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Clayoquot Sound

Clayoquot Sound Vancouver Island

The Tofino area offers a unique variety of birdwatching habitats. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the open Pacific Ocean to the west offers Pelagic birding with two Albatross species recorded. Known for storm blown rarities, Tofino has the first Canadian record of Oriental Turtle Dove and the third Canadian record for Brambling. Offshore species seen in our area also include Solander’s Petrel, Slaty-backed Gull, and Greater Shearwater.

We are situated on the Pacific Flyway and in the spring tens of thousands of geese and ducks pass through. A huge eel grass mudflat to the east is a stopover for thousands of shorebirds in spring migration. Hundreds of Whimbrel and Dowitchers mix with the striking plumage of Black-bellied Plovers and often the brilliant Red Knot in breeding plumage. Fifty species of shorebirds are on the West Coast Vancouver Island bird checklist.

Long sandy beaches on the west coast provide walks with eagles soaring overhead and whales can be sometimes seen from shore. Offshore small rocky islands are nesting sites for Black Oystercatchers, murres, guillemots, auklets, petrels, and the spectacular Tufted Puffin.

Nearby Pacific Rim National Park provides convenient trails and boardwalks for exploring the forests of ancient Red Cedars with Winter Wrens and Townsend's Warbler. Towering Sitka Spruces above surf pounded beaches give swooping Peregrine Falcons cover for catching shorebirds. Sheltered ocean coves and quiet inland fresh water rivers offer paddling experiences for birds and animals not easily seen on foot. Black Bears forage shorelines and River Otters slide through the water. Just a short drive inland, mountain areas with Douglas Fir and Yellow Cedar trees give us Blue Grouse, Olive-sided and Willow Flycatchers.

Come and enjoy a quality birding experience in protected areas of Barkley and Clayoquot Sound. The diversity of bird species and quality of habitat offers world class birding and makes Tofino, and nearby Ucluelet an excellent birdwatching holiday destination.

Locations of tour departures: Early Bird will vary with seasons: verification will occur upon booking. Paddle with Eagles will depart from the Tofino visitor information centre at Cox Bay. Seabird Voyage departure location will vary. Ask about Group Discounts.

Clayoquot Sound

9391 Central Lake Road, Port Alberni BC. V9Y 8Z1