One of the best times to visit the Pacific Rim Region on the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island is during the migration of the Pacific Gray Whales.
Early in the spring, almost 25,000 Pacific Gray Whales make the journey from their wintering grounds on the Mexican Baja Peninsula to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea off Alaska. The long journey north is known as the milk run because the females are feeding their young along the way. As the whales stop along the rugged Pacific Rim shoreline to feed, there are great opportunities to view these giants of the ocean. Every year, visitors come to watch the Pacific Gray Whales in their natural setting and take in the beauty of the Pacific Rim Region.
If you plan to do some whale watching, try to plan your trip for the 19th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, held March 19 – 27, 2005 and hosted by the Districts of Ucluelet and Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The Festival will offer more than 70 events, including the Chowder Chow Down (a seafood chowder cook-off competition), the Parade of Whales in Tofino, an artist show featuring local artists, and many educational events at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
But, even with all these events, the true attraction is the Pacific Gray Whales. You can whale watch from lookout points, guided shore walks, scenic plane rides, and one of many whale watching boat trips. You?ll soon see why a one-day visit to the Pacific Rim Region just won?t be enough!
For more information about the Pacific Rim Whale Festival visit the web page at www.pacificrimwhalefestival.org or call 250-726-7798.