock you take a gentle paddle across the bay past the traditional longhouse at Opitsaht , past eagles nests and fishing boasts, to the ancient sacred whalers island of Echachist, the private canoe carving island of Joe Martin. Here you will be guided through history as you hear of the old whaling traditions of the area, see old whaling stations and middens, walk by the whale skull which guards the island spirit, and wander scattered whaling beaches into which whales were corralled. On the beach you will be served a traditional salmon feast, with the salmon stretched across salmonberry boughs, eat bannock and enjoy delicious chowder and Indian Wedding Cake, as well as other tasty west coast morsels. Then its a paddle back to Tofino where we take you back to your accommodation and later for a gourmet dinner served with fine wines on the beach by your private chef, where you visit with carver Joe Martin in his beachside carving hut.
Note : in inclement weather this adventure still takes place. Westcoast rain is fantastic for the complexion. Raingear provided. We call them Tofino Tuxedo’s!
Photo credits: Michael Harding
We loved hearing about the rich native heritage of Tofino and the salmon feast and chowder were wonderful”
Jim and Cindy Hawes, California, USA
Call to discuss your First Nations Cedar Canoe Adventure
KAYAK A REMOTE SHELTERED OCEAN INLET IN THE WATERS OFF TOFINO, ADORNED WITH SCATTERED ISLANDS AND PICNIC AMID THE COASTAL GRANDEUR!
This spectacular day begins as you step into a private covered craft with rear viewing deck, and head out to the glittering Pacific coastal waters off Tofino. Your craft, replete with tasty west coast snacks and refreshments as well your private legendary skipper Ken Thomson at the helm, will take you to the ‘outside’, where whales and eagles, seal lions and seals all roam. Amid the splendour of nature at it wildest, you will hear of the seasons and life on coastal waters. Your skipper then takes you to a remote and secluded bay, nestled in among the huge coastal headlands. Here, in the very middle of the bay, you meet your kayak guide, waiting with your kayaks, ready for you to step into. The guide shares with you the basics of kayaking and them your kayaking adventure begins.
Paddling in this bay and surrounding waters is safe and its calm waters will welcome you as your guide takes you to small islands and on a beautiful coastal forest island walk. Back in your boats again, you paddle to a small island where a delicious gourmet luncheon picnic feast awaits you with fine wines, beach blankets and pillows. We leave you for a while to enjoy your desert island paradise. After a while a skiff arrives to take you back to your craft where skipper Ken is ready to take you back to Tofino on the beautiful inside route, where we return you to your accommodation before a special dinner in a lively Tofino surfer restaurant.
Photo credits: Kayakers – Tofino Sea Kayaking: Coe Bay – Atleo River Air: Eagle and boat shots – Michael Harding
The journey to Cow Bay on the ‘outside’, seeing whales and eagles and finding the kayaks and the guide in the middle of the bay was wonderful. Paddling around the small islands was a true discovery and lunch was fantastic. A magical day!
– MARK AND RUTH MACDONALD: GENEVA
Note: In inclement weather an alternative location will be used, rain or shine the coast is always magnificent! Rain gear provided.
Call to discuss your Ocean Inlet Picnic Adventure.